Message to New FYC students about Exploratory Studies


A letter from Carrie McLean, Assistant Dean of University College

Welcome to Exploratory Studies (formerly First Year College).

Exploratory Studies is a part of the new University College. We are excited to serve all undergraduates at NC State who are exploring their choice of major. In the Exploratory Studies First Year Program we remain committed to guiding first year students who want time to explore and reflect before they choose their major.  We are also committed to our new and growing opportunity to serve any NC State undergraduate student who plans to change her or his major.

Exploratory Studies will offer the same outstanding support pioneered by First Year College.  The student’s relationship with her or his academic advisor remains at the heart of our work.  Our advisors guide students through their academic curriculum, help them explore majors and careers, connect them with campus resources, and coach them through a process of self-discovery.    The Exploratory Studies Village (formerly called First Year College Village) will continue to offer exciting academic, service, and social programs in support of our mission.  While Exploratory Studies is a new name that better describes the support that we provide to all students in transition, the staff and advisors have the same dedication and commitment to student success.

We wanted to make you aware of this change that is effective July 1, 2015, and hope that you will join us in celebrating the kickoff of the University College and Exploratory Studies!! Welcome Aboard!!


Carrie McLean
Assistant Dean of University College
Executive Director of Advising

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