Prospective Students

At the heart of Exploratory Studies are experienced, knowledgeable professional academic advisors. They provide accurate academic advising, personal attention, and concern for students’ well-being. The students’ relationship with an advisor begins at summer Orientation and continues through the year. Exploratory Studies academic advisors teach a first-year orientation course (USC 101 and 102) for their advisees each fall and spring. Not only do the students see their advisor weekly in the orientation course, they also meet with the advisor a minimum of two times each semester, for a total of four official advising meetings during the academic year.

All students in Exploratory Studies are required to take “Introduction to University Education” (USC 101 & 102) in their first year at NC State. While all orientation courses seek to help first year students become more comfortable within the university community, the Exploratory Studies orientation courses also encourage students to make rational, informed decisions about their majors. USC 101 and 102 are designed to include topics that concern undeclared students: adjustment from high school to college, academic expectations of a university student, assessment of one’s own personal goals and values, and exploration of careers and undergraduate majors at NC State. At the end of their first year, students have enough information about themselves and the university to make informed decisions about their future.

As a Exploratory Studies student, you will have an exclusive opportunity to become completely immersed in the college experience by living in the Exploratory Studies Village on NC State’s Central Campus.  The Exploratory Studies Village is designed to enhance the college transition and learning experiences of our residents by providing a safe and welcoming environment for residents to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures, develop a sense of community, and connect to the larger University community.

We encourage you to visit Exploratory Studies and learn more about our great program.


New Student Orientation!

We are looking forward to meeting the Class of 2021 during New Student Orientation. Please review the information under Admitted Students and check your email for important messages from the University and from Exploratory Studies.

Finish strong!

Remember that the Tutorial Center and other tutoring programs on campus can help you finish strong this semester! The Writing & Speaking Center can help with writing and speaking assignments for any subject.

Career Connections…a great success!

Approximately 575 Exploratory Studies students attended Career Connections on Saturday, March 18. The students heard from panelists representing over 60 different jobs and professions and were able to learn about varying career paths and unique …read more.