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.


Finish Strong!

Drop In Tutoring Drop-in tutoring is available for Math courses: 107, 108, 111, 114, 121, 131, 141, 231, 241, 242 as well as Chemistry: 101, 201 and 221.  Hours and location are listed below. Fall/Spring Hours […]

Career Connections, Saturday, March 17.

Career Connections will be held on Saturday and is a mandatory event for all students in USC 102.  You will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in various career fields.  Details will be provided […]

Career Connections-Information for Parents

It is almost time for our annual Career Connections Event! In concert with the individualized advising in Exploratory Studies, our ultimate goal is to help students make careful and informed decisions regarding their academic and […]

Walk-in Tutoring Available in University College Commons

Chemistry and Math:  Monday-Thursday, 6:00-9:00pm in rooms 108 & 110 University College Commons Writing and Speaking:  Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm in room 108 University College Commons Individual and group study with no distractions! Experienced tutors. […]