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.


Career Connections 2018!

Mark your calendar for Career Connections, Saturday, March 17, 10am-noon.  This will be a great opportunity to hear from professionals in a wide variety of career field. Details will be provided in your USC course.

Welcome Spring Connection Students!

Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions about your schedule.  Other helpful information about transitioning to NC State can be found on the website of New Student Programs.

Mark Your Calendar!

Career Connections will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018!  Details will be provided in your USC 102 course.  This is a mandatory event where you will learn about some interesting careers from professionals who …read more.

Career Panel!

November 3, 2017 | 10:00 am Talley Student Union Room 4280 Learn from a panel of professionals who currently serve on the Division of Academic and Student Affairs’ Board for Student Success. Get actionable tips …read more.