First Year

All engineering students join the College as part of our Engineering First Year Program. Our objectives in the Engineering First Year Program are to welcome students to the College, get them connected to important resources, help them learn about engineering as a profession and help them explore all of their academic options prior to joining a department.

New Student Orientation

In the summer prior to fall classes, students attend New Student Orientation. New student orientation at North Carolina State University is a day and a half program that is required of all first-year students that begin a student’s transition to college life and the start of their engineering education. The program is designed to help prepare students for the transition to college life, as well as for the intellectual, emotional, academic and social challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. At orientation, each engineering student completes their fall class registration based on a common first year of courses. Student course schedules may vary depending on placement scores and other preparatory work accomplished.

For more information about new student orientation, visit the main New Student Orientation website.

July 2017 Sessions

The College will hold five First-Year Summer Orientation sessions July 12 to July 20, 2017.

Orientation Documents

You will find AP/IB/TR credit and placement charts for chemistry, calculus, physics and English in the 2017 orientation booklets. You can download the New Student Orientation and Transfer Student Orientation booklets below.

Fall Semester

Just before the fall semester begins, students are assigned an academic advisor based on their intended major to help guide them through their first year. When the semester begins, students attend Wolfpack Welcome Week and a College Welcome event that features the Dean of Engineering and a distinguished graduate.

Wolfpack Welcome Week

Wolfpack Welcome and Winter Welcome Weeks (WWW) are held in August and January, respectively, the week before classes begin to welcome new students back to campus. A variety of engaging and fun University and College activities are scheduled during this time. For more information on event specifics, visit the WWW website.

Last year the College hosted a mixer for engineering first-year students, so they could meet engineering faculty, staff, and other students while listening to music, playing games and eating ice cream. They learned about engineering student groups on campus and important programs, such as Study Abroad, Co-op and the University Tutorial Center. There also was an academic advisor on hand to answer any questions about the first day of classes, course schedules, academics, etc.

Another significant event for students in their first year is the annual First Year Engineering Design Day, an exciting day of E 101 project team demonstrations.


Change of Degree Application (CODA)

When students complete the Engineering First Year Program, they are expected to go through a change of degree application (CODA)* to apply to major in one of the 18 engineering degree programs and continue their path towards becoming a great engineer.

*Note: The Change of Degree Application was formerly called the Change of Degree Audit. The acronym is still CODA.

Contact Us

Office of Academic Affairs

118 and 120 Page Hall
Campus Box 7904
College of Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7904
Phone: 919.515.3263
Fax: 919.515.8702