Planning for Summer and Fall: Registration Advising

Planning for Summer and Fall: Registration Advising

As the end of the semester nears, our advisors are busy preparing the first year students to register for their summer and fall courses. In the weeks leading up to registration, all students enrolled in the First Year College are required to meet with their advisor to discuss courses that will help the student work towards their intended and potential degrees. The advisor will then release the advising hold on the student’s account. Like orientation, the advisor works with the student to keep their options open. However, we also hope the student has gained clarity about their interests given the work in USC 101, attendance at the Major Exploration Series and  Career Connections events, and with how they performed in the previous semester. Therefore, the courses identified for next semester will keep in mind the matriculation and degree requirements for the respective interests.

Advisors support students in identifying appropriate courses for the Summer/Fall semesters using various resources. These tools help students to navigate the requirements for the various degrees at NC State, and plan for upcoming semesters. When students meet with their advisors, they are expected to attend with a list of 5-7 classes for the spring. They should understand why each class is important to their degree, and how it fits into the NC State requirements. For example, does the course fulfill a General Education Program requirement, help the student to meet matriculation requirements, or is it a free elective for their major being used to earn a minor? Understanding the rationale for each course helps students to plan for the future, and provides the student with a sense of purpose when taking the class.

Notes about Registration:

  • Registration is organized by credit hours earned, so first year students will register after all of those with more hours. The majority of our students will be registering between April 6th -7th.
  • Be prepared to support your student as they explore the different options at NC State. They may be overwhelmed by the different times and fitting together a schedule that includes all of the coursework they had hoped.
  • Tools to support class planning: Semester-by-Semester Plans, Degree Audit, and Change of Degree Audit (CODA) requirements.
  • When in doubt, students should not hesitate to ask the advisor for clarification! We encourage students to let us know if they are not comfortable with the recommended courses so we can work with them to put together a schedule they look forward to.

Upcoming Webinar: Supporting the Transition to College

Supporting Your Student: A Parent & Families Webinar Series

The First Year College understands the need for parents and families to stay connected to the university while students transition to life as a college student. As a way to help you stay informed regarding advising and First Year College Updates, we are hosting a free webinar parents and family members.

Webinar # 2:  Understanding the Transcript

In the following webinars, we will be reviewing the different policies and academic statuses that students can be placed on at the end of a semester. If you have questions or want to learn about resources that can help your student succeed in the spring please tune in.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 @ 12pm-1pm

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 @ 8pm

Battle of the Beach is Tomorrow!

Greeting Parents and Families!
This message is to serve as a gentle reminder about the FYC Parent & Families Weekend Event- Battle of the Beach. The event will take place tomorrow between 4:00pm-6:30pm on Tucker/Owen Beach. Students will be battling in the categories of Volleyball, Cornhole, Tug-o-War, attendance, & canned food donations for this years naming rights to the beach.
Parents and families will be factored into the attendance numbers, and are encouraged to bring canned food donations. All donations will be counted into the final Canned Food Drive numbers toward the Tucker/Owen competition, and will be donated to the WolfPack Pantry. The WolfPack Pantry aids students do not have access to food. Also, if parents would like to sign up to play Cornhole with their student, sign ups for the event will be from 4:00pm-5:00pm, and Cornhole will start promptly at 5:00pm.
To drop off canned food donations, and be counted in the attendance numbers, make sure you stop by the FYC Check-In table located on Cates Avenue between Tucker and Owen Residence Halls.  You will also receive a welcome packet with some Advising and FYC information. We look forward to seeing you all there!


First Year College’s Parent & Families Weekend Event

“Battle of the Beach”
Friday, September 19th, 2014  @ 4:00pm-6:30pm


Students playing volleyball on Tucker/Owen Beach

Students playing volleyball on Tucker/Owen Beach

You are cordially invited to the infamous “Battle of the Beach”. Each year, Tucker and Owen Residents go head to head for the naming rights of Tucker/Owen Beach. This year Parents and Families are invited to join in on the fun. This year the competition events will include volleyball, tug-o-war, cornhole, canned food donations, & overall attendance. Parents will be able to partner with their student for cornhole, and will be included in the final attendance headcount. Parents & Families are also asked to bring canned food donations, as all donations will be given to our on-campus Feed the Pack Pantry, and considered in the battle for the beach competition!This event will include food, fun, and music! Parents will also have an opportunity to meet some FYC advisors, and learn more about the first year experience.

In addition to  the FYC event, please remember to check out the Parent & Families Weekend website to purchase your NC State vs. Presbyterian Football tickets for Saturday September 20th, 2014. Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 8:00am, and remain until they sell out. (They sell out very quickly!)

Contact Information for FYC Event: Jordan McMican, (E), (P) 919-515-5597


Welcome Parents & Families!

Welcome to the First Year College Parents as Partners Blog! Throughout the year we will share updates, resources, and ways to support FYC and your students. The first event to keep on your radar is the Parents and Families Weekend that will be held on September 19th- 21st, 2014. First Year College will be welcoming parents on Friday, September 19th, 2014 for a special college event. More information about our FYC College Event will be shared in upcoming weeks.

Also, The Office of Parent & Family Services will be selling tickets for the NC State vs. Presbyterian football game that will take place Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Tickets will go on sale toward the first week of classes. Please keep an eye out, as they sell out fast!

We look forward to seeing you and working with you throughout the year.

Welcome Parents & Families of Class of 2018 & Go Pack!