What We Offer

Exploratory Studies

The Exploratory Studies program in Academic Advising Programs and Services gives first-time freshmen the opportunity to choose a major after a guided, structured process for major and career exploration and transition to the University. This is accomplished through one-on-one academic advising, the Exploratory Studies first-year curriculum, experiential learning, and programming in the Exploratory Studies Village. Our work emphasizes theoretical and practical methods of inquiry, guided reflection, engagement, assessment, and analysis.

Location:  University College Commons, 2751 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27695-7925
Phone:  919.515.8130
E-mail:  exploratory-studies@ncsu.edu

Fellowship Advising Office

The Fellowship Advising Office (FAO) helps NC State’s undergraduate students, graduate students, and alums learn of and apply for nationally competitive and prestigious awards. These awards fund a wide range of fully-funded opportunities, and many are connected to undergraduate and graduate degree programs or internships, overseas experiences, and independent projects.

Location: 204 and 206 Clark Hall, 221 Jensen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-8610
Phone:  919.515.8391
E-mail:  fellowship-advising@ncsu.edu

First Year Inquiry

The First Year Inquiry (FYI) program offers general education courses featuring active learning opportunities exclusively to first-year students with instructors who have special training in developing students’ critical and creative thinking skills. Class size is limited to 19 students, allowing for meaningful faculty/student interactions.

Location: 211-K Park Shops, 101 Current Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone:  919.513.1937
E-mail:  first-year-inquiry@ncsu.edu

Global Perspectives Certificate

The Global Perspectives Certificate (GPS) encourages NC State undergraduate students to pursue their international interests, both inside and outside of the classroom. The GPC also looks to recognize students for these pursuits by awarding students an official transcripted certificate upon completion of all GPC requirements.

Location: 211-K Park Shops, 101 Current Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone:  919.513.1937
E-mail:  global-perspectives@ncsu.edu

Health and Exercise Studies

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies educates a globally diverse NC State population regarding the benefits of living a healthy and physically active lifestyle. They do this by providing equal opportunities and professional preparation in sport, fitness, health, and recreation.

Location:  2000 Carmichael Gymnasium, 2611 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27695-8111
Phone:  919.515.3361


The Music department is committed to providing broad-based educational opportunities for NC State students through a variety of musical experiences and introductory and upper-level courses. Department faculty assists students in developing musical insights, musical skills, and the capacity to perceive and respond to music in its historical and cultural contexts.

The department also serves as a cultural resource for the university community and the public at large through concerts presented by ensembles, student-musicians, music faculty, and visiting artists. Concerts are open to students and the public.

Location:  Price Music Center, 2620 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27695-7311
Phone:  919.515.2981
E-mail:  music-info@ncsu.edu

Office of Undergraduate Courses, Curricula, and Academic Standards

The Office of Undergraduate Courses, Curricula, and Academic Standards (OUCCAS) facilitates two of the standing committees of faculty governance (UCCC and CUE). We also review course and curricular actions at the university level and offer assistance regarding undergraduate actions upon request at any point in the process, update 8-semester displays, offer CIM training and liaise with the Graduate School, Registration and Records, OIRP, the Provost’s Office, and other organizations.

Location: 211-A Park Shops, 101 Current Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone:  919.515.9769
E-mail:  courses-curricula@ncsu.edu

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports and promotes discovery-, inquiry-, scholarship- and creativity-based opportunities through mentored experiences with NC State faculty and other national and international scholars and professionals. The OUR supports NC State University undergraduate students through undergraduate research grants and opportunities to communicate their research to others through multiple research symposium, a research journal, funding to national conferences to present their research and research exploration events.

Location:  2229 Broughton Hall, 2601 Stinson Drive, NC 27695-7576
Phone:  919.513.0095
E-mail:  undergraduate-research@ncsu.edu


TH!NK is an initiative that is designed to cultivate students’ higher order skills in critical and creative thinking. In TH!NK courses, students explore disciplinary content through a lens of critical and creative thinking, taking ownership of their learning to truly engage their minds. These are skills we all need to be good citizens and to meaningfully contribute to society through our work.

Faculty who are implementing TH!NK strategies into courses receive extensive training and provide students opportunities to develop and receive feedback on higher-order thinking skills.

Location: 211-E Park Shops, 101 Current Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone:  919.515.3803
E-mail:  ncstate-thinks@ncsu.edu

University College Courses and Curricula Committee

The University College Courses and Curricula Committee (UC-CCC) is responsible for reviewing all University College/DASA courses and curricula and recommending them for approval at the college level.

Location: 211-K Park Shops, 101 Current Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone:  919.513.1937
E-mail:  kkharris@ncsu.edu

University Honors and Scholars

The University Scholars Program introduces a community of high-achieving students to the visual and performing arts, encourages them to consider issues drawn from the sciences and politics, challenges them to excel academically and inspires them to explore and engage through international and outdoor education programs. Through these experiences, University Scholars are encouraged to connect their educational goals to their passions, to become active citizens, and to embrace the challenges of a rapidly evolving world.

The mission of the University Honors Program is to provide a transformative liberal learning experience that empowers students to critically engage meaningful problems in the world.

Visit the University Honors and Scholars website.

Location:  2751 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27695-7925
Phone:  919.515.8130
E-mail:  exploratory-studies@ncsu.edu