Q: What are the advantages of the First Year College?
A: First Year College is the ideal place for students who want to gain experience and exposure before making a major/career decision. Due to FYC's design, students will have close contact their Academic Advisor. This person is an expert in University policies and procedures, and can acts as a resource person for students. This personal attention, combined with the "insider information", is the most popular and distinctive feature of FYC. We think that it helps students make a smooth transition to college and to NC State. Other advantages include the FYC Village Living & Learning Community and the USC 101/102 course where students come together once a week in a small class with their Academic Advisor to learn about all the university has to offer.
Q: What is not true of the First Year College?
A: FYC is not a remedial program for lesser prepared students. Our students mirror the distribution of the university as a whole, including scholars, honors, and dean's list students. FYC is also not a backdoor entrance to the university. Students who apply to a specific major (i.e., Engineering) and are not accepted by that major should not assume that they can enter FYC and automatically get into their desired major. The purpose of FYC is to give students who are truly undecided time and resources for choosing a major.
Q: Will I be behind by choosing to start my college career in First Year College?
A: First Year College advisors work closely with students to help them select courses that will count towards a variety of major(s). Students should be aware that initial placement into English, mathematics and science is determined by standardized test scores and would be the same regardless of their major. Advisors can help students to understand the consequences of this placement. They also encourage students to select General Education Requirements that will be acceptable to the greatest number of majors available at the University. If students follow the advice of their advisors and take appropriate classes and course loads they will not be behind due to starting their college career in First Year College. In fact, FYC’s Assessment, has shown that our students graduate as fast or faster than a matched cohort of university students.
Q: Will I automatically be eligible for the major of my choice?
A: NC State has internal transfer regulations that vary from college to college and may change over time. Some of the programs have limited space and thus set high GPA standards for internal transfers. For this reason, we work with our students to build their academic skills so they can achieve a high GPA and matriculate into the major of their choice. However, there is no automatic eligibility. All students must meet the requirements of their selected major.
Q: Am I required to live in the FYC Village (Tucker and Owen Halls)?
A: If you choose to live on campus, you will be placed in the FYC Village when you apply for housing (apply early, though--space is limited!).
Q: What are FYC's admissions criteria?
A: Students must satisfy the general admissions criteria in order to be considered for admission to NC State. Once that has been determined, the decision is based on the range of selectiveness by college. Some colleges are selective, while others are highly selective. FYC is considered "highly selective," which means that our students typically meet or exceed the following criteria: top 10-15% of their high school class in the most rigorous college prep courses, B+ to A- grade point average, and highly competitive standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).