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Advising & Course Information for Transfer Students

While embarking on your academic career at NC State, remember that advisors, faculty, staff and students are here to assist you in planning and succeeding in your time on campus; however, it is your responsibility as a student to know your degree requirements, transfer credit from other schools, and the General Education Program (GEP) and how they fit into your education. Your success at NC State begins with speaking with your advisor to plan your first semester courses, as well as creating an academic plan for future semesters.

Investigate below for more detailed information about:

Working with your Academic Advisor

Transfer Credit Equivalencies

Degree Requirements and Degree Audit

General Education Program (GEP) for Students


Working with your Academic Advisor

After you have been accepted and paid your enrollment deposit, your college will contact you with information about advising and course registration. If you have not heard from your college or department, you can find your advising contact by visiting the Advisors for New Students website.

If you have made an effort to contact your academic advisor and are unable to do so, you can contact the appropriate coordinator of advising from the coordinator of advising list. The coordinator of advising should be able to assist you in getting pertinent academic information, as well as working with you to get in touch with your academic advisor.

As you begin working with your academic advisor at NC State, it is important to know what to expect from your advisor and what your advisor will expect from you. It is your responsibility as the student to focus on your individual academic plan for graduation, while your academic advisor will assist you in reaching your academic goals and graduation. Click here to learn more expectations of academic advisors and students from Academic Advising Services.

Before you meet with your academic advisor, it is a good idea to do a bit of homework. Using the Advising Worksheet for Transfer Students, you can begin organizing your academic information to assist in your meeting with your academic advisor. Being prepared for your first meeting will not only make the meeting more productive, but can also help you understand more about what you can expect academically at NC State.

Transfer Credit Equivalencies

One of the biggest questions transfer students have is whether or not certain classes will transfer from their previous institution to their new institution. You should always contact your individual academic department for final approval; however, you can use the links below for guidance in what should or may transfer to NC State. If you are transferring from a community college in North Carolina, be sure to look through the Transfer Guide for Community College Transfer Students.

For information on courses transferring from a NC community college, click here.

For information on courses transferring from a non-NC community college, click here.

For information by NC State course abbreviation and number (all courses that have been reviewed and approved for past applicants), click here.

Degree Audit and 8-Semester Display

As you begin planning for your first semester and beyond at NC State, you know should know the requirements for your degree. By clicking here, you can find the degree requirements for every major at NC State. Take a look over the requirements before meeting with your advisor, so you are aware of the course expectations for your major.

Your next step in preparing for your first semester academically is to prepare for what classes you need to take in your first semester. You can do this two ways on the NC State website: first you can see your degree requirements as an eight (8) semester display that shows what courses you should take in each semester through your undergraduate career.

Secondly, you can analyze your degree audit in the MyPack Portal system. The Automated Degree Audit (ADA) is a system designed to help you with the requirements in your particular curriculum (academic plan). Specifically, the Automated Degree Audit compares degree requirements coded by a department/college with student grades on the permanent record system. Students can access their Automated Degree Audit via MyPack Portal. By analyzing your Automated Degree Audit on a regular basis, you can see what requirements from your degree and the General Education Program have been met and which requirements still need to be met before graduation.

Looking at the eight (8) semester display and ADA before meeting with your advisor can provide a clearer picture of what is required of you in your first semester and before you graduate from NC State.

General Education Program (GEP) for Students

As part of our community of scholars, each student is expected to take classes outside of their major to gain experience in different fields, broaden scholarly endeavors, and provide students with an opportunity to interact socially and intellectually with diverse people and thoughts. As a transfer student, you may have completed all or part of your General Education Program (GEP) requirements at your previous school, but you will want to work with your academic advisor to see what requirements still need to be completed.

Below is the general overview of the General Education Program (GEP) requirements, but you can see which courses count towards the GEP by visiting the GEP Course List. You can see which classes may transfer, as well as which classes you may want to take to fulfill a requirement once on campus. To see the GEP in full, visit the Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula website.
GEP Category Requirements: (39 credit hours)

GEP Co-Requisite Requirements:

GEP Thematic Track Option

  • Click here for more information on the thematic track option and to view the thematic tracks approved by the Council on Undergraduate Education (CUE).

- Taken from the Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula website (