A New Student’s Guide to Getting Involved

Surveys conducted by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs of students at NC State have found that being involved on campus gives students a stronger support network, makes them more likely to graduate (and on time), helps them develop diverse skill sets, and makes them more marketable to employers when they graduate. In addition, those students feel a greater sense of belonging to the Wolfpack and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Here you’ll find:

  • A better understanding of what involvement is
  • Resources to learn about avenues for involvement
  • Ways to find involvement before and when you arrive to campus

Photo above features students playing volleyball at Tucker/Owen Beach on central campus, a popular hangout location for students during nice weather.

Pro Tips for Getting Started with Involvement

Getting involved on campus can be an exciting–and sometimes intimidating–process. There are so many opportunities, events, activities, and ways to get engaged. From student organizations, to residence hall activities, concerts and intramural sports, to religious and spiritual connections, your involvement is yours to make! If you’re unsure where to get started or you’re just looking for inspiration, consider some of these tips and tricks:

  1. Try something new!
    Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new and exciting is a great way to make connections, find new interests, and jump into your college experience head first. Connect with individuals in your residence hall or living community, university departments, organizations tabling on campus, or events and activities showcasing something new you find interesting.
  2. Browse Online Resources
    NC State has over 650 student organization registered on campus. There are scores of interest areas, categories, and types of organizations out there, and chances are good you will find something you might be interested in. Browse organizations and contact organization officers via the Get Involved site linked here.
  3. Attend Welcome Week and Early Semester Activities
    Each semester, NC State offers a multitude of events and activities surrounding welcome week. In the fall, you’ll find Wolfpack Welcome Week, and in the spring, Winter Welcome Week! Visit the New Student Programs website linked here and consider downloading the NC State Guides App here for schedules, information, and more.
  4. It’s okay to not do everything.
    Sometimes, getting involved can feel overwhelming. When there are so many options, decision-making can be really hard and learning how to protect your time, capacity, and wellness needs are an important part of finding good balance. It’s okay to try lots of things–and it’s okay to just try one thing at a time. Your journey is what makes sense for you and remember that the goal is finding meaningful, engaging involvement for yourself and building connections through community.
  5. Utilize Campus Resources
    College is a transformative experience for many people. There are unique opportunities and challenges associated with the collegiate environment, and NC State offers a variety of resources to support our students. Consider familiarizing yourself with some of our campus resources as you get started with your involvement journey. Check out the campus resources section of this page by clicking here.

Best Online Resources

Browse Student Organizations on Get Involved Download the NC State Guides App Use the University Events Calendar

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Learn About Student Leadership and Engagement

Video featured above is about the office of Student Leadership and Engagement for summer 2021 New Student Orientation at NC State University.

Helpful Campus Resources

Campus ResourceDescription
New Student ProgramsNew Student Programs addresses the holistic needs of each new NC State student to create a foundation of success. New Student Programs website is linked here.
Student Health ServicesNC State Student Health Services is designed to meet the health needs of NC State students. Highly qualified professionals provide top quality care and can assist with referrals to on and off campus resources. As a part of tuition and fees, the health fee at NC State covers routine visits to providers (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners). Services with a charge are offered at prices competitive with the community. Student Health Services website is linked here.
Counseling CenterOur diverse staff is trained to address academic, emotional and social concerns that are common to college students and may impact overall well-being. Counseling Center website is linked here.
Pack EssentialsNC State and campus partners have developed many programs to support students in need of food, housing, financial, and educational security. Pack Essentials offers assistance in accessing a variety of resources including emergency assistance, housing and food security, professional clothing, and more. Pack Essentials website is linked here.
Wellness and RecreationNC State Wellness and Recreation empowers the Wolfpack community to thrive. Together, we explore and grow in these six elements of wellness: purpose, financial, physical, emotional, social and community. Wellness and Recreation website is linked here.
Disability Resource OfficeThe Disability Resource Office (DRO) is the designated office to assist eligible students with disabilities by determining access needs and coordinating academic adjustments in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Disability Resource Office website is linked here.
Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED)OIED fosters an inclusive campus community of students, faculty and staff who value and inspire personal, academic and professional excellence. The Campus Community Centers housed within OIED include the African American Cultural Center, GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Women's Center. OIED website is linked here.
Academic Success CenterThe Academic Success Center facilitates degree completion by providing a comprehensive variety of free programs and resources that promote academic skill development and independent learning within the university environment. Academic Success Center website is linked here.
University HousingUniversity Housing provides inclusive living and learning experiences through residential education and community engagement. University Housing website is linked here.
TransportationTransportation manages over 20,000 parking spaces, provides parking services, campus transit service, transportation alternatives, operation and maintenance of parking facilities for vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles. operates parking citation review and adjudication, and coordinates campus event parking. Transportation website is linked here.
NC State DiningSince 1982, NC State Dining has been serving the Wolfpack, offering award-winning options that are convenient, fresh, diverse and delicious. From traditional all-you-care-to-eat dining halls to a mix of restaurants, cafes and convenience stores, our program is designed to meet the unique needs and taste of our student body. NC State Dining website is linked here.

Connect with Our Office

Still have questions or concerns about how to get involved on campus? Contact our team! The staff of Student Leadership and Engagement are here to assist with your involvement journey. Contact us via email at ncstate-sle@ncsu.edu or stop by the Student Involvement Center in suite 4210 in Talley Student Union.