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STEAM Program

The Student Transition Enrollment Advising and Mentoring program (STEAM) helps make higher education more accessible to rural students interested in pursuing agriculturally-related majors.

NC State student Ben Alig

Program Details

STEAM helps make higher education more accessible to rural students interested in pursuing agriculturally-related majors.

Participants take part in a summer session at NC State, then take their first semester of coursework at an NC community college (or other institution). STEAM students are well-supported through mentoring, academic support, personalized courses and academic advising to ensure that the credits they earn will apply toward their NC State degree.

STEAM students are responsible for paying tuition and fees at the current institution they attend.

Session/YearLocationTuition
Summer Session IINC State UniversityNC State tuition
Freshman Year, FallFirst-Year Institution (preferably an NC community college)Community college tuition
Freshman Year, SpringNC State UniversityNC State tuition rate
Summer SessionNC State University or First-Year Institution (optional)NC State tuition or community college tuition
Sophomore Year, FallNC State UniversityNC State tuition
General Program Schedule and Tuition Information

Eligibility

Participation in the STEAM program is by invitation only. Select students who applied to NC State and admitted as Spring Connect are invited to participate in the program based on their academic profile and a genuine interest in agriculture.

The STEAM program is open to North Carolina students from rural counties who applied to NC State University for freshman admission to an agriculturally-related major. Students must have earned a high school diploma and meet the UNC system minimum course requirements. Current or former NC State students are not eligible.

Invited to Spring Connect? Majoring in CALS? For our majors, we call it STEAM Spring Connect, and we think it has a lot of benefits for students who participate. Be sure to check your email on file for information, updates and opportunities.

Student Statistics

Students invited to STEAM plan to pursue a four-year degree in a traditional Agriculture major. Many are from rural counties in North Carolina.

Students invited to STEAM over last two years:

InviteesAvg Weighted GPA Avg Unweighted GPAAvg SAT ScoreAvg ACT Score
2015 invitees3.943.42100821
2015 Cohort 33.913.40102321
2014 Invitees3.913.38104221
2014 Cohort 34.073.39104520
Invitations to STEAM are extended after a holistic review of each application. High school statistics that resemble these averages does not guarantee an invitation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The STEAM program provides a smooth transition to NC State and the opportunity for guaranteed admission. STEAM students receive personal mentoring and academic advising, including course registration advising, to ensure that the courses they take in their freshman year will transfer and count toward their NC State degree. STEAM students participating in Summer Session II develop knowledge of the NC State campus and develop critical networks with other students, faculty and staff.

No, the STEAM program is invitation only. Select students who apply to NC State are invited to participate in the program based on their academic profile and a genuine interest in agriculture.

Each STEAM student receives individual advising and support. The STEAM Coordinator works with each STEAM student to build a schedule that will transfer into his or her desired agriculture program at NC State.

There is no fee to participate in STEAM. STEAM students pay the appropriate tuition and fees at each institution they attend. If a student comes for Summer Session II, tuition, fees, and housing costs to NC State will be approximately $3,300.

Summer Session II provides the opportunity for STEAM students to take 6 hours of coursework at NC State, live on campus, and learn what it means to be a member of the Wolfpack. During the summer session, STEAM students will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with each other, connect with NC State faculty and staff, and learn to navigate campus, its resources, and our surrounding community. CALS offers activities regularly to introduce students to the STEAM program and NC State.

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  • Students who successfully complete the requirements of the STEAM program are guaranteed admission to the agriculture major to which they applied at NC State University beginning their spring semester.
  • STEAM students receive personalized mentoring and academic advising, including course registration advising, to ensure that the courses taken in their freshman year will transfer into NC State and count toward their NC State degree.
  • STEAM students are encouraged to enroll in course work at NC State during the 2nd summer session after their high school graduation as non-degree seeking (NDS) students through the STEAM program. They will receive a special academic introduction to their intended major and take courses toward that major.
  • STEAM students participating in the 2nd summer session develop knowledge of the NC State campus and develop critical networks with other students, faculty, and staff.

Students who applied to and plan to pursue the following agriculturally-related majors offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are eligible to participate in STEAM.

Click on each major to view a sample of coursework you would take during your freshman year and the equivalent courses at NC State.

Overview

STEAM Students are strongly encouraged to participate in Summer Session II in the summer between high school graduation and their freshman year. Summer Session II provides the opportunity for STEAM students to take 6 hours of coursework at NC State, live on campus, and learn what it means to be a member of the Wolfpack. During the summer sessions, STEAM students will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with each other, connect with NC State faculty and staff, and learn to navigate campus, its resources, and our surrounding community. Activities are offered as a thorough introduction to the STEAM program and NC State.

Coursework

Summer Session II is a five-week summer session. STEAM students take 2 courses which each meet every day. Courses are carefully selected to ensure students receive an introduction to NC State level coursework. STEAM students take courses in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences which will ultimately count toward their NC State degree. The STEAM Coordinator will place students in their courses for their first summer session.

Housing

STEAM students must live in University Residence Halls during the summer session when they are enrolled as non-degree students at NC State. This is a program requirement intended to provide a supportive community and strong foundation for making a smooth transition to the University.

Estimated Costs

The estimated cost of Summer Session II is $3,300, which covers tuition, fees, and housing. Parking, meals, and books are additional costs. STEAM students do not pay an additional fee for the summer session; they pay the same tuition and fees as all NC State students.

Farm to Philanthropy Scholarship

Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Joseph K. and Deborah Kapp Gordon, the Gordon Family Farm to Philanthropy Program was established in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to aid in “transforming access to an NC State education for students from rural communities.”

Dr. and Mrs. Gordon…You are giving students like me the opportunity to achieve our educational and career aspirations. …

A young woman wearing glasses and red sweatshirt with a laptop on her lap

Taylor Rhodes

STEAM student and first recipient of the Gordon Family to Philanthropy scholarship.

The award benefits students admitted to CALS as part of the STEAM Spring Connect program. The scholarship is awarded in the spring to one student and is renewable for 3.5 years or until graduation (whichever comes first) based on the student’s merit and performance at NC State.

Check back for details on the application process.

Have specific questions about financial aid and scholarships? Contact Ravyn Kingsberry, CALS student services specialist.

Ready to Connect?

We know you and your family may have questions as you navigate the next steps in your educational journey. Watch our overview video to learn more about your new college and what it has to offer CALS students – from what makes us unique, what opportunities and resources are available, to how we support students.

In spring, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to connect with STEAM Coordinator Anne Hubbard, our departments, and other STEAM Spring Connect students to learn more about the program.