STEAM Program Details

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.

CALS uses email as the primary form of communication, so be sure to check your email on file for information, updates, and opportunities.

Opportunities to Learn More

In light of the many changes happening across our nation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we know you and your family may have many questions as you navigate the next steps in your educational journey.

First, as a CALS major, you can check out our College overview for students here. Spend 15 minutes learning more about your new college and what it has to offer all CALS students – from what makes us unique, what opportunities and resources are available, and how we support students.

Next, we hope you join us for any of the virtual opportunities listed below to learn more about the STEAM Spring Connect program:

  • Spring Connect Experience Webinar on April 21 at 3pm and 7pm – Hosted by Admissions, New Student Programs and Housing. Registration via WolfPAW. 
  • STEAM Virtual Visitation on April 21st – Register here. Build your day around 3 CALS sessions: 
    • The STEAM Information Session with Anne Hubbard and CALS Advising Team:  8:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
    • Departmental/Major Connection Sessions with the Director of Undergraduate Programs: Various Times
    • Student to Student Pack Chats: 11:30am, 5:30pm
  • E-newsletter “Full STEAM Ahead” – Starting Monday April 6th. 
  • Individual virtual appointments with STEAM Coordinator, Anne Hubbard. Appointments at  calendly.com/alhubbar or email at alhubbar@ncsu.edu for questions.

Farm to Philanthropy (FTP) Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Gordon Family Farm to Philanthropy (FTP) Program for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University to aid in “transforming access to an NC State education for students from rural communities.” The award benefits students admitted to CALS at NC State as part of the STEAM Spring Connect program. 

Applications are due April 15, 2020.  One student will receive the scholarship with the award to begin in the Spring 2021 semester and is renewable for 3.5 years or until graduation (whichever comes first) based on merit and performance at NC State.

Selected semi-finalists may be required to complete an interview via Zoom and must be available for scheduling May 1st – May 15th. We hope to select one recipient June 1st.

Apply now at go.ncsu.edu/ftpscholarship2021

Specific questions about financial aid and scholarships? Reach out to our CALS Student Services Specialist, Ravyn Kingsberry.

Eligibility

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.

Why should I participate in STEAM if I get invited?
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.

Can I apply to STEAM?
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.

How will I know if my first-year college courses will transfer?
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.

How much does STEAM cost?
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.

Why should I participate in Summer Session II?
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.

  • 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 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. Activities are offered regularly to provide a thorough introduction to the STEAM program and to 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 summer session; they pay the same tuition and fees as all NC State students.

Hear from STEAM students themselves why the summer session is so important:

“I feel like it prepared me to have a successful freshman year and I cannot wait to come back as a member of ‘The Pack’!”

“The classes were challenging, but achievable with hard work. I was confident that after doing well in summer session II, I would be back for my sophomore year full time as an NC State student.”

“With the opportunity STEAM has offered me, I have been able to get ahead in college and become more familiar with NC State’s campus. Being able to meet other students in CALS has also allowed me to make many new friends.”

“This program helped me grasp the concept of what college at NC State will be like, and I absolutely loved it!”

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.

Here is a look at two years of historical data regarding those invited to STEAM:

Average Weighted GPA Average Unweighted GPA Average SAT Score Average ACT Score
2015 Invitees 3.94 3.42 1008 21
2015 Cohort 3 3.91 3.40 1023 21
2014 Invitees 3.91 3.38 1042 21
2014 Cohort 3 4.07 3.39 1045 20

 

Invitations to STEAM are extended after a holistic review of each application. High school statistics that resemble these averages does not guarantee an invitation to the program.