STEAM Program Details

Eligibility

The STEAM Program is by invitation only. Select students who applied to NC State 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. Those who have previous college credit must have less than 14 credit hours, not counting AP credit. Current or former NC State students are not eligible. Participants changing their program of interest to a non-participating

STEAM students are expected to meet the following program requirements. Those students who meet these requirements will have guaranteed admission to the agriculture major to which they applied at NC State for their sophomore year.

  • STEAM students must have a genuine interest in agriculture.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete coursework as advised by the STEAM Coordinator.  Any deviations from the recommended coursework could jeopardize your eligibility in STEAM.
  • Stay in communication with the STEAM Coordinator.  Respond promptly to emails and requests for information from the STEAM program.
  • Earn at least 30 semester hours of transferable credit from the community college and summer session at NCSU. Complete the same coursework that is required of transfer applicants by major, with grades of C or better in each course.
  • Achieve a least a 3.0 cumulative GPA during your first year (summer, fall, spring).
  • Take a full-time course load the fall and spring semesters of your freshmen year at your first year institution, as advised by the STEAM Coordinator.
  • Submit your course schedule immediately after registering and final grades as soon as they post.
  • Apply for NC State transfer admission for the fall of your sophomore year into the agriculture major to which you previously applied.

While STEAM students must apply for admission to NC State as transfer students and submit all necessary information including final high school and community college transcripts, they will not need to pay an additional application fee. If students meet all STEAM requirements, admission into the major within NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to which they previously applied is guaranteed.

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. Students who have previous college credit must have less than 14 transferable credit hours, not counting AP credit.

What if I’m not sure if I’m interested in agriculture?
STEAM is probably not a good fit for you. STEAM is an alternative admissions pathway for rural North Carolina students with a genuine interest in agriculture. Participants changing their program to a non-participating STEAM major will no longer be eligible to participate in the program.

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. For Summer Session II, STEAM students will pay tuition, fees, and housing costs to NC State (approximately $3,000). During the fall and spring semester of their freshman year, students will pay the tuition and fees at the community college they choose to attend. Once STEAM students have transferred to NC State, they pay NC State tuition and fees starting the fall semester of their sophomore year.

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 sophomore year.
  • 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.
  • STEAM students return to NC State once per semester in their freshman year for STEAM Weekends. Students stay on campus for STEAM Weekends and participate in athletic events, community service projects, and academic and admissions workshops.


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 $3,000, 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.