The first year at NC State can be overwhelming. About 41 percent of freshman and transfer students reported feeling "lonely" or "isolated" after their first year at NC State, and none had developed a relationship with a faculty or staff member. We want our students to be connected, accepted, respected, and encouraged. 

CALS CARES is a summer/early fall program with a goal of helping first-year students connect with faculty and staff members in the college. It is an opportunity for new NC State students to start building essential relationships early. Students and volunteer faculty and staff read a book selection together during the summer. In September, they meet in small groups for a one-hour book discussion. 

Incoming students interested in CALS Cares should contact CALS Advising Team for more information.