Spend a Day at State

We invite high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students to visit the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and explore NC State’s campus.

Through Spend a Day at State, you will learn more about the academic experience and our many majors and enrichment programs. We will explain the "perks" CALS, answer your questions, and show you why CALS is unique.

Your visitation includes:

  • A CALS information session
  • A class observation (for visiting student only)
  • A meeting with a faculty member in your major of interest
  • Lunch in a campus dining hall with current CALS students
  • Optional afternoon sessions based on your interests (e.g., participate in a walking tour, explore campus on your own, and more) 

Please note: Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are welcome to participate in all parts of the Spend a Day at State experience, with the exception of the class observation (for visiting student only). 

Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Interested in a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree?

Ready to register for the 4-year Spend a Day at State Program?


Below are dates for the Fall 2016 Spend a Day at State Program:

Friday, September 9

Friday, September 16

Friday, September 23

Friday, September 30

Friday, October 14

Friday, October 21

Friday, October 28

Friday, November 4

Friday, November 11

Friday, November 18

Please note that this will be the registration for the 4-year CALS Spend a Day at State Program. See below for details on the 2-year Agricultural Institute Spend a Day at State program.

Sorry, we are not able to take requests by phone. If you have questions, email Joanna Eglinton.

Interested in a 2-Year Associate of Applied Science Degree?

Learn more about the 2-year programs offered through Agricultural Institute (AGI) and register for the Agricultural Institute Spend a Day at State.

Information for Your Visit

How do I get to campus?
NC State University is in downtown Raleigh, NC. View these directions to campus

Where do I park?
Parking is limited and visitors must park in designated areas. There are a few options for parking. The NCSU Transportation website has more information about obtaining a visitor permit. You will also receive a detailed email that explains parking options after you register.

How long will I be on campus?
The length of time will vary based on your interests. You will receive a email after registration and before your visit with details about arrival time. The minimum time commitment is typically 9:00am-12:30pm, however, afternoon options are available (which includes a complimentary lunch for visiting students; guests will need to pay the current dining hall fee).

What does the day include?
The day includes a general college information session, a class observation for students, and a meeting with faculty in your department of interest. Our program is flexible for the afternoon, so you can explore campus on your own. CALS offers many majors, and you will learn more about the academic experience as well as our enrichment programs. In a nutshell, we are going to explain the "perks" of our College and answer any questions you may have.  You will receive a detailed schedule upon arrival.

What if I want more information about my major of interest?
We will provide summary sheets, semester displays with courses, and a contact sheet for the major of interest you chose during registration. We also will schedule a meeting with faculty members so you can learn more.

What if I want information about human or animal medicine opportunities (pre-med or pre-vet)?
Many CALS students have an interest in attending professional schools after they earn their degree. We have two Professional Advising Centers on campus that can help. If you are interested in animal medicine, then VetPAC is the place for you. If you are interested in human health fields, you should check out HealthPAC. These are optional afternoon visits when you register.

Is there a campus tour?
Yes, you can choose to participate in the one-hour campus tour during your visit. The tour takes place from 2:15-3:15pm and is typically the last part of your visit.

Interested in CALS 4-Year Programs?

Nationally and internationally recognized, CALS offers a variety of high-quality academic programs that lead to challenging and rewarding careers, including graduate school or professional school. Our areas of study available include disciplines in both the life sciences and the agricultural sciences.


Life Sciences Programs 

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Bioprocessing Sciences 
  • Environmental Science
  • Microbiology 
  • Natural Resources
  • Nutrition Science
  • Plant Biology
  • Zoology

Agricultural Sciences Programs

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Science
  • Extension Education
  • Food Science
  • Horticulture Science
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Poultry Science
  • Turfgrass Science

Students interested in medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school can take the courses necessary to apply by majoring in any number of programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.