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Symposium for Multicultural Scholars

The Symposium for Multicultural Scholars is a summer education and transitional experience for students from traditionally underserved populations. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for incoming undergraduate first year and transfer students and provide them with information about campus support, personnel and resources as a basis for helping ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State

This year we are excited to host the Inaugural Spring Symposium for Multicultural Scholars on Friday, January 4th for NC State’s 2019 Spring Connection students! The Spring Symposium will mirror some of the programming and sessions in the summer but will be full of information necessary for students starting at NC State in January to be successful at joining the Wolfpack.

2019 Symposium Date
Wednesday, August 14 – Friday, August 16

Priority Registration Deadline
Monday July 8 by 9:00am

Final Registration Deadline
Monday July 29 by 9:00am

Who is welcome to attend the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars?
While the Symposium places emphasis on supporting traditionally underserved students, no student group is excluded from participating in any program or services offered by Multicultural Student Affairs.

What time will the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars begin and end? 
This year the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars will take place 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 14 through 5 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019.

Is there a fee for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars? 
Students living in on-campus University Housing who register for Symposium by the priority deadline are able to attend at no cost. Registration covers meals, materials and costs associated with checking in early to con campus residence halls.

NC State and Multicultural Student Affairs are not responsible for securing housing or covering associated early move in fees for any off campus housing.

However, fees can be charged directly to your student account for the following reasons:

  1. Registering after the priority deadline.

    Any student that registers after the priority deadline will be required to assume costs associated with moving into their Residence hall. Early check-in for Symposium Students through University Housing is $25 per day, a total of $50 for two nights.


  2. Moving in prior to August 14, 2019

    Any student who moves in earlier than August 14, 2019 will be charged per night  early check-in fee via University Housing. If that student is registered for Symposium we will still cover the early move in fees associated with August 14 and 15 as long as the student fully participates in the Symposium.


  3. Moving in early but not attending Symposium

    Any registered student who checks into their residence hall early but does not participate in the full Symposium for Multicultural Scholars will be charged a per night early move-in  fee from University Housing.

How do I register for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars? 
All students planning to attend must register through the registration form. Located on this website. Please be sure to pay attention to deadlines and important dates.

If I have a conflict on for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars, what should I do?
Schedule accommodations can be made for students who are participating in Symposium and another early start program. Students should communicate these scheduling conflicts with their Symposium Counselor during their first small group meeting on August 14, 2019.

Do we have to attend Symposium? 
No, however we strongly encourage all multicultural students as well as other interested students to attend.

Where should we go first on August 14, 2019? 
Students should report directly to their on-campus or off campus residence to move in. Early residence hall check-in is available between 8:00 am -1pm on August 14, 2019. Any student living off-campus will need to coordinate early move-in with their leasing office.

What should I bring to the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars sessions? 
Most materials are provided as a part of registration. However, students can bring a bag or backpack to carry daily provided materials and a light jacket or sweater. Buildings are air conditioned and students often report being cold.

Should my parents come?
Parents are welcome to participate in a portion of the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars on Wednesday August 14, 2019. This would include the Opening Session and Parent/Guardian resource panel. After those sessions, parents will have an opportunity to say goodbye prior to departing campus.

If I attend the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars, do I still need to attend Orientation?
Yes, all incoming first-year students are required to attend Orientation. The Symposium for Multicultural Scholars is optional, but strongly encouraged for students from traditionally underserved populations.