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Symposium for Multicultural Scholars

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

The Symposium for Multicultural Scholars is hosted twice a year, In August as a three-day experience for fall admitted students and in January as a one-day program for Spring Connect students.

Spring 2020 Symposium for Multicultural Scholars – Spring Connect Students
Saturday January 4

Registration Opens: October 15, 2019
Registration Closes: Friday, December 6, 2019

Fall 2020 Symposium for Multicultural Scholar- Fall Admitted Students
Tuesday, August 11 – Friday, August 14

Registration Opens: Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Priority Registration Deadline
Monday, July 6 by 9:00 a.m.

Final Registration Deadline
Monday, July 20 by 9:00 a.m.

On-Campus Housing Move-in
Tuesday, August 11

Who is welcome to attend the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars?
While the Symposium places emphasis on supporting historically 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 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 11 through 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020.

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 on 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. These fees are determined by University Housing.
  • 2. Moving in prior to August 11, 2020
    Any student who moves in earlier than August 11, 2020 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 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 program 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 with their NC State email address through the registration form located on this website. Please be sure to pay attention to deadlines and important dates. You will receive a copy of your responses to confirm your registration.

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 Mentor during their first small group meeting on August 12, 2020.

Where should we go first on August 11, 2020?
Students should report directly to their on-campus or off campus residence to move in. Early residence hall check-in is available between 9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.on August 11, 2020. Any student living off-campus will need to coordinate early move-in with their leasing office. A Welcome Social will be hosted following move-in for all registered students and their families.

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.

If I attend the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars, do I still need to attend Orientation?
Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer students are required to attend Orientation.

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

For the first time this year, we will be offering two tracks during the Spring Symposium, one for Spring Connect students and another for second semester first-year students, including transfer students in their first year at NC State.

What time will the Spring Symposium for Multicultural Scholars begin and end?
This year the Spring Symposium for Multicultural Scholars will take place, 9:30 a.m.4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4.

Is there a fee for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars?
There is no cost for students to attend. Registration covers all meals and materials.

How do I register for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars?
All students planning to attend must register with their NC State email address through the registration form located on this website. Please be sure to pay attention to deadlines and important dates. You will receive a copy of your responses to confirm your registration.

What should I bring to the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars sessions?
Materials are provided as a part of registration. However, students can bring a bag or backpack to carry provided materials and a light jacket or sweater.

If I attend the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars, do I still need to attend Orientation?
Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer students are required to attend Orientation.

If you are interested in becoming a 2020 Symposium Mentor, please follow the link below to apply. This application will close on Monday, January 16 at 9:00am

The Symposium for Multicultural Scholars will take place August 11-14, 2020.