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New Math Majors

Welcome to the Math Wolfpack Family!

Congratulations on deciding to become a Math Major at NC State! We look forward to meeting you and assisting in joining your new family, the Math WolfPack!

Registration for classes is done through the Self-Registration Program. Each incoming first-year student will be assigned an enrollment window for one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 4 (8 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, June 5 (8 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.)
  • Thursday, June 6 (8 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.)
  • Friday, June 7 (8 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.)

After your window closes at 11:59pm, you will not be able to register until open enrollment begins on Monday, June 10. It is very important that you register during your assigned time.

Please note: enrollment dates will be randomly assigned after evenly dividing students into four groups by major. Each of these groups will then be assigned one of the above dates to register for classes. All available seats in classes will also be divided evenly, with a fourth of seats opening each day. This process will keep registration for new students as equitable as possible.

After all incoming first-year students have had a chance to enroll, you will be able to make additional schedule changes beginning Monday, June 10. Remember all new students are expected to attend New Student Orientation.

All new math students will need to contact the First Year Advisor, Elizabeth (Betsy) Alexieff at to request a phone or Zoom appointment to discuss courses and registration concerns. 

Note: We would appreciate very much if all the NC State related email communications are sent using the NC State email address as we can better locate the student information in our system.

Contacts for Freshmen Registration:

     Primary Contact:
Elizabeth (Betsy) Alexieff
First Year Advisor,
College of Sciences | 919.513. 2848
217 Bureau of Mines
Secondary Contact:
Dr. Alina Duca
Director of Undergraduate
Programs in Mathematics | 919.515.1875
2108 SAS Hall

A few things to check before registering for classes: 

Guidance for creating your Fall Schedule

Students should make certain that their schedule consists of at least 12 credits hours (required to be a full-time student). The typical course load for freshmen in their first semester is 15-17 credit hours (cr).  Students should start building their schedule with the following courses:

  • COS 100 (2cr) – required orientation course for College of Sciences (COS)
  • MA 141 or 241 or 242 (4cr) → based on MA placement score or AP credit
    • For MA 141 enrollment (Calculus 1) take the placement test
      Recommended section: MA 141.050 (or MA 141.004)
    • For MA 241 enrollment (Calculus 2) you must have credit for MA141 either via AP Calculus AB, BC or from previously having completed MA 141 (or equivalent). 
      Recommended section: MA 241.050 (or MA 241.004 or MA 241.005)
    • For MA 242 enrollment (Calculus 3) you must have credit for MA 241 either from AP Calculus BC or from previously having completed MA 242 (or equivalent). 
      Recommended section: MA 242.050 (or MA 242.002 or MA 242.005)

If you think you satisfy the prerequisite to enroll in MA241 or MA242 but your transfer credits (AP or from other institution) are not yet active in Pack Portal please submit a request for enrollment using this form: Math Enrollment Override Request for new students in MA, AMA

  • ENG 101 (4cr) → English placement information can be found here.)

Your remaining credit hours (in order to be enrolled in 15-17cr) can be chosen to satisfy one of the General Education Requirements (perform a Degree Audit).  Students typically enroll in either 1cr of HESF (health class) or 3cr of a GEP course. Example: SOC 203

University Honors or Scholars Program – If you accepted an invitation to the University Honors Program, an Honors Seminar should have been added to your schedule.  If you accepted an invitation to the University Scholars Program, USP 110 “Scholars Forum” should have been added to your schedule.

Foreign Language Requirement – The University requires that all students demonstrate proficiency at the FL* 102 level in a modern or classical foreign language to graduate from NC State.  Most students meet the foreign language proficiency requirement by earning a C- or better in each of two units of high school study of the same foreign language (American Sign Language may also be used to meet the proficiency). International students whose native fluency is in a language other than English usually meet the proficiency based on their native language.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY – Non-native speakers of English may choose to take a foreign language section of ENG 100 and ENG 101 (FLE 100 and FLE 101). Contact Dr. Jillian Haeseler in the Department of Foreign Languages or visit the NC State ESL website for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

–> How many credit hours should I take in the fall?

Students should make certain that their schedule consists of at least 12 credits hours (required to be a full-time student). The First Year Advisor will help to determine an appropriate course load, depending on the difficulty of your chosen courses

–> Why are there already some courses on my schedule if I am required to Self-Register?

Registration and Records may have put some courses on schedules via the “Batch Registration” process. Do not drop any of these unless you discussed it with your advisor.

–> Can I drop courses that may appear on my schedule?

Note: All First Year students in the College of Sciences are expected to participate in the COS 100 course.

Yes, students have flexibility to drop these courses if not needed.  However, they should first consult with the First Year Advisor.


Undergraduate Catalog

Understanding Prerequisites and Holds

General Education Program Requirements

First Year Inquiry Courses

Health and Exercise Studies Courses

Self Registration Program

The Academic Calendar & Exam Calendar

Semester by Semester Plan for Applied Math

Semester by Semester Plan for Math and Applied Math

Perform a Degree Audit & Using the Pack Planner

Using the Enrollment Wizard

Learn more about how to register for courses

Information about Placement Tests