Signature Events

First in the Pack offers initiatives designed specifically for you to meet other students, network with faculty and staff, learn about campus resources, and experience NC State traditions.  Click on the events below to learn more about the signature events for First in the Pack students and find the ways you will get connected!

First in the Family Virtual Welcome (July 24)

Friday, July 24 | 4:30 pm | via Zoom

This annual event celebrates the success of our incoming first-generation college students and provides you with an informal opportunity to meet and connect with faculty and staff, along with new and current students all who identify as first generation. Bring your family and join us to celebrate the achievements of all first-gen students and their families before Move-In Week.

Click here to register for the First in the Family Reception, and don’t forget to register by July 20th!

Sponsored by the Parents and Families Services Office and First in the Pack.

First in the Pack Fall Welcome Event (Canceled for Fall 2020)


NC State celebrates incoming first-generation college students for being mavericks improving the lives of not only themselves but for their families, communities, and the state of North Carolina.

Students will receive a “First in the Pack” pin and a tour of the Bell Tower. First-generation administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to the event to network, make connections, and celebrate the students in attendance.

Nav1Gate Summit (September 20)

Sunday, September 20 | 11:30 am – 3:30 pm | Via Zoom

Nav1Gate Summit is a professional development workshop for incoming first-year and transfer first-generation college students, designed to support students in building plans for success at NC State.  Participants will complete a strengths inventory; learn about channeling their individual strengths; connect with other first-gen students and staff members, and develop goals for their time at NC State.

Click here to register for the Nav1Gate Summit!

Note: There are no costs to participate in the Nav1Gate Summit.

First in the Pack Student Celebration Day (November 8)

Sunday, November 8 | Free Expression Tunnel

Come leave your mark and celebrate the legacy first-generation students make on our campus!  In honor of the national First-Generation College Celebration Day on November 8, all NC State first-generation college students are invited to participate in painting a mural on the Free Expression Tunnel.  Giveaways and paint supplies are provided at this drop-in event.

Sponsored by New Student Programs and TRIO Collegiate Programs