NC State Glossary

Period during the beginning of the semester when students can still make changes their course schedule by adding or dropping a course.

Debit account into which students can deposit money and use at various locations around campus. AllCampus purchases are made with a student’s Wolfpack One Card at dining halls, campus eateries, vending machines, the NC State Bookstores, laundry machines, the Transportation Department, and Ticket Central.

Officially named “University Plaza,” the Brickyard is a public plaza at the heart of North Campus. It’s one of the most active places on campus and is the site of numerous events throughout the semester.

Convenience stores around campus that accept the Wolfpack One Card and offer food, beverages, and personal items.

These words are used interchangeably to mean a group of students meeting regularly to study a subject.

If a course is full and has no waitlist spots, it is considered closed. Students cannot register for closed courses.

A University document which outlines responsibilities and rights of all NC State Students. This applies to all students from the time they accept admission to NC State through the end of their program.

At NC State, the term “college” is used to designate a division of the university where studies are focused on a particular area. For example, the College of Management offers majors and classes in the subjects of business, accounting, and economics.

Credit hours are used to measure the amount of time spent in a class. At NC State, each credit hour represents approximately three hours of student work per week (usually one hour of in-class time and two hours of individual preparation and work). Therefore, a three-credit hour class represents nine hours of work, and a total class schedule of 12 credit hours represents about 36 hours of work per week. As an undergraduate, you must remain enrolled in at least 12 credit hours throughout the semester. Graduate students must maintain enrollment in at least 9 credit hours. Failure to do so will jeopardize your immigration status. Your home university may have additional credit hour requirements.

NC State’s electronic billing system available online through MyPack Portal

The University’s preferred method of payment.

Online method of bill payment using a debit or credit card. A 2% transaction fee is charged on all credit or debit card payments. NC State accepts MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Diner’s Club Cards.

This is the collective group of professors that teach classes at the university level

First Day of Class

Tunnel connecting the two halves of campus together. Students are free to paint within the tunnel at any time.

Students using hands to paint wall of free expression tunnel

Sells fresh and packaged food, non-prescription medications, personal hygiene products, and some household supplies. Some also include a pharmacy for prescription medications.

Delicious ice cream made on campus. It can be purchased at D.H. Library, Bragaw C-Store, Wolf Village Apartments, Honors Village C-Store, Hunt Library, and in Talley Market. Howling Cow is also proud to have the longest line at the NC State Fair in October!

Last Day of Class

Dockless public share bikes. Limebikes can be found all over campus. A 30 minute ride is only 50 cents with an NCSU email address. Download the LimeBike app to get started.

A major is a concentration or significant amount of study in one subject area. For exchange students, you are placed in a curriculum for visa purposes because you are not pursuing a major or degree at NC State. Because of this, you may not always be permitted to take the same classes as NC State students in the major or degree program.

MyPack is the software used for student records and information, student billing accounts, and course registration.

Research Triangle Park is one of the largest research parks in the world. It is headquartered in the Morrisville/Cary area.

Your Student ID number is the unique number you are given at the time of registration with our office. This number is associated with your student account and AllCampus account. This is different from the Unity ID.

These stores include Walmart, Target, and K-Mart. Superstores sell everything from bed linens to electronics to cell phone plans. They are relatively inexpensive and sometimes include a grocery section. The Target store on Hillsborough Street is a small model superstore catering to the needs of college students.

This is the name of the class outline that faculty give to students on the first day of class. It will most often include the name of your professor, contact information, schedule of readings and assignments, grading policies, and other important information.

Science Technology Engineering and Math are subjects that NC State is known for excellence in

The Triangle refers to the three hub cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and the major research universities within each city (NC State, Duke, and UNC Chapel Hill).

Your UnityID is the unique login ID given to you at the time of registration with our office. It should be a combination of letters and (sometimes) numbers. Your UnityID can be used to log in to almost any university website or computer, so it’s important to memorize yours. This is different from the Student ID Number.

As courses fill up, some will allow students the option of signing up for the waiting list. When an enrolled student drops the course, waitlisted students will be bumped up and may have a chance of automatically being enrolled in the course. The smaller the waitlist number, the better the chances of being enrolled before the last day to add a class.

Free campus bus service available to all NC State students

Student ID card which can be used to access services like the gym and library, to make purchases at campus locations, and to eat meals at University Dining locations.

Weekend bus service from campus to Glenwood South entertainment district with connections to Downtown Raleigh. Transportation provides this service Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 9PM to 3AM.

University website with pages for each class in which a student is enrolled. Students can use WolfWare (Moodle) to check grades, turn in assignments, participate in online discussions, and find syllabi and course readings.

You all. This phrase is commonly used in everyday conversation in Raleigh.

Car share program offered through NCSU Transportation. By renting a Zipcar, students can have the convenience of car ownership without the hassle of maintaining a car on campus.