The CONNECT program, supported by the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, provides a seamless pathway for students interested in studying natural resources majors at NC State, who are not admitted to NC State as freshmen. The unique program consists of two parts: the CONNECT Summer Experience and a year studying at a transfer institution.

CONNECT students come to NC State for an on-campus full day CONNECT orientation the summer between high school and college. At this important event, CONNECT students learn about all aspects of the program, learn strategies for success in their upcoming courses, and map out their path to NC State.

CONNECT students spend one academic year (fall and spring semesters) at another institution, preferably a North Carolina Community College. CONNECT students receive academic advising and additional support from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. Students who successfully complete the coursework advised by the CONNECT Coordinator, meet all minimum transfer requirements, earn a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, and earn at least 30 transferable credit hours in their first year are guaranteed admission into the major to they previously applied for at NC State.

The CONNECT Program is great for students interested in pursuing a degree in one of the following majors:

  • Forest Management
  • Natural Resources
  • Environmental Technology and Management
  • Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Interested in learning more? Contact Kimber Lunsford, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs for Forestry and Environmental Resources, at