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.

The CONNECT summer experience is an important component of the program. Students live on campus at NC State for a five-week session the summer between high school and college. During this time, students take two NC State courses, participate in activities related to natural resources disciplines, and connect with NC State faculty, staff, and students.

CONNECT students then spend two semesters (fall and spring) at another institution taking transferable coursework with advisor and additional support from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. Students who earn a C or better in every course, a 3.0 overall GPA, and 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