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How to Get Started as an Online Student

We are delighted that you have chosen NC State University as your academic provider for online courses in engineering and computer science. Engineering Online (EOL) is the administrative organization within the College of Engineering that provides logistical support for online students. EOL can help you begin the steps towards completing an online class, the Computer Programming Certificate, or a graduate degree in engineering or computer science.

To begin, follow these steps:

  1. Determine your capability to view the lectures delivered by streaming media technology.  If you cannot view the lectures, you will not be able to complete the class. Lectures will not be sent to students in another format.

  2. Within the first two weeks of class, you will be asked to submit the name of a person to serve as a proctor for your exams.  This person could be your manager, human resources or education manager, or an employee in a professional or academic testing center.  If you cannot find a person who can be approved by EOL to serve as your proctor in your city, state or country, you will not be allowed to continue in an Engineering Online class.  Students residing in the Research Triangle area can come to campus and have their exams proctored by the local proctoring site.

  3. Review the tuition and fees listed on the cashier’s web site.  Once you are enrolled in a class at NC State University, you are expected to pay for all tuition and fees unless you withdraw before classes begin for the semester.  It is your responsibility to handle the financial arrangements for your class(es) either by direct payment, completing necessary financial aid or veterans forms or completing the Third Party Sponsorship form on the cashier’s website if your company will be paying NC State directly for your tuition and fees.

  4. Determine your ability to submit homework assignments, projects, and other course requirements on time.  The preferred method of submitting these assignments will be determined by your instructor.  Access to a scanner and fax machine are important in submitting assignments for many EOL courses.  Engineering Online often serves as a liaison between the student and the instructor making it possible for homework to be submitted, time-stamped and forwarded to the instructor.  All graded homework will be returned to you via email as a PDF attachment.

  5. Study the NC State calendar to determine when classes begin for the specific semester.  You should plan to begin classes on time and not get behind.  NC States uses a semester format for its classes.

  6. Estimate your time commitment for taking online classes.  If you are full-time employed, you should begin by enrolling in one class.  After you become familiar with the online format and your available time for studying and completing course assignments, you may be allowed to enroll in two graduate classes during the fall and spring semesters.

  7. Determine which student status is most appropriate for your goals.  If you want to complete a master’s degree, you should apply for admissions to the degree program and specify that you want to be in the distance track.  Students who are unsure of their goals or who missed the application deadline may be registered as a non-degree student.  Up to 12 hours of credit taken in the NDS (non-degree student) status can be transferred into a degree program if you have earned a B or higher, not B-, in each class.  On campus students must obtain approval from his/her advisor or the Director of Graduate Programs to be enrolled in an online class in engineering or computer science.  Students wishing to be enrolled in an undergraduate computer science class must demonstrate that they have completed the pre-requisites for the course or contact the advisor in the Department of Computer Science for approval.

  8. Complete the registration process through Engineering Online.  Students cannot register for classes through the university’s registration system in MyPack Portal.  The EOL Registrar will help you complete the steps needed to be registered.

  9. If you are a new student and have completed the Non-Degree Student Application, read carefully the information sent to you from the University about your student ID number and your unity ID.  You will need to use your student ID number in all communications with the university, and your unity ID will be your username.  NC State will provide you with a student email address using your unity ID.

  10. Contact the Engineering Online office if you have any questions and make sure that emails coming from NC State do not automatically go into your spam folder. 
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