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Learn About the Experience

Check out the video below to hear from Savannah Jones as she reflects on her experience in the Environmental First Year (ENVFY) Program. Jones, who enrolled into the program in 2019, is now majoring in environmental science with a minor in environmental education.


ENVFY students can participate in a variety of environmentally-focused programs, including:

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Field Trip
    The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the southeastern United States, offering over four floors of exhibits that allow students to explore everything from regional habitats and wildlife to prehistoric fossils.
  • Agroecology Service Day
    Students have the opportunity to visit the NC State Agroecology Farm. After completing a tour of the facility, they complete a service project. Learn More

Major Talks

Since one of the goals of the ENVFY Program is to explore different majors, representatives host information sessions each fall where students can learn more about each program. In addition to their intended major, students must explore at least one other major.

Strengths & Career Assessments

  • Focus 2 Career Assessment
    All NC State students have access to complete the Focus 2 assessment. Focus 2 is a free career assessment that asks students about their interests, skills and values. Once completed, students can learn about possible majors and careers that fit their criteria. 
  • CliftonStrengths Assessment
    The CliftonStrengths assessment is a common experience for all incoming NC State students. Students will take this assessment and learn about their top five strengths. As part of the ENV 100 course, they will learn how to use these strengths in their academic and professional careers.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders are upper-class students who have already completed the ENV 100 course and return to the program to support incoming students. They are placed in each ENV 100 section to share their experiences and serve as a resource. In addition to serving in the classroom, they also plan out-of-class programs to help students academically.  

Peer Leader Events

  • Study break for final exams
  • Academic scavenger hunt


There are many housing options for students to consider for their first year. The ENVFY Program knows how important having a village of peers is to a student’s academic and social experience. As a result, we’ve partnered with the EcoVillage Living and Learning Initiative located in Lee Residence Hall. While the experience is open to all NC State students, several seats are reserved for ENVFY students. Students in this community will also take the same section of ENV 101.