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Common Reading

The purpose of the NC State Common Reading initiative ( is to create a common educational and interactive experience for incoming undergraduate students, introducing them to the University's institutional and academic values and expectations, including engagement as members of this community of scholars. Each year the author of the selected book is invited to be the keynote speaker for the annual Wolfpack Welcome Week Convocation (Monday, August 18, 2014). Additionally, there are typically opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to interact with the author as s/he meets with various campus groups throughout their time at NC State.

Students will receive their personal copy of the selected Common Reading selection during their orientation, and will be expected to read the text prior to returning to campus for the beginning of the semester.  If you need a head start, your local library will likely have a copy, but there is no need to purchase your own.  Each college has different expectations of their students regarding the Common Reading; some will have a related assignment, blog entry, or small group discussion opportunity during the semester.  Be sure to click on the link for your college below to learn your college's specific expectations.

Specific expectations for each college will be listed as it is confirmed.

  • Agricultural Institute
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Resources
  • College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Textiles
  • Environmental Sciences
  • First Year College
  • Life Sciences First-Year
  • Poole College of Management