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Frequently Asked Questions

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Appointments allow students to schedule meetings on their own by either using Navigate Student, or by logging into the Navigate.

Campaigns allow you to push out an email to your students that contains a unique URL allowing them to schedule their appointments. The campaign is most often used for shorter periods of time, such as during registration advising.

If you set availability for campaigns and not appointments, the only way students can schedule an appointment with you in Navigate is if you create and send the campaign email.

This depends on the length of time you wish to be available to your students for appointments. Selecting a date range gives you more control over your calendar and availability. Selecting “Forever” is generally not recommended because your availability may change from semester to semester. In this case, it is best to simply update your availability at the start of each term.

If you select the current semester, the date range will cover the first day of class through the last day of finals for that semester.


While most of our services at NC State choose to require 24 hours notice, this parameter is location-specific.

Both Notes and Appointment Summaries will show up on a student’s History tab in Navigate.

A note is not specific to an appointment. The note feature is often used to document an action or approval that was taken on behalf of a student. For example, you might want to document that a student received approval to substitute a different course for a requirement in the major. Additionally, you can choose to share the note with the student, which will be logged in his/her Navigate account.

Appointment summaries are specific to an advising appointment that took place. The summaries documents what college or program the appointment was for, the reason for the appointment, and other elements that might be useful to know about the appointment. This facilitates easy reporting functions in the system, where you can pull data on all of your appointments for specific colleges/programs and appointment reasons. Currently, there is no option to share an appointment summary with a student.

Yes, if you re-open the appointment summary, you can hit the ‘Edit’ button below and make the changes.

If you are using Navigate to schedule appointments, they will automatically appear on your homepage under “Recent Appointments” once the appointment takes place. To add an Appointment Summary for a specific student, you should always go to your homepage in Navigate and click on Actions under Recent Appointments, then “Add Appointment Summary.” This will associate your appointment summary with the scheduled appointment. You will end up seeing duplicate appointments if you try to add the Appointment Summary directly from the student profile, rather than from your Staff Homepage in Navigate.

Calendar Syncing

Yes, as long as you have synced your calendar, it will not show up as an available time for your students to book an appointment.

No, as long as you correctly sync your NCSU Google Calendar with Navigate, students cannot book over existing calendar events on your Google Calendar. However, events on your Google Calendar MUST be set to “Busy” and not “Free.”


When you send the campaign, students will automatically receive an email with a unique link to schedule their appointments. The dates they are able to sign up for will depend on the date range you selected when you set up your campaign.

For example, if you set your campaign to run from April 1-April 25, and you send it out on March 20, students could immediately start signing up for appointments, but the first available slot wouldn’t be until April 1.

Yes, you can create a campaign for group advising by setting the appointment slots to more than one student when creating the campaign. If you have more than one time slot available for group advising, please ensure your group appointment campaign is not overlapping with any other existing availability in the system. This could cause complications with students signing up for the wrong appointment slots. If you have questions about the best way to set up group advising campaigns, please contact our office.

Student Lists

A Student List is a static list of students by student ID. You can use Student Lists in a variety of ways, from maintaining a list of students to track over time, to sending messages or appointment campaigns directly from the Student List.

Saved Searches allow users to conduct a pre-configured Advanced Search without having to manually and repeatedly create a new Advanced Search. Unlike Student Lists, which save a static list of the same students, a Saved Search dynamically regenerates a list of students or users based on the search criteria. This feature can be especially helpful for users who frequently run the same search at different points in the term, as it allows you to maintain consistency with your search parameters.

Alerts and Case Referrals

Advisors can select the “Issue a Referral” button within Navigate to make a non-emergency referral to proactively connect undergraduate students to campus support services.

Click here to see an overview of the alert process in the Navigate system. Every referral automatically sends an email to the student with relevant information about the office to which they were referred. Additionally, some referrals open a case, which automatically notifies that office’s case manager.

Once the case manager is notified, that individual will reach out to the student to offer assistance. When the case manager closes the case, the advisor who initiated the referral will receive an email notification indicating the student has been taken care of.

Update Navigate Access

Navigate NC State access is tied to an individual’s primary role at the University and their access to MyPack. Some Navigate access requires a System Access Request (SAR), which can be submitted through your College/Departmental process.

For departmental employees (including student employees) who require revised access, department heads or their designees can request the updated Navigate access using this form.