New Student Checklist

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As a new student, you probably have lots of questions about where to go to find the resources and information you need about living and learning at NC State. The New Student Checklist will help you start on the path to becoming the newest member of the Wolfpack family.

Note: If you are a first-year student accepted into the Spring Connection program, click here to view the Spring Connection New Student Checklist. 

Click here to download a printable pdf version of the New Student Checklist. 


After you are accepted to NC State …

Every Student Must

Confirm Your Enrollment

We can’t wait for you to come to campus and start enjoying the Wolfpack life!

  • Log into your wolfPAW account to respond to our offer of admission under your To-Do List.
  • The deadline to confirm your acceptance is:
    Fall Semester:  May 1 or within 10 days of receipt of your acceptance
    Spring Semester
    December 1 or within 10 days of receipt of your acceptance

If you choose not to attend, please let Undergraduate Admissions know via your wolfPAW account.

Websitehttps://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu/
Phone: 919.515.2434 (Undergraduate Admissions)
Email: undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu

Access Your Unity Account

  • Your Unity ID is an electronic identification key that allows you to access all of your records and services while associated with NC State. To obtain your Unity ID, log in to https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu/ with your wolfPAW username and password. You will see your Unity ID Credentials (ID and Password) listed on the main page.
  • Your initial Unity ID password is the last four digits of your ID number (found on the wolfPAW page) followed by the month and day of your birth (mmdd).
  • You need your Unity ID and password to access your email and campus services (e.g., eBilling, financial aid, Registration and Records) available via MyPack Portal at https://mypack.ncsu.edu. The first time you visit the Portal (or use any other campus resource), you will be required to change your password from the default and set up security questions.

Websitehttps://oit.ncsu.edu/my-it/unity-credentials/
Phone: 919.515.HELP (4357) (NC State Help Desk)

If you Need/Choose to …

Get Connected to NC State

Now that you are part of the Pack, you need to get to know us better.

Complete the University Housing Application (*required for all first-year students)

Living on campus is an essential part of the Wolfpack experience; that’s why students are required to live on campus their first year. However, transfer students are not required to live on campus and other exceptions can apply for first-year students.

Once you have been offered acceptance at NC State, you should complete a University Housing application. This process is done through MyPack Portal using your student ID number (can be found on your acceptance letter from Undergraduate Admissions).

Select a Preferred Roommate and/or Residence Hall

The University Housing application gives students the optional to select a preferred roommate and a preferred residence hall. If no roommate or residence hall is entered, University Housing will assign you based on lifestyle questions submitted in your application.

If you prefer to choose your own roommate, try our RoomSync Facebook app. RoomSync will use your Facebook profile to suggest matches, or you can search other NC State student profiles.

Check out our 16 Living and Learning Villages!

Living and Learning Villages provide on-campus residents with an additional community based on interests, goals, and lifestyles. There is no additional cost to join a Village, but the benefits are endless. If you do plan to join a Village, there is a separate application in MyPack Portal.

Website: https://housing.ncsu.edu/
Phone: 919.515.2440 (University Housing)
Email: housing@ncsu.edu

Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) assists students with applying for and securing financial assistance.  You will be offered the best funding options available to you depending upon the timing of your application for aid, your level of financial need, and availability funding.  

Financial Aid:

(*not applicable to international students)

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on October 1 and financial aid is awarded on a first come first served basis.  The priority application deadline for financial aid is March 1.  You should submit your FAFSA as soon as possible but definitely by March 1 to maximize your eligibility for grants and scholarships.  You may still submit the FAFSA after that date, but access to grant funding may be limited for students who submit the FAFSA after March 1.  Complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.gov/

Scholarships:

Once you are offered acceptance to NC State University, you can begin applying for scholarships via our scholarship portal, PackASSIST.  For more information, including deadlines, and to log on using your unity credentials, visit: https://go.ncsu.edu/PackASSIST

Website: https://go.ncsu.edu/financialaid
Phone: 919.515.2421 (Scholarships and Financial Aid)
Email: financialaid@ncsu.edu

After you have paid your enrollment deposit …
Every Student Must

Provide Admissions with an Official Final Transcript

You must submit an official final transcript from all institutions you attended prior to enrolling at NC State. Final acceptance is contingent on your maintaining a level of academic performance that is equal to or better than your previous academic record.

  • Failure to submit an official final transcript will cancel your enrollment
  • Mail transcripts to: NC State Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Campus Box 7103, Raleigh, NC 27695-7103

Website: https://admissions.ncsu.edu/
Phone: 919.515.2434 (Undergraduate Admissions)
Email: undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu

Provide Health Insurance

Per state law, students must show evidence of existing creditable insurance coverage (coverage under another health plan), purchase a private insurance plan or enroll in the NC State-sponsored plan (Student Blue). Established students will be able to enroll or waive the insurance beginning June 1st.

Website: https://healthypack.dasa.ncsu.edu/insurance-and-billing/
Phone: 919.513.2563 (Student Health Services)

Complete the Medical and Immunization Forms

Before arriving at NC State University, students are required to submit their medical histories and proof of required immunizations.

3 Easy Steps for Immunization Compliance

Step 1. Send a hard copy proof of your immunizations by any of the ways below: 

Upload to: HealthyPackPortal (The HealthyPackPortal immunization upload option will not be available until 5/17/17. Please fax or mail the immunization document.)

Fax to: ­888.­972.­4149

Mail to:
Attention: Immunizations Department
NC State University, Student Health Services
2815 Cates Ave.
Campus Box 7304
Raleigh, NC 27695-­7304

Or drop it off at the Student Health Center.

We will NOT be accepting records via e-mail. Uploading documents directly into HealthyPackPortal is the most secure and preferred method. Please try to avoid sending in duplicate records.*

Step 2. Enter Your Immunization Dates Online

  • Log into HealthyPackPortal
  • Select the “Immunization”Tab
  • Select “Enter Dates”
  • Use your Immunization Record to enter the dates you received your vaccines.
  • Click Submit
  • Click here for blank IMMUNIZATION FORM to take to your healthcare provider

Step 3. Complete the Health History and TB Screening Forms Online

  • Log into HealthyPackPortal 
  • Select the “forms” tab at the top of the page to take you to a page that allows you to complete your Health History and TB Screening Forms.
  • Make sure all records are officially translated into English.

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Requirement

You are required to have a tuberculosis test if one of the following applies to you:

  • You are an international student from a high risk country
  • You are a non-U.S. citizen from a high risk country
  • You have traveled to a high risk country for more than one week within the last 12 months.

(List of High Risk Countries)

Tuberculosis (TB) tests must be completed in the U.S. TB test administered overseas cannot be accepted. You will have the opportunity to complete the TB test through the NC State Student Health Center upon your arrival.

Parental/Guardian Consent

Please note that for students under age 18 as of the first day of the semester a parent/guardian consent is required for treatment and services at Student Health Services. Complete and submit the Consent for Treatment form prior to the first day of class. Download the form at Parental/Guardian Consent.

It is important to monitor your NC State email and HealthyPackPortal secure messages regarding compliance status. For helpful tips, penalties for non-compliance, and detailed information visit: HealthyPack

Website: https://healthypack.dasa.ncsu.edu/health-records/immunizationtb-compliance/
Phone: 919.515.2563 (Student Health Services)

Access Your Tuition and Fees Information

You will use MyPack Portal to view your eBILLs and detailed student account information. Bills will not be mailed.

  • It is the responsibility of each student, whether or not they receive a statement, to make full payment or complete financial aid information prior to the deadline. Approved and accepted financial aid awards and sponsorships will be noted on the account.  Only the amounts exceeding the award must be paid.
  • View your bill and make an online payment via MyPack Portal. Select Main Menu > Student Self Service > Student Center. Click my Student Account. Bills and detailed account information are on the “Billing and Account History” tabs. Click the red “Make a Payment” button to pay your bill.
  • Tuition and Fees must be paid by the date posted on your billing statement to avoid class schedule cancellation.
    • Fall billing is in July
    • Spring billing is in November
    • Summer I billing is in April
    • Summer II billing is in May
  • Grant parental access to student accounts through the MyPack Portal.  Details are at go.ncsu.edu/parentaccess
  • Sign up for direct deposit to receive refunds through the MyPack Portal.  Details are at go.ncsu.edu/directdeposit
  • Learn more about billing and payment options by visiting go.ncsu.edu/billing
  • Reduce your debt or “payment pain” by enrolling in a monthly payment plan – go.ncsu.edu/mpp
  • Waive or enroll in the NC State Insurance plan (if you don’t waive, you will automatically be enrolled and billed). Learn more at go.ncsu.edu/insurance
  • If you decide not to attend NC State University you must notify Undergraduate Admissions (undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu) no later than the first day of classes (include your full name, student ID  and date of birth in the email). You must also cancel your housing and dining plan if applicable. You will be responsible for all charges on your account including any charges for late cancellations.

Website: https://studentservices.ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.2986 (Cashier’s Office)
Email: studentaccounts@ncsu.edu

Take Placement/Skills Assessments

  • First-year students: To ensure you are registered in the appropriate courses, placement/skills assessments are offered – and some required – in certain subjects such as math, English, chemistry, and foreign languages. To learn more about these assessments, click here.
  • Transfer students:
    • Placement test for math is not required if you have transferable math credit but otherwise you may be required to complete a placement test in mathematics.
    • Transfer students should review the transfer policies of the FIrst-Year Writing Program
    • Based on your needs you may be required to complete placement tests in chemistry and/or foreign languages
    • To learn more about these assessments, click here.

Register to Attend New Student Orientation

You must register for Orientation through your wolfPAW account via https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu/.

  • Click on the “Register for Orientation” link under the “My To-Do List” section on the Dashboard.
  • Read the instructions, select, and submit the Orientation you wish to attend.
  • Only the session(s) available to you are offered as options. Review your Application Status screen in wolfPAW or your acceptance letter from Undergraduate Admissions if you are unsure of your college.
  • Contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 immediately if you have a conflict with attending your designated Orientation session.

Parents and family members are also highly encouraged to attend Family Orientation. The program runs in conjunction with your Orientation session and is designed to introduce families to the academic programs and services available at NC State. Click here to learn how to register your family or call 919.515.1234 for more information.

Website: https://newstudents.dasa.ncsu.edu/orientation/
Phone: 919.515.1234 (New Student Programs)
Email: orientation@ncsu.edu

Review Your College’s Common Reading Program Assignment

(First-year students whose first semester is Summer/Fall only – does not apply to transfer students or first-year students whose first semester is Spring)

This year’s Common Reading was selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and students, as a way of introducing new students to institutional and academic values and expectations.  You will receive a copy of the book when you come to your orientation (so do not buy it), and there will be activities related to the book throughout your first semester.  For information about your college’s expectations and possible related assignments regarding the Common Reading click here.

Website: https://newstudents.dasa.ncsu.edu/commonreading/
Phone: 919.515.1234 (New Student Programs)
Email: orientation@ncsu.edu

Complete AlcoholEDU

All incoming first-year and transfer students under the age of 21 are required to complete AlcoholEdu for College (this includes both parts 1 and 2). Those failing to complete it will have a hold placed on their records, and they will not be able to register for next semester classes. Students turning 21 on/before September 1, 2017 are exempt.

New students entering in Fall of 2017 should login and complete part 1 of the AlcoholEdu program in July 2017. In early to middle July students will receive an email invitation via their university email to begin accessing AlcoholEdu for College. DO NOT ACCESS the program BEFORE July 2017. All students accessing the program before July will have to retake it.

Website: https://alcohol.dasa.ncsu.edu/alcoholedu
Phone: 919.513.3295 (Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Education)
Email: alcohol-drug-ed@ncsu.edu

Review the Office of International Services (OIS) Pre-Arrival Guide for Immigration Information and Arrival Support (*required for all international students)

The Pre-Arrival Guide is available online here: https://internationalservices.ncsu.edu/pre-arrival-information/

Website: http://internationalservices.ncsu.edu/
Phone: 919.515.2961 (Office of International Services)
Email: ois@ncsu.edu

If you Need/Choose to …

Request All AP/IB Test Scores Be Sent to NC State

A full list of the AP/IB credit policies at NC State is available online: https://admissions.ncsu.edu/credit-opportunities

  • Test scores must be submitted to NC State before New Student Orientation
  • All scores must be received directly from the testing agency. Undergraduate Admissions does not accept scores from high school or college transcripts.
  • NC State’s AP Code is: 5496

Website: https://admissions.ncsu.edu/
Phone: 919.515.2434 (Undergraduate Admissions)
Email: undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu

Update Your Home Address and Phone Number

It is very important that your address and phone information are kept current with the university.

Contact Disability Services

Contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) should you require academic accommodations during the year due to physical, mental health and/or learning disabilities.

Website: https://dso.dasa.ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.7653 (Disability Services Office)
Email: disability@ncsu.edu

Grant Parent/Guardian Access to Your Records

You can give your parent or guardian online access to view your financial (billing/payment) and academic information (schedule/grades):

Request a College or Curriculum Change

(Does not apply to students whose first semester is Spring)

Requests to change the program into which you were accepted must be submitted to and approved by Undergraduate Admissions prior to June 1.

  • Email your request to undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu and provide your complete name and date of birth.
  • You cannot change your program after June 1 or during Orientation

Website: https://admissions.ncsu.edu/
Phone: 919.515.2434 (Undergraduate Admissions)
Email: undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu

Sign up for Your Meal Plan (*required for all first-year students living on campus)

NC State’s award-winning dining program offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, dining halls, convenience stores and vending machines, and meal plans make it easy to eat with the Pack. Whether you live in on-campus housing or commute to campus, there are affordable plans to meet your needs.

All first-year students (students entering college for the first time) living in on-campus housing are required to have a meal plan. To sign up or compare meal plan options, go to dining.ncsu.edu. You have until September 30 each fall and January 31 each spring to make changes.

Website: http://dining.ncsu.edu/
Phone: 1.800.701.4940 (NC State Dining)

Review Options for Bringing a Computer

Most students bring a laptop or computer when they come to NC State. Be sure to review the computer specifications at https://go.ncsu.edu/comp-specs and check with your individual department or college before purchasing your computer.

The Bookstore offers laptops from Apple and Lenovo. Each model is custom configured to meet or exceed the University’s minimum requirements for student laptop purchases. Each model qualifies for education discounts and walk-in technical support from the on-campus Support Services Center.

Website: https://go.ncsu.edu/ncsubookstore_computers
Phone: 919.515.2161 (NC State Bookstores)
Email: bookstore@ncsu.edu

Review Campus Parking Permit Information

Parking on campus requires a valid NC State Parking Permit. Permits are sold online beginning in early July.  Eligibility to purchase a permit is based on a student’s credit hours on file with Registration and Records. Freshmen may purchase a parking permit; however most freshmen will only be eligible to RS-Resident Storage (Centennial Campus) which is served by Wolfline, the University’s transit service.

Please visit Transportation’s website www.ncsu.edu/transportation for more detailed information regarding permit options and Wolfline.

Website: www.ncsu.edu/transportation
Phone: 919.515.3424 (Transportation)

Keep Your Computer and Information Safe

Be careful about what information you share on all of your devices and never share your password with anyone, even your parents.

  • Phishing attacks are common on campus; and we remind you that the NC State Help Desk will never ask you for your password.
  • If you receive suspicious email or other notices requesting your password, consider them spam and delete them immediately.
  • All of your technology devices, including smartphones and tablets, should be password-protected and kept up-to-date with security patches and antivirus protection, if available.

Website: https://oit.ncsu.edu/it-security/safe-computing
Phone: 919.515.HELP (4357) (NC State Help Desk)
Email: help@ncsu.edu

Purchase Your Textbooks

After you have registered for your classes, go to MyPack Portal https://mypack.ncsu.edu or to the NC State Bookstore’s website and order your textbooks. All you will need is your student ID to view your textbook list and order your books. The Bookstore offers a robust online ordering system that includes online price comparison, textbook rental, ebooks and textbook buyback. Students eligible for financial aid may also order their books online and the bill will be sent directly to the University Cashier’s Office.

Website: https://go.ncsu.edu/textbooks
Phone: 919.515.3424 (NC State Bookstores)
Email: bookstore@ncsu.edu

Get WolfTV for Your On-Campus Room

The Office of Information Technology provides an all-digital, comprehensive cable television package (WolfTV) for students living on campus.

Website: https://go.ncsu.edu/wolftv
Phone: 919.515.3153 (Office of Information Technology)
Email: student_telecommunications@ncsu.edu

Consider Participating in One of NC State’s Additional Summer Programs

(Does not apply to students whose first semester is Spring)

There are a number of optional supplemental programs offered to assist students in their transition to the university. Consider participating in one (or more) of the following:

Wolfpack Bound

Open to all first-year and transfer students

Wolfpack Bound, a program offered by University Recreation for incoming students, provides an outdoor adventure trip complement to the traditional NC State New Student Orientation.  By participating in a five-day Wolfpack Bound trip, students will meet other incoming first-year students, create connections with faculty and staff, and learn outdoor skills in the natural beauty of North Carolina (either backpacking in the mountains or sea kayaking on the coast in the Outer Banks).

Website: https://recreation.ncsu.edu/outdoor/wolfpack-bound

Symposium for Multicultural Scholars

Open to all first-year and transfer students

The purpose of the Symposium is to maximize the academic success of incoming African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native American/Indigenous first-year students by providing information about opportunities that enhance your academic experience and knowledge of campus resources, multicultural faculty and staff, cultural heritage, networking, and other strategies for success. The Symposium fosters a sense of community and provides a foundation to ensure academic success on our college campus.

Website: go.ncsu.edu/MSAsymposium

GLBT Symposium

Open to all first-year and transfer students

The GLBT Symposium is a half-day welcome and community-building experience designed to provide incoming students with information about the GLBT Center, annual events, and ways to get involved. Students will learn about GLBT student organizations on campus, opportunities to volunteer through the GLBT Center, and GLBT resources in the local community. Incoming students will get a chance to connect with each other and hear from returning students about what it’s like to be GLBT at NC State. This annual event is a great way for students to make new friends, enjoy free food, and have some fun. Lunch will be provided.

Website: https://oied.ncsu.edu/glbt/signature-programs/

Summer Start

Open to all first-year and transfer students

Summer Start assists new students with the transition from high school to college through five weeks of college courses and campus involvement during Summer Session II. Summer Start works closely with each college to ensure students will be enrolled in academic courses towards their specific major to get them on the accelerated path to graduation. In addition to up to eight credit hours of university coursework, many optional social, academic, leadership, and service programs are planned throughout the week and on weekends. Summer Start will provide a strong introduction to the culture of NC State and a jump start on your academic degree requirements. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get ahead with a smaller community of your peers.

Website: https://newstudents.dasa.ncsu.edu/summerstart/

First Year Inquiry in Prague

Open to all first-year students

A two-week experience merging the high-impact experiences of a first year inquiry course and study abroad, earning 3 GEP credits before the start of the semester. Students will be immersed in inquiry-guided learning utilizing the historic and beautiful city of Prague as their classroom.

Benefits for students include:
  • developing a cohort of friends
  • building strong relationships with faculty
  • gaining essential cross-cultural competence
  • earning 3 credits and fulfill two GEPs requirements before their first semester

Website: https://studyabroad.ncsu.edu/fyiprague