Coronavirus Response

The core mission of New Student Programs at NC State University is to help each new student create a foundation of success. We remain dedicated to that pursuit, even amid our unprecedented current situation and the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with the University of North Carolina System’s decision to move all summer classes online throughout the system, NC State has made the difficult decision to suspend in-person New Student Orientation, Family Orientation and Summer Start programs for summer 2020. These programs are not canceled and will pivot to virtual formats. 

We are saddened that we are not able to host you on campus this summer. However, we are implementing virtual experiences that will help you prepare for your first year at NC State. We will also make sure you are updated with the latest information as the semester approaches, and we will regularly email you using the email address you have on file with Undergraduate Admissions. You can update this email address in your wolfPAW account at any time. For up-to-date information regarding the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit

Update: May 11, 2020

NC State University and New Student Programs recognize the unprecedented nature of our current environment and the uncertainty that remains with Covid-19. New Student Programs’ core mission is to assist each new NC State student to create a foundation of success and we are dedicated to this pursuit. To that end, we wanted to share more information about the upcoming summer and our New Student and Family Orientation and Summer Start programs.

Thank you for your patience as we planned our shift to a virtual orientation program. Our new virtual format will help you prepare for your first year at NC State by presenting information about campus resources and giving both students and families opportunities to pose questions to representatives of university departments and programs. Orientation consists of three parts:

Part 1: Online Orientation Sessions (required for students; highly encouraged for families)

  • Half-day sessions will be offered on Zoom throughout June and July for each academic college or program.
  • Registration is now open. If you have previously registered, your original date will be honored.

Part 2: Online Orientation Platform (required for students; highly encouraged for families)

  • Students and families will watch presentation videos from a variety of campus departments online.
  • The platform will be available the week of June 15, 2020, and can be completed at your own pace. 

Part 3: Transition Talks (optional but encouraged for all)

  • NC State staff and orientation leaders will host live events on Zoom and Instagram throughout the summer to answer your questions and connect you with other members of the Wolfpack.
  • To see a calendar of events and and to register, visit the Transition Talks webpage.

Use the links below to navigate to your orientation program and learn more about what to expect.

Orientation Information

Select the appropriate program for Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will an orientation program for family members still be offered?

Yes, the Family Orientation program will be offered in a virtual format.

Is virtual orientation required?

Orientation continues to be required for all incoming students. Orientation is optional but highly recommended for family members and supporters.

When is virtual orientation? Is there a deadline for students?

Visit the page for your specific program to see online session dates, deadlines for students to complete the Online Orientation Platform and the Transition Talks calendar:

When will I take placement tests?

All placement testing will be administered online and must be completed by May 21, 2020. You can learn more and access tests on the Placement Test webpage.

When will I register for fall courses?

You can only register for fall courses after you consult with an academic advisor. You will complete the advising process online, and then you will register for courses using the online MyPack Portal system. You can find details on the process and timing for advising and registration for each college and program on the following webpages:

How will I get my student ID card?

First, upload a photo for your Wolfpack One Card student ID using our online upload system. You can then pick up your card when the fall semester begins (details coming soon). Visit the Photo Upload webpage to learn more. 

Will the semester begin in person at the regularly scheduled time this fall?

  • NC State is planning to have new and continuing students on campus for the fall semester. We know the best opportunities for students to learn, engage, grow and succeed are available through the in-person interactions, support services and innovative environment that our campus provides.
  • That said, we recognize that COVID-19 will continue to cause challenges to the ways we are accustomed to conducting our teaching, studying, research, outreach and other daily work. 
  • We are committed to creating solutions that will keep the NC State community safe and strong, protect high-risk members of our Pack, and best serve our students.
  • We will be fully prepared to adjust our fall plans as needed based on conditions at the time, as well as any restrictions or additional conditions that could be placed on us by the State of North Carolina and the UNC System. 
  • As we are able, we will release more details about fall 2020 and the path forward on our COVID-19 response website

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