Fall First-Year Family Orientation

Holladay Hall on a gorgeous day

This page has information from 2020 orientation programs.
Summer/Fall 2021 information will be available in the coming months.

Welcome to NC State!

The Office of New Student Programs welcomes you to NC State University, a community of achievers, rich in tradition and academic excellence. To assist you and your family as new members of the Wolfpack community, we invite you to participate in the Family Orientation program. The program is designed specifically for parents and families of first-year students, and it takes place parallel to the Student Orientation Program.

Due to impacts from COVID-19, NC State is shifting summer 2020 orientation programs to a virtual format. For up-to-date information about the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus.

All enrolled students are required to complete orientation. In addition, we strongly recommend that family members complete the concurrent Family Orientation program. The cost of participation for students and families is included in the mandatoryfirst-year student feecharged to all new first-year students. No payment is due to New Student Programs, and the first-year student fee will be included in your fall tuition bill.

Orientation consists of three parts:

Part 1 – Online Orientation Session
(required for students; strongly encouraged for families)

New students and families are invited to attend a half-day orientation session via Zoom in June or July. Student attendance is required, and families are strongly encouraged to attend. During the program, you and your student will learn about the NC State academic experience, ask questions of current student Orientation Leaders and hear from your student’s academic college or program.

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Part 2 – Online Orientation Platform
(required for students; strongly encouraged for families)

In addition to the half-day Zoom session, families can watch video presentations through our Online Orientation Platform. This experience will be self-paced throughout the summer and will include information related to living on campus, navigating university resources, staying safe at NC State with University Police and services for families, among other topics.

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Students sit on campus during the fall.

Part 3 – Transition Talks (optional for students and families)

In addition to presentations, we want to give you the opportunity to ask questions, interact with other families of new students and connect with campus resources. A full slate of Transition Talks will be offered throughout the summer via Zoom and social media to connect you and your student to the Pack. 

Featured Event: Pack Families Connect

These weekly Zoom conversations are designed for you to attend the week after you attend a virtual orientation session. Join New Student Programs and Parents & Families Services to ask follow-up questions and connect with other new family members.

Additional topics for families include:

  • Campus safety 
  • Dining meal plans, ID card and linked accounts with PNC Bank
  • Disability Resources
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • High-impact practices (civic engagement, internships, leadership, research, study abroad)
  • Housing
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Health Services
  • Textbooks and course materials
  • Transportation
  • University Honors Program and University Scholars Program
  • Veteran and Dependent Student Information

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Need assistance?

If you have any questions throughout the summer about orientation or your student’s transition to NC State, contact New Student Programs:

  • Text “wolfpack” to 833-712-1255 (Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Email new-students@ncsu.edu
  • Call 919.515.1234 (Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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