Fall First-Year Family Orientation

This page will be updated with Summer 2020 information for families of the Class of 2024 in Spring 2020. 

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 this community, we invite you to attend a Family Orientation session. These sessions are designed specifically for parents and families of first-year students. While students are attending Student Orientation, family members can attend Family Orientation. During the program, you will be able to:

  • Get better acquainted with the academic programs and campus services offered to your student
  • Gain insights into the potential adjustments your new college student and your family will face
  • Meet NC State staff, current students, and other parents and family members.

We hope you will be able to join us for this important program. We are eager for you to feel at home at NC State! If you have any questions about Family Orientation, please contact us at 919.515.1234 or at new-students@ncsu.edu. Note: If your student was accepted into the Spring Connect program to begin in Spring 2020, click here for details on their transition to NC State.


Orientation is held during the summer months for students planning on starting at NC State for the Fall 2019 semester. Registration is available online through your student’s WolfPAW account.

  • Attendance is mandatory for students and highly recommended for parents and family members. Family Orientation runs in conjunction with the student program and is designed to introduce families to the academic programs and special services available at NC State.
  • Sessions for first-year students are college specific, so you and your student will attend the appropriate session for the major/college in which your student is currently enrolled. Students can attend any of the sessions designated for their college (e.g. students in the College of Engineering can attend any of the five Engineering sessions) unless otherwise noted below. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Students should register themselves for an Orientation session, and during that process they can register up to two guests for Family Orientation.
    • All students who have paid their deposit will receive an email from our office inviting them to register for Orientation.

Colleges are listed alphabetically with their corresponding session dates:

Agricultural Institute (2-year program)
  • Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 30
Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 30 (Note: This session is only available for students majoring in Animal Science)
  • Tuesday, July 30 – Wednesday, July 31

*Students majoring in the Life Sciences First Year Program should locate orientation dates below under the heading Life Sciences First Year Program

  • Wednesday, June 26 – Thursday, June 27
  • Tuesday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 19
  • Tuesday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 17
  • Wednesday, July 17 – Thursday, July 18
  • Thursday, July 18 – Friday, July 19
  • Monday, July 22 – Tuesday, July 23
  • Tuesday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 24

*Students majoring in Textile Engineering attend the Orientation for the Wilson College of Textiles (July 25-26) *Students majoring in Paper Science & Engineering attend the Orientation for the College of Natural Resources (June 17-18)

Exploratory Studies
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 20
  • Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 26
  • Wednesday, June 26 – Thursday, June 27
  • Thursday, June 27 – Friday, June 28
Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Monday, July 8 – Tuesday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 10
Life Sciences First Year Program
  • Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 11
  • Thursday, July 11 – Friday, July 12
  • Monday, July 15 – Tuesday, July 16
Natural Resources
  • Monday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 18
Poole College of Management
  • Tuesday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 19
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 20
  • Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 26
  • Wednesday, July 24 – Thursday, July 25

*Students majoring in the Life Sciences First Year Program should locate orientation dates above under the heading Life Sciences First Year

  • Thursday, July 25 – Friday, July 26
Summer Start Program*
  • Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21

*This session is for first-year students from all colleges participating in the Summer Start program. Learn about the Summer Start session of New Student Orientation here

Who Should Attend?

Family Orientation is designed for those who will serve as a student’s primary support throughout their transition to the university. During the program, attendees will:

  • Get better acquainted with the academic programs and campus services offered to your student
  • Gain insights into the potential adjustments your new college student and your family will face
  • Meet NC State staff, current students, and other Family Orientation attendees.

Can children or young adults attend the program? Children and young adults are welcome to attend Family Orientation, but the majority of the sessions are presented in a lecture format and may not be engaging for them. Will students and guests be together during the program? Guests should not expect to be with their student throughout the entire program. Some sessions of New Student and Family Orientation will overlap, but the majority of presentations and activities are separate. Here you can download a detailed schedule


The cost of attendance is included in the mandatory First-Year Student Fee charged to all new first-year students.

  • This fee covers your student’s attendance and the attendance of up to two guests, which includes your materials and lunch tickets (up to two per family) for Fountain Dining Hall.
  • This does not include overnight housing for family members. See the “Housing” section below for a list of options.
  • No payment is due to New Student Programs. The First-Year Student Fee will be included in your student’s Fall tuition bill.


Family Orientation is an optional program offered to the parents and families of incoming students. Registration for Family Orientation is tied into the student’s registration for orientation and should be done at the same time by the student. Only those students who have been accepted and have paid their advanced enrollment deposit ($300.00) can register for Orientation. All students who have paid their deposit will receive an email from our office inviting them to register for Orientation. How to Register: Registration for Family Orientation is tied into the student’s registration for New Student Orientation and should be done at the same time by the student.

  1. The student should log into their WolfPAW account via the Undergraduate Admissions website
  2. Click on the “Register for Orientation” link under the “My To-Do List” section on the Dashboard.
  3. Read the instructions and select the Orientation session you wish to attend. Only the session(s) available to you (based on available space) will be offered as choices.
  4. Scroll down to enter the family member information. Be sure to include a correct email address for your family members as this is the method of our correspondence with them.
  5. Click “Submit”
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to the student and family member’s email addresses. Please keep a copy of this email for your records.

Summer Start Students: If your student is a confirmed participant in the Summer Start Program, New Student Programs will register your student for the Start Orientation session on Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2019. Once they have received a registration confirmation email, your student can log into WolfPAW and add guests to their registration for Family Orientation.  For more information, click here

Check-In and Schedule

Family Orientation will run from 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. on Day 1 and from 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Day 2.

  • Check-In is from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. at Bragaw Residence Hall.
  • Once you arrive on campus using the directions provided below, Orientation signs will direct you to the parking lots where you able to park throughout the program.
  • The majority of the program will take place in Talley Student Union and Witherspoon Student Center.
  • Lunch for up to two Family Orientation guests on Day 1 is included in the New Student Orientation fee and will be served at Fountain Dining Hall. Additional meals for family members are available for purchase throughout Orientation at respective dining locations. All student meals (lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day) are included in the New Student Orientation fee .

Resources that will be covered at Family Orientation include…

  • Dining, Bookstore, ID Card
  • University Police
  • Your Student’s College or Program
  • Student Health
  • Cashier’s Office
  • Living at NC State

Download the detailed schedule!

Housing and Hotels

You have several options to consider when making overnight accommodations for Family  Orientation.  Housing is NOT included in the First-Year Student fee. You may pay to stay on campus in North Residence Hall or make an off campus reservation at a local hotel. Click here for more information about available housing and hotel options.  Note:  NC State does not endorse any particular entities that are not part of NC State.  The University has no responsibility with respect to any entities, or the housing or services they offer. Student Housing: Learn more about student housing at Orientation here. Students staying on campus must provide their own linens (bedding, towels, etc.) when staying on campus.

Directions and Parking Permit

Orientation participants may park on campus in the Lee Lot/West Lot areas located off of Sullivan Drive. The parking lot address is 2530 Sullivan Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607.


  • Directions to Lee Parking Lot (2530 Sullivan Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607) can be found using this Waze link.
  • Visit the University Transportation website for road construction updates/closings.
  • Please do not try to enter campus via Dan Allen Drive from Hillsborough Street. The road is gated and not accessible to campus from 8:00am to 5:00pm.


Students and families attending Orientation will use a free virtual parking permit that is validated using license plate recognition. The permit will be valid for the Lee Lot and West Lot from 7:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. on both days of your session. Parking is free and open to the public after 5:00p.m.

Register for your permit before leaving for Orientation using the following instructions, and note that you will need your license plate information to complete the online form. Speak with your student before obtaining your permit to ensure you are only completing this online registration process once for each vehicle that will need parking during Orientation.

How to Obtain Your Orientation Event Permit:

  1. Visit ncsu.aimsparking.com
  2. Select “Purchase Event Permit” (Note: Permit is Free)
  3. Agree to the Terms of Service
  4. Select “Orientation” as the event category
  5. Select “6/17-7/31 First-Year Orientation” as your event
  6. When prompted enter Firstyear2019 as the Event Voucher Code. The code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown. Click Confirm.
  7. Select Permit Type
  8. Select the session start date (first day of Orientation).
  9. Select the session end date (second day of Orientation). Click Confirm.
  10. Select Location (Note: the Accessible option is valid only when State Issued Placard is displayed)
  11. Click “Add Vehicle”. Enter vehicle license plate, state, year and make. Click Add.
  12. Enter Client Name and Phone Number. Click Confirm.
  13. Review information entered for accuracy and click continue.
  14. Enter email address to receive, confirmation of parking permit. Click Checkout. Remember, the permit is virtual, so your license plate is your permit and no paper permit is required. Permit is only valid only for the vehicle entered.

Important Virtual Permit Notes:

  • This permit is free for guests, and you should not need to enter credit card information. If you use a credit card to purchase another permit in error, refunds are not available.
  • If you registered to stay in North Hall for Family Housing during Orientation, your permit will also be valid at the North Hall lot.
  • Accessible parking is available. It is only valid when a state-issued placard is displayed in your vehicle and you have registered for an accessible virtual Orientation permit through NC State (instructions above).
  • If you change your Orientation session date or need to change which vehicle you are bringing, call the NC State Transportation office at 919.515.3424 to edit your permit.
  • If you will be using a rental car, wait to register for a virtual permit once you have the vehicle and its license plate information.

Mobile Guide

Download the NC State University Guides app on your smartphone to access the “2019 New Students” mobile guide. It gives your family on-the-go information related to your student’s transition to NC State including Orientation schedules, important dates, and more! Click here for download instructions.

Meet the Orientation Leaders

Meet the students behind #OL2019! > Each year New Student Programs selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing university orientation programs throughout the year. Orientation Leaders serve as resources and peer advisors to new students and family members attending orientation programs.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. If you are a student or guest attending a New Student Programs event, have a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreter, large print, etc.) to participate in this event, please contact Lori Wilson at new-students@ncsu.edu or 919.515.1234 during business hours of 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST as soon as possible or at least 10 working days prior to the event.