First-Year Summer Orientation

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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.

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.

For a printable version of the information on this website, download the Family Orientation Packet. 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 orientation@ncsu.edu.

Dates

Orientation is held during the summer months for students planning on starting at NC State for the Fall 2017 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 24 – Tuesday, July 25
Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Thursday, June 29 (Note: This session is only available for students majoring in Animal Science)
  • Thursday, June 29 – Friday, June 30 (Note: This session is available for all Agriculture and Life Sciences students EXCEPT Animal Science majors)

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

Design
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Thursday, June 29
Education
  • Monday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 20
Engineering
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Thursday, July 13
  • Thursday, July 13 – Friday, July 14
  • Monday, July 17 – Tuesday, July 18
  • Tuesday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 19
  • Wednesday, July 19 – Thursday, July 20

*Students majoring in Textiles Engineering attend the Orientation for the College of Textiles (June 29-30)

*Students majoring in Paper Science & Engineering attend the Orientation for the College of Natural Resources (June 19-20)

Exploratory Studies
  • Tuesday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 21
  • Wednesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 22
  • Monday, June 26 – Tuesday, June 27
  • Tuesday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 28
Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Monday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 11
  • Tuesday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 12
Life Sciences First Year Program
  • Monday, July 24 – Tuesday, July 25
  • Tuesday, July 25 – Wednesday, July 26
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 27
Natural Resources
  • Monday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 20
Poole College of Management
  • Tuesday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 21
  • Wednesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 22
  • Monday, June 26 – Tuesday, June 27
Sciences
  • Thursday, July 20 – Friday, July 21

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

Textiles
  • Thursday, June 29 – Friday, June 30
Summer Start Program*
  • Thursday, June 22 – Friday, June 23

*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. Click here to see a sample schedule.

Cost

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.

Registration

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 ($200.00) 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 22 – Friday, June 23, 2017. 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

Parents

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 Lee 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…

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

Click here for a 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 Avent Ferry Complex 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.

Directions and Parking Permit

ORIENTATION PARKING:

  • 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.
  • Please print the Orientation Parking Permit and place the permit on the passenger side dashboard of your vehicle. It must be displayed at all times.

HOW TO GET TO NC STATE:

  • Directions to Lee Hall (2530 Sullivan Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607) can be found on the NC State Campus Map interactive website.
  • 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.

Mobile Guide

Download the NC State University Guides app on your smartphone to access the “2017 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

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Meet the students behind #OL2017! 

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.

Accommodations

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 orientation@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.