August First-Year 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.

Click here for a detailed schedule

If you have any questions about Family Orientation, please contact us at 919.515.1234 or at orientation@ncsu.edu.

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!

Dates

August Orientation for parents and family members of first-year students will take place Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th. 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.

Day 1, Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • Check-In: 3:00pm-3:45pm, Talley Student Union, 3rd Floor
  • Family Orientation will be 3:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Student Orientation will be 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Day 2: Friday, August 11, 2017

  • Family and student programming will take place from 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Lunch will be provided for up to two guests attending Family Orientation

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 for a detailed 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, but a list of local hotels can be found here.
  • No payment is due to New Student Programs. The First-Year Student Fee will be included in your student’s Fall tuition bill.

Registration

Registration for Family Orientation is tied into the student’s registration for New Student Orientation. Once your student has been registered by New Student Programs for August Orientation, they can then register parents and family members for Family Orientation:

  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. On the next page, it should show that the student is registered for the New Student Orientation session on Thursday, August 10 – Friday, August 11, 2017.
  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 family member’s email addresses. Please keep a copy of this email for your records.

Schedule

Family Orientation will run from 3:00pm to 6:30pm on Day 1 and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Day 2. The schedule for orientation is not yet available, but here are some resources you can expect to learn about while attending Family Orientation:

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

Click here for a detailed schedule

Housing and Hotels

FAMILY HOUSING

You have several options to consider when making overnight accommodations for Family Orientation.  Housing is NOT included in the First-Year Student fee. Click here for a list of local hotels offering discounts to families of NC State students.

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

Housing is only provided for those students living in University Housing. Students not living in University Housing must make their own arrangements for housing for Thursday night.

  • Students can stay in their residence hall if they are living on campus for the fall semester or they may arrange other housing in the area.
  • If your student is living in University Housing, please note that they will be able to move into their residence hall room on the morning of Thursday, August 10th. Students in University Housing should plan to move into their residence hall on the 10th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
  • Check-in at your student’s residence hall’s 24-hour desk to get their keys.

Move-In Unloading Procedures

  • Print the Early Check-In Unloading Permit for your vehicle(s). Fill in the date and the residence hall/apartment your student will be moving into. Placards are valid in reserved loading areas for one hour or in nearby permit spaces for two hours if reserved spaces are full. An unloading permit must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle at all times. View the early check-in unloading areas map.
  • Once you have completed your unloading, move your vehicle(s) to the areas designated for Early Check-In Long Term Parking.

If you have any questions as you are preparing for Move-In Day, contact University Housing at 919.515.2440 or housing@ncsu.edu.

Directions and Parking Permit

PARKING FOR ORIENTATION ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 AND FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017

  • Orientation participants may park on campus in the Coliseum Parking Deck located off Dunn Avenue.  The deck address is 201 Jeter Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607.
  • Use the Orientation Parking Permit and place the permit on the passenger side dashboard of your vehicle. It must be displayed at all times.

PARKING FOR EARLY HOUSING MOVE-IN ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017 (*more information above in the “Housing” section)

  • Print the Early Check-In Unloading Permit for your vehicle(s). Fill in the date and the residence hall/apartment you will be moving into. Placards are valid in reserved loading areas for one hour or in nearby permit spaces for two hours if reserved spaces are full. An unloading permit must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle at all times. View the early check-in unloading areas map.
  • Once you have completed your unloading, move your vehicle(s) to the areas designated for Early Check-In Long Term Parking.

HOW TO GET TO NC STATE:

  • Directions to the Coliseum Parking Deck (201 Jeter 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.