Spring First-Year Family Orientation

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.

Spring Orientation for first-year families will take place on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m., and runs in conjunction with the student program. 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.

Download a detailed PDF Schedule

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!

Questions? Contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or new-students@ncsu.edu. The University will be closed on the following days, so please keep this in mind when requesting assistance via phone or email:

  • Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 for Thanksgiving
  • Monday, December 23, 2019 – Friday, December 27, 2019 for the Winter Holiday
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for New Years Day


Spring Orientation for parents and family members of first-year students will take place Friday, January 3, 2020. 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.

  • Check-In: 8:30a.m. – 9:15a.m. in Talley Student Union
  • Family programming will take place until 5:00p.m.
  • Student required programming will take place until 8:30p.m. with optional social programming to follow until 9:30p.m.

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.

Download a detailed PDF Schedule

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. Please note: Children and young adults in attendance should be supervised at all times by their family members while on our campus for Family Orientation.

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.


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 on the Parents and Families Services VIP Website.
  • No payment is due to New Student Programs. The First-Year Student Fee will be included in your student’s Spring tuition bill.


Update (December 30, 2019): Nametags and materials for the January 3rd Orientation have already been prepared. Families are welcome to register on site at Orientation Check-In, but we do not recommend registering online at this time. 

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. Registration is open, and all students who have paid their deposit will receive an email 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 the Orientation registration system
  2. Read the instructions and select the Spring Orientation session (January 3). Note: This will be the only the session available to you.
  3. Scroll down to enter the family member information. Be sure to include a correct email address for family members as this is only method of correspondence we use.
  4. Click “Submit”
  5. 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.

Check-In and Schedule

Family Orientation will run from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00p.m. Student Orientation required programming will take place until 8:30p.m. with optional social programming to follow until 9:30p.m.

  • Orientation Check-in is from 8:30-9:15a.m. in Talley Student Union.
  • Once you arrive on campus using the directions provided below, Orientation signs will direct you to the parking lots where you able to park during your Orientation.
  • The majority of the program will take place in Talley Student Union.
  • Lunch for up to two Family Orientation guests is included in the First-Year Student fee and will be served at Fountain Dining Hall. Lunch and dinner for students will be provided.

Resources that will be covered at Family Orientation include…

  • NC State Dining
  • NC State University Police Department
  • Your Student’s College or Program
  • Student Health Services
  • Cashier’s Office and Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • University Housing

Notes for International families: International first-year students will have a meeting with the Office of International Services during First-Year Orientation.

Download a detailed PDF Schedule

Housing and Hotels


Housing is NOT included in the First-Year Student fee. Visit the Parents and Families Services VIP Website 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.


Housing is only provided for those students living in University Housing. Students not living in University Housing must make their own arrangements for housing. Students can stay in their residence hall if they are living on campus for the spring 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 beginning at 3:00p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020. When they arrive, check in at their building’s 24-hour service desk. Packing tips, move-in parking permit registration, and other details are available on the University Housing Spring Move-In Website, and additional information will be emailed to students from University Housing if they have signed up to live on campus. If you have any questions, contact University Housing at 919.515.2440 or housing@ncsu.edu.

Directions and Parking Permit

Orientation participants may park on campus in the Coliseum Parking Deck entering via Jensen Drive on Friday, January 3, 2020. The parking lot address is 201 Jensen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606.

For Move-In parking information for Thursday, January 2, visit the University Housing Move-In Guide website.

How to get to NC State:

  • Directions to the Coliseum Parking Deck (201 Jensen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607) can be found using this Waze Link or 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.

Orientation Parking Permit:

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 Coliseum Parking Deck from 7:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. on Friday, January 3, and parking is free 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 go.ncsu.edu/EventParking
  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 “Spring First-Year Orientation 1/3” as your event
  6. When prompted enter Springfirstyear2020 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 1/3/2020 as the session start date
  9. Select 1/3/2020 as the session end date. Click Confirm.
  10. Select Location
  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.
  • 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 need to change which vehicle you are bringing after registering, 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 “2020 New Students” mobile guide. It gives you on-the-go information related to your transition to NC State including Orientation schedules, important dates, and more! Click here for download instructions.


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.

It is recommended that requests be made before Friday, December 20, 2019 as the office will be closed for the University Holidays December 23-27, 2019.