Spring First-Year Family Orientation


This page will be updated in October 2019 with information for students entering in January 2020. Spring Orientation for first-year students and families will take place on Friday, January 3, 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.

Spring Orientation for first-year families will take place on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 8:00a.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 22 and Friday, November 23, 2018 for Thanksgiving
  • Monday December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019 for the Winter Holiday


Spring Orientation for parents and family members of first-year students will take place Thursday, January 3, 2019. 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: 8:00a.m. – 8:45a.m. in Talley Student Union
  • Family programming will take place until 5:00p.m.
  • Student required programming will take place until 8:00p.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.

Detailed schedule coming soon!

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.


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 Spring tuition bill.


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 now open, and 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 Spring Orientation session (January 3). Note: This will be the only the session available to you.
  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.

Check-In and Schedule

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

  • Orientation Check-in is from 8:00-8:45a.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…

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

Notes for International families:International first-year students will have additional required programming with the Office of International Services on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Download a detailed PDF schedule!

International Students

Family members of international students should be aware of these additional required orientation components designed specifically for their transition:

  • International first-year students will have additional required programming with the Office of International Services on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 8:00a.m. – 3:15p.m. in Daniels Hall, Room 434.
  • At the January 5th meeting students will first complete OIS Check-In and must bring original immigration documents with them.

Housing and Hotels


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.


Housing is only provided for those students living in University Housing. Students not living in University Housing who require overnight housing must make their own arrangements.

  • 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 you will be able to move into their residence hall room beginning at 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. When you arrive, check in at their building’s 24-hour service desk. Visit go.ncsu.edu/move-in for details and additional information will be emailed to your student 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 located off Dunn Avenue.  The deck address is 201 Jeter Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607.  
  • 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.

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 Thursday, 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 ncsu.aimsparking.com
  2. Select “Purchase Event Permit” (Note: Permit is Free)
  3. Agree to the Terms of Service
  4. Select “Spring Orientation- First Year 1/3”
  5. When prompted enter Spring2019firstyear as the Event Voucher Code. The code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown. Click Confirm.
  6. Select Permit Type (Note: the Accessible option is valid only when State Issued Placard is displayed)
  7. Select/Confirm your parking dates. Click Confirm.
  8. Select Location
  9. Click “Add Vehicle. Enter vehicle license plate, state, year and make. Click Add.
  10. Review information entered for accuracy and click continue.
  11. 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.

Mobile Guide

Download the NC State University Guides app on your smartphone to access the “2019 Spring New Students” mobile guide. It gives you on-the-go information related to your student’s transition to NC State including Orientation schedules, campus maps, 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 21, 2018 as the office will be closed for the University Holidays December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019.