Transfer Summer Orientation


Fall 2019 Orientation information will be available on this page in spring 2019. The information below only pertains to families of students who entered in Fall 2018. Click here to view 2019 Orientation dates!

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 transfer 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
  • Customize your schedule to meet the needs and interests of your family
  • Gain insights into the potential adjustments your student and family may face during process of transferring to a new institution
  • 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


Orientation is held during the summer months for students planning on starting at NC State the Fall 2018 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 services available at NC State.
  • Transfer Orientation sessions are college/program specific, so you and your student need to attend the appropriate session for the major/college in which your student is currently enrolled. 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)
  • Friday, June 29
  • Friday, July 13
Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Friday, June 22
  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, July 20
  • Friday, June 22
  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, June 29
  • Friday, July 20
  • Friday, June 22
  • Friday, June 29
  • Friday, July 20
Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Friday, June 22
  • Friday, June 29
  • Friday, July 13
Natural Resources
  • Friday, June 29
  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, July 20
Poole College of Management
  • Friday, June 29
  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, July 20
  • Friday, June 22
  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, July 20
  • Friday, June 22
  • Friday, July 20
Summer START Program*
  • Friday, June 22

*This session is for 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 detailed schedule.


The cost of attendance is included in the mandatory New Student Fee charged to all new transfer 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 New 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 Friday, June 22, 2018. 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 is a full-day program, and participants can expect to arrive on campus at approximately 8:00 a.m. and stay on campus until 5:00 p.m..

  • Check-in is from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. at Lee Residence Hall.
  • We recommend arriving early to take advantage of opportunities like the Information Fair (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.), the Veterans Student Meeting (8:30 a.m.), and the Non-Traditional Students Meeting (8.30 a.m.).
  • You should plan to attend the program until 5:00pm.
  • 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, and lunch will be provided at Fountain Dining Hall.

Resources that will be covered at Family Orientation include…

  • Academic Resources and Unique Challenges facing Transfer Students
  • Opportunities to Engage in the NC State Community
  • Campus Expectations and Safety
  • Financial Information (Cashier’s Office)
  • Dining Options
  • Student Health
  • Technology at State
  • Parking and Transportation

Click here to see 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 New Student Fee. You may pay to stay on campus in Wolf Village Apartments 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 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 before entering the lot. It must be displayed at all times.


  • 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 “2018 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 #OL2018! 

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 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.