August Transfer 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 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.

Click here for a sample schedule from 2017

If you have any questions about Family Orientation, please contact us at 919.515.1234 or at

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!


August Orientation for parents and family members of transfer students will take place on Friday, August 17th. 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.

Friday, August 17, 2018

  • Check-In: 8:00am-8:45am, Talley Student Union, 3rd Floor
  • Family and student programming will take place from 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Lunch will be provided for the student and 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 sample schedule from 2017


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.


Registration for Family Orientation is tied into the student’s registration for Transfer 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 Transfer Orientation session on Friday, August 17, 2018.
  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.


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.. The schedule for orientation is not yet available, but here are some resources you can expect to learn about while attending Family Orientation:

  • 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 for a sample schedule from 2017

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. Click here for a list of local hotels offering discounts to NC State family members.

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.

To learn more about student housing during August Orientation, click here.

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.
  • 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.


  • 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 “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 919.515.1234 or 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.