Fast Facts


The Office of New Student Programs was formed in 2014 after moving to the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Previously the Office of New Student Orientation, this unit has coordinated NC State’s New Student Orientation programs for over two decades. With a emphasis on assisting students throughout their transition to the university, New Student Programs focuses on the academic success and connection of students to campus during their first year at NC State.


  • Six professional employees
  • Multiple Graduate Interns
  • Seventy student staff employees


  • New Student and Family Orientation programsTransitional success programs for incoming first-year and transfer students and their families aimed at creating a sense of community with NC State, building peer support networks, introducing academic and co-curricular resources, and assisting participants in understanding the expectations of the NC State community.
  • Summer Start: Summer Start is a unique opportunity for first year and transfer students (including international students) to jump start their NC State experience. Through this residential opportunity, occurring during NC State’s summer session II, students enroll in classes towards their degree, get to know campus and faculty, and meet other incoming and upper-level students.
  • Welcome WeeksWolfpack Welcome Week and Winter Welcome Week are university-wide series of programs at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters to welcome incoming and returning students back to campus. These events strive to connect students to campus, promote the skills and resources to thrive in the classroom, and help student understand university expectations. Events range in focus from health and wellness and social connection to academic engagement and arts and culture.
  • Common Reading Program: The Common Reading Program is a shared intellectual experience for all incoming first-year students, supported by the university community, that aims to increase student-to-student and student-to-facutly interactions while developing an environment of intellectual engagement, both inside and outside the traditional classroom.
  • Year One Series: These programs occur throughout the academic year during a student’s first year at NC State and strive to assist the student in their successful transition to NC State and making the most of their time on campus. Events range from a New Student Fall Alternative Service Break Trip to New Student On-Campus Job Fair and Pack Connections small groups, and attempt to cover various facets of a student’s experience and the university resources available to assist in their success.
  • Student Leadership Development: New Student Programs offers undergraduate and graduate students multiple leadership opportunities through it’s programs that seek to develop a student’s leadership skills in interactions with students, families, New Student Programs staff, and campus partners while utilizing their knowledge of campus to address the transitional needs of new students and families.