August Orientation

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Welcome Class of 2021!

The Office of New Student Programs welcomes you to NC State University, a community of achievers rich in tradition and academic excellence. Through programs like New Student Orientation and Wolfpack Welcome Week, we hope to provide you with the information and experiences to be prepared and excited to begin your college experience.  

After being registered for August Orientation, be sure to complete the following:

  1. Review details about the New Student Orientation program in the sections below.
  2. Review the New Student Checklist which will guide you through tasks you need to complete before starting in August.
  3. Review instructions for academic advising and course registration below. Students who attend August Orientation  should complete their class registration process during the summer before coming to campus.
  4. Print the Orientation Parking Permit and Early Housing Check In Unloading Permit (if you are living on campus)
  5. Download our mobile guide for additional access to information about Orientation and transitioning to NC State!

Date

August Orientation for first-year students will take place Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th.

Day 1, Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • Check-In: 3:00pm-3:45pm, Talley Student Union, 3rd Floor
  • Required programming will take place until 8:30pm (Dinner will be provided)
  • Optional social program, Howl on the Lawn, will take place from 8:30pm-10:00pm

Day 2: Friday, August 11, 2017

  • Required programming will take place from 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Students who have been registered for August Orientation by New Student Programs should be able to see their registration confirmed in their wolfPAW account.

Cost

The cost of attendance is included in the mandatory First-Year Student Fee charged to all new first-year students.

  • This fee covers your attendance and the attendance of up to two guests for Family Orientation, including guests’ materials and lunch tickets (up to two per family) for Fountain Dining Hall.
  • This does not include overnight housing for family members. Click here for a list of local hotels offering discounts to Orientation attendees.
  • No payment is due to New Student Programs. The First-Year Student Fee will be included in your Fall tuition bill.

Registration

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. Only those students who have been accepted and have paid their advanced enrollment deposit ($200.00) can register for Orientation. All students who have paid their deposit will receive an email from our office inviting them to register for Orientation.

To register for Orientation:

  1. Log in to your WolfPAW account  at https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu
  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 August 10-11 session (this will be the only option listed).
  4. Contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or email us at orientation@ncsu.edu immediately if you have a conflict with attending August Orientation.

Important Notes

    • After paying your Enrollment Deposit, please allow two days for processing before attempting to register for New Student Orientation.
    • If you are having difficulty with the registration process or would prefer to register over the phone, please call New Student Programs at 919.515.1234.
    • If you will not be attending NC State you must notify the office of Undergraduate Admissions. (Email: undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu).

Schedule

During New Student Orientation, students will learn about North Carolina State University while meeting with their college representatives, receiving information about campus resources, and meeting other students.

  • Orientation Check-in is from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. in Talley Student Union.
  • Day 1 of the Orientation program will run from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Day 2 of the Orientation program will last from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Meals for students during Orientation (dinner on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day) are included in the First-Year Student fee and will be served at Fountain Dining Hall.

Click here to view a detailed schedule

POLICY REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT ORIENTATION:

No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed. Orientation participants, as students of North Carolina State University, are subject to the Code of Student Conduct. It mandates that consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by all persons under the age of 21 is strictly forbidden.  This is also the law in the State of North Carolina.  Students who disregard this mandate will be held accountable for their behavior and disciplinary actions from the University will result.

Housing

Housing is only provided for those students living in University Housing. Students not living in University Housing must make their own arrangements for housing for Thursday night.

  • Students can stay in their residence hall if they are living on campus for the fall semester or they may arrange other housing in the area.
  • If you are living in University Housing, please note that you will be able to move into your residence hall room on the morning of Thursday, August 10th. Students in University Housing should plan to move into their residence hall on the 10th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
  • Check-in at your residence hall’s 24-hour desk to get your keys.

Move-In Unloading Procedures

  • Print the Early Check-In Unloading Permit for your vehicle(s). Fill in the date and the residence hall/apartment you will be moving into. Placards are valid in reserved loading areas for one hour or in nearby permit spaces for two hours if reserved spaces are full. An unloading permit must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle at all times. View the early check-in unloading areas map.
  • Once you have completed your unloading, move your vehicle(s) to the areas designated for Early Check-In Long Term Parking.

If you have any questions as you are preparing for Move-In Day, contact University Housing at 919.515.2440 or housing@ncsu.edu.

Directions and Parking Permit

PARKING FOR ORIENTATION ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 AND FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017

  • 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.
  • Use the Orientation Parking Permit and place the permit on the passenger side dashboard of your vehicle. It must be displayed at all times.

PARKING FOR EARLY HOUSING MOVE-IN ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017 (*more information above in the “Housing” section)

  • Print the Early Check-In Unloading Permit for your vehicle(s). Fill in the date and the residence hall/apartment you will be moving into. Placards are valid in reserved loading areas for one hour or in nearby permit spaces for two hours if reserved spaces are full. An unloading permit must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle at all times. View the early check-in unloading areas map.
  • Once you have completed your unloading, move your vehicle(s) to the areas designated for Early Check-In Long Term Parking.

HOW TO GET TO NC STATE:

  • 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.

What to Bring

Please bring the following items to Orientation: 

  • August Orientation Parking Permit and Early Housing Check In Unloading Permit (if you are living on campus)
  • Valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID (to have your Wolfpack One Card campus ID card made)
  • Copies of your AP/IB/SAT II scores if available
  • Make sure you know your Unity ID and password and have answered your three security questions
  • Comfortable clothes/sneakers – you will be doing a lot of walking!
  • Pen and paper
  • Sweater or light jacket as some buildings can be chilly
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Umbrella

Please leave electronic items (iPad, laptop, etc.) and other valuables at home or in your residence hall room.

Family Orientation Information

New Student Programs recommends that all students consider registering parents and family members for the concurrent Family Orientation program. This program, designed specifically to assist families with their transition to the Wolfpack, is optional but highly encouraged. Learn more about August Family Orientation here.

Housing is NOT included for family members in the First-Year Student fee. Click here for a list of local hotels offering discounts through Parents and Families Services.

Advising and Course Registration

Students who attend August Orientation  should complete their class registration process during the summer before coming to campus. Registration is the procedure whereby a student, after consultation with an advisor, selects courses to be taken during the next semester:

  • Click on your college or academic program below to learn about when and how you will complete advising and course registration.
  • After speaking with an advisor, students may then register for classes using the MyPack Portal System. MyPack Portal can be reached from the following website: http://mypack.ncsu.edu.
  • Course sections and available seat listings are found using the Enrollment section within the portal or through the online Schedule of Courses

Need more assistance registering? Click here for step-by-step directions on using the MyPack Portal and to review the new student enrollment handout. You can also utilize the Pack Planner to assist in planning your degree by watching this video tutorial.

Agricultural Institute (2-year program)
  • Agricultural Institute will contact students registered for August Orientation after July 25 using the email address associated with the student’s WolfPAW account. Students should continually check their email before this time, though, as they may be able to enroll in courses earlier. If you have questions, please contact the Agricultural Institute Office at 515-3248 or ag_institute@ncsu.edu
  • Note: Students are responsible for paying tuition and fees by the scheduled deadline or their class schedule may be canceled.
Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Students will participate in self-registration for their fall courses in June. They will receive emails from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Registration & Records. They should make sure that email coming from ncsu.edu is not going to spam and that their inbox is not full. Should they need additional assistance, advising contact information is available here.

*Students majoring in the Life Sciences First Year Program should locate instructions below under the heading Life Sciences First Year Program

Design
  • Students will participate in self-registration for their fall courses in June. They will receive emails from the College of Design and Registration & Records. They should make sure that email coming from ncsu.edu is not going to spam and that their inbox is not full. Should they need additional assistance, advising contact information is available here.
Education
  • Students registered for August Orientation need to contact the College of Education directly at 919.515.0595 by June 9th, 2017.
Engineering
  • Students registered for August Orientation should contact Hailey Queen (haqueen@ncsu.edu) or Mary Clare Robbins (mrobbins@ncsu.edu) in early to mid July 2017. They will advise them via email and allow them to make changes to their schedule prior to August Orientation.
Exploratory Studies
  • Exploratory Studies will contact students registered for August Orientation after July 4 using the email address associated with the student’s WolfPAW account. At that time students will complete advising and course registration.
Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Students who are registered for August Orientation should contact their academic department beginning in early June so they can get advised and register after the HSS orientation sessions end July 12, 2017. Click here for a listing of departmental contacts.
Life Sciences First Year Program
  • Students will participate in self-registration for their fall courses in June. They will receive emails from the Life Sciences First Year Program and Registration & Records. They should make sure that email coming from ncsu.edu is not going to spam and that their inbox is not full. Should they need additional assistance, advising contact information is available here.
Natural Resources
  • Students who are registered for August Orientation need to contact the Undergraduate Coordinator for their program after the CNR orientation session ends June 20, 2017. Click here for a listing of coordinators and their contact information.
Poole College of Management
  • In mid-June, students that are registered for August Orientation can expect to hear from their assigned advisor regarding the next steps and timeline for fall course registration. Students who miss summer orientation will register for classes after June 28th (the final Poole College summer orientation date) with assistance from their academic advisor.
Sciences
  • Students will participate in self-registration for their fall courses in June. They will receive emails from the College of Sciences and Registration & Records. They should make sure that email coming from ncsu.edu is not going to spam and that their inbox is not full. Should they need additional assistance, advising contact information is available here.

*Students majoring in the Life Sciences First Year Program should locate instructions above under the heading Life Sciences First Year Program

Textiles
  • Students will participate in self-registration for their fall courses in June. They will receive emails from the College of Textiles and Registration & Records. They should make sure that email coming from ncsu.edu is not going to spam and that their inbox is not full. Should they need additional assistance, advising contact information is available here.

Placement Testing

In an effort to ensure you are registered in the appropriate courses, placement/skills assessments are offered – and some required – by certain departments such as math, English, and foreign languages. Information about these assessments can be found here.

Common Reading Program

First-year students at NC State participate in the University’s Common Reading Program by reading the selected book in the summer and participating in programming during Wolfpack Welcome Week and throughout the fall semester.

Students attending August Orientation will receive their copy of the Common Reading selection during Orientation Check In on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Unfortunately we are unable to mail copies of the book. If you would like to pick up your copy from campus earlier in the summer, please contact New Student Programs at orientation@ncsu.edu or 919.515.1234.

Mobile Guide

Download the NC State University Guides app on your smartphone to access the “2017 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.

Meet the Orientation Leaders

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Meet the students behind #OL2017! 

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.

Accommodations

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 orientation@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.