Fall First-Year Student Orientation

This page will be updated with Summer 2020 information for the Class of 2024 in Spring 2020. Dates for Summer 2020 are available on the Orientation Dates webpage.

Welcome Class of 2023!

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 in becoming a part of this community, we invite you to attend a First-Year Student Orientation session. Note: If you are a first-year student accepted into the Spring Connect program to begin in Spring 2020, click here for details on your transition to NC State. After paying your Advanced Enrollment Deposit confirming you are coming to NC State, be sure to complete the following:

  1. Review details about the New Student Orientation program in the sections below.
  2. Determine which Orientation session you should attend by reviewing the 2019 Orientation dates below.
  3. Register for Orientation by completing the online registration form via WolfPAW, and consider registering parents or family members for Family Orientation.
  4. Review the New Student Checklist which will guide you through tasks you need to complete before starting in August.
  5. Download our mobile guide for additional access to information about Orientation and transitioning to NC State!
  6. Review the Orientation Frequently Asked Questions.


Domestic First-Year Orientation sessions are college/program specific, so you need to attend the appropriate session for the major/college in which you are currently enrolled. International students should visit the International Student Orientation page to find their Orientation session dates. Students can attend any of the sessions designated for their college (e.g. students in the College of Engineering can attend any of the five Engineering sessions). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are attendance caps on each session. Colleges are listed alphabetically with their corresponding session dates:

Agricultural Institute (2-year program)
  • Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 30
Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 30 (Note: This session is only available for students majoring in Animal Science)
  • Tuesday, July 30 – Wednesday, July 31

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

  • Wednesday, June 26 – Thursday, June 27
  • Tuesday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 19
  • Tuesday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 17
  • Wednesday, July 17 – Thursday, July 18
  • Thursday, July 18 – Friday, July 19
  • Monday, July 22 – Tuesday, July 23
  • Tuesday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 24

*Students majoring in Textile Engineering attend the Orientation for the Wilson College of Textiles (July 25-26) *Students majoring in Paper Science & Engineering attend the Orientation for the College of Natural Resources (June 17-18)

Exploratory Studies
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 20
  • Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 26
  • Wednesday, June 26 – Thursday, June 27
  • Thursday, June 27 – Friday, June 28
Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Monday, July 8 – Tuesday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 10
Life Sciences First Year Program
  • Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 11
  • Thursday, July 11 – Friday, July 12
  • Monday, July 15 – Tuesday, July 16
Natural Resources
  • Monday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 18
Poole College of Management
  • Tuesday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 19
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 20
  • Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 26
  • Wednesday, July 24 – Thursday, July 25

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

  • Thursday, July 25 – Friday, July 26
Summer Start Program*
  • Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21

*This session is for first-year students from all colleges participating in the Summer Start program. Learn about the Summer Start session of New Student Orientation here


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, meals, and one night of overnight accommodations during Orientation. Click “Housing” below to learn more.
  • The fee also includes 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, but options for family housing during Orientation are available here.
  • No payment is due to New Student Programs. The First-Year Student Fee will be included in your Fall tuition bill.


New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. Sessions are college-specific, so you need to attend the appropriate session for the college (and sometimes the major) in which you are currently enrolled. 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. 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 Orientation session you want to attend. Only the session(s) available to you (based on your college and/or major) will be offered as possibilities.
    4. Contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or email us at new-students@ncsu.edu immediately if you have a conflict with attending your designated Orientation session.

Summer START students: If you are a confirmed participant in the Summer Start Program, New Student Programs will register you for the Summer Start Orientation session on Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2019. You do not need to take any action to register for Orientation, and you will receive a confirmation email once we have registered you for the session.  For more information, click here 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).

Check-In and Schedule

During New Student Orientation,  you will learn about NC State while registering for classes, staying overnight in a residence hall, meeting with college representatives, receiving information about campus resources, and meeting other students.

  • Orientation Check-in is from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. at Bragaw Residence Hall, and the majority of the program will take place in Talley Student Union and Witherspoon Student Center.  Day 1 of the Orientation program will run from 8:00 a.m. – 10:10 p.m., and Day 2 of the Orientation program will last from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 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 throughout the program.
  • Meals for students during Orientation (lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day) are included in the New Student Orientation fee and will be served at Fountain Dining Hall, located near Bragaw Residence Hall.

Download 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.

Meet the Orientation Leaders

Meet the students behind #OL2019! >   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.


Many students choose to spend the night on campus for the convenience and to preview what it’s like to live in a residence hall; however, it is not a requirement for the Orientation program.

  • Students who choose to spend the night on campus will stay in Bragaw Residence Hall.
  • Students who do not choose to spend the night in the residence hall must make arrangements for their own housing.
  • The cost to stay in the residence hall during the Orientation program is included in the Orientation fee
  • Pre-registration is not required, and students who choose to spend the night on campus will be assigned a room during check in.
  • NOTE: Linens are not provided by University Housing. Students must bring a sleeping bag or long twin sheets & blanket, pillow, towels, etc.

Students who identify as transgender and who plan to spend the night on campus during Orientation may contact Cameron Hill prior to their arrival to discuss the options available for room assignments. The Orientation staff works with transgender students on a case-by-case basis to find the right housing fit for each student. EARLY ARRIVAL HOUSING: University Housing Conference Services will accommodate students who need to arrive on campus the night before their scheduled orientation session.

  • Early arrival housing is $20.00 per person per night.
  • Students may submit a reservation through the Conference Services website. Reservations must be made at least five business days in advance of a student’s scheduled orientation session, and pre-payment is required.
  • Students arriving early will be placed in their orientation housing assignment at Bragaw Residence Hall.

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.


  • Directions to Lee Parking Lot (2530 Sullivan Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607) can be found using this Waze link.
  • 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 Lee Lot and West Lot from 7:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. on both days of your session. Parking is free and open to the public 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. If you are bringing guests for Family Orientation, please only complete this online registration form 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 “Orientation” as the event category
  5. Select “6/17-7/31 First-Year Orientation” as your event
  6. When prompted enter Firstyear2019 as the Event Voucher Code. The code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown. Click Confirm.
  7. Select Permit Type
  8. Select the session start date (first day of Orientation).
  9. Select the session end date (second day of Orientation). Click Confirm.
  10. Select Location (Note: the Accessible option is valid only when State Issued Placard is displayed)
  11. Click “Add Vehicle”. Enter vehicle license plate, state, year and make. Click Add.
  12. Enter Client Name and Phone Number. Click Confirm.
  13. Review information entered for accuracy and click continue.
  14. 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.

Important Virtual Permit Notes:

  • This permit is free for guests, and you should not need to enter credit card information. If you use a credit card to purchase another permit in error, refunds are not available.
  • If you registered for “Early Arrival” housing for the night before your Orientation session, you do not need to register your vehicle for an additional day of parking. You will be able to park in Lee Lot or West Lot the night before your session (no earlier than 4:00p.m.).
  • Accessible parking is available. It is only valid when a state-issued placard is displayed in your vehicle and you have registered for an accessible virtual Orientation permit through NC State (instructions above).
  • If you change your Orientation session date or need to change which vehicle you are bringing, call the NC State Transportation office at 919.515.3424 to edit your permit.
  • If you will be using a rental car, wait to register for a virtual permit once you have the vehicle and its license plate information.

What to Bring

Please bring the following items to Orientation: 

  • Valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID (to have your Wolfpack One Card campus ID card made)
  • Sleeping bag or long twin sheets & blanket
  • Pillow
  • Towel, washcloth, toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.), and shower shoes
  • 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!
  • Alarm clock
  • Cell phone charger
  • 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.

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 on the Family Orientation section of this website. Housing is NOT included for family members in the First-Year Student fee. They may pay to stay on campus in North Residence Hall or make an off campus reservation at a local hotel. Click here for more information about available family housing and hotel options. 

Mobile Guide

Download the NC State University Guides app on your smartphone to access the “2019 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.


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.