Fall International Family Orientation

Welcome to International Family Orientation!

The Office of New Student Programs and the Office of International Services 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 international students. While students are attending Student Orientation, family members can attend Family Orientation. The first-year family program will be held Thursday August 15 through Friday, August 16, 2019, and the transfer family program will be held Friday, August 16, 2019. Additionally, a campus tour will be offered to international family members on Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. During Family Orientation, you will be able to:

  • 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 parents and family members.

Sample Schedules from 2018:

If you have any questions about Family Orientation, please contact us at 919.515.1234 or at new-students@ncsu.edu.


Orientation for Families of International First-Year Students:

  • Thursday, August 15 from 3:00p.m. to 6:30p.m., and Friday, August 16 from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Orientation for Families of International Transfer Students:

  • Friday, August 16 from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Please note, your student’s orientation session timing will differ from Family Orientation. Additionally, a campus tour will be offered for international family members on Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. beginning outside Talley Student Union. Online registration coming soon. 

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. Sample Schedules from 2018:


The cost of attendance for Family Orientation is included in the mandatory fees charged to all new first-year and transfer international students.

  • These fees cover your student’s attendance and the attendance of 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, but a list of local hotels can be found here.
  • No payment is due to New Student Programs or the Office for International Services. The mandatory student fees 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. To register for Orientation: 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 International Orientation Session #27 to attend (this will be the only option listed).
  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.

To also register for the campus tour for international families on Wednesday, August 15 from 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m., complete the online registration form (coming soon)


Here are some resources you can expect to learn about while attending Family Orientation:

  • Dining, Bookstore, and ID Card
  • University Police
  • Your Student’s College or Program
  • Student Health
  • Cashier’s Office
  • Living at NC State/Commuting to Campus

Sample Schedules from 2018:


You have several options to consider when making overnight accommodations for Family Orientation.  Housing is NOT included in your student’s fees. Click here for a list of local hotels offering discounts to Orientation attendees. 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 International 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.
  • 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 Lee and West lots during their Orientation session. Students and guests will receive an email with instructions for online parking permit registration a few weeks before their Orientation session.


  • 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 “2019 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.


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.