Family Orientation

This page will be updated with Summer 2018 information in Spring 2018. Click here for Summer 2018 Orientation dates.

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.

The first-year family program will be held Thursday August 10 through Friday, August 11, 2017, and the transfer family program will be held Friday, August 11, 2017. 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.

Click here for a detailed schedule

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


Orientation for Families of International First-Year Students:

  • Thursday, August 10 from 3:00p.m. to 6:30p.m., and Friday, August 11 from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Orientation for Families of International Transfer Students:

  • Friday, August 11 from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Please note, your student’s orientation session timing will differ from 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 detailed schedule


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 ($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.


How to Register:

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 #23 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.


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

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

Click here for a detailed schedule

Campus Tour for Family and Friends of New International Students – August 9: 

The Office of International Services and the Office Parents and Family Services will provide a campus tour for family and friends of new students. The tour will be held on Wednesday, August 9th from 1:30p.m. – 2:45p.m. The tour will meet at the  Talley Student Union Technology Tower and will conclude at the Talley One Earth Lounge where parents can meet their students after their orientation activities. If you, as the students family members/friends, would like to attend, please register online here.


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



  • 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 “2017 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 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.