Fall International Student Orientation

Wolf Statue overlooking wolf plaza

This page has information from 2020 orientation programs.
Summer/Fall 2021 information will be available in the coming months.

Welcome to NC State!

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 the Wolfpack, we invite you to participate in the New Student Orientation program. Orientation will help prepare you to succeed in and out of the classroom, give you a glimpse into student life and help you connect with students, faculty and staff. 

This page is for first-year, international students beginning at NC State in August 2020. If you are a domestic student (beginning in August 2020) or a Spring Connect student (beginning in January 2021), view the following pages for orientation sessions specifically designed to assist with your transition.

Due to impacts from COVID-19, NC State is shifting summer 2020 orientation programs to a virtual format. For up-to-date information about the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus.

All enrolled students are required to complete New Student Orientation. In addition, we strongly recommend that family members complete the concurrent Family Orientation program. The cost of participation for students and families is included in the mandatory first-year student fee charged to all new first-year students. No payment is due to New Student Programs, and the first-year student fee will be included in your fall tuition bill.

University Housing Move-In

  • The dates for University Housing move-in have been adapted for the new start date for classes (August 10, 2020). Fall move-in will be held July 31 – August 9 by appointment only. Move-in appointments will occur in 3-hour blocks. Sign up for your appointment on the University Housing website.
  • If you are living on campus, we recommend you sign up for an appointment before your orientation begins on Wednesday, August 5th . This means your appointment date options would be July 31 - August 4. Then, you can attend orientation virtually from your residence hall room.
  • Sign ups for appointment times will begin July 6. 
  • If you are unable to arrive by August 9, contact University Housing for late move-in instructions (please note, August 17, 2020 is the latest possible arrival date for new international students. Please see OIS' website for more details).
  • Contact University Housing at 919.515.2440 or housing@ncsu.edu if you have any questions as you are preparing for Move-In Day.

Orientation consists of three parts:

Part 1 - Online Orientation Session (required)

As a new international student, your Orientation session will take place in August before classes start. The session will include different activities and presentations with the Office of International Services (OIS) and New Student Programs (NSP).

You can only register for fall courses after you complete online academic advising. Then, the hold will be lifted from your account, and you will register for courses using the online MyPack Portal system. Find timeline details on the Advising and Registration webpage.

Visit the Photo Upload webpage at onecard.ncsu.edu and follow the instructions to upload a photo for your Wolfpack One Card student ID. Your card will be available for pick up when you arrive on campus. Please watch your campus email for pick up details later this summer.

Marching band auditions (including drum line and color guard) will be conducted via video submission. See audition requirements, submission guidelines and deadlines On the Auditions website

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Part 2 - Online Orientation Platform (required)

In addition to the half-day Zoom session, you will watch video presentations through our Online Orientation Platform and answer accompanying questions about the information. This experience will be self-paced throughout the summer and will include information related to campus involvement, university expectations, campus safety with University Police and living on campus, among other topics. 

A separate track will also be available for family members to watch presentations.

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Part 3 - Transition Talks (optional)

In addition to presentations, we want to give you the opportunity to ask questions, interact with your new classmates and connect with campus resources. A full slate of Transition Talks will be offered throughout the summer via Zoom and social media to connect you to the Pack. If these aren’t conducive to your schedule or time zone, please email new-students@ncsu.edu for a video recording.

International Student Q&A

Tuesday, June 23rd at 9:00am EST
Wednesday, July 22nd at 9:00am EST
The Office of International Services (OIS) invites you to connect with our staff and fellow international students, and chat through any questions you may have about visas, travel, cultural & educational transitions and more.

Additional Topics for students include:

  • Arts and student media
  • Athletics and the Student Wolfpack Club
  • Campus community centers (African American Cultural Center, GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, Women’s Center)
  • Dining meal plans, ID card and linked accounts to PNC Bank
  • Disability Resources
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • High-impact practices (civic engagement, internships, leadership, research, study abroad)
  • Housing
  • Libraries
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Music ensembles and marching band auditions
  • Orientation leader Q&A
  • Out-of-state student meeting
  • Student Alumni Association
  • Student Involvement
  • Textbooks and course materials
  • Transportation
  • Tutorial Center
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • University Honors Program
  • University Scholars Program
  • Veteran and dependent student information

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Students Sit on campus together in autumn

Need assistance?

If you have any questions throughout the summer about orientation or your transition to NC State, contact New Student Program:

  • Text “wolfpack” to 833-712-1255 (Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Email new-students@ncsu.edu
  • Call 919.515.1234 (Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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