Orientation FAQ

Pre-Orientation Questions

I am considering changing my major.  Should I change my major before Orientation?

Orientation Sessions at NC State are college-specific (i.e. College of Engineering, College of Education, etc.). If you wish to change to a major that is outside of the college in which you are currently enrolled, you will need to get approval for this change by emailing your request to undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu by June 1 (make sure to provide your complete name and date of birth). Once you have received official notification from the Office of Admissions that your college has changed, go to your WOLFPAW account and sign up for the Orientation session that corresponds to your new college. You cannot change your college after June 1 or during Orientation. Contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or email us at orientation@ncsu.edu with any questions.

What do I need to do before starting at NC State in the fall?

A comprehensive checklist of items to complete before starting at NC State can be found here, along with other resources to assist with your transition.

What is my student ID number?

Your student ID number is a number that is assigned to you upon receipt of your application for admission to NC State. You can find your student ID number on the acceptance letter you received from Undergraduate Admissions.

What email address does the University use to communicate with me?

Emails from the University will go to your personal address (the one you included on your application to NC State) until early August. After that, all incoming email will automatically be sent to your Unity or campus-based email address. To check your Unity mail, access the university Gmail system at http://gmail.ncsu.edu and log in with your Unity ID and password.

Orientation Registration Questions

Is Orientation mandatory?

Orientation is a very important element of the transition into college and the majority of the Orientation program has mandatory attendance.  If you have a time conflict, contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or email us at orientation@ncsu.edu.

If I attend Experience NC State, do I have to attend Orientation too?

Experience NC State is an optional visitation day through Undergraduate Admissions, designed exclusively for admitted students to help you make NC State your choice. New Student Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming students, regardless of their attendance at Experience NC State.

Is there a fee for Orientation?

Yes. The cost of attendance is included in the mandatory First-Year Student Fee charged to all new first-year students. This fee covers the costs of Orientation and is included in the Tuition and Fees Statement you will receive by email from the University’s Cashier’s Office. This is a mandatory fee charged to all first-year students whether or not the student attends Orientation.

When am I supposed to come to Orientation?

At NC State, Orientation sessions are college specific and you should attend the session corresponding to your college. A complete list of dates for Orientation can be found here.

How do I register for Orientation?

Orientation registration will be available in mid-March 2017. There are two ways to register for Orientation:

  • Register online from your wolfPAW account.
  • Call our office at 919.515.1234

Note: Your Advanced Enrollment Deposit of $200 must be processed before you can register for an Orientation session. Instructions to pay your enrollment deposit can be found on your wolfPAW account.

Do I get a confirmation that I registered for Orientation?

Yes. An email will be sent to your personal address (the one you included on your application to NC State) and to your wolfPAW account.

Do I need to pre-register to stay overnight in the residence hall during Orientation?

No, you do not need to pre-register if you would like to stay overnight in the residence hall. The cost for housing is included in the First-Year Student Fee, and you will let our staff know during Check-In if you wish to stay in on campus.

Can I change my Orientation session after I have registered?

You may change the Orientation session you have registered for if your college offers another session and space is available. Check your wolfPAW account.

I recently changed my major, how do I change my Orientation session?

Once you have received official notification from the Office of Admissions that your college has changed, go to your wolfPAW account and sign up for the Orientation session that corresponds to your new college. Contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or email us at orientation@ncsu.edu with any questions.

Which First-Year Orientation session should an international student attend?

Any first-year international student should plan on attending an Orientation session August 9-11, 2017. Therefore, you are not required to attend an orientation session in July. More information will be emailed to you specific to the August 9-11 Orientation session.

What happens if I can not attend my Orientation session?

Contact New Student Programs as soon as possible by phone at 919.515.1234 or via email at orientation@ncsu.edu to discuss your conflict.

What if I need to leave early or miss part of the program?

Orientation is a very important element of the transition into college and the majority of the Orientation program has mandatory attendance.  If you have a time conflict, contact the New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or email us at orientation@ncsu.edu.

If I need special accommodations during Orientation, what office should I contact?

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 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.

Can I bring my parents or a friend to Orientation?

Family members or friends are invited to attend Family Orientation if they choose. However, they are not permitted to attend New Student Orientation or stay with the students in the residence hall. More information about Family Orientation can be found here.

I am about to start taking classes in the Non-Degree Studies (formerly Life Long Education) program.  What Orientation do I attend?

The Orientation program offered by New Student Programs is for degree seeking students. Students in the Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program should attend the orientation session offered by the Department of Registration and Records. Newly admitted non-degree students will be invited to this orientation session via email. Visit the Non-Degree Studies website or call 919.515.2572.

Orientation Program Questions

What should I bring to Orientation?

Click here and scroll down to the “What to Bring” section for a list of what to pack for Orientation.

What time and where will Orientation begin?

Check-in for Orientation is between 8:00 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. at Lee Residence Hall located on Sullivan Drive.  At Check-in, students will receive Orientation materials and overnight room assignments and keys for Lee Residence Hall. Orientation ends at approximately 12:00 p.m. on the second day.

Where is Lee Residence Hall?

Lee Residence Hall is located on West Campus. Students will check into Orientation and receive a room assignment for Lee Hall if they are choosing to stay overnight on campus. 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.

What will the schedule be like at Orientation?

While the 2017 schedule is not available yet, you can get an idea of what to expect from the 2016 First-Year Student Orientation Schedule. Specific program details will vary from college to college.  You will receive a printed schedule when you check-in at Orientation.

Will I register for classes at Orientation?

Your course registration process will depend on your academic college/program. Some colleges will have students register for their fall semester classes on the second day of Orientation, while others will engage in pre-registration activities before attending Orientation.

Are accomodations available for the night before Orientation?

University Housing Conference Services will accomodate students who need to arrive on campus the night before their scheduled orientation session. Reservations can be made via the Conference Services website. Requests must be made at least 5 business days in advance of your scheduled orientation session, and pre-payment is required. Early arrival housing is $20.00 per person per night.

Will I receive my Wolfpack One Card (Student ID) at Orientation?

Yes. Students will have the opportunity to get their picture taken for their Wolfpack One Card at Orientation, as well as during the first few days of classes. Students must have a valid drivers license or other government-issued photo ID with them in order to get their card.

Will I be able to see my residence hall room for next year?

Unfortunately, during Orientation you will not be able to see the room you have been assigned.  However, University Housing will host model rooms during Orientation sessions for first year students to give you an idea of items you may put in your room.  In order to help you plan for your room, you can see 360˚ pictures of rooms in each building and 3D layouts and dimensions here. Click on your residence hall for information specific to that building.