August Family Orientation

Holladay Hall on a gorgeous day

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 and your family as new members of the Wolfpack community, we invite you to participate in the Family Orientation program. The program is designed specifically for parents and families of transfer students, and it takes place parallel to the Student Orientation Program.

NC State is anticipating returning to normal operations for the fall semester, and we are encouraged by the current trends of COVID-19 infections throughout our city and state. However, some event restrictions will still be in place this summer that impact our ability to host large gatherings. For up-to-date information about the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus.

NC State has decided to move forward with a hybrid format for New Student and Family Orientation for summer 2021. By offering both virtual and on-campus opportunities for new students and families, we hope to provide you with information and experiences that prepare your student for the fall semester while keeping everyone in the Wolfpack community safe. 

An exterior of The James B. Hunt Library. Photo by Marc Hall

All enrolled students are required to complete 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 new student fee charged to all new transfer students. No payment is due to New Student Programs, and the new student fee will be included in your student’s fall tuition bill.

Orientation consists of three parts:

Online Module
(required for students; strongly encouraged for families)

Before attending your Orientation session, we highly recommend families watch video presentations through our Online Module. This experience will be self-paced and will include information related to university resources, engagement opportunities, student expectations, and campus safety, among other topics. 

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Virtual Session
(required for students; strongly encouraged for families)

You will attend a half-day orientation session via Zoom on August 13, 2021. Student attendance is required, and families are strongly encouraged to attend. During the program, you and your student will get updates about NC State’s fall plans, ask questions of current student Orientation Leaders, and hear from your student’s academic college or program.

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Campus Visit
(optional for students and families)


You will have the option to attend a half-day Campus Visit in July as part of your orientation experience. For students, this does not replace the required virtual session on Zoom. During the visit you will take a campus tour and learn more about NC State.

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Students sit on campus during the fall.

Need assistance?

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

  • 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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