August Family Orientation

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 first-year students, and it takes place parallel to the Student Orientation Program.

August Orientation is a make up session for students and families who cannot attend their college or program’s designated sessions in June/July. Review the information below to help prepare for your session, and contact New Student Programs at new-students@ncsu.edu or 919.515.1234 if you have questions.

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 or transfer student fee charged to all new first-year or transfer students. No payment is due to New Student Programs, and the appropriate student fee will be included in your student’s 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, and students can sign up for their appointment on the University Housing website.
  • If your student is living on campus, we recommend they sign up for an appointment before Friday, August 7th when their Orientation session takes place. Then, they can attend virtually from their residence hall room. Sign ups for appointment times will begin July 6. 
  • Contact University Housing at 919.515.2440 or housing@ncsu.edu if you have any questions as your student is preparing for Move-In Day.

Orientation consists of three parts:

Part 1 – Online Orientation Session
(required for students; strongly encouraged for families)


New students and families are invited to attend a half-day orientation session via Zoom in August. Student attendance is required, and families are strongly encouraged to attend. During the program, you and your student will learn about the NC State academic experience, ask questions of current student Orientation Leaders and hear from your student’s academic college or program.

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Part 2 – Online Orientation Platform
(required for students; strongly encouraged for families)


In addition to the half-day Zoom session, families can watch video presentations through our Online Orientation Platform. This experience will be self-paced throughout the summer and will include information related to living on campus, navigating university resources and services for families, among other topics.

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Part 3 – Transition Talks (optional for students and families)


In addition to presentations, we want to give you the opportunity to ask questions, interact with other families of new students 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 and your student to the Pack. 

Featured Event: Pack Families Connect

These weekly Zoom conversations are designed for you to attend the week after you attend a virtual orientation session. Join New Student Programs and Parents & Families Services to ask follow-up questions and connect with other new family members.

Additional topics for families include:

  • Campus safety 
  • Dining meal plans, ID card and linked accounts with PNC Bank
  • Disability Resources
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • High-impact practices (civic engagement, internships, leadership, research, study abroad)
  • Housing
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Health Services
  • Textbooks and course materials
  • Transportation
  • University Honors Program and University Scholars Program (specific to first-year families)
  • Veteran and Dependent Student Information

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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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