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.
August Orientation is a make up session for students 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 Friday, August 7th when your Orientation session takes place. Then, you can attend virtually from your residence hall room. Sign ups for appointment times will begin July 6.
- Contact University Housing at 919.515.2440 or email@example.com 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 student, you will attend a half-day orientation session via Zoom in August. During the program, you will learn about the NC State academic experience, interact with other new students in group meetings led by an orientation leader and hear from your academic college or program.
- August Orientation for first-year and transfer students will take place Friday, August 7th, 2020
- The sessions will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom, and students are required to be present for the duration of the session.
- Students can only be registered for August Orientation by New Student Programs.
New Student Programs recommends that all students register parents and family members for the concurrent Family Orientation program. This program, designed specifically to assist families with their transition to the Wolfpack, is optional but strongly encouraged. Learn more on the Family Orientation webpage.
Registration closed on Monday, August 3, but any enrolled student can still attend Orientation. We sent an email on Wednesday, August 5 to all enrolled students who had not registered for a session yet with instructions for attending. Click the schedule in the email and you will find the Zoom links to attend.
If you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing and Using Zoom
- Your orientation session will be hosted on Zoom. To ensure that your attendance at orientation is recorded properly, attend the session by using your NC State Zoom account that is tied to your Unity ID.
- New Student Programs will email you Zoom links a few days before your session so you can access the webinars and meetings that will take place.
- Visit our Zoom assistance webpage for detailed instructions on using Zoom and testing it before your session.
- Download orientation Zoom backgrounds to show your NC State pride!
- If you have concerns about accessing Zoom for your orientation session, visit the “Assistance” section of this webpage.
Multiple Devices for Family Orientation
- Although students and families will attend some parts of the orientation session together, there will be instances when students and families are asked to join different Zoom webinars or meetings at the same time. This will require you to have two devices with Zoom capabilities (computer, tablet or smartphone).
- If you only have one Zoom-enabled device in your household, we ask that you, the student, participate in the activities designated for you. We will email recorded Family Orientation content to all participants after the session.
Plan to Engage
- To make the most of your orientation session, limit distractions during presentations as much as possible. Be ready to ask questions via the Q&A or chat features on Zoom.
- There will be times during your small group meeting or college presentation when we will ask you to participate using an audio/video connection if you are able.
Registered students and families will receive Zoom links a few days prior to their session to use throughout orientation. The orientation schedule is as follows:
1-1:30 p.m. Welcome
1:30-2 p.m. Academic Success 101 (first-year students and families)
Learn about the nuts and bolts of academics at NC State, including the General Education Program, campus resources and the role of your academic advisor.
1:30-2 p.m. Academic Success 201 (transfer students and families)
Learn about the nuts and bolts of academics at NC State, including information specific to transfer students, campus resources and the role of your academic advisor.
2:15-3 p.m. Small Group Meetings
Orientation leaders will facilitate conversations about life at NC State and help you connect with other new students in your academic college or program.
3:15-5 p.m. College Welcome and Academic Information
College representatives will provide information on advising, course requirements and what you can expect from your new academic home.
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.
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 and living on campus, among other topics.
A separate track will also be available for family members to watch presentations.
- The Online Orientation Platform will launch the week of June 15, 2020. At that time you will receive an email with instructions for accessing and completing the required components of the platform.
- The requirements in the platform should take about five hours to complete. The platform also provides supplemental videos you can watch based on your interests or needs.
- Students are expected to watch all of the required videos fully and to answer accompanying quiz questions on their own.
- We recommend that students attending August Orientation complete their use of the Online Orientation Platform by Friday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m., when your Orientation session begins. If you need additional time, please complete the required program by the first day of class: Monday, August 10.
- To view the content on the platform you will need to use a web browser on a laptop or desktop computer, a tablet device or a smartphone.
- The platform is ADA accessible.
- If you have concerns about accessing the Online Orientation Platform, visit the “Assistance” section of this webpage
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.
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)
- 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
- Tutorial Center
- TRiO Student Support Services
- University Honors Program (specific to first-year students)
- University Scholars Program (specific to first-year students)
- Veteran and dependent student information
If you have any questions throughout the summer about orientation or your transition to NC State, contact New Student Programs:
- Text “wolfpack” to 833-712-1255 (Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Email email@example.com
- Call 919.515.1234 (Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
In compliance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in the virtual New Student and Family Orientation program, please contact Meredith Harms at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.515.1234 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Requests for real-time captioning should be made at least 15 business days prior to the event.
New Student Programs recognizes that students or family members may have questions or concerns about participating in an online orientation, having to do with issues such as internet connectivity or device availability. Our staff is committed to helping students and family members address these concerns and participate in our programs.
Please review the frequently asked questions below to see if they can help you troubleshoot any technology concerns.
Frequently Asked Technology Questions
- What if I don’t have a microphone built into my computer? Can I still participate in Zoom meetings?
- If you have a computer and can access Zoom visually via your computer, you can hear the meeting’s audio feed by phone. Zoom invitations will include instructions for participating by calling into meetings via traditional phone or smartphone. This two-pronged approach will allow you to see the visuals presented during the sessions while hearing the audio of the meeting simultaneously.
- What if I don’t have a webcam? Can I still participate in Zoom meetings?
- Many of the live components of orientation will give you the opportunity to use video, but those capabilities are not required for participation. You will still be able to participate through the speaker and chat functions.
- Alternatively, if you have a smartphone and are able to download the Zoom mobile app from your app store, you may participate visually that way.
- What if I don’t have a computer?
- Both the Online Orientation Platform and the live sessions presented via Zoom are accessible via mobile device. Your phone will need a web browser to use the platform. If you have additional concerns, fill out the Orientation Technology Concerns Form to notify the New Student Programs staff of your concerns.
- What if I don’t have a reliable internet connection?
- Fill out the Orientation Technology Concerns Form, and our team will respond with alternative options for completing orientation.
- What if I don’t have multiple devices for my family members and me to access different parts of orientation simultaneously?
- Family Orientation is supplemental to New Student Orientation, which is required for all new students. You should prioritize engaging with the student content, and fill out the Orientation Technology Concerns Form prior to participating so your family can access any family content they missed.
If you believe you may have technological challenges that may affect your participation and that were not addressed via the frequently asked questions above, please complete our Orientation Technology Concerns Form to help us learn more about your concerns.
Please contact New Student Programs at email@example.com with any questions you may have after completing the form.