August Student 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 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 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

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 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.

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 first-year advising page or transfer advising page.

Visit the Photo Upload webpage at 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 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.

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 (specific to first-year students)
  • University Scholars Program (specific to first-year students)
  • Veteran and dependent student information

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Need assistance?

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
  • Call 919.515.1234 (Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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