August Student Orientation

Wolf Statue in Wolf Plaza on a sunny 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 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. 

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

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 you 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 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 charged to all new first-year students. No payment is due to New Student Programs, and the first-year student fee will be included in your fall tuition bill.

Orientation consists of two parts:

Online Module

Virtual Session

Online Module (required)

Before attending an Orientation session, you will watch video presentations through our Online Module and answer accompanying questions about the information. This experience will be self-paced and will include information related to academic resources, engagement opportunities, university expectations, and living on campus, among other topics. 

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Virtual Session (required)

You will attend a half-day orientation session via Zoom on August 13, 2021. During the program, you will learn about your academic college or program, explore involvement opportunities, and interact with other new students in group meetings led by an orientation leader.

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Students walk through
Students walk down the street cheering for the wolfpack!
Overhead view of the Brickyard during Shack-a-Thon.
Students walk through Centennial Campus on a beautiful day

Need assistance?

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

  • Text “reynolds1887” to 833-712-1255
  • Email
  • Call 919.515.1234 (Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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