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

NC State has decided to move forward with a hybrid format for New Student and Family Orientation for spring 2022. 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 spring semester while keeping everyone in the Wolfpack community safe. For up-to-date information about the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus.

Review the information below to determine if you wish to attend Orientation, and contact New Student Programs at new-students@ncsu.edu or 919.515.1234 if you have questions. Please note that NSP and all university offices will be closed for winter break Dec. 24, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022.

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 or Transfer Student Fee charged to all new students. No payment is due to New Student Programs, and the fee will be included in your spring tuition bill.

Orientation consists of three parts:

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

Before attending an 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)

New students and families are invited to attend a half-day orientation session via Zoom on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 . 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 spring 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 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, as well as learn about topics such as housing move-in, meal plans, and resources for families.

Participants of the Campus Visit must follow the health and safety guidelines provided in NC State’s Protect the Pack Community Standards and Personal Safety Rules.

As you prepare for your visit to campus, please keep in mind the following guidance from NC State:

  • Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, except for when you are actively eating or drinking. 
  • Face coverings are not currently required in outdoor spaces for vaccinated individuals, but they are encouraged, especially in large crowds. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated should continue wearing a face covering outdoors.
  • If you are sick prior to or the day of your campus visit, please take precautions and do not attend your scheduled date. Contact New Student Programs and we can reschedule you for another date.
  • The most effective way to keep yourself and others healthy is to get vaccinated.
  • While we increase our vaccine coverage on campus, we remain a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and it is each person’s responsibility to continue to protect themselves and others.
  • If you feel safer or more comfortable wearing a face covering in any setting, regardless of vaccination status, please feel free to do so.
  • Be respectful of one another.

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Students sit on campus during the fall.

Need assistance?

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

  • Text  833-712-1255 (Weekdays from 8 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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