Spring New Student Orientation

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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 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 you 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 help prepare for your 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.

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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

Virtual Session

Campus Visit

Online Module (required)

Before attending your 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 Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 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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Campus Visit (optional)

You will have the option to attend a half-day Campus Visit in December as part of your orientation experience. This does not replace the required virtual session on Zoom. During the visit you will take a campus tour, get your student ID card, and hear about student life from current students.

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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Need assistance?

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

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