Spring New Student Orientation

Hunt Library in winter with the sun setting

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. 

Due to impacts from COVID-19, NC State will host virtual orientation programs for spring 2021. For up-to-date information about the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus.

All enrolled first-year and transfer 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 spring tuition bill.

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, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021.

Orientation consists of three parts:

Part 1 – Online Orientation Platform (required and due Jan. 6, 2021)

In preparation for your orientation session on Zoom, you will watch video presentations through our Online Orientation Platform and answer accompanying questions about the information. This experience will be self-paced over several weeks 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 2 – Online Orientation Session (required on Jan. 8, 2021)

As a new student, you will attend an orientation session via Zoom on Jan. 8, 2021. During the program, you will learn about strategies for student success, interact with other new students in group meetings led by an orientation leader and hear from your academic college or program.

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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. Transition Talks will be offered throughout the fall and early spring via Zoom and social media to connect you to the Pack.

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Students Sit on campus together in autumn

Need assistance?

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

  • Text “belltower” to 833-712-1255
  • Email new-students@ncsu.edu
  • Call 919.515.1234 (Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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