Welcome to NC State, Spring Connect students!
Spring Connect is a cohort of incoming first-year students who were admitted in spring 2020 to begin at NC State in January 2021. New Student Programs is here to ensure your transition can go as smoothly as possible. Use the links and information on this page to start thinking about your next steps in joining the Pack. We hope we can be a resource for you and your family members during this exciting time!
If you have any questions throughout your transition, contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 or email@example.com.
Enrollment Confirmation Deadline
Students must submit their Advanced Enrollment Deposit by June 1, 2020 via wolfPAW to confirm their enrollment.
Still have questions about your acceptance into Spring Connect? Visit the Undergraduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions webpage
COVID-19 Updates for Spring Semester
Review recent announcements and resources about the university’s COVID-19 response and what to expect in the spring semester.
Academic Advising and Course Registration
Learn about the advising and course registration processes that you will complete online to sign up for spring semester classes.
The timeline will guide you through important dates and New Student Checklist items you need to complete before the spring semester begins. Come back to this page each month to review your to-do’s and to take advantage of resources and transition programs!
|May 8||Summer Start Sign-Up Deadline|
|May 17||Prague Connect Regular Decision Application Deadline (Cancelled)|
If you enroll closer to the enrollment deadline (June 1), we recommend completing these checklist items in June.
- Your Unity ID is an electronic identification key that allows you to access all of your records and services while associated with NC State. You need your Unity ID and password to access your email and campus services (e.g., eBilling, financial aid, Registration and Records) available via MyPack Portal at https://mypack.ncsu.edu.
- To obtain your Unity ID, log in to https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu/ with your wolfPAW username and password. You will see your Unity ID Credentials (ID and Password) listed on the main page.
- Your Unity ID password is initially set to a default value. That is an 8 digit number composed of the last four digits of your ID number (found on the wolfPAW page) followed by your two-digit birth month and two-digit birthday (mmdd).
- Before you can log in to anything, you must create a password for your account. Please follow these instructions:
- Go to ncsu.edu/UIA to set up your security questions and answers.
- Once you have updated your security questions and answers, go to ncsu.edu/password to change your password to something only you know. (Enter your Unity Username, then your current password (default value). Create a new password and enter it twice.)
- Keep your password private. It is against university policy to share this information with anyone, including a parent or legal guardian.
Phone: 919.515.HELP (4357) (NC State Help Desk)
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) assists students with applying for and securing financial assistance. You will be offered the best funding options available to you depending upon the timing of your application for aid, your level of financial need, and availability funding.
Financial Aid: (*not applicable to international students) Financial aid is awarded on a first come first served basis. Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible to maximize your eligibility for grants and scholarships. Complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.gov.
Scholarships: Once you are offered acceptance to NC State University, you can begin applying for scholarships via our scholarship portal, PackASSIST. Students entering in the Spring 2021 semester can apply for scholarships at any time, but will only be eligible for scholarships beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year (i.e. beginning in the Fall 2021 semester). For more information, including deadlines, and to log on using your unity credentials, visit the Pack Assist website.
Consider connecting with NC State before you begin in the spring 2021 semester through optional transition programs like Prague Connect and Summer Start.
- Summer Start Program: Get a jump start on your NC State experience by participating in Summer Start. This program takes place from June 17 to July 29 and allows you to take classes while living in the heart of campus. Learn more and sign up to participate by May 8, 2020 on the Summer Start website.
- Prague Connect Program (CANCELLED): Apply to participate in Prague Connect, a 12-week Fall 2020 study abroad program created specifically for Spring Connect students. Participants will earn 14 NC State credit hours while gaining valuable international experience and building relationships before stepping foot on campus. Learn more and apply to participate by May 17, 2020 on the Prague Connect website.
- Your NC State email account, UnityID@ncsu.edu, is available after you have accessed your Unity ID and set your new password (see “Access Your Unity Account” section above).
- Official communications, including from professors, are sent to your NC State email, so check it regularly.
- NC State is a G Suite campus, which means our communication and collaboration is powered by Google. To log in to your NC State email account:
- Visit gmail.com
- Click “sign in”
- If you are already signed in with another account:
- Click your profile picture or initial in the upper right
- Click “add account”
- Enter your NC State email address as UnityID@ncsu.edu
- Enter your Unity ID password
- Your NC State email account is provided to you for university business. Be mindful about personal use, such as social media and banking, and link these accounts to a personal email address instead. If you do not have a personal address, you can create a free email account at gmail.com.
Phone: 919.515.HELP (4357) (NC State Help Desk)
Updating Personal Email – The university’s primary method of communication with you before January 2021 will be emailing the personal email address you have on file with Admissions. Update your email address in your wolfPAW account, particularly if it is a high school email that may expire after graduation.
Updating Address or Phone Number – It is very important that your address and phone information are kept current with the university.
- Log in to MyPack Portal. Go to Student Self Service > Personal Information > Address or Contact Details.
- Sign up to receive WolfAlert emergency text messages, which may be sent during campus safety emergencies
Updating Preferred or Non-Legal Name – While a person’s legal name is used by default, NC State University recognizes that, as a community, many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. If you designate a ‘Preferred Name’, it will appear instead of the legal name in many university systems and documents (e.g., your Wolfpack One Card).
- Log in to MyPack Portal > Student Homepage > Personal Information tile > Select the ‘Preferred Name’ line > Edit the ‘First Name’ box > Select ‘Save’
- Learn more about the ‘Preferred or Non-Legal Name’ system on the Student Services Center website
Official SAT, ACT, AP, and IB scores should be submitted to NC State by July 15.
All scores must be received directly from the testing agency. Undergraduate Admissions does not accept scores from high school or college transcripts.
NC State’s AP Code is 5496. A full list of the AP/IB credit policies at NC State is available online: https://admissions.ncsu.edu/credit-opportunities.
Requests to change your program of acceptance must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions prior to July 1 for consideration. Due to your enrollment beginning in the spring semester, opportunities for a program change are limited and considered on a space available basis. There are some programs that do not allow spring entry.
|July 1||College or Curriculum Change Request Deadline|
|July 15||Deadline to submit the following to Admissions:|
– Official Final Transcripts
– Official Test Scores (SAT, ACT, AP, IB)
– Your Fall Plans (*form in wolfPAW)
You must submit an official final transcript from all institutions you attended prior to enrolling at NC State. Final acceptance is contingent on your maintaining a level of academic performance that is equal to or better than your previous academic record.
- Failure to submit an official final transcript will cancel your enrollment
- Your official final transcript must include your final grades and graduation date. Contact your school to have your transcript sent electronically or by mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- All incoming Spring Connect 2021 students must submit an official final transcript by July 15, 2020.
- If you take classes at another institution in summer or fall 2020, you will need to submit an official final transcript by January 8, 2021.
Students can choose to attend another community college or university before enrolling at NC State in the spring. If you do want to take classes, we encourage you to consider an NC Community College.
You should contact the NC State academic department you’ve been admitted into for advising on course selection prior to registration at another institution.
Spring Connect students have the flexibility to choose between a number of opportunities prior to beginning classes in the Spring 2021 semester. You may choose to do an internship, work, take classes at another college or university, volunteer, travel or participate in a personal enrichment opportunity. Whatever you decide – we’d like to know. Log in to your wolfPAW account and let us know what you plan to do before enrolling at NC State by July 15. As you are making your plans, we encourage you to consider the following:
- Students can choose to attend another community college or university before enrolling at NC State in the spring. If you do want to take classes, we encourage you to consider an NC Community College. You should contact the NC State academic department you’ve been admitted into for advising on course selection prior to registration at another institution.
- Consider optional NC State transition programs like Prague Connect or Summer Start.
Spring Connect students are assigned priority spring semester course registration times taking place October 22-23, 2020. You must complete virtual academic advising in early-mid October before you can register for classes.
Review the process for your college or program on the Spring Connect Advising webpage.
|October 5||University Housing Application Opens (Apply by October 12 for priority)|
|October 8||Placement Test Recommended Completion Date (Chemistry, Foreign Language, and Math)|
|October 16, 4:00 – 5:00pm||Transition Talk on Zoom: Course Registration Overview|
|October 22-23||Course Registration Opens on MyPack Portal|
Find your specific enrollment date and time on MyPack Portal.
|October 26, 4:30 – 5:15pm||Transition Talk on Zoom: University Housing|
To ensure you are registered in the appropriate courses, placement/skills assessments are offered – and some required – in certain subjects such as math, English, chemistry, and foreign languages. It is recommended to complete these assessments by October 8 so they are done before advising and course registration.
- Chemistry Placement – Online Exam
- First-Year Writing Placement – Students will look at a first-year writing placement chart online to determine if they are exempt from the first-year writing requirement or if they should complete the online, directed self-placement assessment.
- Foreign Language Placement – Online Test
- Math Placement – Online Test
At NC State, course registration for Spring Connect students is completed using the online MyPack Portal system and can only be completed after completing virtual academic advising.
Spring Connect students are assigned priority course registration times for spring 2021 semester taking place October 22-23, 2020. Advising information will be emailed to students in September 2020.
To ensure timely registration and the greatest course availability, you should follow instructions from your advisor, as well as meet the deadlines for placement testing and submission of transcripts and AP/IB scores.
NC State and University Housing are committed to the academic success of our students and the first year live-on requirement is one way we actively support that commitment. University Housing also understands that starting your university journey mid-year can provide unique challenges for students as well as University Housing. Spring Connect students are strongly encouraged to apply to live on campus or they will need to submit a live-on appeal request.
University Housing will email Spring Connect students on October 1 with details about the application which is scheduled to open October 5. On-campus assignments will be made based on space availability in late October.
North Carolina Law requires that NC State students submit proof of immunizations to Student Health Services within 30 days of registration of classes at NC State University. For more information on the requirements, exceptions, exemptions and how to submit records visit https://healthypack.dasa.ncsu.edu/health-records/immunizationtb-compliance/
In addition to submitting immunization records, students are required to complete a Health History Form and TB Questionnaire. Both can be found on the HealthyPackPortal (https://sso.medicatconnect.com)
Phone: 919.515.2563 (Student Health Services)
|November 1||Meal Plan Sign Up Available|
|November 5||Parking Permit Sales Open|
|November 10, 4:30 – 5:15pm||Transition Talk on Zoom: NC State Dining|
|November 12||Tuition and Fees Bill Available|
|November 30 – January 8||“IPGE 195: Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions” course available free for students|
Some or all instructional formats for all or part of the spring 2021 semester may change due to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As has always been the case, tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event that instructional format changes for any part of the 2020-21 academic year.
Students and parents who have been granted access* will use MyPack Portal to view eBILLs and other student account information. Bills are not mailed. You must make a payment, have a sufficient payment plan or have adequate approved and accepted financial aid prior to the deadline. Your first bill will be posted on November 12, 2020 and is due on December 8, 2020.
- Student account information is on the Student Homepage, select the Student Accounts tile. Items are listed on the left.
- Tuition and Fees must be paid by the date posted on your billing statement to avoid class schedule cancellation. Fall billing is in July and spring billing is in November.
- *Grant parental access to student accounts through the MyPack Portal. Details are at go.ncsu.edu/parentaccess
- Sign up for direct deposit through MyPack Portal to receive refunds. Details are at go.ncsu.edu/directdeposit
- Learn more about billing and payment options by visiting go.ncsu.edu/billing
- Reduce your debt by enrolling in a monthly payment plan at go.ncsu.edu/mpp
- Waive or enroll in the NC State Insurance plan (if you don’t waive, you will automatically be enrolled and billed). Learn more at go.ncsu.edu/insurance
- If you decide not to attend NC State University you must notify Undergraduate Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than the first day of classes. You must also drop your classes and cancel your housing and dining plan if applicable. You will be responsible for all charges on your account including any charges for late cancellations.
Per the UNC Board of Governors, students must show evidence of existing creditable insurance coverage (coverage under another health plan), purchase a private insurance plan or enroll in the NC State-sponsored plan (Student Blue). Established students will be able to enroll or waive the insurance beginning sometime between mid-November and early December 2020 for the spring 2021 semester. Students will receive an email when the forms are available.
- Students who do not waive out and decide to purchase the NC State-sponsored plan will be billed through their student account each semester.
- Visit HealthyPack (https://healthypack.dasa.ncsu.edu/insurance-and-billing/) for eligibility information and for more detailed information regarding insurance.
- To waive or enroll the Student Blue Plan visit https://studentblue.bcbsnc.com/ncsu/Account/Authenticate?tab=Login
Phone: 919.515.2563 (Student Health Services)
Orientation for first-year students beginning in Spring 2021 is scheduled to be held virtually on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 9:00am – 4:00pm EST. You must register for the Orientation session through an online registration system when it opens in November 2020.
Parents and family members are also highly encouraged to attend Family Orientation. The program runs in conjunction with your Orientation session and is designed to introduce families to the academic programs and services available at NC State. Additional information about Student and Family Orientation will be available in November 2020.
Phone: 919.515.1234 (New Student Programs)
Parking on campus requires a valid NC State Parking Permit. Permits are sold online beginning November 5 for spring semester. Eligibility to purchase a permit is based on a student’s credit hours on file with Registration and Records. Freshmen may purchase a parking permit, but options will be very limited. Most freshmen will only be eligible to RS-Resident Storage (Centennial Campus) which is served by Wolfline, the University’s transit service. Alternative transportation options include:
- Wolfline campus bus system
- GoPass access card to ride city/regional transit
- LimeBike Bicycle share program
- Personal Bicycle (registration mandatory)
Phone: 919.515.3424 (Transportation)
You can give your parent or guardian online access to view your financial (billing/payment) and academic information (schedule/grades):
- Log in to MyPack Portal. Go to Main Menu > Student Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Parent/Guardian Access. Detailed instructions are available: https://studentservices.ncsu.edu/your-resources/privacy/parent-access/
- To learn more about your academic records and the laws that protect them, visit https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-11-00-01
NC State’s award-winning dining program offers a variety of food options that are convenient, fresh, diverse and delicious. From traditional all-you-care-to-eat dining halls to a mix of restaurants, cafes and convenience stores, our program is designed to meet the unique needs and taste of our student body. Whether you live on campus or commute, NC State Dining offers a variety of meal plans that can be tailored to your specific needs. All first-year students (students entering college for the first time) living in on-campus housing are required to have a meal plan. To compare meal plan options and sign up, visit to dining.ncsu.edu. Students assigned to University Towers (UT) are required to take the UT plan. Students who also want to eat on campus can pay with credit/debit and cash, use All Campus or supplement with a Commuter plan.
Students entering in Spring 2021 can sign up for meals plans beginning November 1, 2020.
Phone: 1.800.701.4940 (NC State Dining)
Visit the Photo Upload webpage at onecard.ncsu.edu 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 close to the semester beginning.
Most students bring a laptop or other computer when they come to NC State. Be sure to review the computer specifications at https://go.ncsu.edu/comp-specs and check with your individual department or college before purchasing your computer. The Bookstore offers laptops from Apple, Lenovo, and Dell. Each model is custom configured to meet or exceed the University’s minimum requirements for student laptop purchases. Each model qualifies for education discounts, technical support, and warranty repair from the OIT Walk-In Center.
|December 1, 7:00 – 8:00pm||Transition Talk on Zoom: Engagement Opportunities for New Students|
*Unfortunately due to a technical glitch, the beginning of this recording was cut off. You can view the slides for the Leadership Development Program to get the content that is cut off in the recording.
|December 8||Payment of Tuition and Fees Due|
|December 24 – January 3||NC State offices closed for Winter Break|
You must submit an official final transcript from all institutions you attended prior to enrolling at NC State. If you take classes at another institution in summer or fall 2020, you will need to submit an official final transcript by January 8, 2021.
Contact your school to have your transcript sent electronically or by mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The Code of Student Conduct serves as the basis for student behavioral expectations at NC State. It contains information related to the university’s jurisdiction over student behavior, academic and non-academic violations, sanctions available when a violation occurs, and information regarding interim suspension. Academic violations include cheating, plagiarism, or aiding another to cheat or plagiarize. Non-academic violations vary widely and include rules concerning alcohol, drugs, infliction or threat of bodily harm, vandalism, disorderly conduct, sexual and racial harassment, sexual assault, and more. All students are strongly encouraged to read and understand the Code of Student Conduct.
After you have registered for your classes, go to MyPack Portal https://mypack.ncsu.edu or to the NC State Bookstore’s website and order your textbooks. All you will need is your student ID to view your textbook list and order your books. The Bookstore offers a robust online ordering system that includes online price comparison, textbook rental, ebooks and textbook buyback. Students eligible for financial aid may also order their books online and the bill will be sent directly to the University Cashier’s Office.
As part of NC State’s commitment to fostering a healthy and inclusive environment, all new first-year and transfer students are required to complete online trainings before the stated deadline below, before their first semester. Online education courses cover topics including:
- Alcohol education (required for students under age 21)
- Hazing prevention
- Sexual assault prevention (Title IX)
The courses will be avaliable the week of December 14, 2020. Visit go.ncsu.edu/required-ed for instructions on completing the online trainings, and complete the trainings by the following dates:
- Deadline for Summer Start participants: June 17, 2020
- Deadline for students beginning in Spring 2021: January 19, 2021 (Note: The deadline to complete Alcohol-Wise Part 2 is February 18, 2021)
Phone: 919.515.4405 (Jeff Fay, Module Coordinator)
Email: email@example.com (Jeff Fay, Module Coordinator)
|December 24 – January 3||NC State offices closed for Winter Break|
|January 5||1887 Fellows Application opens|
|January 6||Online Orientation Platform (Part 1) Due|
|January 8||Online Orientation Session (Part 2) on Zoom|
|January 8||Deadline to Submit Summer/Fall Transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions|
|January 16-18||On-Campus Housing Move-In (by appointment)|
|January 16-23||Winter Welcome Week|
|January 19||Required Online Education Due|
|TBD||Symposium for Multicultural Scholars|
|TBD||1887 Fellows Application Due|
|January 19||First Day of Class|
(Read the “Spring academic calendar update” from Chancellor Woodson on Oct. 22, 2020)
|January 31||Health Insurance Online Enrollment or Waiver Due|
Get excited for Winter Welcome Week, the official kick off to the spring semester! Over 100 events and activities will take place when move-in begins, January 16-23, to help you get acclimated and build your Pack at NC State. A schedule will be available on the University Calendar in January 2021.
Phone: 919.515.1234 (New Student Programs)
Be careful about what information you share on all of your devices and never share your password with anyone, even your parents.
- Phishing attacks are common on campus. Delete all messages requesting your password or other personal information. Note that the NC State Help Desk will never ask you for your password.
- Be wary of messages that sound too good to be true, such as unsolicited job offers or prize drawings you did not enter.
- Password-protect all devices, including smartphones and tablets. Install reputable anti-malware protection and apply software patches and updates as soon as possible.
- You are strongly encouraged to enroll in Two-Factor Authentication to protect your data. NC State supports two services: Google 2-Step Verification for Google accounts, and Duo for Shibboleth-connected services like MyPack Portal and Wolfware. Visit go.ncsu.edu/2fa for more information.
The Wolfpack One Card is the official ID card at NC State. You will have an opportunity to get your One Card when you move-in. If you haven’t already, visit the Photo Upload webpage at onecard.ncsu.edu and follow the instructions to upload a photo for your Wolfpack One Card student ID.
You can use your One Card to:
- Make on-campus purchases through the All Campus debit account
- Access your meal plan
- Enter your residence hall and other buildings with restricted access
- Work out at the gym
- Check out a book at the library
- Access your residence hall laundry account
- Link your PNC debit account to your ID card
Phone: 919.515.3090 (One Card Office)