Spring Connection New Student Checklist
As a new student, you probably have lots of questions about where to go to find the resources and information you need about living and learning at NC State. The New Student Checklist will help you start on the path to becoming the newest member of the Wolfpack family.
Note: This checklist is specifically for first-year students in the Spring Connection program who are beginning in the Spring 2018 semester. If you were admitted in late Fall 2017 for Spring 2018, you can find your New Student Checklist here.
After you are accepted to NC State …
Every Student Must
Confirm Your Enrollment
We can’t wait for you to come to campus and start enjoying the Wolfpack life!
- Log into your wolfPAW account to respond to our offer of admission under your To-Do List.
- The deadline to confirm your acceptance is June 1, 2017.
If you choose not to attend, please let Undergraduate Admissions know via your wolfPAW account.
Access Your Unity Account
- 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 login to anything, you must create a password for your account. Please follow these instructions:
- Go to ncsu.edu/UIA to set up your User Identification and Authentication (UIA) security questions.
- Once you have updated your UIA questions, 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.)
Phone: 919.515.HELP (4357) (NC State Help Desk)
If you Need/Choose to …
Get Connected to NC State
Now that you are part of the Pack, you need to get to know us better.
- Follow NC State on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@ncstate)
- Follow New Student Programs on Twitter and Instagram (@ncstatensp)
Complete the University Housing Application
At NC State, we believe in the transformative value of the residential experience, which is why starting with the Fall 2017 semester, we have implemented a live-on requirement for all incoming first-year students. We are making every effort to accommodate those students seeking to live on campus and are committed to providing equal access to all incoming first-year students, including those with deferred enrollment through Spring Connection beginning in January 2018.
Without being able to confirm the exact number of spaces needed to accommodate every first-year student, University Housing will waive the first-year live-on requirement for incoming 2018 Spring Connection students. This early decision applies to students entering in the Spring 2018 semester only so that incoming students have ample time to plan.
The 2018 spring semester housing application will open on October 1, 2017 at 9:00am. Please add this date to your calendar and visit MyPack Portal. Our staff will be working to identify all vacant space and make it available on a first come, first-served basis.
Students who live in on-campus housing will be able to move in beginning Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 12:00pm (noon).
Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid
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.
(*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.
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 2018 semester can apply for scholarships at any time, but will only be eligible for scholarships beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year (i.e. beginning in the Fall 2018 semester).
For more information, including deadlines, and to log on using your unity credentials, visit: https://go.ncsu.edu/PackASSIST
After you have paid your enrollment deposit …
Every Student Must
Provide Admissions with an Official Final Transcript
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.
- Your official final high school transcript needs to be submitted by July 15.
- Email Undergraduate Admissions (email@example.com) your plans for the fall semester (ex. attending community college, traveling, volunteer work, etc) by July 1.
- If you attend another institution in the fall semester, you will need to submit an official final transcript by December 20.
- Failure to submit an official final transcript will cancel your enrollment
- Mail transcripts to: NC State Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Campus Box 7103, Raleigh, NC 27695-7103
Can I attend another community college or university for the fall semester?
If you choose to attend another community college or university for the fall semester, before enrolling at NC State in the spring, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org your plans by July 1 and submit an official final transcript by December 20. If you plan to take courses in the fall, we encourage you to consider a North Carolina Community College. View our transfer course equivalency database to help plan your schedule.
You are not eligible to enroll as a Nondegree seeking student at NC State for the fall semester.
Provide Health Insurance
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). The Spring 2018 waive/enrollment portal will open on November 1, 2017 and will close on January 31, 2018.
- 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 http://studentbluenc.com/#/ncsu?page=welcome.
Phone: 919.515.2563 (Student Health Services)
Complete the Medical and Immunization Forms
Before arriving at NC State University, students are required to submit their medical histories and proof of required immunizations.
Phone: 919.515.2563 (Student Health Services)
Access Your Tuition and Fees Information
You will use MyPack Portal to view your eBILLs and detailed student account information. Bills will not be mailed. Your first bill will be posted on November 2, 2017 and is due December 5, 2017.
- It is the responsibility of each student, whether or not they receive a statement, to make full payment or complete financial aid information prior to the deadline. Approved and accepted financial aid awards and sponsorships will be noted on the account. Only the amounts exceeding the award must be paid.
- View your bill and make an online payment via MyPack Portal. Select Main Menu > Student Self Service > Student Center. Click my Student Account. Bills and detailed account information are on the “Billing and Account History” tabs. Click the red “Make a Payment” button to pay your bill.
- Tuition and Fees must be paid by the date posted on your billing statement to avoid class schedule cancellation.
- Fall billing is in July
- Spring billing is in November
- Summer I billing is in April
- Summer II billing is in May
- Grant parental access to student accounts through the MyPack Portal. Details are at go.ncsu.edu/parentaccess
- Sign up for direct deposit to receive refunds through the MyPack Portal. Details are at go.ncsu.edu/directdeposit
- Learn more about billing and payment options by visiting go.ncsu.edu/billing
- Reduce your debt or “payment pain” by enrolling in a monthly payment plan – 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 (email@example.com) no later than the first day of classes (include your full name, student ID and date of birth in the email). You must also cancel your housing and dining plan if applicable. You will be responsible for all charges on your account including any charges for late cancellations.
Take Placement/Skills Assessments
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.
- Math Placement – Complete the math placement test any time online. You will have to have taken the placement test before advising and course registration in mid-fall 2017.
- Chemistry Placement – Complete the chemistry placement exam any time online (*Note: the exam will not be available from August 22 – September 24, 2017). You will have to have taken the placement test before advising and course registration in mid-fall 2017.
- 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 – The foreign language placement exam is only available to take on campus at the CHASS Foreign Language Computing Lab (Laundry-216). One option is to take it in January 2018 when you begin classes. Alternatively, if you are local or already scheduling a visit to campus before January, you can stop by the lab’s open hours and take the exam. Talk to your academic advisor about whether or not you need to take the exam and when they suggest you take it.
To learn more about these assessments, click here.
Register to Attend New Student Orientation
Orientation for first-year students beginning in Spring 2018 is scheduled for Thursday, January 4.
- Click on the “Register for Orientation” link under the “My To-Do List” section on the Dashboard.
- Read the instructions, select, and submit the Orientation session.
- Contact New Student Programs at 919.515.1234 immediately if you have a conflict with attending your designated Orientation session.
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 October 2017.
All incoming first-year and transfer students under the age of 21 are required to complete AlcoholEdu for College (this includes both parts 1 and 2). Those failing to complete it will have a hold placed on their records, and they will not be able to register for next semester classes. Students turning 21 on/before January 1, 2018 are exempt.
New students entering in Spring of 2018 should login and complete part 1 of the AlcoholEdu program beginning December 1, 2017. In December students will receive an email invitation to begin accessing AlcoholEdu for College. DO NOT ACCESS the program BEFORE December 2017. All students accessing the program before December will have to retake it. The deadline to complete part 1 of the program is January 5, 2018.
Students who completed an alcohol program at another college or university may opt out, provided they send official results to the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Usually these records are kept within an institution’s student wellness or student health department.
If you Need/Choose to …
Request All AP/IB Test Scores Be Sent to NC State
A full list of the AP/IB credit policies at NC State is available online: https://admissions.ncsu.edu/credit-opportunities.
- Test scores must be submitted to NC State before New Student Orientation
- 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
Update Your Home Address and Phone Numbers
It is very important that your address and phone information are kept current with the university.
- Log in to MyPack Portal. Go to Main Menu > Student Self Service > Student Center > Personal Information.
- Sign up to receive WolfAlert emergency text messages, which may be sent during campus safety emergencies
Contact Disability Services
Contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) should you require academic accommodations during the year due to physical, mental health and/or learning disabilities.
Grant Parent/Guardian Access to your Records
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://ncsu.service-now.com/studentservices/knowledge.do?&sysparm_document_key=kb_knowledge,dea332ba6f4c5600615fc00aea3ee453
- To learn more about your academic records and the laws that protect them, visit https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-11-00-01
Request a College or Curriculum Change
Requests to change the program into which you were accepted must be submitted to and approved by Undergraduate Admissions prior to July 1.
- Email your request to email@example.com and provide your complete name and date of birth. Please also indicate that you are part of the Spring Connection program in your email.
- You cannot change your program after July 1 or during Orientation
Sign up for your Meal Plan (*required for all first-year students living on campus)
NC State’s award-winning dining program offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, dining halls, convenience stores and vending machines, and meal plans make it easy to eat with the Pack. Whether you live in on-campus housing or commute to campus, there are affordable plans to meet your 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 sign up or compare meal plan options, go to dining.ncsu.edu. Students entering in Spring 2018 can sign up for meals plans beginning November 1, 2017. You have until January 31 each spring and September 30 each fall to make changes.
Phone: 1.800.701.4940 (NC State Dining)
Review Options for Bringing a Computer
Most students bring a laptop or 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 and walk-in technical support from the on-campus Support Services Center.
Review Campus Parking Permit Information
Parking on campus requires a valid NC State Parking Permit. Permits are sold online beginning in late November 2017. 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.
Please visit Transportation’s website www.ncsu.edu/transportation for more detailed information regarding permit options and Wolfline.
Phone: 919.515.3424 (Transportation)
Keep Your Computer and Information Safe
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; and we remind you that the NC State Help Desk will never ask you for your password.
- If you receive suspicious email or other notices requesting your password, consider them spam and delete them immediately.
- All of your technology devices, including smartphones and tablets, should be password-protected and kept up-to-date with security patches and antivirus protection, if available.
- Consider enrolling 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.
Purchase Your Textbooks
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.
Get WolfTV for Your On-Campus Room
The Office of Information Technology provides an all-digital, comprehensive cable television package (WolfTV) for students living on campus.