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August 2024 Transfer Student Orientation

The Office of New Student Programs welcomes you to NC State University, a community of achievers, rich in tradition and academic excellence. 

Welcome, Transfer Students!

To assist you in becoming a part of the Wolfpack, we invite you to attend a Transfer Student Orientation session. 

August Orientation is a make-up session for students who cannot attend their college or program’s designated sessions in June or July. Review the information below to help prepare for your session, and contact New Student Programs at‚‚ or 919.515.1234 if you have questions.

Registering for Orientation

August Orientation for transfer students will take place on Friday, August 16, 2024. Attendance from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. is mandatory for students and highly recommended for parents and family members.

  • Family programming will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided for the student and up to two guests attending Family Orientation

The cost of attendance is included in the mandatory, non-refundable Transfer Student Fee charged to all new transfer students.

  • This fee covers your attendance and the attendance of up to two guests for Family Orientation, including guests’ materials and lunch tickets (up to two per family) for Fountain Dining Hall.
  • This does not include overnight housing for family members. A comprehensive list of area hotels that offer discounts to NC State family members is available on the Parents and Families Services website.
  • No payment is due to New Student Programs. The First-Year Student Fee will be included in your fall tuition bill.

New Student Programs recommends that all transfer students consider registering parents and family members for the concurrent Family Orientation program. This program, designed specifically to assist families with their transition to the Wolfpack, is optional but highly encouraged. Learn more on the Family Orientation webpage.

Who should attend?

Family Orientation is designed for those who will serve as a student’s primary support throughout their transition to the university. During the program, attendees will:

  • Get better acquainted with the academic programs and campus services offered to your student
  • Gain insights into the potential adjustments your new college student and your family will face
  • Meet NC State staff, current students, and other Family Orientation attendees

Can children or young adults attend the program? Children and young adults are welcome to attend Family Orientation, but the majority of the sessions are presented in a lecture format and may not be engaging for them. Please note: Children and young adults in attendance should be supervised at all times by their family members while on our campus for Family Orientation.

Will students and guests be together during the program? Guests should not expect to be with their student throughout the entire program. Some sessions of New Student and Family Orientation will overlap, but the majority of presentations and activities are separate.

Register for Orientation

Only students who have been accepted to NC State and have paid their advanced enrollment deposit can register for orientation.

Registration Instructions:

  • Log into your wolfPAW account.
  • Click the block on your main portal page that says “New Student Orientation”.
  • Read the instructions, and select the August Orientation session (the only orientation option remaining). Only the session(s) available to you (based on your college and/or major) will be offered as possibilities.
  • Click the radio button next to the orientation session.
  • Add the number of people attending, including yourself and any family members.
  • Fill in guest contact information if you are registering family members.
  • Indicate if you need to make a request for accommodations or have concerns about technology.
  • Click “Submit.” A confirmation email will be sent to the email you used to log in. Please keep a copy of this email for your records.
  • Contact New Student Programs at if you have a conflict with attending your designated Orientation session(s).

Preparing for Orientation

Please bring the following items to Orientation:

  • Valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID (to have your Wolfpack One Card campus ID card made)
  • Make sure you know your Unity ID and password and have answered your three security questions
  • Comfortable clothes/sneakers – you will be doing a lot of walking!
  • Pen and paper
  • Sweater or light jacket, as some buildings can be chilly
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Umbrella and/or rain jacket

Please leave all valuables at home, including electronic items (iPad, laptop, etc.).

During Transfer Student Orientation, you will learn about NC State’s resources, opportunities, and expectations, and how these may be different than your previous institution. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your academic program and get to know other new transfer students.

  • Required programming for students will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • Once you arrive on campus using the directions provided below, Orientation signs will direct you to the parking lots where you able to park during your Orientation.
  • The majority of the program will take place in Talley Student Union, and lunch will be provided at Fountain Dining Hall.

View the 2023 Transfer August Orientation Schedule here! (2024 Orientation schedule available in August)

Students have choices for housing during the August 16, 2024 session. Students can make other arrangements for housing in the area (i.e., an apartment or hotel) or move into their on-campus residence hall early.

For more information for those living in University Housing, please continue reading:

  • If you are living in University Housing, please note that you will be able to move into your residence hall room on the morning of Thursday, August 15, 2024.
  • If you have a move-in appointment that is after 12:00 p.m. on August 15 or you have not signed up for a time, you are approved to check in on August 15.  You do not need to schedule a move-in appointment. Your name will be on an approved list for check-in.  Just go to the check-in location for your assignment and they will get you officially checked in.
  • If you have any questions If you have any questions as you are preparing for Move-In Day, feel free to contact University Housing at or 919.515.2440.


No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed. Orientation participants, as students of North Carolina State University, are subject to the Code of Student Conduct. It mandates that consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by all persons under the age of 21 is strictly forbidden. This is also the law in the State of North Carolina. Students who disregard this mandate will be held accountable for their behavior and disciplinary actions from the University will result.


Students and families attending Orientation will use a free virtual parking permit that is validated using license plate recognition. The permit will be valid for the Coliseum Parking Deck from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the day of your session. Parking is free and open to the public after 5:00 p.m.

Register for your permit before leaving for Orientation (will be sent via email 10 days prior to the event), and note that you will need your license plate information to complete the online form. If you are bringing guests for Family Orientation, please only complete this online registration form once for each vehicle that will need parking during Orientation.

Important Virtual Permit Notes:

  • This permit is free for guests, and you should not need to enter credit card information. If you use a credit card to purchase another permit in error, refunds are not available.
  • Accessible parking is available. It is only valid when a state-issued placard is displayed in your vehicle and you have registered for an accessible virtual Orientation permit through NC State (instructions above).
  • If you need to change which vehicle you are bringing after registering, call the NC State Transportation office at 919.515.3424 to edit your permit.
  • If you will be using a rental car, wait to register for a virtual permit once you have the vehicle and its license plate information.


  • Directions to the Coliseum Parking Deck (201 Jensen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607) can be found using this Waze Link or on the NC State Campus Map interactive website.
  • Visit the University Transportation website for road construction updates/closings.
  • Please do not try to enter campus via Dan Allen Drive from Hillsborough Street. The road is gated and not accessible to campus from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In compliance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in the New Student and Family Orientation program, please contact Laila Mohamed at or 919.515.1234 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST as soon as possible or at least 10 working days prior to the event.

Need Assistance?

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

  • Text 833.712.1255 (Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Email
  • Call 919.515.1234 (Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)