New Student Checklist:
Students Entering Summer or Fall 2013
Welcome to NC State University! 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 can help as you start on the path to becoming the newest members of the Wolfpack family.
After you are accepted to NC State.
Every Student Must…
Choose NC State
You’ve done what it takes to be accepted by NC State - now it’s time for you to accept the invitation. If you feel that NC State is the perfect place for you to complete your college experience, then make the choice. Choose NC State University by completing the following steps. (If you have chosen not to attend, please RSVP via your WolfPAW application status page.)
Access your Unity account
Your Unity account gives you access to numerous online resources available at NC State. To obtain your Unity ID, log in to https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu/ with your WolfPAW username and password. Your initial Unity ID password is the last four digits of your ID number (found on the WolfPAW page) followed by the month and day of your birth (mmdd). Be sure you know your Unity ID and password when you come to Orientation as you will need them to register for classes!
You need your Unity ID and password to access your email as well as online student services
(e.g., ebilling, financial aid, Registration and Records) available via MyPack Portal at http://mypack.ncsu.edu. The first time you visit the Portal, you will be required to change your password from the default. You should also set up your security questions and answers so that future password resets, if needed, can be done over the phone by Help Desk staff. For answers to questions concerning your account, computing access, ResNet (networking for on-campus residents) or other computing questions, visit http://oit.ncsu.edu or http://oit.ncsu.edu/unityid or contact the NC State Help Desk at email@example.com or 919.515.HELP (4357).
Confirm your enrollment
By submitting the $200 Advanced Enrollment Deposit, you are verifying your intent to attend this university. Instructions for submitting the deposit can be found on your WolfPAW Application status screen. The deadline to confirm your acceptance is May 1 for the Fall Semester and December 1 for the Spring Semester (or within 10 days of receipt of your acceptance letter if after these deadlines).
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. Getting connected to campus before ever setting foot inside a classroom is an important step to making sure you have an easy, comfortable transition to life at NC State.
Ways you can get connected early:
- Join our exclusive Facebook community for NC State students at http://go.ncsu.edu/fbconnect
- Like us on Facebook to get updates on everything NC State at http://facebook.com/ncstate
- Get quick NC State info by following us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ncstate
- Repin your favorite NC State stories and pictures at http://pinterest.com/ncstate
Check out the hundreds of opportunities to transform yourself at NC State by getting connected right away!
Apply for scholarships and financial aid
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) assists students with applying for and securing financial assistance. Our priority filing date for financial aid is March 1, and you should submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by that date to maximize your eligibility for grants and scholarships. However, you can still submit the FAFSA after that date for consideration.
Visit www.ncsu.edu/finaid to learn about the following:
- How to contact your Financial Aid Counselor
- How to apply for scholarships and other forms of financial aid
- How to search for outside scholarships
- How to track the status of your Scholarships and Financial Aid application
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 of funding. Contact: Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Campus Box 7302, 2016 Harris Hall, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.ncsu.edu/finaid.
Complete your University Housing application
Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you are offered acceptance to NC State, you may apply to live on campus – but remember: Admissions and Housing involve two separate applications. Admission to the University doesn’t mean you’ve been assigned to a room, so be sure to submit your Housing Application!
In addition to featuring Internet connectivity, air conditioning and microwave/mini-fridge units in every room, our facilities – which house more than 6,500 students in 20 residence halls across campus – provide diverse village communities and unique living experiences. We also offer four on-campus apartments – Wolf Ridge, Wolf Village, ES King Village, Western Manor – which are available to sophomores (and higher).
Living and Learning Villages
University Housing’s thirteen Living and Learning Villages take the campus living experience to a whole new level. A united effort between University Housing and a network of campus partners, NC State’s thirteen Living and Learning Villages were created to help cultivate residents’ professional and personal passions – spanning the spectrum of interests from science and education to engineering and the arts. Need more information? Visit www.ncsu.edu/housing/villages.
Apply to live on campus NOW! For more information about housing on campus, contact University Housing by e-mail at email@example.com, stop by the office at 1112 Pullen Hall, Raleigh NC 27695-7315, or call 919.515.2440.
After you have paid your enrollment deposit.
Every Student Must…
Complete the Medical History and Immunization Form
Before arriving at NC State University, students are required to submit their medical histories and proof of required immunizations. To fulfill this requirement students must:
- Complete and submit the Medical History and Immunization information online at https://healthweb.ncsu.edu/login_directory.aspx AND
- Submit verification of immunizations received by providing official copies to our office:
|a. By fax to:||1.877.221.6278 OR|
|b. By mail:||Student Health Services
Immunization Compliance Office
Campus Box 7304
Raleigh, NC 27695-7304 OR
|c. By sending scanned images of original documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the security of transmission of personal information sent through email.)|
|d. You may provide a COPYof your original immunization records during Orientation|
Online submissions are requested by May 30 for the fall semester or within 30 days of your acceptance to NC State. Please note under North Carolina state law, a student must be dropped from classes and a hold placed on registration until immunization requirements are met. There is a $150 fee to re-enroll.
More information regarding North Carolina’s immunization requirements, including how NC State manages the compliance process and acceptable forms of proof, is available at:
Please note that for students under the age of 18 as of the first day of the semester in which a student is enrolled in class(es), parent/guardian consent is required for treatment and services at NCSU Student Health Services. Complete and submit the Consent for Treatment form prior to the first day of class. This form cannot be submitted online. You may download the form from this link:
If you have questions, you can contact the Immunization Compliance Office by emailing email@example.com or by calling 919.515.2563, option 3. Monitor your NC State email AND Healthweb for messages from the Immunization Compliance Office and/or the Registrar’s office. You will receive official notice of your compliance status through these avenues.
Provide health insurance information
A health insurance plan requirement is in effect for the academic year 2013-2014 on all 16 UNC campuses. The requirement is for undergraduates enrolled in 6+ credit hours and graduate students in 1+ credit hours who are in a degree-seeking program and eligible to use the Student Health Services. Students must show evidence of existing creditable insurance coverage (coverage under another health plan), purchase a private insurance plan, or enroll in the NCSU-sponsored plan. Students who already have creditable health insurance or purchase private insurance will be able to waive out of the NCSU-sponsored plan. Students who do not waive out and decide to purchase the NCSU-sponsored plan will be billed through their student account each semester (the premium for the insurance is included in the “cost of attendance” used for financial aid consideration).
Spouse, child and family coverage is available. For students not eligible for the NCSU-sponsored plan but eligible to use Student Health Services and are enrolled in 6+ credit hours OR degree-seeking, there is a voluntary medical insurance plan. A voluntary dental plan is also available to all NCSU students. More information and FAQ at www.ncsu.edu/student_health, select Fees & Insurance.
Provide Undergraduate Admissions with an official final transcript
If you are currently enrolled in high school or at a college or university you must submit an official copy of your final transcript to the Admissions Office. 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 a final, official transcript will cancel your enrollment. Mail transcripts to: NC State Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Campus Box 7103, Raleigh, NC 27695-7103.
Access your tuition and fees information
Tuition and fee statements are not mailed to students. You will receive an email notification at your official university email address from firstname.lastname@example.org when a new statement is posted to your account. The billing statement is accessed via MyPack Portal using your Unity ID and password to login. You must also complete the Add/Update Parent information, under the Student Center page, if you wish for them to discuss your account with the Cashier’s Office, receive the billing notices, or pay the account online.
Tuition and Fees must be paid by the date posted on your billing statement to avoid schedule cancellation. It is the responsibility of each student to make full payment or complete financial aid information prior to the posted deadline. Only approved Financial Aid awards, scholarships, and sponsorships will be noted on the account, and only amounts exceeding the award must be paid to prevent schedule cancellation. Students registering during the Late Registration Period (after the last billing date) will need to confirm the payment due date on the Cashier’s website at www.fis.ncsu.edu/cashier/.
Complete billing and payment options are posted on the Cashier’s website. A “How To” reference is available at http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/cashier/documentation/. For additional information contact the University Cashier’s Office at 919.515.2986 (option 6) or email email@example.com.
Sign up for Direct Deposit to receive your refunds faster. On the My Student Account page, select the “direct deposit” tab and complete the form. You can also opt to receive an electronic copy of your 1098T to receive your yearly tax document quicker.
If you decide not to attend NC State, you must notify Undergraduate Admissions in writing (or RSVP via your WolfPAW application status page) no later than the first day of classes. If you are registered for courses you will need to log into MyPack and drop them. You will be responsible for any charges on your account until an Official Withdrawal is completed.
Take placement/skills assessments
First-year students: In an effort 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. To learn more about these assessments, visit http://newstudents.ncsu.edu/firstyear/placement.php.
Transfer students: Placement/skills assessments for math and English are not required for transfer students, but based on your needs you may be required to complete placement tests in chemistry and/or foreign languages. To learn more about these assessments, visit http://newstudents.ncsu.edu/transfer/placement.php.
Register to attend New Student Orientation
You must register for Orientation through your WolfPAW account via https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu/ . Click on the “Orientation” link on the left column of the WolfPAW page. Read the instructions, select, and submit the Orientation you wish to attend. Only the session(s) available to you are offered as options. Review your Application Status screen in WolfPAW or your acceptance letter from Undergraduate Admissions if you are unsure of your college. Contact New Student Orientation at 919.515.1234 immediately if you have a conflict with attending your designated Orientation session.
If you have parents or family members who are interested in attending Orientation with you, they are encouraged to attend Parents’ Orientation. Parents' Orientation runs in conjunction with the student's program and is designed to introduce families to the academic programs and special services available at NC State. Go to www.ncsu.edu/orientation to learn how to register or call 919.515.1234 for more information.
Check with your college regarding your common reading assignment
(First-year students only – does not apply to transfer students)
This year’s Common Reading was selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and students, as a way of introducing new students to institutional and academic values and expectations amidst current local and global concerns. You will receive a copy of the book when you come to your orientation (so do not buy it), and there will be activities related to the book during Wolfpack Welcome Week, just after you arrive on campus. For information about your college’s expectations and possible related assignments regarding the Common Reading go to: http://newstudents.ncsu.edu/firstyear/commonreading.php.
If You Need/Choose to…
Request all AP/IB scores be sent to NC State
Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams should have official score reports sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions. Undergraduate Admissions does not accept scores from high school or college transcripts. Information on NC State's Advanced Placement policy for AP exams can be found at http://admissions.ncsu.edu/find-stuff/ap-info.php. Information on NC State's International Baccalaureate policy can be found at http://admissions.ncsu.edu/find-stuff/ib-info.php.
Grant parent/guardian access to your records
If you choose to do so, you can give your parent or guardian online access to VIEW your financial (billing/payment) and academic information (schedule/grades) through MyPack Portal. To grant access, go to Student Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Parent/Guardian Access. Tutorials for both students and parents are available: www.ncsu.edu/registrar/guides/students/tutorials.html.
To learn more about your academic records and the laws that protect them, visit http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-11-00-01.
Update your home address and phone number
It is very important that your address and phone information are kept current with the university. It's easy to do using MyPack Portal. Enrolled students can update their personal information (address, phone, emergency contacts, etc.) through the portal using their Unity ID and password. Go to www.ncsu.edu and click on MyPack Portal at the top of the screen. Log in and go to Student Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Address or Phone Numbers. Please be sure to sign up to receive emergency text messages, which may be sent during campus safety emergencies.
Request a college or curriculum change
Requests to change the college into which you were accepted must be submitted to and approved by Undergraduate Admissions prior to June 1. You cannot change your college after June 1 or during Orientation. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure to provide your complete name and date of birth).
Review meal plan options from University Dining
University Dining offers a wide variety of dining halls, quick-service eateries, coffeehouse cafes, convenience stores and vending machines, as well as affordable meal plans to meet the needs of today's students. We also provide nutritional counseling for students who have particular needs or goals they want to achieve. All first-year students (students entering college for the first time) who are living in on-campus housing are required to have a meal plan their first year. For meal plan and sign-up information, go to www.ncsu.edu/dining or call 1.800.701.4940.
Get cable and phone service for your on-campus room
The Office of Information Technology provides a comprehensive optional cable television and local phone package for students living on campus. All telecommunications services are optional. For more information, or to sign up for service, visit the website at http://comtech.ncsu.edu/
Review campus parking permit information
Parking on campus requires a valid NC State Parking Permit. Permits are sold online beginning in early July. Eligibility to purchase a permit is based on a student's credit hours on file with Registration and Records as of late June. Freshmen may purchase a parking permit; however most freshmen will only be eligible to purchase off-site (Centennial Campus) storage permits, 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. Contact Transportation directly at 919.515.3424.
Review options for bringing a computer to NC State
Most students bring a laptop or computer when they come to school. Be sure to review the computer specifications at http://oit.ncsu.edu/computer-specs before purchasing your computer and check with your individual department or college.
The Bookstore offers laptops from Apple, Dell and Lenovo. 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. For more information or to order, visit: http://go.ncsu.edu/computers.
Keeping your computer and your information safe
Be careful about what information you share on all of your devices and never never share your password with anyone, even your parents. Phishing attacks are common on campus and we remind you that the Help Desk will never ask you for your password. If you receive any email or other notices asking for your password, consider it spam and delete it immediately.
Finally, all your technology devices, including smartphones, tablets, and other devices, should be password-protected and kept up-to-date with security patches. For more information on Safe Computing, visit http://oit.ncsu.edu/safe-computing or contact the NC State Help Desk at email@example.com or 919.515.HELP (4357) if you have any questions or concerns.
Purchase your textbooks
After you have registered for your classes, go to MyPack Portal http://mypack.ncsu.edu or to the 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 which 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. For more information or to order, visit: http://go.ncsu.edu/textbooks
Contact Undergraduate Admissions to request a different start date
Notify Undergraduate Admissions, NC State, Campus Box 7103, Raleigh, NC 27695-7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org in writing as soon as possible if you decide not to attend NC State or want to inquire about starting sooner.
Contact Disabilities Services
Contact Disability Services Office (DSO) should you require assistance during the academic year due to physical, psychological and/or learning disabilities. Contact DSO by phone [Voice 919.515.7653 or TTY at 919.515.8830]. Website: www.ncsu.edu/dso
Consider participating in a supplemental transition program
There are a number of optional supplemental programs offered to assist students in their transition to the university. Consider participating in one (or more) of the following:
- Wolfpack Bound: (open to all first-year students) Wolfpack Bound, a program for incoming first-year students, offers an outdoor adventures-themed complement to the traditional NC State new student orientation through trips to the mountains of NC and VA and the Outer Banks of NC. Website: http://recreation.ncsu.edu/outdoor/wolfpack-bound
- African American Symposium: (open to all first-year students) An educational and transitional experience dedicated to maximizing the academic success of incoming first-year students by providing information about campus resources, support personnel, cultural heritage, networking and other strategies for success. Website:http://oied.ncsu.edu/msa
- Native American Symposium: (open to all first-year students) An educational and transitional experience dedicated to fostering a sense of community for incoming first-year students and to provide them with information about campus support, personnel, coping strategies and Native American heritage and contributions as a basis for helping to ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State. Website:http://oied.ncsu.edu/msa
- Hispanic Symposium: (open to all first-year students) An educational and transitional experience dedicated to fostering a sense of community for incoming first-year students and to provide them with information about campus support, personnel, coping strategies and Hispanic/Latino heritage and contributions as a basis for helping to ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State. Website: http://oied.ncsu.edu/msa
- Summer START: (open to all) Through five weeks of academic and social programming, you become acclimated to life at NC State, understand what support programs are available to you and develop important academic skills that will help you succeed in college and in life. Website: http://www.ncsu.edu/summer/start/index.html