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Students Entering Summer or Fall 2014

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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 let us know via your wolfPAW account.)

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 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 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 or or contact the NC State Help Desk at or 919.515.HELP (4357).

Confirm your enrollment

By submitting the $200 Advanced Enrollment Deposit, you are verifying your intent to attend NC State. Instructions for submitting the deposit can be found on your wolfPAW Application status screen. The deadline to confirm your acceptance is:

  • Spring Semester: Within 10 days of receipt of your acceptance letter
  • Fall Semester: May 1 (or within 10 days of receipt of your acceptance letter if after this deadline)

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:

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. The priority application deadline 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. You may still submit the FAFSA after that date but access to grant funding may be limited for students who submit the FAFSA after March 1.

Visit to learn how to do the following:

  • Contact your Financial Aid Counselor
  • Apply for scholarships and other forms of financial aid
  • Search for outside scholarships
  • 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:, Website:

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 fourteen 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 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

Apply to live on campus NOW!  For more information about housing on campus, contact University Housing by e-mail at, 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.

  1. Submit your completed the Medical History and Immunization information online within 30 days of confirming acceptance at
  2. AND, submit official copies of immunizations in one of the following ways for verification:
    a. By fax: 1.888.972.4149 OR
    b. By mail: Student Health Services
    Immunization Compliance Office
    Campus Box 7304
    Raleigh, NC  27695-7304 OR
    c. By delivering a COPY of your original immunization records during Orientation to Student Health Services.

It is important to monitor your NC State email and Healthweb secure messages regarding compliance status. For helpful tips, penalties for non-compliance and detailed information visit

Please note that for students under age 18 as of the first day of the semester a parent/guardian consent is required for treatment and services at Student Health Services. Complete and submit the Consent for Treatment form prior to the first day of class and mail or deliver to the above address. Download the form at

Provide health insurance information

The UNC Board of Governors requires students to provide proof of creditable health insurance coverage, purchase a private insurance plan or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Students with creditable health insurance should complete the online waiver. Students who do not waive out or purchase SHIP will need to enroll online. Visit for eligibility information, to waive or enroll and for more detailed information regarding 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

Billing statements are not mailed to students. You will receive an email notification at your official university email address from when a new statement is posted to your account. The billing statement is accessed via MyPack Portal using your Unity ID and password to log in. You must also complete the Add/Update Parent information, at the bottom of the Student Center page, if you wish for others to discuss your account with the Cashier’s Office, receive the billing notices, or pay the account online.

Payment in full must be received by the date posted on your billing statement to avoid schedule cancellation and other penalties. It is the responsibility of each student to make full payment or complete financial aid information prior to the posted deadline. Only approved and accepted 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 “News and Announcements.”

Complete billing and payment options are posted on the Cashier’s website. A “How To” reference is available at For additional information contact the University Cashier’s Office at 919.515.2986 (option 6) or email

Sign up for Direct Deposit to receive your refunds faster. On the My Student Account page, select the “Direct Deposit” tab and complete the Standard Direct Deposit Enrollment. 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 the appropriate website:

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 the appropriate website:

Register to attend New Student Orientation

You must register for Orientation through your wolfPAW account via . 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 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 whose first semester is Summer/Fall only – does not apply to transfer students or first-year students whose first semester is Spring)
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:

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 Information on NC State's International Baccalaureate policy can be found at

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>Student Center>Parent/Guardian Access. A tutorial is available:

To learn more about your academic records and the laws that protect them, visit

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 and log in. Go to Student Self Service>Student Center>Personal Information. 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

(Does not apply to students whose first semester is Spring)

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 (make sure to provide your complete name and date of birth).

Sign up for your meal plan

University Dining offers a variety of restaurants, dining halls, convenience stores and vending machines that accept the meal plan to make eating with the Pack easy. Whether you live in on-campus housing or commute to campus, there are affordable meal plans to meet your needs. University Dining also provides 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) living in on-campus housing are required to have a meal plan their first year. To sign up or compare meal-plan options, go to 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

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 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 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:

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 or contact the NC State Help Desk at 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 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:

Contact Disabilities Services

Contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) should you require academic accommodations during the year due to physical, mental health and/or learning disabilities. Contact the DSO by phone 919.515.7653.  Website:

Consider participating in one of NC State's additional summer programs

(Does not apply to students whose first semester is Spring)

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 backpacking and climbing trips to the mountains of NC and sea kayaking in the Outer Banks! Throughout the experience, students will be challenged both physically and mentally while creating great friendships with other incoming freshmen! Website:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Summer START: (open to all) Through five weeks of academic and social programming, you become acclimated to life at NC State, take up to 8 credit hours towards your major, understand what support programs are available to you and develop important academic skills that will help you succeed in college and in life. Website: