New Student Checklist:
Students Entering Spring Semester
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…
Make the choice
You've done what it takes to be accepted by NC State -- now it's time for you to accept us. 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., e-billing, financial aid, Registration and Records) available via the 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 setup 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.eduorhttp://oit.ncsu.edu/unityid or contact the NC State Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org 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…
Discover NC State
Decisions don't always have to be difficult. Getting connected to campus before ever setting foot inside a classroom is an important step to making sure NC State is the right place for you. Here are some ways you can get connected early:
Schedule a campus tour to get a better feel for the campus and environment
Become a fan of the admissions Facebook fan page to get updates on current activities (http://www.facebook.com/ncsuadmissions)
Check out our blog online at admissions.ncsu.edu/blogs
Check out the hundreds of opportunities to learn and grow 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, but you can still submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after that date for consideration.
Visit www.ncsu.edu/finaidto 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, Phone: 919.515.2421. Website: www.ncsu.edu/finaid.
Complete your University Housing Application
From stimulating on-campus programming and engaging cultural festivals to an easily accessible array of campus resources, facilities and cutting-edge technology, campus living places the Wolfpack experience at your doorstep. University Housing provides on-campus residential facilities for more than 8,000 students and offers a variety of options – from amenities to room layout choices – designed to accommodate diverse student interests and needs. For specific information, along with virtual tours of each facility, see www.ncsu.edu/housing.
Once you are accepted, you may apply for on-campus housing. The Housing Application can be accessed by logging into MyPack Portal and selecting Student Self-Service>University Housing.
Once you are on the Housing Self-Service page, select the Housing Application link.
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. You can also stay connected with Housing through Facebook tinyurl.com/ncsuhousing; Twitter www.twitter.com/ncstatehousing; iTunes U. www.itunes.ncsu.edu; ‘Housing On The Go’ www.ncsu.edu/housing/otg, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nchousing.
After you have paid your enrollment deposit.
Every Student Must…
Complete the Medical History and Immunization Form
Students must complete and submit the Medical History and Immunization information online at https://Healthweb.ncsu.edu. Students also must submit verification of immunizations received, or provide official copies. Students who will not reach the age of 18 before the first day of the semester must print, have signed and fax or mail the Parent/Guardian Consent for Treatment For complete information, read the content at the Student Health Services website: http://www.ncsu.edu/student_health/immunizations/ 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. Online submissions are requested within 30 days of your acceptance to NCSU. You may fax verification and official copies to the Immunization Office of Student Health to 1.877.221.6278 OR mail to: Student Health Services, Immunization Compliance Office, Campus Box 7304, Raleigh, NC 27695-7304. Send scanned images of official records or submit questions to Immunizations@ncsu.edu. Contact the Immunization Compliance Office by calling 919.515.7233 or 919.513.4302. Watch your NCSU e-mail for messages from the Immunization Compliance Office and/or the Registrar.
Provide Health Insurance Information: Insurance Requirement Process
A health insurance plan requirement is in effect for the academic year 2012-2013 on all 16 UNC campuses. The requirement is for undergraduates enrolled in 6+ credit hours and graduate students in 3+ 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. The NCSU-sponsored plan, administered by Chartis-Pearce & Pearce Inc. and provides coverage through Medcost. Students who already have creditable health insurance or purchase private insurance will be able to waive out of the NCSU-sponsored plan easily and quickly on-line at www.studentinsurance.com. Students who do not waive out and decide to purchase 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).
For the 2012-2013 NCSU-sponsored plan annual premium and benefits, please refer to the Student Health website at http://healthcenter.ncsu.edu/insurance. Spouse, child and family coverage is available. Click here to view rates for adding a spouse or dependent. 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. Click here to view the rates for the Voluntary Plan. The Voluntary Plan benefits are the same as the Mandatory Plan. A voluntary dental plan is also available to all NCSU students. More information at http://healthcenter.ncsu.edu/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. Failure to submit a final, official transcript will result in cancellation of your registration. 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 Parent Access information, under Campus Personal Information, 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. 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. Visit the Cashier’s Office website at www.fis.ncsu.edu/cashier/ for billing and payment options. For additional information contact the University Cashier’s Office at 919.515.2986 or email email@example.com.
Sign up for Direct Deposit to receive your refunds faster. In the Account Summary section of your MyPack Portal, click the Direct Deposit button 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. 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 – by certain departments such as Math, English, Chemistry, and foreign languages. To learn more about these assessments, visit http://newstudents.ncsu.edu/springentry/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 for Chemistry and/or foreign languages.
Information about the Chemistry Placement Exam can be found at http://newstudents.ncsu.edu/springentry/placement.php.
All students who need to be placed in French, Spanish, German, or Latin may go to the CHASS Laundry-214 Lab, which is located on the corner of Current and Stinson Drives, near Riddick Parking Lot. Visit the Lab website: http://chasslabs.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php for specific hours of operation. The computerized test takes 25-30 minutes and the results are available immediately.
For all other foreign languages, or if you have questions, contact the Associate Department Head, Dr. Dudley M. Marchi, at firstname.lastname@example.org. International students who need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should follow the information from the Office of International Services at 919.515.2961.
Reserve Your Space at 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 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. For more information regarding AP/IB credits, visit: http://admissions.ncsu.edu/placement.htm.
Grant parent/guardian access
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://www.ncsu.edu/policies/student_services/REG11.00.1.php.
Update your home address and phone
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.
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.ncsudining.com or call 1.800.701.4940.
Get cable and phone service for your 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
A limited number of commuter parking permits are anticipated to be available for purchase: “CC” Centennial Campus, “P” Perimeter, “W” West Deck, Varsity "V,” non-peak hour "L" and “RS” Resident Storage for residents of University Residence Halls. Please visit Transportation's website above, click "Parking Permits" - choose "Student" to complete your online purchase. Wolfline buses serve three Park & Ride commuter lots and operate every day classes are in session and during exams. Please visit the transportation website or call 919.515.3424 for additional information. www.ncsu.edu/transportation
Review computer specifications for NC State
Review the computer specifications at http://oit.ncsu.edu/computer-specsbefore your computer purchase. This site provides recommendations for both minimum and high-end laptops and desktops, and various operating systems as well as information about recommendations based on your curriculum are also available. If you have questions not addressed on the website, you can contact the Help Desk at email@example.com or 919.515.HELP (4357).
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
Rent or purchase your textbooks
After you have registered for your classes, go to MyPack Portal mypack.ncsu.edu or to the Bookstore’s website and order your textbooks. All you'll 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 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