SKEMA at NC State Orientation Guide
Welcome to North Carolina State University. We are excited to have you join the Wolfpack family. With more than 34,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, NC State is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership.
The Global Training Initiative is a unit of the Office of International Affairs. The GTI will help you transition to life in the United States and provide opportunities to interact with NC State students throughout the semester.
Download the Raleigh Survival Guide PDF:
You will find a map below, created by SKEMA administrators, that shows you where various apartment complexes, grocery stores, post offices, and other places of interest are in relation to the SKEMA US campus:
SKEMA students who were not able to attend one of the pre-departure orientation sessions in November can watch the video online. The presentation is around 50 minutes long.
Take a virtual visit and explore the campus online through photos
Explore the various transportation options you have to get around campus and the city
Get involved in sports and recreation with activities, sports, and outdoors adventures available on and off campus
Cheer on our Wolfpack teams as they take on other teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Discover the six libraries on the NC State campus and everything they offer
Learn about the services provided by the Student Health Center
Check out university housing (on-campus dorm rooms and apartments)
Find out about dining options available on campus in various locations
Learn how to use your Unity ID and password
NCSU Unity ID & Wolfpack One ID Card
Each person affiliated with NC State University is assigned a Unity ID and password. You should have received the information in your welcome letter to NC State. Your Unity ID has letters generated from your initials and last name. You will need it to log into your NCSU email account and to access university resources. Your Unity ID is NOT your Campus ID, which is the 9-numeral number that’s on your Wolfpack One Card. You must reset your password after your first log-in by using the Unity Password Change Tool. After changing your password, you then need to create your User Identification and Authentication questions (UIA).
You will use your Wolfpack One card for access to the gym, to get books from the library, etc. Always carry it with you!
You can get your NCSU Student ID cards at the Wolfpack One office in the West Dunn Building (corner of Thurman and Dan Allen Drive) on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You MUST bring your passport. If you lose your Wolfpack One Card, you will have to pay a $20 fee to have it replaced.
Your Unity ID and password gives you access to your NC State Gmail account, the NC State wireless network, and other campus resources, so make sure you save them.
If you can’t remember your Unity ID or password, call (919) 515-HELP (4357), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Help Desk at the West Dunn building (intersection of Dan Allen and Thurman Drive).
GTI and SKEMA staff do not have access to that information and cannot help you retrieve lost passwords.
NC State utilizes Gmail and other Google applications for its email service. Visit http://google.ncsu.edu/ for more information. You access NCSU email account with your Unity ID (ex. email@example.com) and password.
Health care can be very expensive in the United States. You should always utilize the Student Health Center if your medical situation is not an emergency. Most over the counter medication used to treat cold symptoms can be purchased at drug stores, grocery stores, and retail stores (Wal-mart, Target, etc.). If you need prescription medication, you will need to see a healthcare provider. Below is a chart explaining the various levels of care you can receive while you're in the United States. Download a PDF with a list of the nearby pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals.
Transportation around NC State campus (Wolfline)
- The Wolfline buses are FREE and will take you around the NC State campus. They have limited service on the nights and weekends.
- The Wolfprowl goes to Glenwood South on Thursday-Saturday nights from 9 pm-3 am, every 30 minutes.
- The Red Terror bus goes from campus to NC State home games at Carter Finley stadium (football) or the RBC Center (basketball).
- Wolfline and Wolfprowl buses do not operate on university holidays.
- Track Wolfline buses in real-time online or on your smartphone @ http://ncsu.transloc.com/
Transportation around Raleigh (Capital Area Transit or CAT)
- Free with your GoPass, or $1.25 a ride. Find schedules and routes on http://maps.google.com/ or http://www.gotriangle.org/
- There is a free R-Line bus that circulates the downtown Raleigh area.
- For route maps and schedule, check the City of Raleigh’s website: http://www.raleighnc.gov/transit/
- You can also track real-time bus information @ http://triangle.transloc.com/
Transportation around the Triangle region (Triangle Transit)
- Free with your GoPass, or $2.50 a ride ($3 for express routes).
- The Triangle Transit can help you get to the airport, Durham or Chapel Hill.
- Buses don’t come often and you should plan to spend a lot of time traveling if you go by bus.
- Find schedules and routes @ http://www.triangletransit.org/
You will receive your GoPasses at orientation.
NOTE: Public transportation in Raleigh and the Triangle area is constantly improving but it is not as extensive or as efficient as public transportation in larger American cities like New York City or Washington, DC. If you plan to use public transportation, be sure to check schedules and maps and plan for a lot of travel time.
All students, faculty, and staff with a valid Wolfpack One Card are able to rent bicycles on a daily, weekend, weekly or semester long basis. The prices are $3/day, $6/weekend, $18/week, or $99/semester. Helmet, lock, lights and maintenance are included.
See how long it takes to walk from point A to point B on campus with the Walk Times Map.
Car Sharing and Car Rentals:
- Zimride - NC State’s private social network for ridesharing. A safe and easy way to share daily commutes or one-time rides. (zimride.ncsu.edu)
- Zipcar - NC State’s car-share program. Reserve one of the cars located throughout campus and get anywhere you need to go! Available 24/7 with rates by the hour or day (www.zipcar.com/ncsu). Click here for information about renting a Zipcar with an international driver's license.
- Many nationwide car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, etc. accept foreign driver’s licenses accompanied by a passport to rent a vehicle. However, many companies do not rent to drivers under 25, or they charge an extra fee. There are several rental car companies located at the RDU airport.
Sports & Recreation
All students receive a full service membership to Carmichael Gymnasium for the semester. There are 2 pools, basketball and racquetball courts, outdoor tennis courts, exercise equipment, a track, intramural playing fields, and group classes (most are free). Use your Wolfpack One card to get in. (http://recreation.ncsu.edu/)
Campus Recreation offers weekend adventure trips, ropes course, climbing wall, and rental of outdoor equipment. They also sponsor university-wide special events. You can find out more @ http://recreation.ncsu.edu/outdoor-adventures/
There are more than 50 Club Sport teams at NC State, and they compete against other university club teams. Most club sports have already had try-outs and have filled their rosters, but you can find more information and contact @ http://recreation.ncsu.edu/club-sports/
Intramural sports teams play against other NCSU teams. Spring semester sports include basketball, bowling, flag football, softball, dodgeball, racquetball, table tennis, and tennis. You can find more information @ http://recreation.ncsu.edu/intramural-sports/
NCSU Division I Sports
NC State is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Division I is the highest level of college sports. Tickets to many NCSU athletic events are free if you show your ID at the door. There is a lottery for tickets to NCSU football and men’s basketball games.
You can find information about how to log-in for the first time and request student tickets for those games here: http://www.gopack.com/tickets/student_ticketing/index.html
Check out the new student guide that includes advice from previous SKEMA students who have studied at NC State. The guide includes helpful information about traveling within the US, as well as getting around and enjoying the Raleigh community.
The Office of Information Technology's Guide to Computing @ NC State connects you with the latest information about the technology and services available to NC State students.