Campus Life

Read on to learn about the changes we've made to campus buildings and other aspects of campus life.

Changes to On-Campus Buildings

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the potential spread of the virus. To help keep people and places clean, we’re installing more hand-sanitizer stations around campus and on Wolfline buses. We’re also implementing protocols for cleaning all high-touch surfaces on campus, such as elevator buttons, vending machines and common-use computers. Many buildings will have separate doors for entry and exit, and signs directing traffic flow. The university is also placing protective barriers, such as plastic or acrylic shields, as necessary. NC State expects employees to clean their work spaces at the beginning and end of their shifts and to follow university guidelines for workplace safety.


Housing at NC State is currently restricted to students who received approval for special circumstance/winter break housing. When the spring 2021 semester begins, a limited number of students will be living in campus housing, all in single rooms.

University Housing is implementing enhanced precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as increased housekeeping services in all residential spaces daily, hand sanitizer stations in entry areas, limitations on elevator capacity, one-way staircases where appropriate, and limited occupancy in residential common areas like lounges and laundry rooms.

In addition, the university has allocated temporary isolation and quarantine housing for residents who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed to the coronavirus, as recommended by Student Health Services and other health authorities.

The University Housing website provides more information about special circumstance/winter break housing and coronavirus impacts on spring 2021 housing.

On-Campus Events

In-person events and activities on campus are allowed, but with some restrictions and guidance to protect the safety of attendees.

The maximum number of attendees for any activity should not exceed 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors, regardless of space capacity.

Space reservations will be limited to campus constituents in accordance with planning and operational assumptions as outlined by the university.
View the full guidelines

Student Centers

NC State provides a wide range of student services through Talley Student Union and Witherspoon Student Center. Talley is home to the GLBT Center, the Women’s Center and Multicultural Student Affairs. Witherspoon is home to the African American Cultural Center.

Like other buildings on campus, these centers will limit traffic to enable visitors to maintain adequate physical distancing. They have also installed more hand-sanitizer stations and are adhering to procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces. Faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings in these spaces.

Wellness and Recreation Facilities

NC State meets the recreation and fitness needs of students through the Carmichael Complex, a campus hub that includes Carmichael Gymnasium, Carmichael Recreation Center, the Aquatic Center, outdoor courts and outdoor fields. NC State has implemented procedures to ensure that all recreation and fitness activities are conducted in a manner that emphasizes physical distancing and other risk-reduction practices. These programs are also adhering to procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces.

Face coverings are required to enter Carmichael Complex and when users are exercising in Wellness and Recreation indoor facilities, except when using the pool, showering and actively eating or drinking. Appropriate physical distancing should be maintained while moving throughout indoor recreation facilities.

Visit Wellness and Recreation

This information is subject to change. Last updated: March 24, 2021.