New Student 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.
New Student Checklist
Meet with your departmental advisor to discuss what courses to take and how to enroll in the classes if there are pre-requisites or other restrictions (if you haven’t already).
Enroll for and attend classes using MyPack Portal
Must maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours at all times (undergraduates) or a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduates).
Check your NC State Gmail - used for official NC State emails and by GTI
Enter Medical History and Immunizations on Healthweb (https://healthweb.ncsu.edu/)
Submit copies of your immunization records (translated into English) to Student Health Center in person
Get your Student ID Card from Wolfpack One Card Services located in the Talley Student Union. (http://onecard.ncsu.edu/)
Order your GoPass online (http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/transportation/GOPASS.html) from NCSU Transportation. Provide a valid US mailing address. There’s a $5 rush fee if you get the card in person.
Open a checking account at a US bank
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 eating at the dining halls, access to the gym, to get books from the library, etc. Always carry it with you!
Once you are registered for classes, you can get your NCSU Student ID cards at the Wolfpack One office in the Talley Student Union 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.
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 staff do not have access to that information and cannot help you retrieve lost passwords.
MyPack Portal is a student self-service system through which students may change personal or academic information as well as semester schedules from any computer with internet access.
Learn how to use the various features with these student tutorial guides. These guides include a tutorial on how to enroll in classes using MyPack. You can also edit/access your student information and update your address in MyPack.
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.
Medical History & Immunization Records
There are several health-related actions you need to take before you get to NC State University and immediately when you arrive.
These policies and procedures are outlined here: http://healthcenter.ncsu.edu/before-you-arrive/
All students must submit proof of immunization forms BOTH online AND in paper form. To enter immunization information online, log in to HealthWeb. Click Forms. Scroll down to the list at the bottom of the page. Click Immunizations Page. Fill out the form. Click Proceed.
* Make sure all your immunization records are translated into English. The documents could range anything from your medical reports, vaccination records, medical history files etc. (Make sure that the clinical letter pads/stamps/seal used by your doctor/hospital are also in English to avoid any confusion)
* The tuberculosis (PPD) test is required for international students and must be administered in a US facility only (PPD tests from your home country will NOT be accepted for any reason). NCSU Student Health can also perform a blood test to detect Tb bacterial infection. This test is done through Student Health, and is covered by the University endorsed health insurance policies. If you would like to have this test done instead of a PPD, please call to make an appointment once you are on campus.
* Please remember to submit the hard copies of your immunization records to Student Health Services and confirm that you have satisfied all requirements.
Enroll in the Student Blue health insurance plan as soon as possible. You are required to have health insurance while you are a student at NC State University. You can find more information about the insurance requirements, benefits, policities, and procedures here.
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.
Transportation around NC State campus (Wolfline)
- The Wolfline buses are FREE and will take you around the NC State campus. They only operate during weekdays.
- 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 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/
Transportation around the Triangle region (Triangle Transit)
- Free with your GoPass, or $2 a ride ($2.50 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/
Order your GoPass online and provide a valid US mailing address. You will be charged a $5 rush order fee to pick one up at the Transportation Office at 2721 Sullivan Drive.
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.
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
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
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
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 international 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.
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 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
The Office of International Services also has orientation information and other resources on their website.