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New Student Orientation

Welcome to our Community of Bears! Whether it's your first time starting college or you're coming from another school, we're excited to have you. Here at UNC, we put students first. That means we're all about helping you succeed from day one. A big part of this is our New Student Orientation (NSO) programs. They're designed to help you get ready for college life.

Starting college for the first time or transferring from another institution? We're thrilled to welcome you aboard. At UNC, our priority is you, the student. We're dedicated to supporting your success right from the start, and our New Student Orientation (NSO) programs play a vital role in that. These programs are crafted to prepare you for your college experience.

Attending NSO is a great way to kickstart your journey, though it's not mandatory. These one-day sessions are offered during June and July, providing flexibility to fit your schedule.

Starting May 1st, before you join us for NSO, you'll need to tackle the Pre-Orientation Course accessible through your Admitted Student Portal. Completing this course is essential for all students to ensure you're ready for advising and registration. It's a straightforward process that typically takes no more than a couple of hours to complete, setting the stage for your successful start at UNC.

If you have any questions or if attending NSO is not possible for you, please reach out to us. We're here to explore alternative arrangements to support your transition.


Registration is required and family/support persons are encouraged to attend. Sign in to your admitted student portal to register.

During Orientation, attendees will:

    • Meet current students and connect with future classmates
    • Discover UNC's culture and traditions!
    • Learn about support services, pickup your Student ID Card 
    • Eat lunch on-campus
    • Meet with academic advisors
    • Register for classes 

Tell us which type of student you are to get more information


First-Year New Student Orientation and Registration Dates

Monday, June 3rd, 2024
Monday, June 10th, 2024
Monday, June 17th, 2024
Monday, July 8th, 2024
Monday, July 15th, 2024
Monday, July 22nd, 2024
Monday, July 29th, 2024


Transfer Student Orientation Date

Friday, August 2nd, 2024