Before Getting to NC State

Before Getting to NC State University

Thank you for your interest in NC State! If you are interested in a life-changing, personally rewarding, mentally challenging, globally oriented academic program at one of the top research universities in the US (consistently rated as one of the nation’s top ten values for public higher education!), you’ve come to the right place.

Once you have applied to NC State and have been granted an offer, you must follow important steps to prepare to your arrival. 

If you received an offer to join a graduate program at NC State, you can opt to accept or defer admission and start at a later calendar year.

  • To accept an offer, log into your online application using your PIN and password and follow the instructions available on the offer letter.
  • If you wish to request a deferral of your admission, please notify your graduate program as soon as possible. For your convenience here is a list of the current Directors of Graduate Programs (DGPs).

If you received an offer to join an undergraduate program at NC State and would like to enroll, log into your WolfPAW account and follow the instructions. The Undergraduate Admissions Office does not grant deferrals. For more information you can visit the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

OIS has put together a Pre-Arrival Guide with important information to help you prepare for your stay at NC State. Please contact us if you have further questions after reading this material. We recommend that you download a PDF copy of this guide and bring it with you to NC State as it contains helpful information and tips that will assist you prior to and after your arrival in Raleigh. We look forward to meeting you! If you received an offer to join a graduate program at NC State, you can opt to accept or defer admission and start at a later calendar year.

NC State University enrolls over 4,000 international students each year. International students at NC State University come from more than 120 countries and may be in one of a dozen different visa types. This page explains a little bit about the different visas and immigration options we often see at NC State University.

Most students arriving from abroad will try to fly into the Raleigh-Durham International airport (RDU), which is only about a 15 minute drive from NC State University and downtown Raleigh. New international students are permitted to enter the US up to 30 days before the program start date (listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 Form). Do not plan to arrive in the United States more than 30 days before this date or after this date.

Each person affiliated with NC State University is assigned a Unity ID and Unity password. Graduate students receive their Unity ID in their acceptance letter from the Graduate School. International undergraduate students receive their Unity ID in their WolfPaw account.

International graduate students are encouraged to go to the Wolfpack One Card office located in the main lobby of the Talley Student Union as soon as they arrive on campus to get their Student ID. You must be registered for at least one course in order to receive your ID. International undergraduate students will receive their Student ID at Orientation with OIS and New Student Programs. More information about the Wolfpack One Card and its benefits can be found on the Wolfpack One Card website.

NC State requires students to complete their immunization requirements before arriving on campus. To ensure compliance with North Carolina immunization laws, all students have 30 days to submit copies of their immunization records, enter their Immunization dates, complete the Health History form and Tuberculosis Questionnaire online via HealthyPack Portal.

Students must also submit official hard copies of your immunization records by uploading them to the HealthyPack Portal, or by sending them via mail or fax. The records must be officially translated into English and must have a health care provider’s signature, address, and clinic stamp:

Online: HealthyPack PortalFax:1-888-972-4149   Mail: Attention: Immunizations Department NC State University, Student Health Services 2815 Cates Avenue Campus Box 7304

Raleigh, NC 27695-7304

In addition to submitting immunization records, Tuberculosis (TB) tests must be completed by students who traveled to or are from “High Risk Countries” after arriving in the United States. TB tests administered overseas cannot be accepted. Students will have the opportunity to complete the TB test requirement through NC State’s Student Health Services upon arrival. At the beginning of fall and spring semesters, Student Health Services schedules Immunization Clinics where new students can have their records reviewed for completion of the immunizations requirements and get their TB test. Appointments are required for Immunizations Clinics – new students will receive more information prior to Orientation. 

If a student does not provide proof of immunizations, North Carolina public law requires NC State University to drop him or her from all classes. The re-enrollment fee is $150.

Students can check their secure messages on the HealthyPack Portal for updates and communication from the Immunizations Department.  For immunization-related questions, please email  All email communication should include your full name and NC State Student ID number (not your Unity ID).  You can find more information about Immunization Requirements on the Student Health Services website.

The offerings and requirements for on-campus housing differ if you are an undergraduate or a graduate student. Beginning Fall 2017, all first-year undergraduate students, including international students, will be required to live on campus. More information about the university’s decision regarding the on-campus housing requirement can be found on University Housing’s website. There are a few exceptions to this requirement: students who have transferred to NC State are exempt from the live on requirement, as well as those who are military or veteran status, married, domestically partnered, with legally dependent children, over 21 years of age or not yet 17 by the start of classes.

The University Housing Office provides comfortable housing in residence hall communities at reasonable prices.  Several residence halls, such as Alexander Hall and Turlington Hall, pair American and international students as roommates. Residence halls also offer unique cross-cultural programs such as ethnic dinners, lectures, and cultural events. E.S. King Village is N.C. State’s student family housing complex. The main goal of E.S. King Village is to provide a safe, well-maintained, comfortable living environment with reasonable rental rates. Raleigh is a rapidly developing city and securing affordable off campus housing may be a challenge due to the current demand and expense of rental units. Therefore it is important to try and secure accommodations as early as possible. More information about housing in Raleigh can be found on the OIS website.

Once you have your Unity ID and password, you can register for courses in MyPack portal. Consult with your Academic Advisor or Director of Graduate Program (DGP) for advice on course load and requirements. Keep in mind that all international students are required to be enrolled at full-time status. Full-time enrollment at NC State University is normally defined as 12 or more credit hours for undergraduate students and a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester for graduate students. More information on course enrollment is available on the OIS website.

Whether you are an incoming undergraduate or graduate student, you will be required to participate in orientation events. More information about OIS Orientation events can be found on the Orientation Schedule webpage.

ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK IN WITH OIS as soon as possible after arriving in the United States. This is a requirement to maintain your immigration status.

Check-In is required by law for all new international students so that we may meet you and have a record of your arrival. At Check-In we will make copies of your immigration documents and provide useful information and a check list to help you accomplish important tasks upon your arrival to NC State.