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First-Year Orientation Fees & Payments

New Student & Family Programs does not receive funds from the State or UNC-Chapel Hill. New Student & Family Orientation operates on a self-sustained budget and must cover all related expenses for each participant.

First-year student: $224.00 – includes four meals, New Student Guide to Carolina, staffing, facility usage, parking, shuttles, and overnight student accommodations for one night in Cobb Residence Hall, a traditional corridor-style hall with single-gender shared bathroom facilities. If these accommodations do not meet your needs, please let us know as soon as possible. Linens, blankets, and towels are not provided in student rooms. 

First-year student early arrival/late departure fee: $22.50 per night – depending on travel arrangements, students may need to arrive the day prior to their New Student Orientation session or leave the day after. All sessions start at 9:00 a.m. on Day 1, and end at 4:30 p.m. on Day 2. No exceptions can be made to arrive late or leave early.

  • Note: Early arrival/late departure is not available for August Orientation reservations - students will move into their Fall Residence Hall/Granville Towers Housing Assignment.

First guest over age 17: $113.00 – includes four meals, Carolina Family Handbook, staffing, facility usage, parking, and shuttles.

Each additional guest includes four meals, staffing, facility usage, parking, and shuttles.

  • Over age 17: $93.00
  • Ages 6-17: $50.00
  • Ages 5 and under: No fee

On-campus, overnight, family housing: $69.00 – families may choose to stay in on-campus housing in Joyner Residence Hall, a traditional corridor-style hall with single-gender shared bathroom facilities, during their Family Orientation session. This fee is in addition to the Family Orientation reservation fee. All guest rooms comes supplied with two single beds, sheets, a pillow, and a towel.

  • Note: On-campus, overnight family housing is not available available during the August New Student & Family Orientation session.

Early arrival/late departure, on-campus, overnight, family housing: $69.00 per night – depending on travel arrangements, family members may need to arrive the day prior to their Family Orientation session or leave the day after.

  • Note: Early arrival/late departure on-campus, overnight family housing is not available during the August New Student & Family Orientation session.

Reservation Deadlines and Late Reservation Fees

In order to ensure a successful program for all of our participants, participation numbers are confirmed wih Housing, Campus Dining, Parking & Transportation, shuttle services, Academic Advising, and other campus partners well in advance and changing the guaranteed numbers can impact program fees. All sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. All sessions start at 9:00 a.m. on Day 1, and end at 4:00 p.m. on Day 2. No exceptions can be made to arrive late or leave early.

If you make your New Student & Family Orientation Reservation after Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., ET, a $50.00 late reservation fee will be charged. 

Reservation Changes

Changes are able to be self-made to your New Student & Family Orientation Reservation until Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., ET.  After the May 15 deadline, there will be a $25.00 change fee and you will need to make a formal request for the change in writing by emailing mailto:newstudents@unc.edu.

All formal change requests must be received no less than 10 business days before your scheduled Orientation date and there is no guarantee that your request can be accommodated. Orientation Session dates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payment Process

New Student & Family Orientation payments can be accepted by debit or credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or check or money order.

Paying by Visa or MasterCard

If you are paying by Visa or MasterCard, please have the card number, expiration date, CVV code and name and billing address associated with the card readily available at the time you complete your Orientation Reservation.  

Paying by Check or Money Order

Please note that checks and money orders must be received within 10 calendar days of completing your Orientation Reservation or your Orientation Reservation will automatically be canceled and removed from the reservation system. If you are paying by check or money order, please make your check payable to UNC-Chapel Hill, be sure to include your PID in the memo line, and send it with a copy of your confirmation page after completing your Orientation Reservation to:

New Student & Family Programs
SASB South, Suite 3318, CB#5490
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5490

If your payment is not received within 10 calendar days, your reservation will be automatically removed from the reservation system, and you will have to resubmit your Orientation reservation. Completing a new Orientation reservation may require you to make a reservation for a different session date, if the date you originally reserved has reached capacity. Orientation reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payment Plan

Financial constraints will not prohibit you from attending New Student Orientation. New Student & Family Programs offers deferred payment plans. To request enrollment in a payment plan, please contact us.