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Prepare for Your Orientation Session
  1. Complete your Foreign Language Placement Exam. All new students are required to take a University foreign language placement exam.
    • UNC requires students to complete 3 levels of a foreign language in order to graduate. If you have not already completed the foreign language requirement through your previous transferrable coursework, Advanced Placement (AP), SAT II Subject Tests, or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, you must complete the department placement test in the foreign language you studied in high school.
    • If you studied French, German, Latin, or Spanish in high school, you are expected to take the online placement exam by clicking here, even if you do not plan to continue in that language.
      • Please print out your scores and bring them with you to New Student Orientation.
    • If your high school foreign language is not French, German, Latin, or Spanish, a list of on-campus placement exams will be included in your New Student Guide to Carolina, which you will receive at New Student Orientation.
  2. Review the UNC Math Placement Requirement.
  3. Prepare for the Academic Advising Workshop. Read and review the Newly Admitted First-Year Students section on the Academic Advising website by visiting
    • Two weeks prior to your session, a link to the online academic advising module will be emailed to you in an email titled Important Next Steps for Your Orientation Session.
    • All newly admitted first-year students must complete the online module at least 24 hours before coming to New Student Orientation.
    • Completion of the module will unlock your Get Ready to Register (GRR) form, which must be complete at least 24 hours before coming to New Student Orientation.
    • Failure to complete both your Pre-Orientation module and Get Ready to Register (GRR) form 24 hours prior to New Student Orientation may result in a course registration delay.
    • Any questions or concerns related to academic advising will be addressed in your academic advising workshop at New Student Orientation.
  4. Review Orientation Arrival and Parking Information. All sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. All sessions start at 8:30 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. You will receive two emails, one two-weeks and another two-days, prior to your New Student Orientation that will contain a link and attached parking pass for S11-Manning Lot. Learn more about Orientation Parking and Early Arrival/Late Departure Information by clicking here.
  5. Pack the appropriate materials for New Student Orientation. In addition to the materials below, please commit to memory your PID number, ONYEN, and ONYEN password.
    • On-Campus Housing:
      • Toiletries and personal hygiene items (including shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.)
      • Flip-flops or shower shoes
      • Sleeping bag or sheets and blanket
      • Pillow
      • Towels
    • Academic Advising Workshop:
      • SAT, SAT II, ACT, AP, IB Test Scores and unofficial transcripts for college-level coursework
      • Print your Foreign Language Placement Exam scores (if your high school foreign language was French, German, Latin or Spanish)
      • If you did not order a Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI) laptop from UNC, you will need to bring your own laptop with you to New Student Orientation and follow the instructions below to configure your laptop for UNC’s wireless networks.
      • If there are any issues configuring your laptop, call 919-962-4357 or chat with someone who can help by clicking here.
    • Other Necessities:
      • Driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or passport (you will need this to obtain your UNC One Card)
      • Print your Orientation Parking Permit
      • Laptop (if not picking up a CCI laptop)
      • Backpack to hold your laptop
      • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
      • A jacket or sweater (you will be spending time inside air-conditioned buildings)
      • Umbrella (in case of rain)
      • Water bottle
      • Health Insurance cards (to assist in waiving student health insurance, if needed). You can review the Mandatory Health Insurance requirement by visiting
  6. Review the New Student Orientation Schedule
  7. Download our Guidebook Mobile App
    • Our mobile guide includes the New Student Orientation schedule, information on parking and dining for orientation, as well as information on student life and university resources.
      • To access the Welcome New Students and Families app, please follow these instructions:
        • Open the application store on your mobile device.
          • On Apple iOS, it may be the App Store.
          • on Android devices, it may be Google Play.
        • Search "Student Affairs at UNC" and download app by Guidebook, Inc.
        • Open the app and, in the search box ear the top, search "Welcome New Students and Families 2019"
        • Click "Download Guide: and then "open"
    • You can also access the app through your web browser here or with this link or pick up a printed schedule at the New Student & Family Orientation Help Desk during your session.