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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.
    • 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.
    • If you are native speaker of a language other than English, please click here for more information.
  2. Complete the Academic Interests Survey: Let’s Get Started. Surveys will be emailed to students after they enroll and must be completed no later than Sunday, May 14.
    • Information from the survey is required to plan your fall semester schedule.
    • Please note that you should complete your foreign language placement exam prior to completing the Academic Interests Survey.
  3. Review Advising Information. Read and review the Advice for Newly Admitted Students section on the Academic Advising website.
    • Two weeks prior to your session, a link to the online academic advising module will be emailed to you in an email titled Important Steps for New Students to Complete Prior to Orientation.
    • 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 when you meet with an academic advisor at New Student Orientation.
  4. Review the UNC Math Placement Requirement.  All new students should carefully review the Math Placement Information for Incoming Carolina Undergraduate Students before attending New Student Orientation.
    • Math Placement information is especially important for majors in the natural sciences, mathematics, business, economics and pre-health professions.
    • The Chemistry Department does not permit students to register for Introductory Chemistry (Chem 101 & 101 lab) without a math placement score.
  5. Review Orientation Arrival and Parking Information. 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. 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.
  6. 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:
      • 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.
        • Follow the step-by-step instructions by clicking here.
        • Click on the appropriate tabs for your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux), and follow instructions to set up eduroam and UNC-PSK
          • Setting up both will ensure you have a connection on campus for your How to Register and Advising Workshop on Day 2.
      • 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)
        • If you plan to obtain a One Card Plus with the Wells Fargo banking functionality, you will need to present two forms of ID.
      • Print your Orientation Parking Permit
      • 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
  7. Review the New Student Orientation Schedule
    • You may review the New Student Orientation Schedule by clicking here. 
      • NOTE: If you choose to miss any portion of New Student Orientation, including staying overnight in the residence hall or leaving early on Day 2 of New Student Orientation, you will delay your ability to register for fall courses.
    • Assigned times of New Student Orientation activities, including Academic Advising and Laptop Distribution and Configuration are not able to be requested, adjusted, or switched.
  8. 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"
        • Click "Download Guide: and then "open"
    • If you do not have access to a smartphone device, you can 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.