First-Year Student Orientation

New Student & Family Programs welcomes you and your family to Carolina. Our office is here to support you and your family as you transition to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Please note, in light of COVID-19 2021 New Student & Family Orientation will be a 3-part remote virtual experience.

Registration for New Student & Family Orientation is open now! Register here:

Please refer to the First-Year Enrollment Checklist as you prepare for your next steps as a student at Carolina. One of the items on this checklist is to register for New Student Orientation, traditionally this is a mandatory, two-day program.

Actively participating in New Student Orientation is an important aspect of facilitating your transition to Carolina. All new, first-year students are required to attend New Student Orientation. All new, first-year students are required to complete all three components of New Student Orientation: The pre-Orientation Academic Module, the 2-day remote, virtual program, and the post-Orientation Module.

Attending New Student Orientation provides new students the opportunity to:

  • gain a more concrete feel for the campus community.
  • learn about campus resources.
  • hear from academic advisors
  • connect with faculty and current students, including your Orientation Leader (OL).
  • learn what it means to be a Tar Heel.

New Student Orientation also offers a number of opportunities for family members. During our concurrent Family Orientation, participants will hear from numerous university administrators, faculty members, and current students about how to partner with the University to support your success and learning. We welcome and strongly encourage family members and guests to attend Family Orientation and learn about how to get involved at Carolina as a family member. Reservations for Family Orientation should be completed at the same time students complete their New Student Orientation Reservation.

Attending Family Orientation provides family members the opportunity to:

  • learn how to support your Carolina student to be successful.
  • gain insight about campus services.
  • discover how to become involved as a Carolina family.
  • meet faculty, administrators, staff and current students.

Each New Student Orientation date has a corresponding fall course registration time, during which students MUST have access to the internet in order to register for classes. Thus, when choosing an New Student Orientation session, you must be available to attend the orientation session both days and have internet access for its corresponding fall course registration period, which you can do from anywhere in the world with internet access.

If you are unable to register for fall courses during a particular session's assigned registration period, please select another New Student Orientation session with a fall course registration period during which you will have internet access. New Student Orientation sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis and limited in seat capacity. 

There is no advantage or disadvantage to attending New Student Orientation earlier or later in the summer. Seats in various classes are reserved for first-year students for each session. These seats are released during every registration period, giving all students the same opportunity for fall course registration.

Please fully consider both New Student Orientation and Fall Course Registration dates before selecting your session when you register.


*These dates subject to change pending COVID-19 developments*

Orientation Session NSO Session Dates

Fall Registration Starts

(all times ET) 

Fall Registration Ends

(all times ET)

Session 2 Mon, Jun 7-Tue, Jun 8 Wed, Jul 14 at 10:00 AM Thu, Jul 15 at 2:00 PM 
Session 3 Wed, Jun 9-Thu, Jun 10 Wed, Jul 14 at 10:00 AM Thu, Jul 15 at 2:00 PM
Session 4 Mon, Jun 14-Tue, Jun 15 Wed, Jul 14 at 10:00 AM Thu, Jul 15 at 2:00 PM
Session 5 Wed, Jun 16- Thu, Jun 17 Wed, Jul 14 at 10:00 AM Thu, Jul 15 at 2:00 PM
Session 6 Mon, Jun 21-  Tue, Jun 22 Mon, Jul 19 at 10:00 AM Tue, Jul 20 at 2:00 PM
Session 7 Wed, Jun 23- Thu, Jun 24 Mon, Jul 19 at 10:00 AM Tue, Jul 20 at 2:00 PM
Session 8 Mon, Jun 28- Tue, Jun 29 Mon, Jul 19 at 10:00 AM Tue, Jul 20 at 2:00 PM
Session  9* Wed, Jun 30- Thu, July 1 Mon, Jul 19 at 10:00 AM Tue, Jul 20 at 2:00 PM
Session 10 Mon, Jul 12- Tue, Jul 13 Mon, Jul 26 at 10:00 AM Tue, Jul 27 at 2:00 PM
Session 11 Wed, Jul 14- Thu, Jul 15 Mon, Jul 26 at 10:00 AM Tue, Jul 27 at 2:00 PM
Session 13 Mon, Jul 19- Tue, Jul 20 Mon, Jul 26 at 10:00 AM Tue, Jul 27 at 2:00 PM
Session 14 Wed, Jul 21- Thu, Jul 22 Thu, Jul 29 at 10:00 AM Fri, Jul 30 at 2:00 PM
Session 15 Mon, Jul 26- Tue, Jul 27 Thu, Jul 29 at 10:00 AM Fri, Jul 30 at 2:00 PM
Session 17 Wed, Aug 11- Thu, Aug 12 Thu, Jul 29 at 10:00 AM Fri, Jul 30 at 2:00 PM

*This session reserved for students admitted in to the Honors Carolina program

 Monday, August 2nd = Open enrollment begins for all students at 12am; enrollment capacity increases to 18 hrs for all students; seat reserves lifted

 First-Year New Student & Family Orientation Reservation Deadline

All incoming first-year students must register for a New Student & Family Orientation session by 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Beginning on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. ET, a $25 late reservation fee will be charged to process all First-Year New Student & Family Orientation reservations.

The reservation deadline for first-year students admitted off of the waitlist is 10 business days after your enrollment deposit has been paid.

Please review this site to learn more about our staff, programs and services for new students, and please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you at New Student & Family Orientation


Register for New Student and Family Orientation here: