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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.

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New Student & Family Programs plans to hold New Student & Family Orientation in person this summer unless it is determined to be unsafe given the pandemic; in which case our orientation programs will align with University guidance and strategy deemed necessary at that time.

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, this is a mandatory 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.

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.

First-Year New Student & Family Orientation Reservation Deadline

All incoming first-year students must register for 2022 New Student & Family Orientation session by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15th, 2022. Beginning on May 16th, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. ET, a $50 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 2022 New Student & Family Orientation!