A Guide for New Students

New Student Guide

Welcome to NC State!  We are so excited to have you on campus.  On this website, you will find everything you need to prepare for your first year as an NC State student.

Before Classes Begin

  • Visit the Federal Student Aid, opens in a new window site to get started on your FAFSA application.

    Choose the 2023-2024 FAFSA if you will be attending in Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or Summer 2024.

    Choose the 2024-2025 FAFSA if you will be attending in Fall 2024, Spring 2025, or Summer 2025. (This new FAFSA will open in December 2023)

  • After submitting your transcripts, new or returning (last attendance was more than 1 year ago) students will meet with their Success Coach/Advisor, opens in a new window to:

    • Discuss your program of choice.
    • Develop a two-term Academic Plan.
    • Set-up Orientation appointment – either online or in-person.

    Spring applicants should meet with their coach/advisor beginning in November to prepare to start classes in January.

    Summer and Fall applicants should meet with their coach/advisor beginning in April to prepare to start classes in May or August.

    Call the Student Success Center at 419-755-4536 to schedule an appointment.

  • Your Success Coach will schedule your Connect to College Orientation, opens in a new window after your Academic Planning session.

    Orientations are offered in-person, but can also be completed online, on your own schedule.

    In-Person Orientation includes course registration during the technology portion of orientation.

    Online Orientation students will be notified by email when they are ready register for their classes after we receive proof of orientation completion.

  • How do courses taken in an 8-week session, opens in a new window differ from those taken in a normal 16-week term?

    Learn how to develop a balanced schedule by choosing some courses in Session A and some in Session B.

  • Follow these steps to register for your classes.

    • Log into MyNC , opens in a new windowby entering your email address (username@mail.ncstatecollege.edu) and password.
    • Click on “My Student Planning“.
    • Choose Option 2 – “Go to Plan and Schedule”.
    • Navigate to the appropriate Semester’s planning calendar.
    • Choose your sections by clicking “View other sections” under each course (planned by your advisor) listed to the left of your planning calendar.
    • Add sections by clicking on the desired course and clicking “Add Section”.
    • Continue until you have one section chosen for each course.
    • Click “Register Now” from the top right of your planning calendar.
    • Once processed, any courses that appear in green on your planning calendar are registered.  Those that still appear in yellow are only planned, but not registered.

    Things to consider when choosing your course-sections
    • Is the course-section offered in-person, online, or a combination of both?
    • What days of the week does the course-section meet?
    • Where is the course-section held?
      • Main campus-Fallerius, Bromfield, Conard, Health Sciences
      • Kehoe Center in Shelby
      • Crawford Success Center in Bucyrus
      • Ashland County Community Academy (ACCA)
      • Online – No scheduled Meetings – These courses will be accessed through Canvas
      • Online with Virtual Meetings – These courses will use Canvas and will meet virtually using Zoom
    • When does the course-section start and end?
      • Full Semester – 16 Weeks
      • Session A – 1st 8 Weeks of the term
      • Session B – 2nd 8 Weeks of the term
      • Flexible Term – Start and End dates differ from typical term

    How to Register for Classes At NC State

  • Payments to the Cashier’s Office, opens in a new window can be made:
    • In-person on Monday – Thursday from 7:30AM-5:00PM by visiting Byron Kee Center.
      • Check, cash, and credit cards (except American Express) are accepted.
    • Online by accessing My Student Account in MyNC
      • Credit card payments only (except American Express).
    • To pay your entire tuition and fees bill.
    • By creating a payment plan and making the first payment. (Only available prior to the beginning of the full term.)

    • Log into MyNC
    • Click on My Student Planning
    • Choose Option 2 – Go to Plan & Schedule
    • Choose the desired Semester
    • Click Print
    • Your list of “Scheduled but not Started” courses will appear at the top of the page
    • Your list of required or recommended books and materials will appear underneath your schedule

  • Visit the Campus Bookstore, opens in a new window website for more information.

Using Technology / Logging into Software

  • Learn more about how NC State created your:
    • Username
    • Password
    • Email Address

    Email-Username-Password sheet (PDF), opens in a new window

  • Students are Required to Register with Password Services

    NC State students will be required to change their NC State password once per year, and passwords will require a 12-character length, using 3 out of 4 of the following elements

    • Upper case
    • lower case
    • Numbers
    • Special characters (above keys 1-8 only)

    Passwords can only be changed through Password Services or by calling the IT Service Desk at 419-755-4734 during normal business hours.

    When should I enroll in Password Services?

    As soon as possible!

    • Click on Password Services, opens in a new window.
    • Password Services login will be the same as your standard username and password (the one you use to log into MyNC etc).
    • Choose NC Student from the “Log on to” drop down menu.
    • Once logged in, choose the Enrollment tab (top left) and answer the security questions.
    • Once you have enrolled in Password Services, the system will automatically send you a reminder email a few days prior to your password expiring.

    Enrolling with Password Services

  • Learn more about how, why, and when to access the following Student Software Applications:, opens in a new window

    • Office 365 and Student Email
    • MyNC
    • Canvas
    • Aviso Engage
    • AdvisorTrac
    • Zoom
    • Password Services

  • Course-sections designated as Online with No Scheduled Meetings or Online with Virtual Meetings will be accessible in Canvas,, opens in a new window on the following schedule:

    • 16-Week full term Course-Sections – By the first day of the semester
    • 8-Week Session A Course-Sections – By the first day of Session A (same as first day of the semester)
    • 8-Week Session B Course-Sections – By the first day of Session B (usually right after break week)

    Note:  In-Person course-sections are published in Canvas at the discretion of the faculty member.  Check with your instructor for more information.

    Courses for Future Enrollments will not be accessible in Canvas until the term begins and they have been published.

    Beginning  Canvas for Students – Handout, opens in a new window

    Beginning Canvas for Students

    A walk-through of how to login and use the navigation within Canvas

How to be a Successful New Student

  • Where is my class being held?

    How you attend your class depends on the location of your course-section.

    • In-person course-sections will list a physical building room number, such as KHOE 219 under meeting information.
      • Go to the building room number at the scheduled day and time.
      • Locations include:
        • Main Campus – Fallerius, Health Sciences, Conard Center, Byron Kee Center
        • James Kehoe Center, located in Shelby
        • Crawford Success Center, located in Bucyrus
        • Ashland County Community Academy (ACCA) in Ashland
    • Online course-sections with No Scheduled Meetings – Log into Canvas, opens in a new window for all content and assignments.
    • Online course-sections with Virtual Meetings – Log into Canvas, opens in a new window for all content, assignments, and information about logging onto your Zoom meetings.

  • Keep in touch with NC State
    • You are expected to check your NC State student email (in Outlook on Office 365) daily — as this is how the college communicates important and often time-sensitive information.
    • Your NC State student email is the primary and official method of communication with you.
    • Keep in touch with your Success Coach regularly.
    • Stay in contact with your faculty members throughout the term, especially when you cannot attend class.
    • Advise the Student Records Office if your contact information changes.
      • Home address
      • Phone number
      • Personal email
      • Emergency contact

  • Need help with technology?

    Connect with our Technology Success Coach, Jeff Stacklin, opens in a new window, to get help with technology issues or questions regarding Canvas, Outlook, Password Services, Windows, Word, Zoom or using fillable PDF’s.  Schedule a one-on-one visit with Jeff Stacklin.

    Password issues must be addressed through the Help Desk, opens in a new window.

    Workshops and handouts, opens in a new window are also available.

  • Visit with our Resource Navigator, opens in a new window for assistance with

    • Food Resources
    • Technology Resources
    • Childcare Resources
    • Transportation Resources
    • Financial Resources

  • NC State’s Tutoring Center, opens in a new window offers academic support to our students FREE of charge!

    Tutoring is offered in a variety of ways:

    • Face-to-face
    • Drop-in Online
    • Online by appointment

  • Discover ways to get involved and connected on campus.

  • Before deciding to drop a course, it is important to consider the consequences at To Drop or Not?, opens in a new window.

    For more information about drop and refund dates, see the Student Records Refund Withdraw Dates, opens in a new window page.

  • NC State Student Services, opens in a new window has connections to a variety of other offices and services available to students.  You will find links to:
    • Academic Advising
    • Bookstore
    • Career Development Services
    • Community Resources
    • Disability Services
    • Cashier’s Office
    • Library
    • Identification Cards
    • Orientation
    • Personal Counseling
    • Safety and Security
    • Student Success Center
    • Testing and Assessment Services
    • Transcripts and Records
    • TRIO
    • Tutoring Resource Center
    • College Catalog and Student Handbook