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College Students Arrive On Campus, Know Where To Go And What To Do

The 'Old Well' UNC-Chapel HIll
Caroline Culler

College students are heading back to campus over the next week, which usually means lugging futons up stairwells, battling the chaos in dorm parking lots and enjoying many ice cream socials.

Here is some information and tips for students and parents as they come to campus. This list will be updated as more information on various schools’ events becomes available.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A quick look at the incoming class:

  • 4,081 expected first-year students
  • An additional 749 transfer students will join the campus community
  • 42 percent ranked within the top 10 students of their high school class. 77 percent ranked within the top 10 percent (among the 70 percent of the class whose schools reported an official rank in class)
  • The first-years hail from 44 states and 21 countries
  • 9 percent are African American
  • 7 percent are Latino/a
  • 15 percent are Asian or Asian American
  • 126 are international students
  • The university expects about 1,800 new graduates students

Events to check out on campus during Week of Welcome:
Sunday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Carmichael Arena: New Student Convocation

Sunday, August 16, 8:00 p.m. - 1:45 a.m., South Road: FallFest gives students a chance to plug in to campus organizations and clubs

Tuesday, August 18: First day of classes

Monday, August 17, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Polk Place: Sunset Serenade

A complete list of Week of Welcome events can be found here.

N.C. State University

About the incoming class:

  • 4,270 new first-years – the largest first-year class in North Carolina.
  • Includes 235 valedictorians and salutatorians.
  • About 50.9 percent of the expected first-years were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
  • Approximately 1,347 of the expected first-years plan to enroll in the College of Engineering, making it the most popular program among first-year students.

Notable events happening on campus:


Saturday, August 15, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Talley Student Union: First in family lunch for first-generation college students


Monday, August 17, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., PNC Arena: Convocation


Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Respect the Pack allows students to paint the Free Expression Tunnel and commit to respecting and valuing others.


Wednesday, August 19: First day of classes.


Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Packapalooza, a block party and street festival with music, food, entertainment and more.

To plan your Week of Welcome at N.C. State, check out the printable and mobile guide here.

Fayetteville State University

Here are a few of the events happening on campus:

Saturday, August 15: Students begin moving in

Sunday, August 16, 12:30 p.m., Capel Arena: Welcoming and Pinning Ceremony

Monday, August 17, 8:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., Capel Arena: Bronco Spirit Night

Click herefor a complete guide of scheduled events for the first days back.

North Carolina Central University

Students began moving in Thursday, August 13. Here's a quick look at the incoming class:

  • 1,137 first-year students
  • An additional 413 transfer students
  • 271 first-generation college students

Notable events on campus include:
Saturday, August 15, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A.E. Student Union Lobby: First Look at Service Fair

Saturday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium: PLAYFAIR provides campus entertainment and an opportunity to meet new people

Sunday, August 16, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium: New Student Induction and Eagle Pinning Ceremony

A list of "Eagle Mania" can be found here.

Duke University


About the incoming Class of 2019:

  • 1,750 incoming first-year students- Duke’s second largest first-year class ever
  • The new class hails from 48 states and 79 countries
  • 10 percent of the class is made up of international students
  • 11 percent are African American
  • 28 percent are Asian students

New students arrive on Tuesday, August 18. First-year students move into their East Campus residence halls from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Special parking rules will be in effect Tuesday to accommodate student move-in. Parking information can be found here.

President Richard Brodhead, undergraduate deans Stephen Nowicki and Christoph Guttentag will address new students at a convocation in Cameron Indoor Stadium Wednesday at 10:45 a.m.

Other notable events throughout the week include:

Thursday, August 20, 7:00 p.m., DPAC: Alison Bechdel will read from her bestselling novel and Tony award-winning play “Fun Home.” Bassist John Brown, director of the Duke Jazz Program, will accompany the reading.

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 p.m., Page Auditorium: Melissa Harris-Perry, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Duke and hosts an MSNBC news and opinion show, will address the new students in a closing speech.

A full schedule for orientation week can be found here.

Wake Forest University


Nearly 1,300 first-year students will move into Wake Forest residence halls on Friday, August 21. Students begin moving into their rooms on the south side of campus at 8 a.m.


About the incoming class:


  • First-year students come from 43 states and 18 countries
  • 77 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class
  • 10 percent are international students

Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 25. Until then, check out the complete list of events during orientation here.

East Carolina University

Students begin moving in Wednesday, August 19. The schedule for where to move in and when can be found here.


Hereis a guide and “How To” for parents and students as they settle into campus.


Sunday, August 23, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Minges Coliseum: New Student Welcome and Convocation

There will be several more events on campus throughout ECU's Week of Welcome, including outdoor movies and cookouts. You can explore a list of events here.

More information about other campus events and schedules will be added as it becomes available.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
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