University Open House

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Open House is a great way to gather information about the wide variety of resources available to students at NC State University. There will be many activities taking place during Open House. To get an idea of what to expect at Open House, you can check out last year’s University Open House Program.

Registration for Open House will be available in September.

There is no formal schedule to your day. However, to make the most of your day, we recommend the following:

  • Plan to arrive early
  • Learn about the application process to NC State by attending an admissions information session
  • Attend an information session specific to your academic interest(s)
  • Visit a residence hall
  • Check out information tables
  • Get your Wolfpack wear at Wolfpack Outfitters, the NC State Bookstore
  • Grab a bite to eat!
  • Take a tour of the libraries

The first step in planning your day is determining where to start.  Consult the parking map and determine the parking location near the events you’d like to attend first.  Once you park, go to the welcome tent closest to your parking area and pick up a program for the day.  Please keep your program close, as it will assist you with navigating your way around campus. Your program will also provide a schedule of events that will help you make the most of your day.

If you are interested in Engineering or Textiles, plan to start your day on Centennial Campus and park in decks C, D or E.  When you have enjoyed Centennial campus, move your vehicle to parking deck A or B to explore North and Central campus (Main campus).

Parking decks A and B are the best options for all other academic programs.  Once you have enjoyed North and Central campus (Main Campus), feel free to move your vehicle to parking decks C, D, or E to explore Centennial Campus.

How do I register?

While registration is not required, we would like to know that you are coming. Registration for Open House will be available in September.

How do I get there?

We expect a large number of visitors for Open House. The first step in planning your day is determining where to start.  Consult the parking map and determine the parking location near the events you’d like to attend first.  Once you park, go to the welcome tent closest to your parking area and pick up a program for the day. If you are interested in Engineering or Textiles, plan to start your day on Centennial Campus and park in decks C, D or E.  When you have enjoyed Centennial campus, move your vehicle to parking deck A or B to explore North and Central campus (Main campus). Parking decks A and B are the best options for all other academic programs.  Once you have enjoyed North and Central campus (Main Campus), feel free to move your vehicle to parking decks C, D, or E to explore Centennial Campus. GPS users may use the following addresses for directions to the appropriate parking deck:

  • A) Coliseum Parking Deck:  201 Jensen Drive; Raleigh, NC 27601
  • B) Dan Allen Parking Deck:  110 Dan Allen Drive, Raleigh NC 27607
  • C) Partners Way Parking Deck: 851 Partners Way, Raleigh NC 27606
  • D) Monteith Research Center Parking Deck: 2410 Campus Shore Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606 E.
  • E) Oval West Deck  911 Partners Way, Raleigh NC 27606

View the parking map for more details. The University Open House Committee, the NC State Department of Transportation and the NC State Navy ROTC will have staff available for parking assistance. The best and most efficient form of transportation throughout the day is walking.  Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  For those with limited mobility, a bus running the perimeter of Main campus will be provided. If you are planning to explore both Centennial and Main campuses, the most timely option will be to begin your day at one campus and end the day at the other campus by driving your vehicle to the appropriate parking deck. Abundant parking is available on both campuses. A shuttle between the two campuses will be available, but seats are limited and we encourage you to drive your own vehicle as needed.

 

Common Questions

Do I need to register?

While registration is not required, we would like to know that you are coming. Registration for Open House will be available in September.

Do I have to stay the entire time?

There is no set program for the University Open House. Therefore, it is not necessary to stay for the duration of the event. We recommend glancing at the schedule and list of activities associated with Open House and planning your day accordingly. The Open House program will be available in September.

Where does the campus tour start?

There are no formal campus tours offered during Open House as the entire campus will be open for you to explore. Open House students and staff will be available throughout campus to assist you in your exploration. Look for friendly faces wearing an Open House medallion.

What should I wear?

University Open House includes indoor and outdoor activities throughout campus. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Where can I park?

We expect a large number of visitors for Open House. In order to avoid heavy traffic, guests will be given the option of beginning their visit at one of three parking decks. If Central or North Campus is your first stop, you can park in the Coliseum Parking Deck or the Dan Allen Deck. If Centennial Campus will be your first stop, parking is available in the Partners Way Deck.

I am planning to attend the transfer information session. Will I be able to have my transcripts reviewed/evaluated?

The transfer information session will provide general information regarding the transfer process.  While specific questions are encouraged, we will not be able to review or evaluate transcripts for potential credit and/or admissibility.

I am arriving from out of town and need to make hotel reservations.  Can you recommend hotels in the area?

We have an on campus option at Wolf Ridge Apartments – Centennial Campus You may also visit our lodging page for details regarding area hotels. If you have any additional questions, email openhouse@ncsu.edu.

Visit Raleigh

Raleigh is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and work and offers a plethora of activities for you to enjoy.  If you wish to explore the city, here is some additional information for you.

Dining

There are a number of dining options conveniently located in close proximity to Open House activities such as Hillsborough Street, Mission Valley, Cameron Village, Western Boulevard and downtown Raleigh.

Shopping

For those interested in purchasing official NC State University merchandise, the University Bookstore, Wolfpack Outfitters will be open during Open House.  If you want to extend your shopping experience, there are also several unique shops along Hillsborough Street and in nearby Cameron Village Shopping Center (both of which are either within walking distance or a very short drive from main campus). Additionally two large malls are within 5 miles of campus: Cary Town Center and Crabtree Valley both offering additional shopping and dining options.

Additional Suggestions

The North Carolina State Fair is the largest event in North Carolina.  The 2015 NC State Fair is being held from October 15th through October 25th. Since you will already be in Raleigh for NC State’s Open House, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the fun at the North Carolina State Fair.  The State Fair hosts diverse musical acts, food vendors, games, carnival rides, as well as commercial and agricultural exhibitors.