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Plan Ahead for Wolfpack Welcome Week

Download the NC State Guides app and mark your calendar for this exhilarating lineup of activities to start the academic year.

Students gather at Stafford Commons to attend a convocation ceremony in 2021. Photo by Marc Hall
Students gather at Stafford Commons to attend a convocation ceremony.

Although it’s called Wolfpack Welcome Week, the fun actually goes on for over a week! The 2023 edition of Wolfpack Welcome Week takes place Aug. 17-27 and includes social opportunities and events to help welcome new and returning students to campus. The festivities will be capped off by Packapalooza™, a vibrant all-day block party and street festival on Hillsborough Street.

View the full schedule of events and create your own custom schedule using the NC State Guides app. In the meantime, here are some of the activities you won’t want to miss:

Signature Events

  • Talley Takeover (Aug. 19): Join the University Activities Board as they kick off a new school year with a Welcome Back Bash. They are taking over spaces around Talley Student Union for a late-night event, so come out for fun, food, inflatables, activities, music and giveaways!
  • RecFest (Aug. 20): Enjoy an evening of fun as Wellness and Recreation helps you kick off the year with RecFest, an interactive event offering free food, inflatables, giveaways and entertainment. Bring your friends and be part of one of the largest events on campus!
  • New Student Convocation (Aug. 20): New Student Convocation is the opportunity for first-year students to kick off the academic year with 5,000 of their fellow classmates, faculty and staff while hearing from Chancellor Woodson and the student body president and participating in the Class of 2027 photo.
  • Residence Hall Community Gathering (Aug. 21): Community Gatherings are the floor meetings residents attend after moving in. Here they learn about their building, meet people and go over safety/emergency procedures. The location varies within residential communities; see community-specific information from University Housing staff during check-in.
  • Black Students Board’s Back 2 School Jam (Aug. 23): Come meet the Black Students Board and other organizations and departments on campus for a free T-shirt! The tabling event will be in the third floor lobby of Talley Student Union from 5-6 p.m., and at 6 p.m. the event will move inside Stewart Theatre for a student showcase featuring stepping, dancing and more!
  • Respect the Pack (Aug. 24): Respect the Pack is an opportunity for students to learn more about diversity and inclusion, what NC State is doing to further equity and inclusion, and what we can all do to Respect the Pack.
  • Student Involvement Fair (Aug. 25): Learn about ways to connect with a variety of student organizations, academic programs and campus services. Don’t forget to talk with student organization leaders and meet faculty and staff who can help you navigate the journey! This event is sponsored by Student Leadership and Engagement.
  • Moonlight Howl and Run (Friday, Aug. 25): Celebrate the start of the year with this 1.6-mile midnight fun run around campus starting at the Belltower. Hang out afterward with a post-race party and live DJ at Stafford Commons. Register here by Friday, Aug. 24.
  • Packapalooza™ (Aug. 26): NC State’s Packapalooza™ is a vibrant all-day block party and street festival that caps off Wolfpack Welcome Week, commencing the academic year with a bang. NC State students, faculty, staff, alums, families and members of the local community pack Hillsborough Street for a day filled with music, entertainment, family-friendly activities, food and everything that embodies the Wolfpack spirit. The day will close with a captivating performance by musical headliner David Cook, winner of season seven of “American Idol” – and a grand finale of fireworks and laser light show.
  • College Connections (dates vary by college): This is your opportunity to continue building relationships with the students, faculty and staff within your college. As your new academic home, you’ll want to begin making connections early, so come out to your College Connections and help NC State start to feel like home!

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