For New Students

Academic Calendars

For Graduate Students – can add this calendar to your Google Calendar in Gmail.
Academic Calendar – Registration & Records

Enrollment & the GSSP

Please speak with your major adviser or the Director of Graduate Programs about enrolling in courses for the upcoming semester as soon as possible. For the first semester, the Graduate School requires that you enroll in, at least, 9 credit hours (full-time status) in order to remain eligible for the graduate student support plan (assistantship, tuition, health insurance, etc). These minimum required hours decrease as you further in your graduate studies, but graduate students need to be enrolled full-time at all times. For more about the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP), please visit:

GSSP Handbook – must read!
GSSP – For Students

For information about degree requirements and the Plant Pathology core curriculum, please see, Graduate Program Requirements.

MyPack Portal Access
You should now be able to login to MyPack Portal. MyPack Portal is a “one-stop shop for your student account needs.” One can login to the portal in order to register for classes, check grades, change contact information, and accomplish many other employee and student related tasks. For more information about MyPack Portal, please visit the links below.

Your Unity Account – Resources
MyPack Portal Login Steps

Assistantship & Fellowship Compensation Method
All NCSU employees participate in direct deposit in order to receive their compensation. You will not need a voided check to establish this service. Employees can list their checking account information through MyPack Portal > Employee Self Service. Nonetheless, this portion of the portal (Employee Self Service) will not become available until NCSU HR has processed all employment paperwork and your employment has commenced.

Using Employee Self Service

Updating MyPack Portal Address & GSSP Health Insurance:
Once you have established a residence in the Raleigh, NC area, please take a moment to update your local address in MyPack Portal. Your new insurance card will be mailed to the address listed in MyPack Portal. Please speak with your the Graduate Services Coordinator regarding your GSSP health insurance start date. For more information about the health insurance coverage provided by the GSSP, please see the links listed below.

NCSU RA-TA Plan – Student Blue – Blue Cross, Blue Shield of NC
Plan Benefits and Rates
Enrolling Dependents
Register for Student Blue Member Services – Online portal that allows members to manage their policy online.

For questions regarding your NCSU RA-TA policy, please contact Student Blue at 1-800-579-8022 or

Wolfpack One Card
Once you enroll in courses, you should be able to visit the West Dunn Building in order to have your student ID (Wolfpack One Card) made. You should be able to do this even if you are not yet active in the system as an employee (must be active as a student).

Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association (GSA)
Please visit the PPGSA website to learn more about joining!
Site Navigation Menu > “People” > “Plant Pathology GSA”

Other Resources:
New Student Guide
Arrival Survival 

Other Useful Links for NCSU Graduate Students (Utilities, Child Care, Entertainment, Shopping, etc,)

The Greens Apartments at Centennial Campus – on-campus, professional, non-undergraduate student apartments.
NCSU Graduate Student Housing
Trulia Rentals
Truly Community Info
Trulia Guides

*NCSU zip code 27695
**If you are unfamiliar with the Raleigh-area, it might would be beneficial to speak with a fellow graduate student about their housing suggestions or advice before committing to a long lease.

NCSU Grad Community:
“There is a NCSU Grad Community website ( where members can post in the Discussion Forum in the Roommate Search section.  This is a new resource that will be shared with current and entering students, so we appreciate your spreading the word to other grad students you may know about using this new site.  There is also a general NCSU Grad Students group on Facebook.  With an email account, you can become members of both groups.”

Campus Directory – Look up anyone on campus (students, professors, administrators, etc).
Interactive Campus Map

Places to Eat, Shop, etc.
Local Food and Attractions – GSA webpage
Yelp! is a great resource for finding specific dining or other necessities. (Download the App for iPhone or Android)

University Transportation & Parking:
University Transportation – Homepage
Student Parking – University Transportation

Wolfline – Campus bus system homepage
Wolfline Tracker – Tracks all Wolfline buses in realtime. You can also select other local bus systems to include on your map. Download this app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and other cellular phones (“TransLoc: Transit Visualization”).

Capital Area Transit (CAT) & Triangle Transit Resources:
CAT – Realtime
CAT – Homepage
Triangle Transit – Homepage