First-Year Schedule

Incoming first-year students attending classes in the fall semester must attend a 2-day orientation session unless attending the 1-day Last Chance session on August 14. These sessions start officially at 12:00pm with check-in occurring 9:00am to 12:00pm. Day 1 will end at 6:00pm for families and 10:00pm for students. Day 2 will be from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Academic advising will be in the afternoon of day 2 of orientation. Students will receive an email with their academic advising logistics to their UGA email by 10:00am on day 2 of orientation.

Prior to arriving at orientation, you will receive a pre-orientation email to help prepare you to be successful at orientation. We also suggest you check out the To-Do List prior to attending.

Please keep in mind that attending a New Student Orientation session is mandatory. These sessions will offer the opportunity to connect with other incoming students, campus staff, faculty and Orientation Leaders. It will also allow you to be even more prepared to be successful at UGA with campus tours, an introduction to dining halls, and resource and organizational fairs.

Five days prior to your session, you will be able to access your session schedule on the Welcome to UGA mobile app (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for smartphones and tablets).


Students and families can begin checking in at the Tate Student Center starting at 9:00am with the official welcome starting at 12:00pm. From 9:00am to 11:45am, students can participate in housing check-in, placement tests, campus tours, and the resource fair.

Parking for check-in and the duration of the orientation program will be in the Tate Student Center Parking Deck; students and families will receive a parking pass at check-in.


Students will be provided lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Families will have the opportunity to eat in the dining halls at a discounted rate during these mealtimes. Meals will be in the Bolton Dining Commons.