First-Year FAQ

*Updates to this information were made on 4.15.2022*

New Student Orientation is excited to deliver a hybrid orientation program this summer via UGA 101 online modules and an in-person orientation session with an in-person academic advising appointment. Make sure to continue to check your UGA email account for weekly checklists and any updates about orientation.

Below, we have pulled together some of the frequently asked questions regarding orientation.

Do all new students have to complete orientation requirements?

Yes, the university has identified completion of New Student Orientation as an integral part of the student’s transition to the University of Georgia. To satisfy national, state, and local requirements, each student is required to complete the UGA 101 modules, attend an in-person orientation session, and attend an in-person academic advising appointment.

Does completing the UGA 101 modules earlier affect academic advising?

No. Students must complete their UGA 101 modules prior to attending their in-person orientation session.

How will I know when my academic advising date/time is?

Your academic advisor will send an email to your UGA with the time and location of your academic advising appointment during orientation. These appointments will take place in the afternoon of Day 2 of orientation.

Are the in-person orientation sessions required?

Attending a New Student Orientation session is required. 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. 

When and how do students sign up to attend a mandatory, in-person orientation session?

Transfer students will be able to register on April 25th. First-year students will be able to register on May 9th.  More information will be sent to your UGA email. You must be registered for an in-person orientation session by May 25 at 11:59pm EDT. If you do not register for a session by this date, Admissions will cancel your admission to UGA.

Is there a deadline to register for a mandatory, in-person orientation session?

Yes! You must be registered for an in-person orientation session by May 25 at 11:59pm EDT. If you do not register for a session by this date, Admissions will cancel your admission to UGA.

Is there a cost associated with Orientation?

All of the orientation programs are supported by a portion of each student’s $300 commitment deposit. This cost also supports a variety of fall welcome events hosted by NSO and other campus partners. 

How do I modify or change my session selection after I’ve already confirmed one?

Students can log in at any time to change their session to another available date. 

Do parents or family members have to come with me to Orientation?

We provide an intentional program for families and guests during each orientation session and while they are not required to attend these sessions, we do encourage them to join us for the program. Throughout the orientation program, parents and families will have a separate schedule. This schedule will have some similar sessions to the student schedule, as well as sessions specific for their experience. 

We encourage you to only bring your immediate supporters to orientation. Please do not bring more than 2 guests. 

Do my parents or family members who attend with me have to pay?

There is no additional costs for parents, families, or guests. However, if they would like to eat in one of the dining halls for lunch or dinner, they will be able to pay a discounted rate to do so. 

Do I get advised or register for classes at the in-person orientation sessions

Academic advising and class registration will occur on Day 2 of the in-person orientation session. There will be assistance with registration on the East Wing of the 4th Floor of the Miller Learning Center (MLC).

Where should I park during orientation?

Parking passes will be provided at check-in for the parking deck at the Tate Student Center. 

What if I require special accommodations for a medical, physical, or disability-related need? Will the University be able to help individuals who seek special assistance?

Individuals who seek additional assistance during their stay should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) prior to their visit. You can contact them via email at drc@uga.edu. The New Student Orientation Program works closely with the DRC to identify helpful resources for guests who require additional assistance. 

What if I have an AP, IB, dual enrollment, or transfer credit that has not yet been verified?

Students should send verification of all credit received to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you have already requested for these items to be sent, please allow up to two weeks for processing.