First-Year FAQ

Do all new students have to attend an orientation session?

Yes, the university has identified attendance at 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 attend one of our orientation sessions.

When and how do students sign up to attend an orientation session?

Students who will begin classes in the summer or fall can register in May, while students who will begin classes in the spring can register for orientation in October electronically through our website at

What is the cost of attending Orientation?

Each student’s orientation fee is covered as a part of their $300 commitment deposit. When registering for orientation session, there is no additional payment required.

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.

Are First-Year students required to stay overnight during their Orientation session?

First-Year students are required to attend both days of their two-day Orientation sessions and therefore are encouraged to stay in the residence hall.

Where can my guest(s) stay?

Guests are welcome to stay in the residence halls for an additional fee which will be charged directly to the student’s account. If a student and/or their guests would like to stay in the residence hall the evening before their Orientation session, they can do so for an additional fee by checking in at Creswell Hall after 5:00 p.m. on the evening prior to their session.

Am I at a disadvantage with regards to course enrollment if I don't attend one of the earliest Orientation sessions?

No; courses are continually added throughout the summer to provide an adequate course selection for students who attend orientation sessions through June, July, and August. We’ve also found that current students frequently change their course schedule over the course of the summer as their priorities evolve, which opens additional seats in a variety of classes.

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 have a unique schedule that differs from the student schedule in order to provide both audiences with adequate information tailored specifically to their needs.

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, they will have the opportunity to purchase their own meal ticket during check-in.

When will I get to register for classes?

Students who have successfully completed new student orientation will have access to register for classes at the conclusion of their orientation session.

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. The New Student Orientation Program works closely with the DRC to identify helpful resources for guests who require additional assistance.

How do I go about registering for placement exams?

Students are encouraged to take placement exams prior to their orientation session. Please refer to University Testing Services for available dates and times to schedule your exams. Students should be aware that they can only take one placement exam during their orientation session.

What should I complete prior to attending my Orientation session?

In addition to completing the pre-orientation “To-Do” list, we encourage incoming students to look over the UGA Bulletin prior to attending Orientation to explore possible majors and search for course options that interest them. First-Year students should take some time to explore the First-Year Odyssey website to identify which classes interest them.

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.

Can I meet with an advisor prior to orientation?

Each student will have a scheduled, individual appointment with their advisor during their orientation session. Students should wait until this appointment to connect with the advisor. Please know that contacting your advisor prior to attending orientation will not give a student access to register prematurely.