Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our campus and world, New Student Orientation will be delivered virtually this summer. This experience will help students create a successful transition for our incoming students. Review each of the Online New Student Orientation Experience requirements below.

Please note that participation in the Online New Student Orientation Experience is required for all students and those who do not complete will be required to apply for admissions for a later semester.

UGA 101 Learning Modules

These modules are a series of videos, information pages, and links to resources that will help incoming students connect with and learn about various campus resources, programs, and organizations. Upon completion, students will be better prepared to be successful students, leaders, and members of the Bulldog Nation.

Students will receive access to UGA 101 two weeks prior to their scheduled Virtual Small Group and are encouraged to complete it prior to their Virtual Small Group.

Virtual Small Groups

Each incoming first-year student is required to sign up and attend a Virtual Small Group. These small groups will take place every weekday starting in June and will allow you to connect with other incoming students and your assigned Orientation Leader.

Registration for Virtual Small Groups will open in early May and will be a first come, first served basis.

Academic Advising/Class Registration

Once a student completes both their UGA 101 Learning Modules and their Virtual Small Group, Academic Advisors will communicate with them with instructions on how to sign up for their academic advising appointment. These appointments will be conducted via Zoom, phone call, or email.

Once advised and all holds are cleared, students will have the opportunity to register for class. Orientation Leaders will be available for class registration help during the summer on scheduled dates and times.

Arriving to Athens Webinar Series

Throughout the summer, New Student Orientation will be hosting a webinar series that will help prepare new students to be successful students, leaders, and members of the Bulldog Nation. The webinar schedule will be available on our website early in the summer, with webinars starting in June.

Welcome Back Event

New Student Orientation is planning an event that will take place around the first day of class. This event will allow new students to connect in person with their fellow new students and the Orientation Leaders that they met this virtual this summer. Students will receive their new student t-shirt at this event as well. New Student Orientation will share more details about the event at a later date.

Summer Start Students

Summer Start Students will also be required to complete the UGA 101 Learning Modules before they are allowed to setup an academic advising meeting and register for their summer classes.

Parents and Family Members

New Student Orientation recognizes that the college transition does not only affect students, but affects their parents, family, and support systems. NSO will be hosting various webinars aimed at preparing them to support their new students with guidance from various campus partners and our Orientation Leaders

We also encourage parents and family members to sign up for our Parent and Family Newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, students can provide the contact information for the family members that they would like included on their Virtual Small Group registration form.

Welcome to UGA app

To assist new students in this transition to UGA, New Student Orientation has created the Welcome to UGA app as a resource hub for this summer and upcoming fall. Guidebook will include links to websites, important UGA information, webinar schedules, and much more. You can download the Welcome to UGA app for smartphones and tablets on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.