To-Do List for New Students

Before you come for Orientation:

Below you will find a number of items that should be completed prior to coming to your Orientation session. As you complete the Pre-Orientation to-do list, please know that failure to complete any of these tasks may prevent you from being able to register for classes at your chosen Orientation session. Download a printable version of this checklist here. 

1. Download the Welcome to UGA app for smartphones and tablets available in the Apple App Store and Google Play

2. Clear all holds on your account. Holds can be viewed on the Application Status Check. 

3. Have your official transcripts sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from any high school, college or university where you have taken classes before your orientation session.

4. Set up your UGA Email Account: You should have received an email about your MyID shortly after being accepted to UGA. Whenever a student creates a MyID, a UGA Email account is automatically created. Be sure you know your MyID password before arriving for orientation. Emails in reference to academic advisement will be directed to this address prior to and during your orientation session. Need help? Visit or call the EITS Help Desk at 706-542-3106.

5. Pre-Orientation Placement Testing: Visit the University Testing Services page to determine if you need testing. Students are encouraged to schedule these tests prior to their Orientation session. Testing will depend on what Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams you have taken; how you scored on SAT or ACT exams; and what exams you need to move forward. 

6. Prepare for Advising & Course Registration: Review and complete the UGA Bulletin Instructions and Worksheet. Review the Orientation Advising page for questions about advising, majors, academic resources or major changes.

7. Explore the First-Year Odyssey Seminars: All First-Year students are required to take a one-hour First-Year Odyssey Seminar. There are more than 350 seminar topics to choose from, but we encourage you to come prepared with at least 10 seminars that you are interested in. Complete the FYO Worksheet and bring it to your advising appointment. Spaces in these courses are released throughout the summer, so your first choice may not be available. 

8. Complete the Holland Career Personality Inventory prior to meeting with your academic advisor to ensure a meaningful advising session. 

9. AlcoholEdu and HAVEN - You MUST complete part 1 of AlcoholEdu and Haven by the following deadlines: 

                     Semester Starting at UGA                    Deadline to Complete Part I
Summer and Fall 2018 Available in July
 Spring 2019 Available in December

If you miss your deadline, you will see a hold on your registration preventing you from registering for the next semester's classes. 

Additional Details

If you or a guest coming with you to Orientation require assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in Orientation, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before your assigned Orientation session. Contact the UGA Disability Resource Center for information on registering for accommodations throughout the academic year. The University of Georgia is committed to providing access for people with disabilities. 


Things to Know

• Check your Financial Aid Status online. Also, in order to ensure that aid is awarded in time for enrollment, students should be aware of the Financial Aid deadlines.

• Become familiar with the  University of Georgia Student Code of Conduct

• Become familiar with  Payment Deadlines

• Register online for a UGA parking permit as early as possible

• Purchase a 7-day or 5-day meal plan to enjoy the award-winning UGA Food Services

• Submit a UGA Housing application. First-Year students are required to live on campus, and Transfer students are welcome to apply for on-campus housing. 

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