In-Person Orientation Information

New Student Orientation provides our students with a variety of resources and opportunities to help our newest class of Bulldogs start successfully at UGA. Meet some of your fellow classmates, see our beautiful campus, and hear from various campus experts.

Spring 2022 Orientation Dates *Please note that these dates are subject to change:

  • December 6th—Transfer Students
  • December 8th—Transfer Students
  • January 6th—First-Year and Transfer Students
  • January 7th—First-Year  and Transfer Students

In person orientation is optional for all spring start students and will provide incoming students an in-depth introduction into what it means to be a successful UGA student. Students will get the opportunity to connect with other spring start students and current UGA students.

Session registration will be first-come, first-serve and we ask that you do not finalize any travel plans until your session registration is confirmed. More information regarding New Student Orientation Registration will be sent via email.

Spring In-Person Orientation Schedule

Prior to arriving at orientation, please be sure to complete each item on the Pre-Orientation Checklist. If you are unable to complete all items prior to your session, please update your session registration to attend orientation later in the summer.


Check-in for your orientation session will begin at 8:00am in the Tate Student Center, which is located on the corner of Baxter Street and Lumpkin Street in Athens, GA. This check-in will take place on the 5th floor of Tate Student Center. Parking for check-in and for the duration of the orientation program will be in the Tate Student Center Parking Deck; students and families will be able to park in the Tate Parking Deck for free—just check-in with the parking attendant at the gate.


Prior to attending New Student Orientation, please be sure to clear the Verification of Lawful Presence and other holds on your student account. You can find holds that you need to clear on your Status Check page. Check out the Pre-Orientation to-do list and remember that failure to complete any of these tasks may prevent you from being able to register for classes at your chosen Orientation session.


Your New Student Orientation Session will begin at 8:00am on the first day and the program will conclude at 5:00pm. Please plan to be engaged in the orientation program for the duration of this time.

5 days prior to your session, you will be able to access your session schedule on the Welcome to UGA app for smartphones and tablets (alternate formats available upon request)

COVID-19 Guidelines

The University of Georgia continues to work closely with the University Health Center, the University System of Georgia, and local and state public health officials to monitor COVID-19. The top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of our campus community. Below, you will find information regarding safety protocols New Student Orientation has put in place for Spring Orientation Sessions in response to COVID-19.