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 2021 Orientation Dates *Please note that these dates are subject to change:

  • January 4th—Transfer Students
  • January 5th—Transfer Students
  • January 6th—First-Year Students
  • January 7th—First-Year & 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.

Each session will only have 120 spaces each to help maintain social distancing during the session and registration will be first-come, first-serve. 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 third floor of the in the Atrium. 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 receive a parking validation pass upon checking in.


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.

Spring Orientation Safety Protocols
  • All attendees will be required to wear masks during the program
  • Elevator and bathroom capacity limits will be posted and enforced
  • New Student Orientation will follow room capacity limits with seats distanced to ensure socially distancing
  • Large meeting spaces will each have a designated entrance and exit when possible
  • Spaces will be disinfected by building staff following each orientation session