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Orientation Information

All incoming freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to attend an in-person new student orientation (NSO).  All other degree seeking students are highly encouraged to attend NSO, as it is the first opportunity for class registration. Students who choose not attend a session will register during late registration, which is generally on or around the first day of classes. 

By participating in orientation, you will:
  • Learn about the university’s mission, culture, and values and discover what it means to be a UNG Nighthawk. 
  • Connect with faculty, staff, and student leaders and hear their ideas for how to make the most of your first college year.
  • Become familiar with important campus resources and policies and schedule your first semester of classes.
Photo of group of students taking a tour with a student leader during orientation.

Blue Ridge Campus

Photo of the mountain scenery in Blue Ridge.

New Student Orientation (NSO) at the Blue Ridge site is a two to three hour program designed to provide you with the essential information you need to smoothly transition to college-life at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Campus representatives will explain the start-of-term policies and procedures you need to know.  Additionally, we will review UNG’s core curriculum and assist you with creating a class schedule for the upcoming semester.

The fee for New Student Orientation is $40, and all new freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to attend. Attendance is optional for all other student populations. Students who choose not to attend a session will register during late registration, which is generally on or around the first day of classes each semester.

If you have any questions regarding the Blue Ridge orientation please contact Darcy Hayes, Director of Orientation & Transition Programs at darcy.hayes@ung.edu or call the Orientation & Transition Programs Office at 706-864-1010.

Upcoming Dates

Spring 2017

  • Tuesday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, January 5 at 3:30 p.m. (tentative)

What to Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Any outstanding official transcripts
  • Any outstanding immunization records
  • Any outstanding financial aid documents, such as those needed for verification
  • Completed class scheduling worksheet, if desired. (See Prepare for Class Registration)
  • Time! Please plan to stay for the entire session.

Cumming Campus

New Student Orientation (NSO) at the Cumming Campus is a half-day program freshmen and transfer students designed to provide you with the essential information you need to smoothly transition to college-life at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Campus representatives will introduce you to the various student resources available at your home campus, as well as briefly explain the start-of-term policies and procedures you need to know. We will review UNG’s core curriculum, then show you how to register for classes using our online student information system, BannerWeb.  

The fee for New Student Orientation is $40, and all new freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to attend. All other degree seeking students are highly encouraged to attend NSO, as it is the first opportunity for class registration. Students who choose not attend a session will register during late registration, which is generally on or around the first day of classes.

Upcoming Dates

Spring 2017

  • Thursday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, January 4 at 9:00 a.m.

What to Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Any outstanding official transcripts
  • Any outstanding immunization records
  • Any outstanding financial aid documents, such as those needed for verification
  • Completed class scheduling worksheet, if desired. (See Prepare for Class Registration)
  • Time! Please plan to stay for the entire session.

Dahlonega Campus

What to Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Any outstanding official transcripts
  • Any outstanding immunization records
  • Any outstanding financial aid documents, such as those needed for verification
  • Completed class scheduling worksheet, if desired. (See Prepare for Class Registration)
  • Time! Please plan to stay for the entire session.

There are three different orientation programs offered during the summer for students that are beginning classes in the fall semester. When you schedule your orientation date, you will only see the orientation options for which you are eligible to attend. An overview of each program is provided below.


Option 1: New Student Orientation (NSO)

If you are a recent high school graduate that has been accepted to the Dahlonega campus for the fall semester as either a Cadet or non-cadet student then NSO is for you! NSO is a two-day overnight orientation program offered in June and July. The fee for NSO is currently $105, but subject to change for Fall 2016 students.

There are six NSO dates during the summer of 2016 for students enrolling on the Dahlonega campus for the fall semester.

  1. Early Bird NSO - Monday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 14 (Invitation Only)
  2. NSO II - Thursday, June 16 through Friday, June 17
  3. NSO III - Monday, June 20 through Tuesday, June 21
  4. NSO IV - Monday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 12
  5. NSO V - Thursday, July 14 through Friday, July 15
  6. NSO VI - Monday, July 18 through Tuesday, July 19

Orientation registration will open February 2016.

Option 2: Express New Student Orientation (NSO)

If you are an incoming Cadet who has been accepted to the Dahlonega campus for the fall term but you cannot attend an earlier NSO session due to distance and travel expenses, then Express NSO is for you. Express NSO is a two-day, one night experience offered in August. Cadets who attend Express NSO will be housed in Cadet housing overnight and will transition to FROG-in-processing on the second morning. The fee for Express NSO is currently $95, but subject to change for Fall 2016 students.

It is recommended that all incoming Cadets attend the earliest NSO session possible that works for their schedule. Express NSO should be your last option.

Express NSO for students enrolling on the Dahlonega campus for fall 2016 is Sunday, August 14 through Monday, August 15.

Orientation registration will open on February 2016.


Option 3: Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Incoming non-traditional freshmen are eligible to attend Transfer Student Orientation. Transfer Student Orientation is offered once in June, once in July and once in August. It is a half-day experience that focuses on academic advising and class registration. The fee for Transfer Student Orientation is currently $30, but subject to change for Fall 2016 students.

There are three TSO dates during the summer of 2015 for students enrolling on the Dahlonega campus for the fall semester.

  1. Wednesday, June 15
  2. Wednesday, July 13
  3. Tuesday, August 16

Orientation registration will open on February 2016.

All freshmen students starting in a spring or summer semester are required to attend New Student Orientation. New Student Orientation is a one-day experience focused on academic advising and class registration. New students accepted for the spring semester will attend New Student Orientation in December/January; new students accepted for the summer semester will attend New Student Orientation in April/May. The fee for the one-day New Student Orientation session is $30.

The one-day NSO dates for students enrolling on the Dahlonega campus for spring 2017 are:

  1. December NSO - Saturday, December 10
  2. January NSO - Wednesday, January 4
Orientation registration will open February 2016.

The Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) session for all students with 30 plus hours of transferable college credit. This one-day orientation session is primarily focused on advising and registration, but you will also hear information about key offices and services on campus. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking around campus during Transfer Student Orientation!

The TSO dates for students enrolling on the Dahlonega campus for spring 2017 are:

  1. December TSO - Saturday, December 10th
  2. January TSO - Wednesday, January 4th

Orientation registration will open February 2016.

Gainesville Campus

New Student Orientation (NSO) at the Gainesville Campus is a half-day program freshmen and transfer students designed to provide you with the essential information you need to smoothly transition to college-life at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Campus representatives will introduce you to the various student resources available at your home campus, as well as briefly explain the start-of-term policies and procedures you need to know. We will review UNG’s core curriculum, then show you how to register for classes using our online student information system, BannerWeb.  

The fee for New Student Orientation is $40, and all new freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to attend. All other degree seeking students are highly encouraged to attend NSO, as it is the first opportunity for class registration. Students who choose not attend a session will register during late registration, which is generally on or around the first day of classes.

Upcoming Dates

Spring 2017

  • Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 a.m. (TSO) and 9:00 a.m. (NSO)

  • Thursday, January 5 at 8:00 a.m. (TSO) and 9:00 a.m. (NSO)

What to Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Any outstanding official transcripts
  • Any outstanding immunization records
  • Any outstanding financial aid documents, such as those needed for verification
  • Completed class scheduling worksheet, if desired. (See Prepare for Class Registration)
  • Time! Please plan to stay for the entire session.

Oconee Campus

New Student Orientation (NSO) at the Oconee Campus is a half-day program freshmen and transfer students designed to provide you with the essential information you need to smoothly transition to college-life at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Campus representatives will introduce you to the various student resources available at your home campus, as well as briefly explain the start-of-term policies and procedures you need to know. We will review UNG’s core curriculum, then show you how to register for classes using our online student information system, BannerWeb.  

The fee for New Student Orientation is $40, and all new freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to attend. All other degree seeking students are highly encouraged to attend NSO, as it is the first opportunity for class registration. Students who choose not attend a session will register during late registration, which is generally on or around the first day of classes.

Upcoming Dates

Spring 2017

  • Saturday, December 10 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Wednesday, January 4 at 8:30 a.m.

 

What to Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Any outstanding official transcripts
  • Any outstanding immunization records
  • Any outstanding financial aid documents, such as those needed for verification
  • Completed class scheduling worksheet, if desired. (See Prepare for Class Registration)
  • Time! Please plan to stay for the entire session.

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