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Orientation & Transition Programs (OTP)

Orientation is still occurring for summer and fall 2020 starters. Read below to learn more about how the orientation program has been redesigned to ensure the safety of our students, guests, and campus partners.

All newly admitted degree-seeking freshman, transfers and readmit students are required to complete the orientation requirement prior to starting classes, regardless of previously earned transfer or dual enrolled credits. This will include the following components:

  1. Complete the Orientation Reservation process, which includes the Online Pre-Orientation Modules.
  2. Based on your reservation date, Summer starters, Fall starters and Readmit students will complete the orientation course in the eLearning system (D2L).
  3. Attend the August in-person session (fall freshman and transfers only).

More details regarding the orientation course and in-person component are provided below.

All incoming students are required to complete the Online Pre-Orientation (OPO). Non-degree seeking students who are not required to complete the full orientation program, can access these modules on the Check Application Status page.

Summer 2020 Starters

Orientation for New Freshman & Transfer Students

Freshman and Transfer students who will be beginning courses in the summer will complete a self-paced orientation course prior to course registration. 

This course will be offered through the eLearning (D2L) platform. When students enter the orientation reservation system, they will see the course listed as a Dahlonega Campus option but all course components can be completed online.

Courses are offered approximately every two weeks and we recommend students select the first available course date.

Students will receive more details from the Orientation office on how to access the course approximately one week prior to the course start date. The orientation hold will be lifted once students successfully complete the course and students will be able to proceed with self-registration if all other holds have been resolved.

Internet Access

Students should strive to have reliable access to the internet and a computer as well as a quiet place to work on this day. Students with concerns about joining a ‘live’ event due to unreliable internet access or a lack of the necessary technology should email us at otp@ung.edu and let us know of their concern.

Readmit Students

All Readmit students will complete an asynchronous orientation course prior to the start of term.

This course will be offered through the eLearning (D2L) platform. When students enter the orientation reservation system, they will see the course listed as a Dahlonega Campus option.

Courses are offered approximately every two weeks and we recommend students select the first available course date.

Students will receive more details from the Orientation office on how to access the course approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. The orientation hold will be lifted once students successfully complete the course.

Parent & Family Orientation for Summer Starters

For the parents and guests of our summer starters, we encourage you to work through the orientation course modules with your student.

No registration needed, but you will have to access the program with your student through their Desire 2 Learn (D2L) account.

Fall 2020 Starter Information

New Student Orientation (NSO) for Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation for Fall Starters

Freshman and Transfer students who will be beginning courses in the fall term will participate in a hybrid orientation format – a combination of online coursework and a face-to-face component in August.

The date students initially select in the orientation reservation system will be the start date for the course.

Academic Advisors will begin reaching out to students to assist with building a fall course schedule based on this course start date.

Course Capacity

The online courses will be available starting in June, but each course has a maximum capacity.

We cannot over-ride that capacity. When making an orientation reservation, students will need to select a course that still has seats available.

This course will be offered through the eLearning (D2L) platform. Students will receive more details from the Orientation office on how to access the course approximately two weeks prior to the course start date.

In-Person Component

Each online course will be paired with an in-person component in August prior to the start of fall term.

Students must successfully complete the online course as well as attend the in-person component in order to meet the orientation requirement. The orientation hold will remain on the student account until the student has attended the in-person orientation in August.

When students select their course in the reservation system, they will see that it is paired with a specific August session time and date. Students should only select a course and in-person combination that works for their schedule.

We are closely monitoring the current health guidelines and will adapt the in-person orientation component to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and USG guidelines.

Dahlonega Residential Students

In-Person Date

All freshman residential students will have an August in-person orientation date based on their move-in time and date. Residence Life will be coordinating the move-in sign-up process. Students should begin monitoring their UNG email toward the end of May for more information on this process.

It will be either August 13, 14, or 15, depending on your move-in time.

Residential Student Orientation Fee

The orientation fee for the residential student orientation program is $130.

This fee covers the costs associated with this program, including Orientation Leader stipends, program materials, technology costs, first-year programming and costs associated with early move-in.

If you are unable to pay the student orientation fee at the time you make your reservation, you can request the fee remain on your tuition and fee bill until fall payment is due by completing the payment extension form.

Cadet Information

All incoming FROGs will have a Saturday, August 8 in-person orientation beginning at 9:00 a.m.

  • Uniform Fittings will be on Friday, August 7. The Military Store will be communicating with students regarding the fitting time sign-up process. Students who are unable to be fitted on the 7th will be fitted on the 9th.
  • Overnight housing will be provided on August 7 and 8 for incoming FROGs who are unable to travel back and forth to campus. More information will be available regarding this closer to the event date.

Readmit Student Orientation (RSO)

All Readmit students will complete an asynchronous orientation course prior to the start of term. This course will be offered through the eLearning (D2L) platform.

When students enter the orientation reservation system, they will see the course listed as a Dahlonega campus option. Courses are offered approximately every two weeks and we recommend students select the first available course date. The orientation hold will be lifted once students successfully complete the course.

Fall 2020 Starter Orientation Dates by Campus

Blue Ridge Campus

Blue Ridge New Student Orientation & Blue Ridge Scholars Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Wednesday, June 24 Blue Ridge NSO Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 11 Blue Ridge NSO Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 15 Blue Ridge NSO (a.m.) Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 15 Blue Ridge NSO (p.m.) Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 11/Wed. August 12 Blue Ridge Scholar's Day 1 and 2 Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.

Blue Ridge Transfer Student Orientation Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Wednesday, June 24 Blue Ridge TSO Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 11 Blue Ridge TSO Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 15 Blue Ridge TSO (a.m.) Friday, August 14 9:00 a.m.

Cumming Campus

Cumming New Student Orientation Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Wednesday, June 3 Cumming NSO Monday, August 3 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 23 Cumming NSO Monday, August 3 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 15 Cumming NSO Monday, August 3 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 7 Cumming NSO Tuesday, August 4 9:00 a.m. 
Wednesday, July 22 Cumming NSO Tuesday, August 4 9:00 a.m. 
Wednesday, July 29 Cumming NSO Tuesday, August 4 9:00 a.m. 
Tuesday, August 4 Cumming NSO Tuesday, August 4 2:00 p.m.

Cumming Transfer Student Orientation Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Tuesday, July 7 Cumming TSO Monday, August 3 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4 Cumming TSO Tuesday, August 4 2:00 p.m.

Dahlonega Campus

Dahlonega New Student Orientation

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Wednesday, July 8 Dahlonega NSO for Commuter Students Saturday, August 8 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 8 Dahlonega NSO Saturday, August 8 9:00 a.m.

Cadets will have the Saturday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. session.

All other residential students will have an August reservation for the 13, 14, 15 based on their move-in time.

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type
Monday, June 8 - Tuesday, June 9 Dahlonega NSO
Thursday, June 11 - Friday June 12 Dahlonega NSO
Monday, June 15 - Tuesday, June 16 Dahlonega NSO
Monday, July 13 - Tuesday, July 14 Dahlonega NSO
Thursday, July 16 - Friday, July 15 Dahlonega NSO
Monday, July 20 - Tuesday, July 21 Dahlonega NSO

Dahlonega Transfer Student Orientation

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Wednesday, June 10 Dahlonega TSO Saturday, August 8 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 Dahlonega TSO Saturday, August 8 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 8 Dahlonega TSO Saturday, August 8 2:00 p.m.

Gainesville Campus

Gainesville New Student Orientation Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Friday, June 19 Gainesville NSO Tuesday, August 11 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 20 Gainesville NSO Tuesday, August 11 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 22 Gainesville NSO Tuesday, August 11 2:00 p.m. 
Friday, July 24 Gainesville NSO Wednesday, August 12 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 25 Gainesville NSO Wednesday, August 12 2:00 p.m. 
Monday, July 27 Gainesville NSO Wednesday, August 12 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11 Gainesville NSO Wednesday, August 12 9:00 a.m.

Gainesville Transfer Orientation Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Friday, July 24 Gainesville TSO Tuesday, August 11 2:00 p.m. 
Monday, August 3 Gainesville TSO Tuesday, August 11 2:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 11 Gainesville TSO Wednesday, August 12 2:00 p.m. 

Oconee Campus

Oconee New Student Orientation Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Friday, June 5 Oconee NSO Thursday, August 6 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 6 Oconee NSO Thursday, August 6 9:00 a.m.
Friday, July 10 Oconee NSO Friday, August 7 2:00 p.m. 
Saturday, July 11 Oconee NSO Friday, August 7 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 6 Oconee NSO Thursday, August 6 2:00 p.m. 
Friday, August 7 Oconee NSO Friday, August 7 2:00 p.m.

Oconee Transfer Student Orientation Dates

Online D2L Course Start Date Campus/Session Type Face-to-Face Date Check-in Start Time for Face-to-Face
Saturday, June 6 Oconee TSO Thursday, August 6 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12 Oconee TSO Friday, August 7 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 6 Oconee TSO Thursday, August 6 2:00 p.m. 

Parent & Family Orientation (PFO) for Fall Starters

Parent & Family Orientation for Fall Starters

There will be a Parent and Family Orientation coinciding with each of the August in-person orientation sessions. The reservation process for the Parent and Family Orientation program will re-open on Wednesday, July 8.

Additional information will be made available when we re-open the reservation system.

Padres y Familias

En el campus de Gainesville, tenemos algunas presentaciones en español durante cada uno de los días de Orientación para Nuevos Estudiantes. Este año, vamos a ofrecer una sesión de orientación para padres y familias totalmente en español el 11 de agosto y el 12 de agosto.

How to Register & Pay

How to Register for Orientation

1. Login to Banner

Login to the Student Banner system.

Go to the Student tab and click on the Orientation Reservation form link. Complete the required reading, watch the videos, and if required, provide the academic interest information.

2. Choose Your Orientation Date

When reserving your seat for orientation, you will only see sessions you are eligible to attend and those that still have seats remaining.

We strongly encourage you to reserve a seat in the first session available that works for your schedule. Please be sure to mark your calendar for the session you sign-up to attend and do not double-book yourself on orientation day.

You are required to participate in the full session, and absolutely no early class schedule adjustments will be permitted on the day of the program.

3. Confirm Your Reservation

You will receive an automated email to confirm your reservation. Please note that payment is requested at the time of reservation. However, payment extensions for student orientation reservations will be granted if needed. You may pay via Banner with a credit or debit card, but other acceptable methods of payment are listed on the Business Office webpage.

4. Parent & Family Orientation Reservations

Your confirmation email will contain instructions on how to reserve a seat for your parent or family members for Parent and Family Orientation (PFO).

This program happens on the same day and time as your orientation, but parents and family members must be signed up separately and will be participating in their own program, while your orientation is in progress.

You are encouraged to reserve their seat at PFO when you reserve your own seat for orientation, but can also wait if needed.

5. Changing Your Reservation

If you need to change your orientation date, you must make the change prior to the cancellation date of your current reservation.

You can make an orientation reservation change by logging back into your student banner account, going to the Orientation Reservation form on the student tab, and selecting the view orientation details option.

Once viewing your reservation details, scroll to the bottom of the page to click the modify reservation button. This will lead you through the steps to update your reservation. Please note you can only modify your reservation one time.

How to Pay for Orientation

Online Payment

You may pay online with a credit card or web check (powered by TouchNet), or you may mail a check to the business office in Dahlonega. For questions regarding the student orientation fee payment process please contact the Business Office.

Payment by Check

Please note your Student ID and the word “orientation” in the memo section at the bottom and mail to: University of North Georgia, Attn: Business Office, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597. 

Please Note: A separate check must be mailed for the Student Orientation fee and the Parent and Family Orientation fee.

Payment Extension

Payment is expected at the time of reservation, but extensions can be granted.

Requests for alternate payment arrangements should be submitted to the orientation office at the time of making your reservation by completing the Request for Alternate Payment Option form.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

For a cancellation made on or before your session's cancellation deadline, students will receive a full refund.

There will be no refund for cancellations made after the deadline or for no-shows. 

No Longer Planning to Enroll at UNG?

If you decide to no longer enroll at UNG, you must contact Undergraduate Admissions to cancel your application. You must also contact the Orientation and Transition Program to cancel your orientation session prior to the cancellation deadline for your session. You will be responsible for the orientation fee if you do not cancel your reservation prior to your deadline.

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