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Orientation Reservations

Please Read All Information Carefully Before Reserving Your Spot in an Orientation Session.

In-person orientation will build on the information covered in the Online Pre-Orientation modules. By participating in in-person orientation, you will:

  • Learn about the university’s mission, culture, and values and discover what it means to be a member of the UNG Nighthawk community. 
  • Connect with faculty, staff, and student leaders and hear their ideas for how to make the most of your first year at UNG.
  • Become familiar with important campus resources and policies and register your first semester of classes.

Whether or not you are required to attend an in-person orientation depends on your student status.

Required: New Freshmen and Transfer Students

All new degree seeking freshman and transfer students are required to attend an in-person orientation session prior to starting classes, regardless of previously earned transfer or dual enrollment credits. Students must confirm their acceptance and complete any required placement testing prior to reserving a spot in an orientation session.

Session sizes are limited, and we recommend you reserve a space in the first available session that works for your schedule. You must complete the Online Pre-Orientation (OPO) modules prior to your scheduled orientation date.

Optional: Returning Students and Post-Baccalaureate Degree Seeking

Incoming students who are labeled as “Returning” or “Post-baccalaureate Degree Seeking” have the option to attend an in-person orientation session. These are students who:

  • Were enrolled at UNG as a regularly admitted undergraduate student in a prior term, or
  • Who have previously earned a bachelor's degree at UNG or another institution

You must submit your confirmation of acceptance and complete any placement testing requirements before reserving a spot in an orientation session. If you choose not to attend orientation, you will be able to register for classes during the open registration window just prior to the start of term. You must complete the OPO modules prior to your scheduled orientation date or, if you choose not to attend orientation, prior to your class registration window. There will be a hold on your account preventing you from adding courses until the OPO modules are complete.

Not Eligible: DE/MOWR, Transient, and Non-Degree Seeking Students

All non-degree seeking students are ineligible to attend an in-person orientation session. This group includes:

  • "Dual Enrolled/Move on When Ready",
  • "Transient", 
  • "Post-baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking", or
  • Any other non-degree seeking student

Dual Enrolled/Move on When Ready students should meet with their UNG dual enrollment advisor noted on their admission letter to register for classes by the Dual Enrolled/Move on When Ready program deadline.

Other populations will be able to register for classes during the open registration window. You must complete the OPO modules prior to registering for classes.

Exceptions

Incoming students who will be in the Corps of Cadets can request an exemption from the in-person orientation if it directly conflicts with Basic Training and AIT dates. Please email a copy of your orders with your written request for exemption to otp@ung.edu.

Otherwise, the dates for orientation sessions are published well in advance, so please reserve a spot in the first available session that works for your schedule. You are still responsible for completing the OPO modules prior to the start of classes.

Reservation Details:

There is a separate reservation process for the student orientation and for the concurrent Parent and Family Orientation. Please reserve your space for the student orientation session prior to making a reservation for any parent and family members.

Prior to reserving your space in an orientation session please make sure you understand all of the UNG orientation policies. It is your responsibility to adhere to these policies.

Each campus offers a slightly different orientation experience based on the unique aspects of that campus. Be sure to read about the orientation specifics for your home campus by clicking on the corresponding links below.

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.

The cost for the three-hour student orientation sessions on the Blue Ridge Campus is $40 (includes snacks and print materials). Students are highly encouraged to bring one parent or family member with them to orientation for an additional $15. All guests attend Parent & Family Orientation (PFO), which covers similar information and runs concurrent to the student session. Separate registration using the PFO system is required.

If you have any questions regarding the Blue Ridge orientation please contact the campus orientation representative.

Upcoming Dates

Summer 2017

  • Thursday, May 11

Fall 2017

  • Thursday, August 10

Spring 2018

  • TBD (Spring 2018 dates will be available by May 2017)

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

The cost for half-day student orientation sessions on the Cumming Campus is $40 (meal included). Students are highly encouraged to bring one parent or family member with them to orientation for an additional $15. All guests attend Parent & Family Orientation (PFO), which covers similar information and runs concurrent to the student session. Separate registration using the PFO system is required.

Upcoming Dates

Summer 2017

  • Monday, May 8

Fall 2017

  • Thursday, June 1
  • Friday, June 9
  • Wednesday, June 14
  • Friday, July 7
  • Wednesday, July 19
  • Monday, August 7

Spring 2018

  • TBD (Spring 2018 orientation dates will be released by May 2017)

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.

One-Day Orientation Sessions

The cost for full-day student orientation sessions on the Dahlonega Campus is $40 (includes lunch). Students are highly encouraged to bring one parent or family member with them to orientation for an additional $15. All guests attend Parent & Family Orientation (PFO), which covers similar information and runs concurrent to the student session. Separate registration using the PFO system is required.

Two-Day Orientation Sessions

The cost for two-day student orientation sessions on the Dahlonega Campus is $130 (includes meals and lodging). Students are encouraged to bring parent or family members with them to orientation for an additional $50 per guest. All guests attend Parent & Family Orientation (PFO), which covers similar information and runs concurrent to the student session. Separate registration using the PFO system is required. Meals are provided to guests, but not lodging.

Gainesville Campus

The cost for full-day student orientation sessions on the Gainesville Campus is $40 (includes lunch). Students are highly encouraged to bring one parent or family member with them to orientation for an additional $15. All guests attend Parent & Family Orientation (PFO), which covers similar information and runs concurrent to the student session. Separate registration using the PFO system is required.

Upcoming Dates

Summer 2017

  • Tuesday, May 9
  • Wednesday, May 31

Fall 2017

New Student Orientation Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 7
  • Thursday, June 8
  • Thursday, June 22
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Thursday, July 20
  • Friday, July 21
  • Wednesday, August 9

Transfer Student Orientation Dates:

  • Tuesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 21
  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Tuesday, August 8

Spring 2018

  • TBD (Spring 2018 dates will be released by May 2017)

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

The cost for half-day student orientation sessions on the Oconee Campus is $40 (includes refreshments). Students are highly encouraged to bring one parent or family member with them to orientation for an additional $15. All guests attend Parent & Family Orientation (PFO), which covers similar information and runs concurrent to the student session. Separate registration using the PFO system is required.

Upcoming Dates

Summer 2017

  • Wednesday, May 10

Fall 2017

  • Saturday, June 3
  • Friday, June 23
  • Saturday, July 8

Spring 2018

  • TBD (Spring 2018 orientation dates will be released by May 2017)

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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