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Parent & Family Orientation

There is a Parent & Family Orientation (PFO) session that runs concurrent to each Student Orientation session. We highly encourage new students to have at least one family member attend the Parent & Family Orientation. The PFO session runs concurrent to the student orientation, and students and guests are not together the whole time.

The PFO session covers similar information to the NSO and TSO session and is most appropriate for parents/guests who have their first student attending college and/or would like to learn more about UNG and helping their student make a successful transition to campus. The number of guests permitted and the cost per guest varies by campus.

For more information and registration, select the campus your student will be attending. Please note, The Parent and Family Orientation fee is non-refundable. You should secure your student's orientation reservation prior to reserving a space in PFO.

Hay una sesión de Orientación para Padres y Familias (PFO) que se ejecuta simultáneamente a cada sesión de Orientación para Estudiantes. Alentamos a los nuevos estudiantes a que al menos un miembro de la familia asista a la Orientación para Padres y Familias. La sesión de PFO se ejecuta simultáneamente a la orientación del estudiante, y los estudiantes e invitados no están juntos todo el tiempo.

La sesión de PFO cubre información similar a la sesión de NSO y TSO y es más apropiada para los padres / invitados que tienen su primer estudiante que asiste a la universidad y / o les gustaría aprender más sobre UNG y ayudar a sus estudiantes a hacer una transición exitosa al campus. El número de invitados permitido y el costo varía según el campus. 

Para más información e inscripción, seleccione el campus al que asistirá su estudiante. Tenga en cuenta que la tarifa de orientación para padres y familias no es reembolsable. Debe asegurar la reserva de orientación de su estudiante antes de reservar un espacio en PFO.

We are excited to have you and your student at the University of North Georgia and look forward to having you both as part of our family. We are here to help you and your student successfully transition to UNG.

New student and parent!

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA is the federal law that prevents college or university employees from divulging any student information not deemed “directory information” to any third party unless the student provides prior written consent. 

The University of North Georgia is committed to the security and confidentiality of the information in your student’s record.  Although we value our partnership with parents, family members, and significant others of our students, please understand there will be times that we cannot release specific student information because of FERPA regulations.

The University Registrar is the official records keeper of UNG.  Please visit the Student Privacy web page to learn more about FERPA.


University Resources

  • Academic Calendar
    The Academic Calendar lists all of the important academic dates that occur throughout the year, such as the first day of class, transition and graduation application deadlines, holidays, and the dates for final exams.  It is the student’s responsibility to stay informed about important academic dates and deadlines, so bookmark this site! 
  • Catalog
    The Undergraduate Catalog provides a comprehensive overview of all university policies and procedures (everything from admissions to grades to email).  It also provides specific information about the core curriculum and the courses needed to complete each degree track and program of study. 
  • Code of Conduct
    Students of the University of North Georgia are expected to be model citizens, and their actions and behavior should reflect the core values of the University.  To that end, the Code of Conduct outlines the expectations for appropriate student conduct, defines what is considered a conduct violation, and provides an overview of conduct violation proceedings.
  • Student Handbook
    The student handbook is a student’s resource for policies and procedure, rights and responsibilities, and a hub for information about offices around each campus.  The handbook includes a homework calendar spanning the academic year, featuring events and important college dates.

Outside Resources


  • ACT, Inc.
    This site provides a helpful booklet that explains how parents or family members who have not been to college themselves can help prepare their student for success.
  • College Parent Central
    This site provides varying points of view on the adjustments families must make in parenting and supporting a developing college student. Topics cover everything from student finances to pets at college.
  • College Parents of America
    This is a membership organization for parents and future parents of college students. This website has a yearly membership fee.
  • Federal Student Aid: U.S. Department of Education
    This site is a government resource for parents to learn about the different types of financial aid that may be available to their student. The site also provides information on how to help your student make wise financial aid choices prior to, during, and after college.
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
    This site provides students and parents with resources that assist with the admissions and financial aid processes. Resources are also available to help students navigate through the different stages of their high school education.


Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years
- by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years
- by Karen Levin Coburn

The Naked Roommate, For Parents Only: A Parent’s Guide to the New College Experience: Calling, Not Calling, Packing, Preparing, Problems, Roommates, … Matters when Your Child Goes to College
- by Harlan Cohen

You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
- by Marjorie Savage

What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College: A Complete Guide for Parents Only
- by Mary Spohn

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