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New Student Orientation Student Schedule- Dahlonega

Inclement Weather Notice: Dec. 9 Orientations Cancelled

New Student and Transfer Student Orientation on the Dahlonega Campus and on the Oconee Campus has been cancelled for Dec. 9.

To monitor campus openings and closures, visit UNG's Emergency Information page.

If you need to get in touch with someone from the Orientation and Transition Programs team, please either call 706-864-1010 or email

Time Event Location
10:00 a.m.

Receive your Nighthawks Card, Parking Pass, and Orientation materials during the check-in process. Be sure to grab your orientation t-shirt and bag!

Hoag Student Center
10:45 a.m.

Presented by: Dr. Gary Biller, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
UNG is excited to welcome you as a new student! We want to welcome you and help you adjust to life as a college student.


Hoag Auditorium
11:00 a.m.

What to Expect for the Day
Presented by: Diana Barrett, Coordinator of Orientation and Transition Programs                                        
Being a new student can feel overwhelming. Our orientation program is constructed to give you the information you need to be a successful student. Review the day and plan for your semester as a new student through goal setting and identifying your resources.

Hoag Auditorium
11:15 a.m.

Traditions and Leadership at UNG
Connect to our campus by learning about UNG’s history and the interesting traditions that make it a unique place to learn

Hoag Auditorium
11:25 a.m.

Financial Aid and Business Office Overview
Presented by: Jill Rayner, Director of Financial Aid, and Jared Goodall, Bursar
Join this session to learn more about navigating federal and state financial aid programs and details about Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Hoag Auditorium
12:00 p.m.

How to be a Successful College Student
Presented by: Diana Barrett, Coordinator of Orientation and Transition Programs
Hear tips for making a successful transition to college, make the most of your time at UNG, and learn about resources available to support you.

Hoag ABC
12:25 p.m. Lunch Dining Hall
12:55 p.m.

Resource Fair
Presented by: Offices of Student Integrity, Dean of Students, & Title IX Compliance
Learn how to be a productive member of the UNG community, and what is expected from you as a student.

Hoag 2nd Floor
1:15 p.m.

UNG Values and Expectations
Presented by: Offices of Student Integrity, Dean of Students, & Title IX Compliance
Learn how to be a productive member of the UNG community, and what is expected from you as a student.

Hoag 2nd Floor
1:40 p.m.

Student Population - Breakout Sessions
Choose your sessions based on the type of student you plan to be: cadet, commuter, or residential.

  • Cadet Student Population, Young 112, Presented by MAJ Richard Neikirk, Assistant Commandant of Cadets
  • Commuter Student Population, Hoag ABC, Presented by Wesley Thomas, Associate Dean of Student Involvement
  • Residential Student Population, Young 114, Presented by Jared Patterson, Coordinator for First Year Transitions
2:15 p.m.

Pick your Path - Breakout Sessions
Choose a topic that you’re interested in learning more about. Check out the descriptions below, our orientation staff will help direct you to the location.

Success with Online Courses - Young 114
Learn about tips to be a successful student when taking an online course!

Auxiliary Services - Young 216
Come learn how to navigate the Nighthawks Card, campus dining options, parking, and more!

Recreational Sports - Young 214
Join this session to discover all that the department of Recreational Sports has to offer – sport clubs, intramurals, outdoor pursuits, fitness classes, etc.

Student Involvement and Leadership - Hoag ABC
This is your chance to connect with opportunities to get involved! You can also learn about leadership roles on campus and ways to civically engage during your time at UNG.

2:50 p.m.

Academic and Student Support Panel
Learn how to take advantage of UNG’s academic services that can prepare you to work smarter, not harder! Topics include tutoring services, supplemental instruction, and other academic support services.

Gloria Shott Auditorium
3:15 p.m.

Academic Policies and Procedures
Presented by: Suzanne Jabaley, Associate Registrar
Review the academic policies and procedures such as the academic calendar, student records privacy, and graduation. 

Gloria Shott Auditorium
3:30 p.m.

Academics: Online Pre-Orientation Refresher
Presented by: Caroline Samples, Coordinator of Transfer and Transition Programs
Meant as a refresher of the online pre-orientation modules, this session will review the core curriculum, nighthawk registration, and internal transfer process.

Gloria Shott Auditorium
4:15 p.m.

Major Meetings
Meet with an academic advisor in your major to learn more about major-specific requirements to complete your degree and post-graduate opportunities.

4:45 p.m.

Course Registration
Register for your classes for the spring and summer semesters. Orientation Leaders, Faculty, and Staff are available to assist with the class registration process.

5:15 p.m.

Complete the check-out process and re-join your parents and family members that joined you for orientation. Staff will also be available at a Q & A table for any final questions before you leave campus. (This begins at 5:15 but students should check out whenever they finish registering for classes.)

Hoag 2nd Floor
5:15 p.m.

CADET Uniform Fittings – REQUIRED for all Cadets
All cadets must report to Military Clothing & Sales on the first level of the Chestatee Building for uniform fittings after registering for classes and checking out.

Military Clothing & Sales

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