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New Student Orientation: Parent/Family Schedule - Gainesville

Time Event Location
9:00 a.m.



Physical Education Lobby

9:45 a.m.

Welcome to UNG!

Dr. Richard Oates, Vice President, Gainesville Campus

Nathan Cheesman, Coordinator of Orientation and Student Leadership


10:05 a.m.

Financial Aid and Business Office Overview

Hear about when your student bill is due, how to pay it, and how to make sure you are working with Financial Aid to get all of your scholarship and loan paperwork in on time.

Presenters: Office of the Bursar & Financial Aid Office


10:30 a.m.

Nighthawk Talk #1

Part of UNG’s missions is to “develop students into leaders.” Here about some of the ways that UNG works to prepare all students to be leaders in the classroom and in life.

Presenter: Orientation Leaders


10:40 a.m.

Academic and Student Support Overview

Learn more about the resources that this campus, and university, have to increase your student success.

Presenter: University College


10:55 a.m.

Dismiss to Nesbitt Building

Nesbitt 3110

11:45 a.m.

FERPA: what you need to know

College comes with new rights and responsibilities. Discuss how to work with your student and the university.                                                                                                                               
Presenter: Registrar’s Office

Nesbitt 3110

12:00 p.m.

Resources to Support Your Student

Learn about the variety of technology resources that UNG has to support your student as well as information about our Internal Transfer Process.                                                                          
Presenter: Office of Student Affairs & Orientation and Transition Programs

Nesbitt 3110

12:40 p.m.

Resource Fair

Over 30 different student organizations and university departments are here to meet with you! Find out how to get connected to student government, theatre productions, academic minors, and more!

Watkins Building

1:10 p.m.

Campus Tour and Lunch

Of course, we want you to get something to eat, but you will also be able to spend some time seeing different places on campus (optional), and the university Bookstore will be open.

Presenter: Orientation Leaders


2:20 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 1

Choose one of the sessions below to attend.

Descriptions for each session are provided for your reference at the bottom of this page and our staff can help guide your selections.

  • Academic Overview (Gymnasium; This breakout goes from 2:20 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.)
  • Get your move on! Get your game on! (Science 103)
  • Adjustment to College Life (Science 104)
  • En Español (Science 173)
  • Financial Aid: An In-Depth Look (Science 174)
  • Career Services (Science 262)

Science Building

3:00 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

Choose one of the sessions below to attend.

Descriptions for each session are provided for your reference at the bottom of this page and our staff can help guide your selections.

  • Student Involvement and Leadership (Science 103)
  • Connecting you to the world! (Science 104)
  • Social and Cultural Engagement Opportunities (Science 174)
  • Undergraduate Research and National Scholarship Opportunities (Science 262)
  • Auxiliary Services (Science 264)

Science Building

3:40 p.m.

Your Student in College and Student Scenarios

Get tips for being a supportive family member or friend. Additional resources and contact information will also be highlighted.

Presenter: Dr. Cara Ray, Associate Vice President & Dean of Students

Nesbitt 3110

4:10 p.m.

Next Steps

Orientation may not be the last thing that your student needs to do before classes. Hear some helpful reminders to help your student stay on top of everything.

Presenter: Orientation and Transition Programs

Nesbitt 3110

4:00 p.m.

Parent and Family Orientation Checkout

Complete your Orientation Day here: have your students’ class schedule(s) reviewed, complete their student ID paperwork, and get your questions answered.

Student Center Commons

4:00 p.m.

Optional Campus Tour

Personalized tour with an Orientation Leader to learn some more details about campus. Last tour leaves at 5:15 p.m.

Student Center Commons

Most offices on campus will be open until 5:30 p.m. for any needs that you have.

Breakout Sessions

Academic Overview

Join back with the students during their refresher on CORE classes, how they can utilize their advisor, and how they will register for classes. This breakout goes from 2:20 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Presenter: Academic Advising Center, University College, & Orientation and Transition Programs

Adjustment to College Life

Find out about navigating the rigors of college life and what UNG Student Counseling has to offer. Get tips on stress reduction, study skills, test taking, time management, and more.

Presenter: Student Counseling Office

Auxiliary Services

Come learn about the Nighthawks Card, Campus Dining, the Nighthawk Nook, and more!

Presenters: Auxiliary Services

Career Services

The breakout session will provide an orientation of the Career Services. Career Services offers services that prepare students for a lifetime of meaningful work and lifelong learning. We can help you navigate areas such as selecting a major, exploring careers, finding internships, graduate school decisions, and the search for employment.

Presenter: Career Services

Connecting you to the world!

Explore your options for studying abroad and discover how you can become involved with the international students at UNG. Everyone can be a global citizen!

Presenter: Center for Global Engagement

En Español

En esta charla en español invitamos a todo aquel que tenga preguntas sobre UNG o cómo apoyar y ayudar a su estudiante.

This session is a Q&A in Spanish to help answer any questions that you have about UNG or how to support your student.

Presenter: Multicultural Student Affairs Office & Dean of Students Office

Financial Aid: An In-Depth Look

Navigate Financial Aid! This breakout will discuss further information about federal and state aid that was not covered earlier. Satisfactory Academic Progress details will also be discussed.

Presenter: Financial Aid Office

Get your move on! Get your game on!

What club and intramural sports are on the Gainesville campus? Do we offer group fitness classes? What fitness and recreation resources are on campus that I can use? Come get your questions answered!

Presenter: Recreational Sports

Social and Cultural Engagement Opportunities

Learn about the programs, staff, and resources that the Multicultural Student Affairs office has to educate all students on these topics, and how they support various student groups.

Presenter: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Student Involvement and Leadership

Learn to make the most out of your collegiate career with ways to get involved, connect with others, explore opportunities, and create meaningful experiences at UNG.

Presenters: Office of Student Involvement

Undergraduate Research and National Scholarship Opportunities

Learn about opportunities to engage in and fund undergraduate research while at UNG. The presentation will also discuss support services for finding and applying for nationally competitive scholarships.

Presenters: Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities & the Nationally Competitive Scholarships Office

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