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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of North Georgia!

As a new student, you're bound to have tons of questions about starting classes at the University of North Georgia (UNG) – you know you're accepted, but what's next? There are a number of tasks you must complete to finish the enrollment process and begin your journey as a UNG Nighthawk. Please read through each item carefully and explore the links provided for more information.


1. Immediate Steps After Acceptance

Activate your UNG Account

You will use the same username and password to login to a number of important university systems. Use the activate your UNG account link to find your username and enroll in the password management system.

Once complete, then you will be able to access and explore:

Submit your Confirmation of Acceptance Form

All students should complete a Confirmation of Acceptance, however the method could be different depending on your circumstances. See the Confirmation of Acceptance page in Undergraduate Admissions for what action you need to take.

You must complete the Confirmation of Acceptance process prior to receiving access to the Online Pre-Orientation modules and in-person Orientation Reservation system.

Apply for Financial Aid

If you’d like assistance in paying your tuition and fees, the Financial Aid office may be able to help. Financial aid encompasses both federal and state aid programs, including federal loans, scholarships (for academics, athletics, leadership, etc.), and VA benefits. We encourage you to explore all your options and carefully determine the right amount of aid for your circumstances.  

After submitting your financial aid application, you should be very pro-active in monitoring your eligibility and award status via your BannerWeb account. 

Important Note:  Although you can apply for most forms of aid at any time during the academic year, it’s best to submit your application and all required supporting documents before the priority deadlines to ensure your aid can be processed and awarded prior to the start of term. 

  • Fall Priority Deadline – March 17
  • Spring Priority Deadline – November 1
  • Summer Priority Deadline – April 1

Schedule your Orientation Date

Each of the five campuses has a Student Orientation program designed to fit the needs of its particular student population. All new degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students are required to attend an in-person orientation session prior to starting classes. All other degree-seeking students are highly encouraged to attend, as orientation will be your first opportunity for class registration. Please note that you must submit your confirmation of acceptance and complete all placement tests (if required) before accessing the orientation reservation system. 

In general, you should plan to attend NSO according to the timeline listed below:

  • Admitted for fall – June, July, or August
  • Admitted for spring – December or January
  • Admitted for summer – April or May

Submit your Housing Application (residential students in Dahlonega only)

If you’ve been accepted as a residential student on the Dahlonega campus, you must submit a housing application by the deadline in order to be matched with an appropriate housing contract (based on availability). Once your Confirmation of Acceptance form and fee have been processed, the Office of Residence Life will email additional instructions via UNG Student Email.

Please note that even if you decide not to attend UNG, you are still responsible for the $150 housing application fee if you have already applied for housing.  If you decide not to attend after choosing a bed and submitting the housing contract, you must submit a completed Housing Cancellation Request to the Office of Residence Life.  Financial penalties may apply.

Nigel and students taking selfie together at orientation session.

2. Actions to Complete Prior to Orientation/Class Registration

Complete Online Pre-Orientation (OPO) Modules

All incoming students must complete the Online Pre-Orientation modules prior to orientation/class registration. A hold is placed on the student account preventing schedule adjustments until these modules are complete. You can access the OPO modules by logging into your Check Application Status page.

Complete Advance Scheduling Form (Select Student Groups)

Select student populations admitted for the fall and spring semesters are eligible to participate in the Advance Scheduling process:

  • All freshmen registered for an NSO session on the Dahlonega Campus
  • All transfer students registered for a TSO session on the Dahlonega Campus
  • Freshmen registered for an NSO session on the Cumming, Gainesville, or Oconee campuses with one of the following majors:
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Engineering (REPP - Physics)
    • General Studies
    • Health & Physical Education
    • History
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
  • All students with Learning Support requirements regardless of major

If you fall into one of these categories, please visit the Advance Schedule page to learn more about this process and to find instructions for accessing the Advance Schedule form.

Complete eCore Introduction Quiz

All incoming students should complete the eCore Introduction Quiz prior to attending orientation or registering for classes whether or not they plan to take an online course at this time. The quiz takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

eCore courses are designed, developed, taught and supported by faculty and staff from the University System of Georgia (USG) and are a great option for completing core curriculum requirements.

For the fall 2017 semester, eCore courses begin on August 14, whereas UNG courses begin on August 21.

Visit the UNG eCore web page for more information.

Order your Parking Permit

Parking permits are required and are issued to students at the Parking Services Office. Learn more about parking permits here.

Set up your Disability Accommodations (as needed)

Obtaining special accommodations in college is different than it is in high school.  If you had an IEP or 504 plan in k-12, or if you’re interested in learning more about the conditions that qualify for accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services to discuss your specific needs. Please be advised that the intake process takes time, so it’s important to schedule an appointment before the start of term to ensure your accommodations are in place when classes begin.

Register for Campus Mailbox (Dahlonega - Residential Only)

Residential students on the Dahlonega Campus can complete the Mailbox Request Form to receive a mailbox at the UNG Post Office located in Hoag Student Center.

Complete Survey (Fall Freshmen Only)

Between April 1 and August 31 visit the Freshmen Survey web page to complete the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE). This survey is only available to new freshmen admitted for the fall term.

3. Actions to Complete After Orientation/Prior to First Day of Class

Submit Your Immunization Form

All new students (freshman, transfers, and others) attending regularly scheduled classes or receiving resident credit are required to submit a Certificate of Immunization prior to attending classes.  Please find more information and download the form from the Dean of Students website.

Submit your Remaining Admissions Documents

Check your application status to ensure that the Office of Admissions has everything they need to finalize your admittance. A complete list of Admissions paperwork can be found on the Check Your Application Status webpage.

*If you have been classified as an out-of-state resident for tuition classification purposes but believe this designation is incorrect, please review the residency policy and complete the Application for In State Tuition

Complete Part One of both Haven and AlcoholEdu

As part our comprehensive education program, UNG requires every newly admitted student to complete Haven and AlcoholEdu. These two online courses will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your college years and beyond.

What Is Haven?
Haven is a confidential course on healthy relationships, sexual violence, stalking, and relationship violence to help you understand sexual assault and learn about consent.

What Is AlcoholEdu?
AlcoholEdu is a confidential, science-based course that will empower you to make well-informed decisions about alcohol, prepare you to respond to risky situations, and help you reach your personal and academic goals.

IMPORTANT:  Each course is divided into two parts, so you must complete four parts total to satisfy the requirement. Students who do not complete all four sections by the 2nd deadline will receive a hold that prevents class registration for future semesters.

Students Entering in Fall

  • Everfi Opens on August 1st
  • 1st Deadline - September 1st
  • Intercession - 30 days
  • 2nd Deadline - October 1st

Students Entering in Summer

  • Everfi Opens on May 1
  • 1st Deadline - June 1
  • 2nd Deadline - July 1

Students Entering in Spring

  • Everfi Opens on January 1
  • 1st Deadline - February 1
  • Intercession - 30 days
  • 2nd Deadline - March 1

Always login to the Everfi website using your UNG username and password. Your progress will be saved automatically, so you may complete the courses in multiple sittings.

If you have already completed these courses at a previous institution, please email David Marling to discuss the possibility of a waiver.

If you have problems with signing in, please contact the IT Service Desk:

678-717-3555 (Athens/Atlanta area)
706-864-1922 (Dahlonega area)
email IT Service Desk

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