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New Student Checklist

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.

Complete Advance Scheduling Form

All new freshmen and transfer degree-seeking students enrolling in a fall or spring semester are required to complete the Advance Schedule form prior to reserving a seat in an in-person orientation session. Summer starters are not eligible to participate in the Advance Schedule process.

Learn more about advanced scheduling.

The Advance Schedule form is located on the Student Banner account:

Login to the Student Banner system. Go to the Student tab and click on the Advance Scheduling form link. Complete the Advance Scheduling form and click submit. Once the Advance Scheduling form has been submitted you will have access to the Orientation Reservation form.

Schedule your Orientation Date

Each of the five campuses has an orientation program designed to fit the needs of its particular student population. All new degree-seeking freshmen are required to attend an in-person orientation session prior to starting classes. The New Student Orientations for freshmen are one-day, all day events on the Blue Ridge, Cumming, Gainesville, and Oconee Campuses. Freshmen attending orientation for the Dahlonega Campus should plan to attend a two-day orientation event regardless of whether or not they are a commuter, cadet or residential student. 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

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.

The Financial Aid Timeline is a helpful tool for all students.

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 – February 14
  • Spring Priority Deadline – November 1
  • Summer Priority Deadline – April 1

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. Once your Confirmation of Acceptance form and fee have been processed, the Office of Residence Life will email additional instructions via UNG Student Email. This email also signifies that you now have access to the Housing portal/application process. You are encouraged to start the process as soon as possible and need to watch your UNG emails closely once you have started for further instructions.

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, including readmit 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 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The eCore academic calendar (start/stop dates) is different from the normal UNG academic calendar. 

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.

Submit a Photo for your UNG ID Card

Visit the  UNG ID Card Photo Submission page to see photo guidelines and the photo submission portal

Set up your Disability Accommodations (as needed)

As you may already know, obtaining special accommodations in college is different than it is in high school.  If you previously had an IEP, 504 plan, or other documentation that would reflect the need for accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services to discuss your specific needs and the process to receive accommodations at UNG. 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. Students must actively request accommodations, even when they transfer from another college, through the Student Disability Services office in order to receive them.

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

Pay Tuition and Fee Bill

Please visit the Payment Deadlines & Information web page for approximate information on when to pay fees. Students attending an orientation will have a different fee payment deadline which will be after their scheduled orientation session. You will learn more about this at orientation. We do encourage you to go ahead and set up a payment plan after you have registered for classes, but prior to orientation if needed.

Read about viewing and paying your student invoice.

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

Tech Talk

The Tech Talk guide is an introduction to the highly utilized technologies available at UNG. Students should be familiar with each of the items in this guide.

Complete Part One of both SAPU and AlcoholEdu

Students beginning in the Summer or Fall semester should complete the first modules for both AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU) by October 1. A second set of modules will need to be completed by November 1.

Detailed information on how to access and complete these required modules can be found on the AlcoholEdu & SAPU webpage.

If you previously completed the AlcoholEdu modules and/or Haven (prior to June 30, 2018) or SAPU (after July 1, 2018) modules, through UNG or another University System of Georgia institution please email

If you are transferring into UNG from another institution, you should refer to the Transfer Student Checklist.

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