Preparing for 2021 New Student Orientation
Orientation is one of the most exciting parts of starting college! For 2021, we’re offering in-person and virtual options for you to choose from. Registering for and attending orientation is mandatory for all first-year students, but whether you join us on campus or online is totally up to you.
Every student must complete Start @ State as the first step of orientation. Start @ State is our series of online modules that give you an overview of life at Georgia State. You’ll learn about academics, campus, student life and more. At the end of Start @ State, first-year students will be prompted to register for an orientation date.
After you’ve registered for your date, there are a few things to be sure you’ve taken care of before you attend the session:
- Activate your CampusID and password. Having these things on hand will make your advising session run smoothly.
- Know or have your Panther number handy. Keep in mind that your Panther number is different from your CampusID. You can find your nine-digit Panther number in your acceptance letter.
- Take any necessary placement tests. It’s important to have these out of the way before your orientation session so your advisor can place you in the appropriate classes. If you require placement testing, visit the “Placement Tests” tab on PAWS to register.
- Submit Lawful Presence. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States for tuition purposes. You can do this by submitting FAFSA, submitting a copy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID, or a few other ways.
- Pay your orientation fee. Orientation fees differ by the type of orientation you attend (virtual or in-person) and whether or not you bring a guest. Paying your fee confirms your orientation spot. If you need to discuss payment options, please contact email@example.com.
Students who attend an in-person orientation session will receive their PantherCard while on campus that day. If you opt to attend virtually, your PantherCard will be mailed to you. Be sure to follow the instructions for submitting a valid photo. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email from the PantherCard office with more information.If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the orientation team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive a response within 48 hours. Whether you join us online or in person, we can’t wait to see you at orientation!