At New Student Orientation, students receive academic advisement from representatives of the University Advisement Center. They get an understanding of the curriculum required for specific degree programs and benefit from guidance in planning their schedules for the first semester.
Freshmen and transfer students who do not attend orientation and have accrued fewer than 90 credit hours should contact the University Advisement Center and make an appointment to see an adviser. Freshmen who do not attend orientation must take GSU 1010 in the first semester.
Freshman Learning Communities
At orientation, freshmen sign up for Freshman Learning Communities (FLCs), each of which pairs together 25 students with similar academic interests. With courses and schedules that are aligned, FLC members have a unique opportunity to connect with peers, form support networks and forge friendships that help them transition smoothly to college and excel academically. Find out more about our various FLCs.
Proof of immunization is an essential element of the enrollment process.
Immunization requirements for incoming students have been revised by the Board of Regents to include measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), tetanus and diphtheria, varicella (chickenpox) and hepatitis B (in addition to the meningitis law affecting students who reside in University Housing). For more information, visit or contact the Student Health Clinic. *Note: Students may register for classes at orientation even if their immunization documentation has not yet been received by the Student Health Clinic. Learn more.
Online Pre-Orientation for Transfer Students
Georgia State has designed a mandatory Online Pre-Orientation Session to give transfer students more information about university policies and procedures. Students should complete the Online Pre-Orientation Session before attending New Student Orientation.
Transfer students who do not complete the Online Pre-Orientation Session prior to New Student Orientation will not be able to register for classes until they have done so.
If required, students must register for and complete math and/or music theory placement exams before attending New Student Orientation. For specific questions about placement exams, please call the contact number or visit the website listed in the corresponding testing information section below.
Students are encouraged to complete required placement exams prior to attending orientation. Learn more.
Our University Housing communities offer students modern, safe and cozy residences with convenient amenities. Living in the heart of downtown Atlanta provides opportunities for intellectual and social engagement and purposeful interactions between residents and staff. For more information about living on campus, visit University Housing.
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Incoming freshmen (except F1 and J1 Visa holders for the Atlanta Campus) are required to attend orientation. Incoming transfer students are not required to attend, but attendance is strongly encouraged. At orientation, all students will receive academic advisement and register for classes as part of the incoming-student transition process.
International Students: F1 and J1 Visa holders for the Atlanta Campus will attend International Student Orientation and Check-In. F1 Visa holders for Perimeter College should complete the online orientation module and also attend the on-campus orientation session and F1 Visa Information Meeting on the Clarkston or Dunwoody campuses. Refer to Perimeter College for more information about New Student Orientation on those campuses.
The New Student Orientation fee is not covered by any type of scholarship or loan, and there is no fee waiver. To attend New Student Orientation, all fees must be paid in advance.