Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Who attends orientation?
First-year undergraduate students.

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How do I register for orientation?
You can register and pay for orientation on-line.

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What is a confirmation letter and where do I get it?
A confirmation letter contains information about the orientation session that you registered for. It has the session date and times, the number of guests attending, meeting location, and payment verification. All confirmation letters will be sent to the student's email account on file.

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Can I register for orientation now and pay the fee later at the door?
No. Your payment secures your seat for an orientation session.

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Can Transfer students attend general sessions?
Yes. Transfer students are welcome to attend general sessions.

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How is my orientation fee used?
Your fee covers the costs of the VSU orientation program. This includes the use of facilities, student and parent orientation publications and materials, morning coffee and juice and lunch at general sessions. Lunch is not provided at summer, spring or August session.

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Can I bring more than two guests?
No. Approximately 250 students attend each general orientation session. Each student is allowed two guests because that is the maximum number our facilities support.

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Do I have to stay for the entire orientation session?
Yes. Students are expected to stay for the entire session.

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Where will I park for my orientation session?
The Oak Street Parking Deck, located at the corner of Brookwood and Oak Street. There is no charge or permit needed for your orientation date.

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Will I have to pay tuition the day of orientation?
No. During the orientation session you will receive a payment schedule for tuition and fees.

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Will I learn who my roommate will be at orientation?
The Office of Housing & Residence Life will announce hall and roommate assignments in July

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Will I get to register for classes at orientation?
Yes. You will meet with your academic advisor and learn how to log into the BANNER system and register for classes.

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Can children attend orientation?
Parents are encouraged to attend orientation, as it is an excellent opportunity for family members to learn about VSU and get questions answered. Families may not want to bring small children due to the format and length of the program. Any non-student will be charged a guest fee, and all students are limited to two guests.

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Can my parents attend the academic advising session with me?
No. These sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for the student to develop an independent relationship with their academic advisor. While students are meeting with advisors and registering for classes, parents attend a session designed to address their questions and concerns.

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Who do I contact for special accommodations for myself or a guest attending an orientation session?
Contact the office of orientation as soon as possible so we can make arrangements with our Access Office for Students with Disabilities or you can contact their office direct:  229-245-2498 / VP 229-375-587.  The University cannot provide wheelchairs or crutches.

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What if I need to change my orientation date?
The on-line registration will allow session changes up to 48 hours prior to the session date you will be attending.

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If I register and pay for guests but none attend, will I get my money back?
Our office requires a 30-day notice prior to the session date you are registered to attend for a refund request.  The orientation office pre-orders meals in advance of a session based on the number of registered guests.

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Can I bring my pet to an orientation session?
Service animals are only permitted. 

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What should I bring to my orientation session?

  • Two forms of identification for VSU student I. D. card (one must be a government issued photo)
  • Vehicle Registration Information for VSU parking decal
  • Walking shoes
  • Light jacket for air conditioned buildings
  • Umbrella (in case of rain)
  • Optional:  any forms that need to be submitted to the Admissions or Financial Aid departments 

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