Blazer Beginnings Orientation

For First Year Students New to College
Enrolling Summer 2024 or Fall 2024

First year students, new to college, should plan to attend a face-to-face orientation session.

2024 Session Dates:

Enrolling In a Summer Term

  • May 30
  • June 1
  • June 7
Enrolling Fall 2024
  •  May 30
  •  June 1
  •  June 7
  •  June 21
  •  July 12
  •  July 20
  •  July 26

Cost to Attend:
  • New Student - $60.00

  • Guest - $30.00  We kindly ask no more than 2 guests to ensure we can accommodate you comfortably.

This fee supports trained professional and student orientation staff, orientation materials, a meal for each attendee, and a campus parting gift.

This fee is non-refundable.


Register for Orientation:
  • Step 1 -Log into your New Student Admissions Portal.  

  • Step 2 - Click on your current Application to view your status page.

  • Step 3 - Register student and guests for an available Orientation session date.

  • Step 4 - Submit Orientation fee to confirm your date.

Orientation session dates are limited capacity and are no longer available once maximum capacity has been reached. You are encouraged to register early.

Next Steps Checklist: To complete at least 1 week BEFORE Orientation
  • Prepare for Advising - Click here to complete a pre-enrollment and majors survey to help your advisor plan for your registration. This should be completed by the student and submitted at least one week prior to scheduled session date. You will need your MyVSU log-in and password to complete survey - instructions reminder here.

  • Locate and memorize your VSU ID#. Email admissions@valdosta.edu if you do not have your ID number.
  • Get your VSU Student ID (VSU 1Card) - Your VSU 1Card is everything! It allows you into campus events, has your meal plan information, is the "key" to your residence hall, and more. Review the Photo Submission Guidelines and upload your VSU 1Card photo at least 3 business days before your session.   Student ID Portal

  • Complete your Student Registration and Financial Responsibility Agreement - Click to review and confirm your acknowledgement of the student registration and financial responsibility associated with going to college.

  • Plan Your Visit - We recommend comfortable clothes and walking shoes. You will get your steps in! Short afternoon showers are possible so bring an umbrella or light rain jacket. It might be warm outside, but inside can be cool for some - a lightweight jacket can help.


After Orientation:
  1. Review & Accept Your Financial Aid Awards

    Once your FAFSA (and any other required verification materials) is submitted, Financial Aid Office will begin processing your aid request.  Financial aid eligibility will be shared with you in your Student Portal. You must review all financial aid offers and complete the acceptance form.
    For step-by-step instructions on how understand and accept your awards, visit Financial Aid

  2. How and Where to Pay Fees for Summer or Fall 2024

    Student account balances must be paid in full or covered by sufficient authorized financial aid no later than the fee payment deadline to avoid class cancellation. Fee submission deadlines are listed on the VSU Bursary page.  Invoices are not mailed.  Your fee balance can be viewed on your personal VSU Online Student Account Center.

  3. How To Purchase Textbooks

    When you receive your class schedule, you will be able to acquire your textbooks. We encourage you to learn about the various textbook purchase options.  For detailed information about textbook purchase options, visit the Course Materials & Textbooks section of the VSU Bookstore webpage.

  4. Access your VSU Email.  If you need assistance locating your VSU email address, email admissions@valdosta.edu. VSU email is the official campus communication. Continue to monitor your VSU email account often for semester updates.