First-Year Student Orientation Guide

Spring 2023 Blazer Beginnings Orientation 

November 17 on-campus

&

available on-line

Orientation Registration will open soon; check your email for your invite

At orientation, you will have the opportunity to speak with faculty, staff, and current VSU students.  In addition to these connections, you will hear from individuals who represent a wide array of life on campus—such as academic advising, university housing, campus safety, dining, student life and campus activities, and everything in between. While on campus, you will also take care of important next steps like obtaining your VSU 1Card, parking pass, meal plans and visiting the campus bookstore.

Spring 2023 orientation registration will open in October

Please be sure to have your required next steps completed prior to attending your orientation session.
November 17, 2022  on-campus 
4:30pm-7:30pm  /  Student Union, 3rd FL
meet and work directly with campus staff
Parents welcome to attend with student.  Student fee: $25 / No guest fee

Next Steps Checklist  

    Action items to complete before your session:

Step 1 - New Applicant Portal.  Your orientation registration link will be displayed in this portal.

Step 2 - MyMajors Assessment & Pre-Enrollment SurveyFirst-Year students are required to Complete & submit these items at least 1 week prior to your orientation date. (not required for students transferring more than 30 credit hours)

Step 3 - Housing Application - if you are planning to move into campus housing, complete the application and submit to Housing Office as soon as possible.

Step 4 - Upload your photo no later than 2 days before your session to obtain your ID card at orientation.

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When your advising center has received your MyMajors Assessment & Pre-Enrollment Survey submission, an academic advisor will begin building your class schedule. Complete and submit these items as soon as possible

  • Complete & Submit your Financial Responsibility Agreement. (required for all students)
  • Plan your trip to campus.  We suggest comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella, and a light weight sweater/jacket for indoor air conditioning.                                                                             
  • Click here for Driving Directions to campus and the Student Union.

 Actions Items To Complete After Your Session

  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  Spring or Summer 2023

    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.  View your fee balance 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.

Additional Tips for Success:

  1. Locate and memorize your VSU ID#. Email admissions@valdosta.edu if you do not have your ID number.
  2. Access your VSU Email.  If you need assistance locating your VSU email address, email admissions@valdosta.edu. VSU email is the official campus communication.
  3.  Continue to Monitor your VSU Email Account for semester updates