First-Year Student Orientation Guide

On-Campus Fall orientation sessions have concluded.

If you still need to attend an orientation session prior to the start of fall classes, please email orientation@valdosta.edu.

 

Get ready to come and see VSU!

Orientation for Fall 2021 is open for ON-CAMPUS sessions. Each session includes time to explore VSU, while also providing an opportunity to engage with members from across campus about housing, dining, student life, and so much more. Safety for our orientation families, along with that of our students, faculty, and staff remains the highest priority.  

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We continue to prioritize the safety of our orientation families, along with that of our students, faculty, and staff, so even if you are considered at-risk, you are still welcome to come join us in person for orientation.

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Before Your Session

  1. Register for a Blazer Beginnings Orientation Session on your New Student Checklist.

    Choose the orientation session date that you will attend and pay the non-refundable orientation fee ($55 for student, $25 per guest). To comply with social distancing guidelines, students are limited to 2 guests only. Programming is specific to new students and parents/guardians.
  2. Complete the MyMajors Assessment

    The MyMajors Assessment is used to help confirm your major selection and/or to help students who are exploring to discover majors at VSU. The program will recommend your best-fit majors that match your academic achievement, aptitude, unique interests, and preferences. Your advising team will review your assessment and utilize the information as they prepare to build your academic schedule. 

  3. Decide whether to join a First-Year Learning Community (FLC).

    FLCs provide an opportunity to begin your college experience with other students who share similar interests and career objectives. In an FLC, 2-3 of your courses will be linked. You will have the same group of 22-25 students in each FLC course. Indicate your decision to join an FLC on your Pre-Enrollment Survey.

  4. Complete the Pre-Enrollment Survey

    The Pre-Enrollment Survey should be completed after MyMajors Assessment and provides much needed information to your academic advising center. Through the Pre-Enrollment Survey, we learn about your interest in academic majors & career goals, incoming course credit (via AP/IB/AICE/Dual Enrollment), and your preference for summer and/or fall academic courses. 

    Once your advising team has received your Pre-Enrollment Survey, they will begin building your academic schedule. Submit your Pre-Enrollment Survey as soon as possible.
  5.  Complete & Submit Your Financial Responsibility Agreement

  6. Upload Photo for Your VSU 1Card (student ID).

    Follow the Submission Guidelines to upload your photo through your New Student Checklist. You will receive your VSU 1Card at the end of your orientation session day. Please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID to claim your card.

    First-Year students beginning Summer or Fall 2021 who upload their photo for their VSU 1Card before attending the orientation session will be entered for a chance to win an iPad Air! *Drawing entries will be based on approved photos that meet photo submission guidelines.
  7. Complete the Remaining Action Items on your New Student Checklist

    Your New Student Checklist includes important tasks that you must complete to prepare to begin classes. Begin completing these now. The New Student Checklist Cheat Sheet offers additional information that will help you complete the items on your New Student Checklist.
  8. Plan your trip to campus.

    A full day of campus activities are planned for you and your family. We suggest comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella, and a light weight sweater/jacket for indoor air conditioning. Masks are required of all attendees. Review the First-Year Student Orientation Day schedule for more information.

    Lunch is included. Both vegan and vegetarian meal options are available. Contact the Office of Orientation if you have other dietary concerns at orientation@valdosta.edu.                                                                                     

    Click here for Driving Directions to campus and the student union, where your day will begin!

  9. Get excited for YOUR Blazer Beginnings Orientation Session!

    For information about the day, include start and end times, please review the First-Year Student Orientation Day schedule.

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Day of Your Session

For information about the day, including start and end times, please review the First-Year Student Orientation Day schedule.

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After Your Session

  1.  Complete the Blazer Beginnings Orientation Survey. 

    Tell us about your day! You will receive an email and text with the survey at the conclusion of your session day. 
  2. Review & Accept Your Financial Aid Awards.

    Once your FAFSA (and any required verification materials) is submitted, it will be processed by the Office of Financial Aid. You are then awarded any financial aid for which you are eligible. You must review any financial aid offered to you and accept it.

    For step-by-step instructions on how accept your awards, visit the Financial Aid & Fee Payment section of the New Student Checklist Cheat Sheet.

  3. Pay for Summer and/or Fall Tuition and Fees.

    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.

    For step-by-step instructions on how to pay tuition and fees, visit the Financial Aid & Fee Payment section of the New Student Checklist Cheat Sheet.
  4. Learn about Textbook Purchase Options.

    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 Class Registration & Textbooks section of the New Student Checklist Cheat Sheet.
  5. Purchase your Textbooks and Course Materials through the VSU Bookstore.

    After reviewing the various purchase options, contact the bookstore (in-person or online) to locate the textbooks and materials required for your summer and/or fall classes as indicated on your class schedule.

    Located on the 1st floor of the Student Union, the bookstore has access to all of your textbooks. For more information: VSU Bookstore.

  6. Continue to Monitor your VSU Email Account. 

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. Find your email by clicking on the "Email" button on the top right of the New Student Checklist. If you need assistance locating your VSU email address, email admissions@valdosta.edu. VSU email is the official campus communication.