Transfer Student Orientation Guide

Blazer Beginnings Orientation Transfer Orientation is online!

Your online orientation session can be completed anytime, any where at your convenience - no date required!

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Transfer Student Blazer Beginnings Orientation is required for all incoming students with 30+ college credit hours.

Blazer Beginnings Orientation is designed to assist you with your transition to VSU and assist in understanding all of the many great experiences VSU offers during this exciting time. The information below will help prepare you to participate in the online orientation session. 

Before Your Online Orientation

  1. Register for Blazer Beginnings Online Orientation on your Applicant Portal.

    Once you pay the orientation fee ($25 per student) you will receive a link to access the online orientation information.   A confirmation email will be sent to your VSU email address within 3 business days with academic advising information.
  2. Complete the Action Items on your New Student Checklist located in your registration portal.

    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 is designed to help you complete these action items.
  3. Complete & Submit Your Financial Responsibility Agreement. (required)

  4. Get excited for YOUR Blazer Beginnings Online Orientation Session!

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After Your Online Orientation

 Check your email and contact your Advising Center to discuss your course options. 

  • Upon your online session completion, within 2-3 business days, you will receive an email to you and your academic advising center that you are eligible for advising and course registration.  You will be responsible for contacting your advising center and scheduling an advising/registration appointment. Once you meet with an advisor, your orientation process is complete.

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. (required).    For step-by-step instructions on accepting your awards, visit Financial Aid & Fee Payment.

  • 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. Financial Aid information page.    For step-by-step instructions on fees and how to pay tuition and fees, visit the Tuition & Fee Schedules page. 

  • 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. VSU Bookstore.  For detailed information about textbook purchase options, visit the Class Registration & Textbooks section of the New Student Checklist Cheat Sheet.

  • 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 textbook through your class schedule.

  • Continue to monitor your email for valuable campus/student information. Information sent to your VSU email will only be related to VSU events, activities or University business. You will not receive information from off-campus sources in 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.  If you need assistance locating your VSU email address, email admissions@valdosta.edu. VSU email is the official campus communication.