We look forward to meeting you at orientation! All questions regarding your major, degree requirements, placement test results, and credit from testing will be thoroughly answered by an academic advisor at orientation.

To register for an orientation session, please visit orientation.uga.edu.

How to Prepare

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
  • Be sure your MyID and password are all set, including secret questions. You won't be able to register without it!
  • Memorize your student ID number (81X) or keep it handy. It is something you will need to know throughout your time at UGA.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Bulletin, DegreeWorks, and Athena.
  • Avoid having any holds on your account by taking care of these common issues ahead of time:
    • Immunizations - A Certificate of Immunization must be on record before you can register for classes. Contact the University Health Center at rhi@uhs.uga.edu or 706-542-8617 if you have any questions.
    • Emergency Contact - You must have at least one person listed as an emergency contact. Log onto Athena, select Personal Information, then Update Emergency Contacts. Enter all required information.
    • Student Accounts Acknowledgement - You must agree to the Student Accounts policies. Log onto Athena, select Student Records, then Clear Student Accounts Acknowledgement Hold. Enter your initials under each statement.
  • Make a list of all your AP, IB, and/or SAT II test scores and any tests taken during your senior year. See our Credit from Testing page for more information.
  • Take any placement tests before orientation, if at all possible. See our Placement & Diagnostic Tests page for more information.
  • You will be required to take a 1-hour First-Year Odyssey seminar during your first year. Save time during registration by browsing the 300+ topics beforehand and making note of any that interest you.
  • Learn more about your major and related careers.
  • Please refer to the correspondence you received from UGA Admissions regarding parking, arrival time, etc. 

What to Expect

Day 1

Academic Area Meeting

2:30 p.m.

213 Miller Learning Center

At the academic area meeting, we will introduce you to the college, our majors, and opportunities. You will also schedule your advising appointment for Day 2.

Day 2

Advising & Registration

Appointment times vary

112 Dawson Hall

Students will receive an email on the morning of Day 2 with a scheduled advising appointment time. We prefer you arrive no more than 10-15 minutes prior to your individual appointment time. This may be before or after lunch.

At your individual appointment, you will have the opportunity to talk in-depth with an academic advisor about your major, degree requirements, placement test results, and credit from testing, if applicable. Together, you will draft a list of classes, and alternatives, for your first semester. The Academic Advisement Hold on your account will be cleared at this time.

Immediately following your appointment, you will register for classes right here in Dawson Hall with the assistance of current FACS students and staff. No need to return to the MLC!

Please note advising and registration is for students only. During this time, guests are invited to walk around and enjoy our self-guided tour or hop on our free Wi-Fi and wait in the Student Success and Advising Center, 112 Dawson Hall. Advising and registration usually takes 60-90 minutes.

After Orientation

Academic advising is a central component of our mission as a center and an integral part of your experience at UGA and within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Due to this central focus, feedback about your advising experience is important to us to meet the needs of current and future students. At the conclusion of your orientation session with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, please click here to tell us about your advising and registration experience. It will take approximately eight minutes to complete. Your responses will remain confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Student Success and Advising Center at success@uga.edu.

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