Welcome to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences!

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

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

How to Prepare for Your Orientation Session

  • Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!
  • Be sure your MyID and password are all set, including secret questions. You won't be able to register without it!
  • Check your UGA email account regularly for information from various campus offices.
  • 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 BulletinDegreeWorks, 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.
    • Verification of Lawful Presence - Prior to enrollment, students must have their presence verified. Please review the information here for information on how to clear this hold.
  • 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, check-in, etc. 

What to Expect During Your Orientation Session

Academic Area Meeting

112 Dawson Hall - 11:30 a.m.

During the academic area meeting, we will introduce you to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, our degree programs, and opportunities available to our students. There will also be time for questions.

Academic Advising Appointments

Appointment times will vary.

Students will receive an email on the morning of their orientation session with an advising appointment time. Advsing appointments will begin immediately following the academic area meeting. 

During your appointment, you will have the opportunity to speak with an academic advisor about your major, degree requirements, placement test results, and any credit from testing. Together, you will draft a list of suggested classes, and alternatives, for your first semester schedule. The Academic Advisement Hold on your account will be cleared after your appointment is complete.

After your advising appointment you will be able to return to the Miller Learning Center to register for classes. You are also free to go to lunch, get your UGA ID card, go on a tour, or take care of any other unfinished business. If you have questions about your suggested course schedule please email your academic advisor.

Guests are welcome to attend academic area meetings. However, advising appointments are for students only. During that time, guests are invited to walk around and enjoy our self-guided tour or use our free Wi-Fi and wait outside the Student Success and Advising Center, 112 Dawson Hall. Advising appointments usually take 30-45 minutes.

After Orientation - Give Us Your Feedback

Academic advising is a central component of our mission as a center and an integral part of your academic experience at UGA and within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Feedback about your advising experience is important to us so that we can continue 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 experience. Your responses will remain confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Student Success and Advising Center at success@uga.edu.

Related Links for First-Year Students

AlcoholEdu + Haven

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

Food Services

Honors Program

Parking Services

University Housing