First-Year Student Orientation Guide

Fall Orientation Dates:

April: 24
May: 1, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27
June: 4, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26
July: 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17

 

Summer Orientation Date:

June: 7

First-Year Student Blazer Beginnings Orientation is required for all incoming students who have recently graduated high school.

Blazer Beginnings Orientation is designed to assist you and your family transition into college 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 your on-campus orientation session. 

 

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 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 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.
  3. 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. 

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

    FLCs provide an opportunity to beign 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.

  5. 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.
  6.  Complete & Submit Your Financial Responsibility Agreement

  7. 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.

    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. 

  8. Get excited for YOUR Blazer Beginnings Orientation Session!

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 purcahse 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.