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Welcome New Bobcats!
You have begun your journey to officially becoming an East Georgia State College student! It is our job, and our passion, to ease the transition to EGSC for both you and your family. We want to make sure you receive adequate preparation for the academic and social life that awaits you as a college student. We will also assist you throughout orientation, registration, advisement, housing options, and move-in for on-campus students. We have a staff of professionals and current faculty that work together to make certain that your transition into college life is as smooth as possible.
What is P.A.W.S.?
The P.A.W.S. (Preparing, Advising, and Welcoming Students) Orientation program is mandatory for all new EGSC Freshman and Transfer students. The programs provides students and their families with a more informed understanding of resources, policies, and new student expectations. Key elements of the program include a sequence of informational sessions for students and parents, a group academic advisement session sorted by majors, and course registration. Attending orientation is a crucial step as you transition from high school, another college or university, the military or work. Because we consider this information vital to your academic success, all first-year students to EGSC are required to attend an Orientation.
Students attending either the Augusta or Statesboro locations are able to attend any of the Swainsboro Orientations but you are encouraged to attend a session at the campus that you plan on attending so that you will receive campus specific information.
Once a student has been accepted, they will receive an email invitation to register for an orientation date, which is sent to the student's myEGSC CatMail account, confirming your acceptance and approval to attend Orientation. Register for your spot for the semester and campus you will be attending at the link sent to your myEGSC Catmail account or by visiting the one of the links below.
All new Freshman and Transfer students are required to view the online pre-orientation video (in addition to attending an in-person Orientation) prior to registering for classes. Pre-orientation is mandatory for all new students as it is required to be able to register for classes. Upon completion of the video, you will be prompted to fill out the pre-Orientation completion form. Failure to do so will delay your registration and you will not be permitted to attend an in-person student orientation nor be allowed register for classes. Click here or the "Presentations" link on the right to access the video and completion form.
All incoming students must log in and activate their myEGSC account before attending New Student Orientation. Full information and assistance can be found here, guiding students to find their login information. Once accepted, students are ONLY contacted via myEGSC by internal EGSC offices and must become familiar with its use. Students can also download the free app for easier access to their myEGSC account!
Incoming new freshman and transfer students that are participating in a Statesboro or Swainsboro Orientation session are required to upload their own picture for their ID Card. Augusta students however, will obtain an Jag Card with Augusta University on the first day of class. By submitting your ID photo over the web before you attend no later than 1 week PRIOR to your Orientation session, you can pick up your card on your Orientation date instead of waiting until the start of the semester. If your photo has not been submitted in time, you will be able to pick it up on the first day of class (Front Desk in Statesboro or Business Office in Swainsboro). For instructions and photo guidelines please click here.
Listed on the right under "Orientation" are important links that will help students and parents be prepared for Orientation and Advisement, as well as provides a listing of available EGSC resources. Please take a moment to review this information as it will answer any question you may have. There will be a large group session covering the basics of course scheduling but as we will be proving a lot of information we ask that students and parents review the course catalog and major requirements to understand what courses the student should take your first semester. After the term has begun, students are assigned a specific advisor that can advise specific per major. You can also review the Orientation booklet HERE to be familiar with the information prior to your Orientation date.
*NEW* incoming students to East Georgia State College that have been accepted will need to select the term and click on the campus they will be attending to be directed to the registration screen. You (not your parent or guest) will need to register only once for an Orientation date. You will receive an email confirmation for the date you have registered for. If you wish to change your date, please call or email our office so that we can cancel your registration. If you register more than once or are registered for the wrong session, please be aware that your duplicate registration will be cancelled without prior notice. *Augusta and Statesboro students are welcome to attend any Swainsboro Orientation session.
If you are a former student/readmit returning to the East Georgia State College, or are a Transient/Non-Degree Seeking/Post-Bacc student, then you are not required to attend an Orientation session. However, you will need to set up an appointment to meet with your academic advisor to review any holds to assist with scheduling your classes.
Orientation is not a come-and-go or walk-in event as advance registration is required to attend. Students who are late to Orientation will have to register for a different Orientation session.