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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 also want to make sure you receive adequate preparation for the academic and social life that awaits you as a college student. We will 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 a mandatory all day program for all new EGSC Freshman and Transfer students. The program provides students and their families with a more informed understanding of resources, policies, and new student expectations. Key elements include 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.
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.
myEGSC Student Portal
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 contacted via myEGSC by internal EGSC offices and must become familiar with its use.
Photo ID Submission
New incoming students attending the Statesboro or Swainsboro campus are required to upload a photo for their Bobcat Card. Augusta students will obtain an Jag Card with Augusta University on the first day of class. If your photo is submitted AND approved no later than 1 week PRIOR to your Orientation session, you will be able to pick up your ID card on your Orientation date. 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). Visit here for instructions and photo guidelines.
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.
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.