Frequently Asked Questions


Is orientation mandatory?

Yes, orientation is mandatory for any students attending Augusta University for the first-time, regardless of if you are a new freshman, a transfer student, or a non-traditional student. Additionally, any student that has been to our institution previously and has been out for three years or more must attend New Student Orientation.

Students that are Non-Degree Seeking are an exception to this rule and do not have to attend new undergraduate student orientation. However, Degree Seeking Post-Baccalaureates are required to attend.

Can I bring a guest to orientation?

Yes, each incoming student is allowed to bring guests with them to the orientation program for a separate fee. For the one day program, the cost for each guest is $50.00. For the two day program, the cost for each guest is $65.00; ages 5 and under are free. This program is designed for adults as information is given in presentation format. You are encouraged to find child care for young children, so you may focus on the information given to you.

Guests are to be registered with the student and pay on the orientation payment site. Please know that during parts of the orientation program, students and guests will be separated for two different programs throughout the day.

Can I change my orientation date, add a guest, or anything associated with registration once completed?

If you need to change anything associated with your registration, please email orientation@augusta.edu, and you will be directed accordingly.

Why is there a cost to attend orientation?

Each semester, time and resources are put forth to offer each student, parent, family member, guest and supporter the services they need in order to have a welcoming and learning experience. The cost of those services are broken down and factored into the cost of each student and guest attending orientation.

Do I have to pay to participate in orientation?

Yes, each student and guest will be charged a non-refundable Orientation Fee. To pay, you will need to follow the link provided after registering. If you missed that link after registering, then you should have a confirmation email in your Augusta University email account with the same link.

We accept a web check, Discover, Visa, and MasterCard.

What if I do not have the funding to pay for orientation?

If you are not financially able to support the cost of orientation, please submit a Fee Waiver request in writing to orientation@augusta.edu. Please include the student's full name, student number, date of birth, primary contact number, and Augusta University email address. Each student will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Fee Wavier requests are only available for the Student Fee and not applicable to Guest Fees.

Can I leave orientation before its conclusion?

When you register for a specific orientation date, please make sure that you can stay for the full day. Vital information is given at orientation that will help you succeed at Augusta University, so please plan to stay the entire day and make travel arrangements accordingly. If it is not possible for you to remain at a specific orientation for its entirety, then you should consider an alternate orientation date.

Each incoming student has a pre-assigned orientation hold on his/her account. If you do not attend orientation or do not stay the entire program, this hold will remain on your account and you will not be able to register for classes. 

If an emergency arises right before orientation, please alert our office via email at orientation@augusta.edu. If something happens the day of, please alert your Orientation Leader or call our office at 706-737-1610.

What do I need to bring to orientation?

Students will need to bring the following:

  • Government Issued ID
  • Paperwork from Financial Aid (if you have questions for Financial Aid)
  • Comfortable Clothing & Shoes
  • Notebook and Pen/Pencil
  • Umbrella (just in case)
  • Spending/Emergency Money (ATM Machines are located in the Jaguar Student Activities Center).

For 2-Day Orientations, students also need:

  • Your own pillow & pillowcase. Otherwise, all linens will be provided. If you are cold-natured, bring an additional blanket.
  • Toiletries (the only items provided are towels, toilet paper, and a shower curtain)
  • Day 2 clothes. Orientation will be providing an Augusta University t-shirt to wear on the second day

Family Members & Guests will need to bring the following:

  • Comfortable Clothing & Shoes
  • Notebook & Pen/Pencil
  • Umbrella (just in case)
  • Spending/Emergency Money (ATM Machines are located in the foyer of the Jaguar Student Activities Center.)

Where do I check-in for my orientation

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM in the Jaguar Students Activities Center (JSAC) unless otherwise noted, you must be checked-in by 8:45 AM. Check your email the day before your scheduled orientation for additional details on your check-in location.

Directions to Campus

Where do I park on the morning of orientation?

If you are attending Orientation on the Summerville campus, then you are able to park in Lot - 4 directly outside of the Jaguar Student Activities Center.  You will receive a parking pass at check-in to be placed in your dash board.

If you are attending Orientation on the Health Science Campus, then you will park in Lot - 60 and take the gold route to central campus.

Directions to Campus

Where can I go for information about submitting my required immunizations?

To submit your Immunization Records, please visit the immunization website.

On the main page, you will have step-by-step instructions on how to print the immunization document as well as how to upload them into the system. If you have any further questions, please email immunizations@augusta.edu.

Will I get to register for classes at my orientation?

After registering for the required orientation for all newly admitted students, you will receive a welcome email from the Director of the Academic Advisement Center. This welcome email also contains a New Jaguar Survey to help your personal advisor build your first semester schedule.

Staff members from the Academic Advisement Center will conduct an information session during orientation and students will make individual appointments with their advisor during their first semester to map out future semester course selection and registration.

What are the benefits of living in campus housing?

Living in campus housing is a unique experience that allows students to meet new people and explore new ideas and ways of relating to others.

On campus living is a vital part of the educational experience in which residents are encouraged to assume responsibility, both individually and as a group. Research indicates that students who live in campus housing are more satisfied with their college experience, perform stronger academically and are more likely to graduate within four years.

More Information about On Campus Housing

How do I apply for housing as a freshman? As a transfer student?

As an incoming freshman, you need to first visit the webpage for the Office of Residence Life and select "Log in to your Residence Account" on the left side of the webpage.

Log in with your Augusta University Username and Password. If you do not know or need to reset your Augusta University username or password, please call Information Technology Services at 706-721-4000.

When you log in to your Residence Account, select "Get Started" for the "New First Year Undergraduate Application 2017-2018." Please complete the entire application, including updating contact information, completing the roommate matching profile, and acknowledging the terms and conditions.

Once logged in, please select the appropriate application:

  1. New First year Students;
  2. Continuing/Returning Student (for continuing/returning Augusta University students only);
  3. Transfer Student Application;
  4. Graduate Health Science Student.

Note: If you do not have your username and password, please contact Augusta University IT services at 706-721-4000. Only accepted students will be able to apply for housing.

As a transfer student, you should first contact the Housing and Residence Life Staff at 706-729-2300 to inquire about housing availability.

When do new freshmen move in?

The dates vary, so please reference the webpage for the Office of Residence Life

What is R.O.A.R. Camp?

An extended orientation week designed to bond new freshman through college experiences with life skills sessions during the day and social functions in the evening. Required for all new freshman living on campus.

How do I go about completing a FAFSA? When are the deadlines?

In order to complete a FAFSA, students need to visit the Federal Student Aid website. Here, you will either start a new FAFSA if you are a new freshman or log-in with your previously created information if you are a transfer student. The deadline for Augusta University is April 1st.

For any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 706-737-1431.

I need information about Financial Aid. How do I learn about this process?

The Office of Student Financial Aid has a lot of great resources, including a Financial Aid TV.