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Orientation Information and FAQ

An Important Message for Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Orientation Attendees: 

The advising experience is a critical part of the instructional mission of the University of Georgia. Orientation advising appointments provide a crucial opportunity for student learning and for the development of the student/advisor relationship. Because our advisors need to focus exclusively on their students, the Office of Student Academic Services does not allow parents or other guests to attend Orientation advising appointments. 

How to check and change your major

How to prepare for orientation advising

The Franklin College Orientation Handbook

For Incoming Transfer Students:

For Incoming First-Year Students:

  • Placement Testing

  • AP/SAT II — Send all results of these tests to UGA Admissions through the College Board. Write down all tests taken and scores received (if known) and bring this information to your orientation advising appointment.

    • To request College Board AP results, please contact the College Board:
      Phone: 888-225-5427
      UGA’s College Board AP Code: 5813

  • IB scores -- Send your IB scores to UGA. Read more about your IB scores and UGA credit equivalencies on the UGA Registrar's website. Write down all tests taken and scores received (if known) and bring this information to your orientation advising appointment.

Academic Resources

  • UGA Bulletin — Understand degree requirements, compare majors, and learn about classes.

  • Degreeworks — See how courses you have already taken, and/or credit from testing, apply to your degree program. After your advising appointment, click on the plans tab to view the plan your advisor discussed with you.

  • Athena — View your holds. Register for your classes after orientation.

  • Student Advising and Guidance Expert (SAGE) — View your upcoming advising appointments. After advising, view notes and resources from your advisor.

  • Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) — Know your rights, according to federal law.

Other Resources


I have a high priority number. Can I be advised sooner?

We only have enough appointments available each week for the students with those priority numbers.  You can email if you have questions.

Who will my advisor be?

You will be assigned to an advisor based on your major and credit hours earned. Your advisor is a specialist in your area of study. To meet with the correct advisor, make sure your major is correct. How to check and change your major

Unsure which major you want?

It is OK to be Unspecified! The Exploratory Center advises Unspecified students.

Do you have a unique situation that needs to be addressed before orientation?

Please contact Mary Herman

updated 11/9/2021

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