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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

How to find your Advising Office Location

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


How will I be advised for orientation this year?

All incoming Spring 2024 First-Year and Transfer students will be advised at their in-person orientation session. UGA's Admissions and Orientation teams will be announcing more information for incoming Spring 2024 students about the UGA 101 modules, academic advising and orientation registration in late October 2023. Make sure to check out the New Student Orientation site for updates and keep an eye on your inbox for new information. 

Can I speak with an advisor or be cleared to register sooner?

Advisors are not able to meet with incoming students or clear their registration holds before their in-person orientation session.

Who will my advisor be?

You will be assigned to an advisor based on your major and credit hours earned. To meet with the correct advisor in your area of study, 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/Undecided students.

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

Please contact Mary Herman


updated 9/22/2023

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