Orientation is required for all new degree-seeking and certificate students, including freshman, transfer, nontraditional, and dual-enrollment students. All other students (Distance Learning, TAP, Transient, Post Baccalaureate, Returning Students, and Senior Citizens) will need to check the website for your student type in order to review your orientation requirements or contact us at (678) 466-4115.
In addition to learning more about your new campus, you are required to attend the program in order to successfully complete your first semester course registration (check your student type on the orientation website). You cannot successfully register for classes if you do not attend your required session. If you are more than 30 minutes late for your scheduled orientation, you will need to register for the next available orientation session (your fees are non-refundable, but transferable for up to one academic year). If you need additional assistance or information, please do not hesitate to contact us at (678) 466-4115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Register
Orientation registrations and payments can be made online via credit/debit card. Orientation reservations cannot be made over the phone. You may also utilize our computer kiosk if you prefer to pay online at our office location (Edgewater Hall, Room 150). All registration and fees must be paid by the deadline date for the designated session.
Select your orientation date and reserve your seat with online payment:
- Login into the SWAN at www.clayton.edu
- In the top right hand corner you will click on Students
- Then click on the SWAN icon; login with username & password
- Click on the “ORIENTATION” icon within the SWAN portal
- Click on the “Register for Orientation” orange button
- Sign into the OrWeb-Orientation Website using your username & password
Freshman Premiere: $100.00 Student Fee, $35.00 First Guest Fee, $25.00 Second Guest Fee if space permits at the time the student registers for his/her orientation session.
Non-Traditional/ Transfer: $45.00 Student Fee $10.00 Parent/Guest Fee (Per Person)
Returning Students: 50% of the total session cost for student, however guest fees are not discounted.
Please call us at (678) 466-4115 for registration assistance due to the discounted fee schedule.
Online Students: Please see the Online Students page.
New Student Orientation is a self-supported program; your registration fees cover the cost of program expenses including meals, staff, printed materials, and supplies. The registration fees also provide our Laker Orientation Leaders a scholarship to pay for tuition/fees.
We are unable to accept registration over the phone. You may register online with a credit or debit card. You may also utilize our computer kiosk if you prefer to pay online at our office location (Edgewater Hall, Room 150). All registration and fees must be paid by the deadline date for the designated session.
Freshman Premiere Orientation does not have an overnight requirement.
Orientation parent/guest fees cover Orientation Premiere.
Part-time or Commuter Freshman Students: You must receive documented acceptance regarding on campus housing exemption status with Housing and Residence Life (678-466-HOME) if you do not plan to live on campus for your first year.
Fayette/Peachtree City traditional freshman students must complete a housing exemption form for approval if they are going to complete 100% of their courses at the satellite location during their first year at Clayton State. Please view the orientation website for orientation session and registration assistance regarding your required orientation attendance and location.
We are unable to accept student walk-in registrations on the day of the orientation session. Parents/guests walk-in registrations are only permitted pending seat availability (please call us at least 48 hours prior to the session if you think you would like to add a guest participant). We require advance registration for orientation session so that we can ensure that we have the proper accommodations for all of our attendees.
All one day sessions (Transfer/Nontraditional, Catch-All Sessions, and Freshman Premiere) require comfortable shoes, an official picture ID, writing utensils, student Laker ID number, student SWAN Portal login information and of course, enthusiasm. Also, please bring any remaining and outstanding documents that you need to turn in to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
For the Freshman Premiere Orientation students please check the Housing & Residential Life website for a checklist of items to bring for your move-in date: http://www.clayton.edu/housing. You will need to bring an official picture ID, writing utensils, notebook, your Laker ID number, SWAN portal log in information and of course, enthusiasm.
Please be advised that the programs are not conducive for children or pets. Registered guest participants must be 18 years or older in order to attend the program.
Yes. All students attending Orientation will meet with an advisor before registering for classes. If you wish to speak with an advisor prior to orientation, please contact the respective college/school to learn more about their pre-orientation processes and appointment process.
Please visit the website for the Department of Housing and Residential Life for specific details regarding freshman on-campus housing requirements or contact them at (678) 466-4665.
Please contact the Testing Center at (678) 466-4495 for information regarding the Accuplacer and other tests that may be required before attending your orientation session.
If you live out-of-state and require placement testing, please contact the Testing Office at (678) 466-4495 for additional testing option information prior to your scheduled orientation date(s).
Yes due to limited laptops on campus the registration of classes process can move more quickly if you have own device.