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New Student Orientation

We are excited you are starting your academic journey at Clayton State University and are here to help you get better acquainted with our campus community and prepare for your first semester here.


Register for Orientation

Registration is now open! To register, select your student type and entry term, and then choose your New Student Orientation session from the links in the drop-down menu below. The event time for New Student Orientation has been updated to 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; however, students may finish earlier depending on advisement and class registration timing.

*This session is for Second Session students only. Please do not register unless you are a Second Session student. 

Deadline to complete:
Monday, June 27, 2022, at 11:59 PM

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*These sessions are for Summer Bridge students ONLY. Please do not register unless you are a Summer Bridge student. 

2022 Freshmen, Summer Bridge Orientation
Friday, June 10, 2022 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 5 at 11:59 PM

 

Fall 2022  

2022 Freshmen, Summer Bridge Orientation
Friday, June 10, 2022 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 5 at 11:59 PM


Fall 2022 Freshmen Orientation
Friday, July 8, 2022 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 3 at 11:59 PM

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Fall 2022 Freshmen Orientation
Saturday, August 6, 2022 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 PM

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Fall 2022  

Fall 2022 Transfer, Nontraditional Orientation
Friday, June 24, 2022 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 19 at 11:59 PM

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Fall 2022 Transfer, Nontraditional Orientation
Friday, July 22, 2022 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 PM

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Fall 2022 Transfer, Nontraditional Orientation
Saturday, August 6, 2022 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 PM

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*This session is for fully online degree-seeking students ONLY. Please do not register unless you are a fully online degree-seeking student. 

Online Orientation (Summer 2022)
Deadline to complete:
Friday, June 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM

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**Important Announcement: The Summer 2022 Online Orientation originally had a completion deadline of May 9,2022 but has been extended to June 24.

 

Online Orientation (Fall 2022)
Deadline to complete:
Friday, August 5, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Register Here


How to Register

Choose your New Student Orientation date from the list above and click the Register Here button. Orientation registration and payments can be made online via credit/debit card. You can also stop by our office (Edgewater Hall, Room 150) and use our kiosk to pay online. The orientation fee is one-time, not recurring.

Registration must be completed and all fees must be paid by the deadline date for the designated session. For more information, please contact our team at admissions@clayton.edu.


During Orientation

 

At New Student Orientation, you will:

  • Hear from current students and representatives from Financial Aid, Bursar (student accounts/billing), Student Life, Housing, and more
  • Receive information regarding academic policies, procedures, and deadlines
  • Get advising assistance
  • Learn about multiple academic and campus life resources, programs, and services to aid your transition to Clayton State University
  • Access the SWAN Portal to complete course registration
  • Feel welcomed into the university community

Please note that attendance of one orientation session is required for all degree-seeking undergraduate students, including incoming Freshman, Transfer, Non-Traditional/Adult, and Online degree-seeking students.  Our in-person orientation sessions are one half-day in length, with numerous on-campus dates to choose from. 

Register early! Space is limited and sessions fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All orientation fees are non-refundable.


Orientation Fee

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all newly-enrolled students, including freshman, transfer, online, and non-degree. The fee is a one-time, not recurring. 

The fees for New Student Orientation vary for each student. A list of orientation fees are as follows:

Orientation Type Student Cost Guest 1** Guest 2**
Freshmen $100.00 $35.00 $25.00
Transfer and NonTraditional $45.00 $10.00 $10.00
Online Students $45.00 Not applicable Not applicable
Non-Degree (Transient and Post-Baccalaureate) Not required Not applicable Not applicable

*Clayton State Admissions is changing the structure of our orientation and its fees to better accommodate our students. These changes are effective as of  March 31, 2022. Thank you for your patience.

**Guest fees are for on-campus Orientation sessions. There are no guest fees for online, virtual orientation sessions.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Orientation fees are non-refundable. If students do not enroll for the term indicated, they may update their application for admission for no more than two subsequent terms by contacting Clayton State University’s Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Completing a New Student Orientation is also valid for two subsequent terms. If a student pays an Orientation fee but does not complete their initial Orientation registered for, the fee may be transferred once to an Orientation within the two subsequent terms. After two subsequent terms, a new application for admission, application fee, and successful completion of Orientation with a new fee will be required.

For more information, please contact our New Student Orientation team at orientation@clayton.edu

New Student Orientation is a self-supported program; your registration fees cover the cost of program expenses including but not limited to staff, printed materials, and supplies.

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.

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.

Students are allowed to bring up to two guests to their orientation session. See the chart above for the guest fee breakdown.

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. Find your academic advisor here or by calling (678) 466-4081.

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 or housing@clayton.edu.

Please contact the Testing Center at (678) 466-4495 or testing@clayton.edu 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. Laptop policy.