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Incoming Students

We are so happy you chose to come to Georgia Southern University! We know you probably have questions about the Advisement & Registration process at Georgia Southern. Your first step is to sign up for new student orientation (SOAR). For those who have registered for SOAR, here is a quick guide for what you need to do next. You can find additional information below as you find your path to academic success!

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When will I receive my schedule?

  • Freshmen: You will receive your schedule within three weeks of filling out the survey. Please allow your advisor time to reach out to you before you reach out to them.
  • Transfer: In order to develop your schedule successfully, your advisor needs to know a little bit more about you. Please be on the lookout for an email or phone call from your academic advisor here at Georgia Southern. The email your advisor will be using is the one you provided when you applied to Georgia Southern. Once you have communicated with your advisor, they will start developing your schedule.

When will I receive my RAN (Registration Access Number)?

  • Freshmen: You will not receive your RAN until after Add/Drop (first four days of the semester) when you have the option to withdraw. You will have to contact your advisor to get your RAN. The main reason for this is to help students stay on track to progress within their chosen major. Too often students remove a course without speaking to an academic advisor and this can negatively impact progress toward graduation. Think of this as an extra safety net!  
  • Transfer and Non-Traditional Students: You will receive your RAN after you communicate with your academic advisor, and they create a schedule based on your needs to progress within your chosen major. You will have the ability to move around courses, however, we do recommend you ask your academic advisor to check over your schedule if you do make any changes!

Can I make changes to my schedule?

The courses on your schedule were chosen for you based on required courses, progression in your selected major, preferences and incoming course credit. Additionally, there are some programs with limited options for courses that students need to progress. Academic advisors are trying their best to create block schedules that will allow ample time to study and/or work. We cannot make changes for students who are wanting a different professor or time of day. If you have concerns about the amount of hours you are taking, accessibility needs, or online vs. on-campus, please express these to your academic advisor. They will make accommodations when possible. Please consider watching the videos at the top of this page and attend a live Academic Q&A.

Why does my advisor recommend 15-17 credit hours?

  • Boost your GPA! Students who take 15+ hours do better than those who take fewer. Students are more focused, productive, and manage their time better. Also, data from Georgia Southern (and across the state) shows that students who take 15-17 credit hours each semester have a higher GPA!
  • Save money! If you take 12 hours each semester with no summers, it will take you 5 years to graduate. This will end up costing you more in the long run. Plus, tuition maxes out at 15, so your 16th, 17th, 18th credit hour is free!
  • Get your degree! Students who take 15-17 hours per semester are more likely to graduate! Life gets in the way, funds run out, family members get sick – the longer you take to graduate, the less likely you are to graduate.

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law to protect student records maintained by the institution. The intent of this legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. Unless students complete a FERPA Consent form allowing parents/guardians to have access to their educational records, University officials will not be able to discuss student records. Students may complete a FERPA Consent form to authorize release of their educational record information to specific individuals named in the release by completing the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Consent form in the Student’s Personal Setting menu in their MyGeorgiaSouthern account.

We are excited for you to join us in one of our many live Academic Q&A sessions this summer! You will be able to meet your college’s academic advisement and leadership teams as they answer many of your burning questions. Don’t know what to ask? We have provided you with a list of sample questions below to get you started!

  • How many times will I see my academic advisor each semester?
  • Does my major require me to complete a minor?
  • Will I have time to get to my classes with only 15 minutes in between classes?
  • Are professors accessible outside of class?
  • Is it normal to feel overwhelmed?
  • Will I have the chance to complete an internship?
  • What is popular to do on campus?
  • What should I do to prepare for my first year in college?
  • How is Georgia Southern different from my previous institution?
  • Is there a limit on the amount of times I can change my major?

Below you will find the days and time we are offering our live Academic Q&A sessions over the summer. You will simply need to register through the Calendar of Live Events on the Virtual SOAR website. Make sure you choose a day and time that works best for you! If you have questions about how to register or which college your major (or potential major) is in, Click Here.

  • Friday, May 15th  10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (SUMMER START ONLY)
  • Wednesday, June 10th  10 a.m. -12 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 18th  1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26th  4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 29th  10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 11th 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Monday, July 13th  3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 22nd  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 30th  10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 5th  1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11th  10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Click on your college of interest below to learn more about their programs! If you are unsure about which college your major(s) of interest is a part of, Click Here.

Links coming soon!

What is this course?

Your first college assignment! Completing this course’s three short modules will:

  • Help you learn about and explore majors available to you at Georgia Southern.  (You may want to explore even if you already have a plan for your major!)
  • Introduce you to advisement and how advisors will partner with you throughout your time in college.
  • Allow you to begin the partnership with your advisor and provide input that will help us design your first semester of college coursework.

When is it due?

As soon as possible!  Your advisor will use information from this course to begin crafting your fall course schedule. To allow them ample time to do this, please complete this course as soon as possible.

Do I have to? 

Yes!  This course is mandatory. If you do not complete this course, you will not receive a schedule. 

How do I access the SOAR 1000 course?

Log into MyGeorgiaSouthern. On the left side of the screen, click on the “Folio” link under “Services.” Once in Folio, select the course titled “SOAR 1000 Freshman” under the “My Courses” heading. If you have trouble accessing the course, please contact MyTech Support at (912) 478-2287 or email them at helpdesk@georgiasouthern.edu. Due to most Georgia Southern employees working from a distance at this time, you can find updated ways on how to contact MyTech Support here!

When will I receive my schedule? 

You will receive your schedule within three weeks of filling out the survey. Please allow your advisor time to reach out to you before you reach out to them.

What is this course?

Your first GS assignment! Completing this course’s three short modules will:

  • Help you learn about and explore majors available to you at Georgia Southern.  (You may want to explore even if you already have a plan for your major!)
  • Introduce you to advisement and how advisors will partner with you throughout your time in college.
  • Allow you to begin the partnership with your advisor.

When is it due?

As soon as possible!  This course will help you explore new majors or confirm the major you have chosen. To allow them ample time to make this decision, please complete this course as soon as possible. Your major will have a direct impact on your course schedule! 

How do I access the SOAR 1000 course?

Log into MyGeorgiaSouthern. On the left side of the screen, click on the “Folio” link under “Services.” Once in Folio, select the course titled “SOAR 1000 Transfer and Non-Traditional” under the “My Courses” heading. If you have trouble accessing the course, please contact MyTech Support at (912) 478-2287 or email them at helpdesk@georgiasouthern.edu. Due to most Georgia Southern employees working from a distance at this time, you can find updated ways on how to contact MyTech Support here

When will I receive my schedule? 

In order to develop your schedule successfully, your advisor needs to know a little bit more about you. Please be on the look out for an email or phone call from your academic advisor here at Georgia Southern. The email your advisor will be using is the one you provided when you applied to Georgia Southern. Once you have communicated with your advisor, they will start developing your schedule.

Last updated: 6/15/2020