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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). You can find additional information below as you find your path to academic success!

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my schedule?

You will receive your schedule on or before your SOAR session depending on when you submit your Advising & Scheduling Preference form. You will be provided an opportunity to ask questions about your schedule and advising during the session as well.

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

  • Freshmen: You will receive your RAN with your schedule, but you will not be able to use it until the Friday before classes start. 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 Adult Learners: You will receive your RAN after your advisor has registered you for your first semester of classes. 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!

I have earned transfer credit at a previous school. How do I know if it will count toward my degree at Georgia Southern?

When you receive your course schedule, your advisor will also provide you with advisement documents that will tell you exactly how your incoming credit places within your major at Georgia Southern. Before then, however, you can use our Transfer Equivalency Tool to get a sense of what this might look like for you. You can view this guide to help you better understand how to use and understand the Transfer Equivalency Tool.

Keep in mind: If you’ve taken a class at another institution and don’t see it in this tool, it may just mean that we’ve never evaluated that class before. You may still earn credit for it, but we won’t know for sure until you’ve signed up for SOAR and sent that course to the appropriate academic college for evaluation.

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. Consider asking questions during Advising & Scheduling 101 session at SOAR.

  • Freshmen can fill out the Schedule Adjustment form found in your “View Your Course Schedule!” email through the Friday before classes start. After that time, you will be able to make your own adjustments with your RAN. Remember, you must have a schedule before a change can be requested.
  • Transfer and Adult Learners can make changes to their schedule using your Registration Access Number (RAN). You will receive your RAN once your schedule is created.

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.

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We are excited for you to join us for our Academic Advising session during SOAR! You will be able to meet your advisors from your college and leadership from the Center for Advising, Retention and Completion to 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?

Verify Your Attendance

Georgia Southern needs to know if you plan to take the courses you are enrolled in. To do this, you will complete a short verification quiz in each one of your classes. If you do not complete these, you will be automatically dropped from the course(s). This could have Financial Aid implications, so you will want to make sure this gets done.

Add / Drop Period

The first four days of fall or spring semesters are your opportunity to make changes to your schedule. Contact your Academic Advisor if you want to make any changes to your class schedule. Summer and minimester courses have a shorter add/drop period, so make sure to check the official academic calendar!

Know How Your Courses Are Structured

Before you start classes, make sure you know how your courses are structured. Is your schedule fully face-to-face? Is there a mix of hybrid or fully online? You can learn how this course is structured in several different ways.

  • Review the course description on the Georgia Southern course search.
  • Contact the faculty member of the course.
  • Check your courses in Folio closer to the start of the semester.

Become Familiar with Your Academic Support Team

If you need accommodations while attending GS, make sure you speak with the Student Accessibility Resource Center! You will also want to familiarize yourself with the Academic Success Center. They offer tutoring, peer mentoring and workshops!

Last updated: 4/12/2024