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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!

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When will I receive my schedule?

You will receive your schedule the day of your Virtual SOAR session, and 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 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 asking questions during the advisement portion of Virtual SOAR.

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 for our Academic Advising session during Virtual SOAR! You will be able to meet your advisors from your college and leadership from the Office of Advising 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!

What is this course?

Your first Georgia Southern 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 register you for your first semester at Georgia Southern.

When is it due?

As soon as possible!  Your advisor will use information when they build your course schedule. To allow them ample time to do this, this course must be completed at least two weeks prior to your Virtual SOAR session! If you do not complete your Pre-Advisement Course before the deadline, you will not receive your schedule until after attending your Virtual SOAR session. 

Do I have to? 

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

How do I access the Pre-Advisement 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 “Pre-Advisement Course” under the “My Courses” heading. If you have trouble accessing the course, please contact MyTech Support at (912) 478-2287 or email them at

When will I receive my schedule? 

You will receive your schedule the day of your session, and will be provided an opportunity to ask questions about advisement during Virtual SOAR.

Last updated: 6/9/2021