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Welcome New Bobcats!
You have begun your journey to officially becoming an East Georgia State College student! It is our job, and our passion, to ease the transition to EGSC for both you and your family. We want to make sure you receive adequate preparation for the academic and social life that awaits you as a college student. We will also assist you throughout orientation, registration, advisement, housing options, and move-in for on-campus students. We have a staff of professionals and current faculty that work together to make certain that your transition into college life is as smooth as possible.
What is P.A.W.S.?
The P.A.W.S. (Preparing, Advising, and Welcoming Students) Orientation program is mandatory for all new EGSC students, providing students and their families with a more informed understanding of resources, policies, and new student expectations. Key elements of the program include a sequence of informational sessions for students and parents, training on myEGSC and applications, a group academic advisement session for students, and course registration. Attending orientation is a crucial step as you transition from high school, another college or university, the military or work. Because we consider this information vital to your academic success, all first-year students at EGSC are required to attend Orientation.
*Orientations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.*
Students attending either the Augusta or Statesboro locations are able to attend any of the Swainsboro Orientations but you are encouraged to attend a session at the campus that you will be attending.
Once a student has been accepted, they will receive an email invitation to register for an orientation date, which is sent to the student's myEGSC CatMail account, confirming your acceptance and approval to attend Orientation. Register for your spot for the semester and campus you will be attending at the link sent to your myEGSC Catmail account or by clicking the "Register for Orientation" link above.
Overnight Housing for P.A.W.S.
Students and families who need overnight accommodations for orientation can make a reservation ($30 per person or $60 per 4 person family suite) in Bobcat Villas. You will need to provide your own:
- sheets (Twin XL)
Contact Housing at 478-289-2172 for more information on reserving a suite. Students should wait until after their orientation date has been confirmed to make travel and accommodation arrangements.
All incoming students must log in and activate their myEGSC account before attending New Student Orientation. Full information and assistance can be found here, guiding students to find their login information. Once accepted, students are ONLY contacted via myEGSC by EGSC offices and must become familiar with its use. There is also a free app that students can download their myEGSC account for easier access!
Incoming first-year and transfer students that are participating in an Orientation session can upload their own picture for their ID Card! By submitting your ID photo over the web before you attend your session, you can avoid waiting in lines during your session or at the start of the semester. For instructions and photo guidelines please click here.
Listed on the right under "Orientation" are important links that will help students and parents be prepared for Orientation and Advisement, as well as provides a listing of available EGSC resources. Please take a moment to review this information as it will answer any question you may have. There will be a large group session covering the basics of course scheduling but as we will be proving a lot of information we ask that students and parents review the course catalog and major requirements to understand what courses the student should take your first semester. After the term has begun, students are assigned a specific advisor that can advise specific per major.
If you have not had the opportunity to personally visit any of our campus locations or visit Housing at the Swainsboro campus, please feel free to look through our Flickr accounts!