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2015 Orientation dates

June 11 (Summer session)

June 25-26

July 9-10 (River Park campus)

July 20-21

July 28-29

August 10-11 (non overnight)


 Check back on February 11 for more information and registration information!


As a new Cougar, you'll be required to experience our ROAR program before you can attend classes. The ROAR (Recruitment, Orientation, Advisement, Registration) program is designed to help ease the transition from high school to college as well as prepare parents for their student's new journey. ROAR provides students and parents with information on all services CSU has to offer, as well as their first advising and registration session for their classes. Below are the descriptions of the programs that we offer. Please review and select the one that best fits your enrollment status.

ROAR Orientation, What you need to know!

TRADITIONAL FRESHMAN: At your two-day ROAR session, you will be placed in a small group with an Orientation Leader who will lead you through your first day of activities. You will learn about campus resources and learn key tips on how to succeed during your college journey. Day two activities include meeting with your advisor and registering for classes. There are six sessions to choose from, all with students staying overnight in the dorms except August 11-12.

NON-TRADITIONAL AND TRANSFER STUDENTS: At your one-day ROAR session, you will learn about campus resources and services. After lunch you will meet with your advisor and register for classes. There are two sessions for you to choose from. For those students transferring in with more than 30 hours, please see our website for the online Orientation.

TRANSFER STUDENTS WITH OVER 30 HOURS: Students transferring in who have completed thirty or more hours should take the Transfer Student on-line orientation.

GRADUATE STUDENTS : Sign up for the Graduate Student on-line orientation.

ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY: Please contact Ameena Clark at 706-507-8825 or

PARENTS AND FAMILIES:  It is very likely that your parents and family will have questions, and much of the information you receive will be helpful to them. We encourage parents and guests to attend our Parent Program (for students attending any freshman session), which will give them an in-depth look into the University and help answer any questions they may have.

Registration and Payment Information

Summer and Fall ROAR session information will be available on February 11, 2015.

To Register for your ROAR session: *Payment is required at the time you choose your date to complete registration*

  1. Select the "Register NOW" link on the left navigation.  Next, choose your student type, then choose the date of the session you wish to attend.  Click "register for this session." Input your 909, birth date and term and click submit. You will be prompted choose your Orientation session at that time. After you choose a session, you will be brought to a confirmation screen and will need to click pay now to complete the process.
  2. Please pay with your credit/debit card only. Your registration for ROAR is a two step process and you are not registered for your session until you have paid.

If you have questions about registration please contact us at or 706.507.8593

There are no refunds for ROAR.

ROAR Pre-Scheduling Survey: Get your classes early!

As you sign up for ROAR, please also go in and choose what courses you would like to take for Spring! Follow the directions below and you will have a schedule built for you once you arrive at ROAR on January 7.

Signing up for courses is easy!
Step 1 - Sign on to CougarNet
Step 2 - Choose the Enrollment Services tab
Step 3 - View the Student Records and Personal Information section
Step 4 - Choose the Preference Survey option at the bottom
Step 5 - Complete the Survey
Step 6 - You will receive your schedule at Orientation and can make changes if necessary


The mission of Columbus State University's orientation programs is to holistically address the developmental needs of new Columbus State's students and families in transition within the Columbus State University community. The department acknowledges and validates the primary transition into the University as a new student, as well as the series of transitions that occur throughout a student's college experience. We aim to facilitate the successful academic and personal transition of new students and their families into the CSU community. Through the intentional interaction of new students, families, current students, faculty and staff, combined with specific programmatic elements, participants will develop an understanding and appreciation of the academic, developmental and social opportunities available, as well as knowledge of campus and community resources.