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2016 Orientation Dates

January Orientation Session: January 7, 2016

 *Tentative Schedule

ROAR Orientation Student Schedule
Thursday, January 7, 2016

8:00 – 8:45 Check-In and Continental Breakfast - Recreation Center Concourse
As you arrive, check in with our ROAR Orientation Team and get your bag of CSU goodies! Also enjoy a continental breakfast to feed your soul for the day. Student ID's can be made along the track until 8:40a.m, and you will be able to pick them up at the CSU Bookstore after 12:00p.m.

 8:45 – 9:00 Welcome- Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room

Your official Columbus State University welcome! Hear from opening speakers and representatives of the ROAR Orientation Program, as well as meet the 2015 ROAR Orientation Team. An overview of the session and schedule will be provided during this time as well.

 9:10– 10:00 College the Cougar Way

Students will break out by group numbers with one of our ROAR Orientation Leaders to learn how to register for classes, adjustments to becoming a Columbus State University Cougar and programs and services on campus.

 9:10– 10:00 Cougar Supporters – University Hall Auditorium

Parents, family members, and guests will learn about various campus resources, including the Dean of Students Office, Residence Life, Parent and Family Connection and Association, Health Services, Counseling Services, Campus Police, and the Office of the Registrar.

 10:00 – 10:25 and 10:35 – 11:00:  Cougar Breakout Sessions:  Students, Parents, Family members, and guests will have the opportunity to choose from a list of sessions to attend and learn more about the campus resources that are offered here at Columbus State University. 

Campus Tour(Optional) – Meet at the Clocktower!
ROAR Orientation Leaders
Haven't seen our beautiful campus? Walk with a ROAR Orientation Leader and discover where you will be taking classes, studying and having fun on campus!

11:10 – 11:40 Understanding Your First Year Requirements– University Hall Auditorium

This session provides academic information that will help you understand which classes to take during your first year at CSU. Topics discussed will include the First Year Experience (FYE) requirement, the 30-hour rule, and a detailed description of the core class requirements.

 11:40 – 12:00 Cougar Tables- Clock Tower

*This is a opportunity for students and family members to see the numerous campus organizations and gives students the opportunity to become involved on campus. 

12:05 – 12:35 Academic Success– University Hall Auditorium
Dustin Worsley, Assistant Director/ Square One: Adult Re-Entry Coordinator
Academic Center for Excellence (ACE):
This session will introduce you to academic advising and help you understand the registration process. Topics discussed will also include resources that will aide in your academic success here at CSU.

12:35 – 1:15 Lunch – Cougar Café, Davidson Student Center

1:15 – 2:00 Academic College Sessions – Parents, Family Members and Students welcome
Time to talk to your Colleges and major representatives about your specific path and any questions you may have. Parents and students are welcome in this session. We dismiss from the Multipurpose Room to different classrooms around campus for registration.

 2:00 - until Course Registration – Students Only


 Registration for ROAR Orientation will open in November!

 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.

 * All communication for ROAR Orientation is sent to the student's Columbus State University email account.



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 five sessions to choose from, all with students staying overnight in the dorms except August 10-11.

NON-TRADITIONAL AND TRANSFER STUDENTS: At your one-day ROAR session, you will learn about campus resources and services, as well as meet with your academic advisor in order to register for your first semester. 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 706-507-8805 or, or Latrina Brooks at 706-507-8825 or 

DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS : Dual Enrollment students are exempt from attending ROAR Orientation.

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

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 the ROAR Orientation program.


Preference Survey: Get your classes early!

As you sign up for ROAR, please also complete the preference survey and choose what courses you would like to take for your first semester!

Follow the directions below and you will have a schedule built for you once you arrive at ROAR for your orientation session.

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.