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Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

The Guidebook app is an interactive app that will prepare you for your orientation session and your first year at Columbus State! The Guidebook will open on May 17.

Follow the directions below to join the Cougar Nation at CSU. To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store;
  • From the Guidebook application, search for "Columbus State University 2021" and click "Download Guide!"

Don't have a smartphone? No worries! The Guidebook will open soon!

Traditional Freshman In-Person ROAR Orientation is the program that will introduce all new incoming students to Columbus State University. At your session, you will learn how to navigate around campus, information about the variety of student organizations and array of student services that CSU provides, and how to select and register for courses.

This session begins with check-in at 7:30 a.m. and will last until approximately 3:30–4:30 p.m. depending on your advising session. Please see the guidebook for session schedules.

  • Traditional Freshman Students are required to:
    • Complete the Advising Survey
    • Attend the In-Person Orientation Session
    • Complete the “‘Traditional Freshman Online Orientation” Course through CougarVIEW
  • Click Here to Register!

Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours: These students are required to attend a ROAR Virtual Orientation Session. These particular sessions are geared towards specific needs of these students and last approximately 1.5 hours, via Zoom. You will learn about Advising and Registration and Career Preparedness.

  • Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours students are required to:
    • Complete the Advising Survey.
    • Complete the ‘Non-Traditional & Transfer Online Orientation’ modules.
    • Attend your scheduled Non-Traditional ROAR Virtual Orientation Session.
  • Click Here to Register!

Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours: These students are required to complete the Asynchronous ROAR Online Orientation Modules. You will be required to sign up for a date, and have the opportunity to attend the virtual session, but you are not required to. After completing the asynchronous ROAR Online Orientation Modules. Your hold will be removed, and you can register for classes!

  • Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours Students are required to:
    • Complete the "Non-Traditional & Transfer Online Orientation" modules
    • Complete the survey at the end of the last module.
    • Register for classes.
  • Click Here to Register!

ROAR is a self-sustaining program. The funds earned are used to purchase supplies and materials, provide for meals throughout the session, and for CSU swag.

ROAR orientation registration for the Summer and Fall term will open February 15.

The Orientation Modules will open April 5th, and you must complete them at least a week prior to your scheduled orientation session.

Registration is a two-step process; first you select your session and then submit payment at that time to secure your session.

All aspects of the ROAR orientation program are mandatory for all incoming students. Students who leave early will not be allowed to register for courses at the end of your session.

Traditional Freshman In-Person ROAR Orientation: Due to COVID-19 regulations, only 1 parent/guest is allowed to join their student at the ROAR Orientation In-Person Session. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate small children or walk-in guests.

  • When the student registers for ROAR, a guest can be registered. If you need to register a guest prior to your scheduled session, please email Orientation@ColumbusState.Edu and provide your Name, Student ID Number, and Guest Name.

  • Please Note: Guests of students are not allowed into the registration labs. ROAR is a student's first opportunity to experience academic independence. It is important that students begin their collegiate experience with a knowledgeable approach. In addition, we have limited space for our advising and registration processes and must keep the rooms clear for students and advisors to interact efficiently.

Non-Traditional Freshman & Transfer Over 30 credit hour sessions do not need to register guests but these students can have a guest's name added to the Parent & Family Newsletter.

Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours: are required to attend a ROAR Virtual Orientation Session. These particular sessions are geared towards the specific needs of these students and last approximately 1.5 hours via Zoom. You will learn about Advising and Registration and Career Preparedness.

  • Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours students are required to:
    • Complete the Advising Survey.
    • Complete the ‘Non-Traditional & Transfer Online Orientation’ modules.
    • Attend your scheduled Non-Traditional ROAR Virtual Orientation Session.
  • Click Here to Register!

Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours: are required to complete the Asynchronous ROAR Online Orientation Modules. You will be required to sign up for a date, and have the opportunity to attend the virtual session, but you are not required to. After completing the asynchronous ROAR Online Orientation Modules, your hold will be removed, and you can register for classes!

  • Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours Students are required to:
    • Complete the "Non-Traditional & Transfer Online Orientation" modules
    • Complete the survey at the end of the last module.
    • Register for classes.
  • Click Here to Register! **Please remember that although you complete the online orientation, you must still see your academic advisor before you can register for courses.**

A transient student (aka "guest student") is a student who is enrolled at one University but taking classes at another that will count towards their degree at their home University. Generally, this happens when students don't live near their home University over the summer but want to take a class or two to speed up the obtainment of their degree, or if for some reason they can't take a class at their home University that they need to graduate.

Students that fall into the above category DO NOT have to attend a ROAR orientation session.

If we have a record that you have attended a ROAR session in the past year, then you are not required to attend another session. Contact the Orientation Office at 706-507-8593 or email orientation@columbusstate.edu to verify that you attended an earlier ROAR session.

The ROAR program bases your advising and registration sessions off of the major that is listed on your academic record. If you would like to change your major after you apply to the university, please contact the Admissions Office at 706-507-8800 and request a change of major on your record.

The Advising Survey assists the advisors of your department in making a readymade schedule for you when you attend orientation. This survey is only for Traditional, Non-Traditional, and Transfer Under 30 credit hour students.

This survey asks for the preference of the student in class times, intended major, core class preference, and possible credit hours (half or full time) to name a few.

We ask that you complete the Advising Survey once you complete your ROAR registration. This will ensure that your advisor will be able to prepare a schedule for you by the time you attend the advising and registration portion of the orientation program.

To complete the Advising Survey, follow the directions below:

  1. Sign on to MyCSU
  2. Click on the Students link on the left navigation menu
  3. Click on the Student Records tab
  4. Click on the Advising Survey link under the "Survey" section
  5. Complete the Survey
  6. You will receive your schedule at Orientation and can make changes if necessary

For questions or assistance regarding advising, please email the Academic Center for Excellence at academic_advising@columbusstate.edu

ROAR is required for all incoming students. Students who do not attend a ROAR session may be subject to enroll during course schedule change.

Please contact ROAR Orientation at 706-507-8593 or email directly at Orientation@ColumbusState.Edu. You will need to find a different time or alternative to complete your Orientation requirement.

We must plan for meals and supplies in advance based on the number of students registered. Therefore, we are unable to give refunds. Your payment will roll over to another date if you change your session date.

For Traditional Freshman students starting classes in the fall, we have planned out several orientation sessions to make it more convenient. If you are unable to attend the original date you have registered for, please refer to the other dates or call us at 706-507-8593 or email at orientation@columbusstate.edu to change your session date.

Family members and guests are encouraged to stay throughout the entire ROAR program, but it is not mandatory. You will be separated from your student for the majority of the day. We have created a separate experience, tailored to provide in-depth information pertinent to your transition. You will have the opportunity to meet with various campus administrators and learn about the various services and organizations available to students. You will also become acquainted with the academic and financial processes and procedures.

The family ROAR sessions are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of your students' collegiate experience. While we hope that you will attend all components, it is not required to stay for every aspect. However, if you register as a guest you will be required to pay the guest fee of $50.00.

Please note due to COVID-19 regulations, only 1 parent/guest is allowed to join their student at the ROAR Orientation In-Person Session. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate small children or walk-in guests.

Traditional Freshman In-Person ROAR Orientation: Students entering in the summer and fall semesters have the opportunity to choose from a selection of different orientation sessions. We have two sessions on our RiverPark campus geared towards students who are of the College of the Arts, College of Education and Health Professions, or living on our RiverPark campus. There are also multiple one-day sessions for transfer students with under 30 credits and non-traditional students.

Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours: Students entering in the summer and fall semesters have the opportunity to choose from a selection of different orientation sessions.

Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours: Students entering in the summer and fall semesters have the opportunity to choose from a selection of different orientation sessions.

If your student is attending an overnight orientation session, their accommodations have been arranged in student housing. There is a list of hotel accommodations in close proximity to either campus for parents and guests at http://www.columbusstate.edu/events/hotels/.

For any and all orientation sessions, please make sure that you have turned in all required paperwork such as final high school transcript, immunizations, and lawful presence verification to the Admissions Office.

Traditional Freshman In-Person ROAR Orientation:

  • Students: Check out our "What to bring" tab on our Guidebook app (Available May 17) for ROAR orientation at Columbus State!
    • Please complete the COVID-19 checklist form emailed to your CSU email account 24 hours prior to your scheduled session.
    • Please plan to bring and wear a mask. (Masks are required for ALL individuals inside and outside CSU buildings).
    • Please plan on bringing a jacket in the event that it rains during our sessions.We will provide you with a pen and writing utensils as well as a bag.
  • Parents: Please bring a smiling face! You will be provided with a schedule and something to write with. Bring anything else pertaining to your child you deem necessary.
    • Please complete the COVID-19 checklist form emailed to your CSU email account 24 hours prior to your scheduled session.
    • Please plan to bring and wear a mask. (Masks are required for ALL individuals inside and outside CSU buildings).
    • Please plan on bringing a jacket in the event that it rains during our sessions.We will provide you with a pen and writing utensils as well as a bag.

Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours: Be ready to engage with your classmates and to take plenty of notes!

Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours: Be ready to engage with your classmates and to take plenty of notes!

Main Campus Sessions: Check-in will be at the Parking Lot 14 next to the Parking Deck.

RiverPark Campus Session: Check-in will take place at the RiverCenter Lobby. Please park at the CSU garage on Front Avenue (between 10th and 11th Street).

Located on the Guidebook app (available May 17), there is a map tool that will assist and direct you in parking for orientation.

Traditional Freshman In-Person ROAR Orientation: ROAR registration will close 3 days before the session begins. Register early in order to secure your orientation session attendance.

Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours: ROAR registration will close 24 hoursbefore the session begins. Register early in order to secure your orientation session attendance.

Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours: ROAR registration will close 24 hours before the session begins. Register early in order to secure your orientation session attendance.

If you have questions regarding ROAR reservations, you can email us at orientation@columbusstate.edu or call the Orientation Office at 706-507-8593. If you happen to get an answering machine, please leave your name, number and questions. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Download the Guidebook app (available May 17) on your smartphone or tablet. This app will provide you with not only a schedule for orientation but a pre-orientation checklist of things to do before you arrive on campus.

Traditional Freshman In-Person ROAR Orientation:

  • Complete the Advising Survey
  • Submit your Financial Aid - FAFSA.gov
  • Submit Housing Application.
  • Complete the “Traditional Freshman Online Orientation” Course through CougarView.
  • Download the Guidebook app (available May 17).

Non-traditional & Transfer Under 30 credit hours:

  • Complete the Advising Survey
  • Submit your Financial Aid - FAFSA.gov
  • Submit Housing Application.
  • Complete the “Non-traditional & Transfer Online Orientation” Course through CougarView.
  • Download the Guidebook app (available May 17).

Transfer Over 30 Credit Hours:

    • Submit your Financial Aid -FAFSA.gov
    • Submit Housing Application.
    • Complete the “Non-traditional & Transfer Online Orientation” Course through CougarView.
      • Contact your Faculty Advisor
      • Register for classes
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