First Year Experience Programs

The First Year Experience Programs are designed to assist new students in making a successful transition to the university by providing opportunities for students to develop lasting connections with peers, faculty and staff, and the campus community.

Specific First Year Experience Programs include the following:

New Student Orientation (INTRO)

North Georgia College & State University highly encourages all new students to attend INTRO prior to matriculation. INTRO activities include meeting with an academic advisor, registering for courses, receiving an overview of university support services and personnel, and participating in community building activities. An orientation program for parents is also offered (Parent INTRO).

Freshman Experience (UNIV 1000)

This two-semester-hour course helps students to make a successful transition into college life by teaching them academic and personal success skills, introducing them to various resources at the university, and providing mentoring opportunities with faculty.

Freshmen Learning Communities

Learning Communities consist of two or more linked core courses taught by dynamic, student-centered faculty and incorporate enrichment activities designed to enhance the classroom experience, e.g., study groups, field trips, social activities, etc.

Welcome Week

During the first week of the semester a series of educational and social activities are offered to assist new students with acclimating to the university. Participation in Welcome Week events is a great way to meet other new students, interact with faculty and staff, and get better acquainted with university resources, opportunities, and expectations.

Family Weekend

This fall, mid-semester, event allows students and their family members the opportunity to spend quality time together while enjoying a variety of activities sponsored by the university. Family weekend aims to enhance students' educational experience, reconnect families, and further develop a relationship based on shared values with all members of the North Georgia family.

Detailed information is available on the university web site.