If you missed the Georgia State University New Graduate Student Orientation and Resource Fair hosted by The Graduate School on Thursday, August 18, 2022, or attended and would like a recap of the resources and support available to new graduate and professional students, the session slides are available.
Once you're enrolled, you'll start to receive regular communications from The Graduate School, including the dean's monthly newsletter, event invites and more. The following resources will help you find your way as you begin your graduate school experience.
The graduate director for your program is the point of contact for advisement on matters related to graduate study, such as course selection, enrollment requirements, assistantships, etc. For information on degree/program requirements and academic and administrative policies, please consult the Graduate Catalog.
Graduate students may be eligible for assistantships, fellowships and financial aid to help finance the cost of graduate study and related expenses. Learn more about paying for graduate school.
Individual departments award graduate research assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships to qualified students. Assistantships include an annual stipend and a tuition waiver. Please contact your graduate director for information and requirements. Students interested in federal student aid should visit the Financial Aid page.
If you have not already done so, you are required to turn in a final transcript showing proof of an earned degree from your graduating institution (unless it's Georgia State). Registration for classes will not be allowed until proof of an earned baccalaureate degree is submitted to our office.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students applying to Georgia State University to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States in order to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes.
This requirement is detailed in the following Board of Regents policies:
- Policy 4.1.6 Admission of Persons Not Lawfully Present in the United States
- Policy 4.3.4 Verification of Lawful Presence
Students may be verified through one of the following options below:
1. Verification through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If you are either a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible non-citizen (does not apply to international students on a visa) that has completed and submitted a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will verify your lawful presence. If you are not able to be confirmed as lawfully present the Office of Financial Aid will follow-up with you for additional documentation.
2. Submission of one of the following documents:
- Current Georgia Driver’s License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
- Current Georgia ID Card issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
- Current driver’s license or state-issued ID card issued by any of the USG approved states (see chart below). Licenses/ID cards must be valid and meet USG requirements.*
- Current U.S. Passport *
- An original or certified Birth Certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority, or territory of the United States bearing an official seal* (The copy must very clearly show the raised or written seal to be acceptable. Copies that are not clear or do not show the seal cannot be accepted.)
- Permanent Resident Card (front and back)*
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization *
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship *
- U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad*
- Military ID (only for a current military member of Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve; must be verified in person)
*Copies of these documents are acceptable.
Submit documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions in-person or through the status page of your online application. Please allow 3 business days for the registration hold to be removed.
3. Verification through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Information System)
If you have or are applying for an F, or J visa we will verify your lawful presence through SEVIS. As this is already part of the immigration process there are no additional steps required to have your Citizenship Verification Hold removed. Simply comply with the requirements outlined by our Office of International Student and Scholar Services as you prepare to arrive at Georgia State University.
4. Verification through SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements)
Since SAVE will not be available to USG institutions until after fall semester 2011, all nonresident alien students on some sort of visa will need to submit immigration documents verifying their lawful status to the office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Such documents may include an I-94 card, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) approval notice or receipt notice, or other documentation that the student is in lawful visa status.
This includes students who have been previously enrolled at Georgia State but are either returning (re-entry) to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. Transient students must also be verified.
USG Approved List of Driver’s License and ID Cards:
Temporary/interim driver’s licenses and IDs (paper copy provided until the official DL/ID card is generated) cannot be accepted.
|State||DL/ID Requirements for Acceptance|
|Alabama||Must NOT be marked “FN”|
|Alaska||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|California||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term.” Instruction Permits, Commercial Learner’s Permits, and temporary licenses cannot be accepted.|
|Delaware||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”|
|Florida||Must NOT be marked “Temporary”|
|Georgia||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Idaho||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Iowa||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Kentucky||Must NOT be marked “Not for REAL ID purposes”|
|Louisiana||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Maryland||Must NOT indicate “T” restriction|
|Missouri||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Montana||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”|
|Nevada||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|North Carolina||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Ohio||Must NOT indicate that it is “nonrenewable and nontransferable”|
|Oklahoma||Must NOT be marked “Temporary”|
|South Carolina||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Tennessee||Must NOT be marked “Temporary”|
|Texas||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”|
|Vermont||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
|Wisconsin||Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”|
Your offer of admission is, in part, contingent upon submitting any outstanding official transcripts and test scores.
Please refer to this page for directions when submitting official transcripts. Transcripts must be received directly from the institution by the first day of class. Please note - you don't need to submit transcripts for Georgia State University or Georgia State's Perimeter College.
Official Test Scores
Please refer to this page for institution codes and/or directions when submitting official test scores. Test scores must be received from the testing agency by the first day of class.
Students in the University System of Georgia have access to affordable, high-quality health coverage through United Healthcare thanks to the Board of Regents’ decision to develop a state-wide health insurance consortium. Certain individuals are required to enroll in the Mandatory Plan. They are:
- International students holding “F-” or “J-” Visa status
- Graduate students receiving qualified graduate assistantships, fellowships or training grants
If you already have comparable coverage you can request to waive the insurance requirement. For enrollment periods, insurance premiums, waiver information and premium contributions, visit the Student Health Insurance website at sfs.gsu.edu/tuition-fees/student-health-insurance.
PAWS, or Panther Access to Web Services, is your online connection to Georgia State University resources and information. In this single location, you can register for classes, view academic records, pay tuition and fees, update personal information, apply for on-campus housing, check out news/events and much more. PAWS also allows you to customize your view, meaning you can design your layout with access to the channels of your choice. It's your Georgia State, your way.
Prior to logging into PAWS you will need to activate your CampusID and create a password. Follow the instructions below:
The PantherCard is the official Georgia State identification card. It is used for library privileges, after-hours access and as a debit card for PantherMeals and PantherCash. To obtain a PantherCard and sign up for PantherMeals or PantherCash, please visit Auxiliary and Support Services in the University Bookstore Building upon your arrival.
Emergency contact information is required for all students. You can easily provide this information via your PAWS account. To ensure compliance, a registration hold has been placed on your student record and will be automatically released once you have provided this information.
Proof of immunization must be submitted to the Georgia State University Health Services prior to registration for classes. You may receive the vaccines from your local health department, private physician or Georgia State University Health Services. There is a fee at all locations for the vaccines. For more information, please visit the University Health Services page.
Students enrolled in online programs are not required to provide proof of immunization.
University Housing provides quality on-campus housing to enhance the personal growth and development of students. Within modern, safe and secure facilities are opportunities for intellectual and social engagement as well as purposeful interactions between residents and staff. Visit the University Housing site for options and rates.
New Graduate Student Orientation, hosted by The Graduate School, provides a general overview of Georgia State University and the graduate student experience to help you successfully launch your graduate career.
New Graduate Student Orientation consists of two components:
- An in-person session to introduce you to The Graduate School and the resources available to you as a graduate student at Georgia State. You will have an opportunity to network and meet your peers, tie up any loose ends before the start of the semester or join your fellow students on a campus tour.
- A self-paced online orientation with modules highlighting different resources to make the most of your time at Georgia State, both personally and professionally. Get to know campus resources such as the Counseling Center, Career Services, The Writing Center, and more!
New Graduate Student Orientation is optional, but we encourage you to attend if your schedule allows. Students with mandatory college orientations that overlap with The Graduate School's event are still expected to attend their college or school's orientation.
We’re excited for you to join us at Georgia State, and hope you find this information helpful as you begin your journey through graduate education.
New Graduate Student Orientation
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Georgia State Student Center East | 55 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
The in-person orientation sessions will be held in the Student Center East building on the first floor. Please visit this website for a map of the building.
Parking: Discounted parking is available for $5.00 at the M & G Decks.
M Deck is located right across the street from the Student Center at 33 Auditorium Place SE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
- M Deck - Campus Map | Waze Directions | Google Maps | Walking Directions from M Deck to Student Center
G Deck is located behind the Student Center at 52 Central Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.
- G Deck - Campus Map | Waze Directions | Google Maps | Walking Directions from G Deck to Student Center
- After you park, exit the G Deck by way of the Collins Street entrance (across from the Sports Arena). Cross Decatur Street walk under the Courtland St. Bridge, pass the Cenifest and Chick-Fil-A on the right and you will see the student center walkway on the right.
9:00–9:10 a.m. | Welcome to Georgia State University
In this general session, Lisa Armistead, Ph.D., Dean of The Graduate School will welcome new graduate students to Georgia State and give a little insight into what to expect during New Graduate Student Orientation.
9:10–9:30 a.m. | Getting Started at Georgia State
A brief overview of the university's structure, tips for getting started as a new graduate student and where to go for support.
9:30–10:20 a.m. | Resources and Support from The Graduate School
In this session, The Graduate School team will highlight who we are, resources, opportunities for professional development, and fellowships application support available through the Graduate School.
BREAK (10 MINS)
10:30–11:15 a.m. | Career Planning from the Start
Whether you're on an industry or academic track, having a general career plan can be helpful as you navigate graduate school. In this session, University Career Services will offer points for consideration as you look ahead to post-graduate employment.
category: career management
10:30–11:15 a.m. | Research Support from Day One to Graduation: An Introduction to the University Library
Learn about the University Library and the many resources they have available to graduate students, including an array of professionals to assist you in finding and collecting existing published research to ground and guide your own research, and more!
TRANSITION TO NEXT SESSION (5 MINS)
11:20–12:05 p.m. | Building Community Around Underrepresented Groups
In this session, the Multicultural Center will highlight several of its programs and initiatives aimed at building community around underrepresented groups.
11:20–12:05 p.m. | Financial Management in Graduate School
The Student Financial Management Center will review FAFSA requirements, eligibility for federal financial aid as a graduate student, waivers, refunds and more.
LUNCH BREAK (50 MINS)
Lunch will be provided
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1–2 p.m. | Grad Life at Georgia State Panel Discussion (Masters, GCERT)
Join a stellar group of Georgia State graduate students as they come together to answer your questions and share tips on finding community, time management, study tips and more!
1–2 p.m. | Grad Life at Georgia State Panel Discussion (Doctoral)
Join a stellar group of Georgia State doctoral students as they come together to answer your questions and share tips on finding community, time management, study tips and more!
TRANSITION TO GENERAL SESSION (5 MINS)
2:05–3 p.m. | Making the Most of Mentoring
What is a mentor? What do they do for me? What are my responsibilities? Learn keys to building and maintaining good relationships with your mentor advisors.
category: career, communication
3 p.m. | Closing Remarks
Lisa Armistead, Ph.D., Dean of The Graduate School will wrap up the day of sessions.
RESOURCE FAIR & CAMPUS TOURS
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Located across the Street in Veteran's Memorial Hall - Dahlberg Hall | 30 Courtland St NE, Atlanta
Dahlberg Hall is located across the street from the Student Center. From the Student Center, walk to the intersection of Gilmer and Courtland. Cross the street and the entrance to the hall will be on your right.
To request accommodations for this event, please contact the Access and Accommodations Center, 404-413-1560: email@example.com
The self-paced online orientation highlights different resources available on the Georgia State campus to help you make the most of your time here. Completion of the orientation modules is optional but highly encouraged.
Join an array of student-run organizations, like the Graduate Alliance. Associations range from program-specific to philanthropic and hobby-based. Have an idea for an organization that could serve graduate students across the university? Lead the way and start your own.
We are here to help. Contact The Graduate School Admissions office for information on the enrollment process. Program-specific inquiries should be directed to your college, school or institute of interest.