Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should attend Blazer Beginnings Orientation?
- How do I register for orientation?
- What is a confirmation letter and where do I get it?
- How do I modify or change my session selection after I have already confirmed one?
- Can I register for orientation now and pay the fee later at the door?
- What is covered with my orientation fee?
- Can I bring more than two guests?
- Do I have to stay for the entire orientation session?
- Where will I park for my orientation session?
- Will I have to pay tuition the day of orientation?
- Will I learn who my roommate will be at orientation?
- Will I get to register for classes at orientation?
- Can children attend orientation?
- Can my parents attend the academic advising session with me?
- What do I do if I or one of my guests need special accommodations for an orientation session?
- What if I need to change my orientation date?
- If I register and pay for guests but none attend, will I get my money back?
- Can I bring my pet to an orientation session?
- What should I bring to my orientation session?
Do I have to attend Blazer Beginnings Orientation?
You, the student should attend. All new, incoming first-year students are expected to attend. The guest program is designed for parents/guardians. Sibling attendance is not recommended and younger children may tire and become bored with the process.
How do I reserve my spot for orientation?
Reserve your orientation spot by signing into MyVSU, select Banner Registration, and then go to the New Student Portal tab. Available dates will be displayed for the term your are beginning coursework. Session availability is first-come, first served; each session is limited to two hundred students each.
What is a confirmation letter and where do I get it?
Your confirmation letter will provide information about the orientation session that you selected. It includes the session date, times, the number of guests attending, meeting location, and payment verification. All confirmation letters will be sent to your student email account.
How do I modify or change my session selection after I have already confirmed one?
To make modifications or changes to your orientation session, log into the CHANGE REQUEST FORM and submit change. Your change request will be reviewed promptly; however, a reply may take up to 3 business days. Modifications or changes to a session date must be requested and received no later than 7 business prior to the session date.
Can I register for orientation now and pay the fee later at the door?
Your session date is not confirmed until the you have completed the session registration process. Your payment secures your seat for an orientation session.
Can transfer students attend general sessions?
Yes. Transfer students are welcome to attend general sessions. Transfer students will complete the required online session, meet with their assigned academic advisor and register for classes prior to attending the full day session. If you are a transfer student and prefer to attend an on campus session, please contact our office to reserve your campus session.
What is covered with my orientation fee?
Your fee covers the costs of the VSU orientation program. This includes the use of facilities, student and parent orientation publications and materials, morning coffee and juice and lunch at general sessions. Program supplies and resources are covered with the orientation fee. The fee also covers the salaries of our student staff to assist throughout the day.
Can I bring more than two guests?
We kindly ask each student and thier families adhere to our guest policy of 3 guest each. The guest limit is based on the actual capacity of the university facilities used at each session. We encourage everyone to follow this three guest policy to ensure that we can provide the best service to our future students and their parents. Each guest will be charged an attendance fee.
Will I have to pay tuition the day of orientation?
No. During the orientation session you will receive a payment schedule for tuition and fees as well as learn how to use our Student Online Account Center for payments. Invoices are not mailed, but eBills (electronic invoices) are posted online each semester in the Student Online Account Center, after registration.
Can children attend orientation?
Parents are encouraged to attend orientation, as it is an excellent opportunity for family members to learn about VSU and get questions answered. Families may not want to bring small children due to the format and length of the program. Any non-student will be charged a guest fee.
Can my parents attend the academic advising session with me?
No. These sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for the student to develop an independent relationship with their academic advisor. While students are meeting with advisors and registering for classes, parents attend a session designed to address their questions and concerns. Academic information sessions are included throughout the day prior to class registration.
Who do I contact for special accommodations for myself or a guest attending an orientation session?
Contact the orientation office as soon as possible so we can make arrangements with our Access Office for Students with Disabilities or you can contact their office directly: 229-245-2498 / VP 229-375-5871. The University cannot provide wheelchairs or crutches.
What if I need to change my orientation date?
The online registration will not allow session changes. All changes will need to be communicated to our office through the Orientation Change Form for date and guest count changes. Change requests may take up to 3 buiness days for the change update. Changes are made on a first come, first serve basis until the session reaches maximum capacity.
What is your refund policy?
Our office requires a 30-day notice refund request prior to the session date you are registered to attend. The orientation office pre-orders meals in advance of a session based on the number of registered guests. Requests for a refund should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Two forms of identification for VSU student I. D. card (one must be a government issued photo)
- Walking shoes
- Light jacket for air conditioned buildings
- Umbrella (in case of rain)
- personal items if selected on campus overnight housing
- Optional: any forms that need to be submitted to the Admissions or Financial Aid departments