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New Student Orientation

Orientation is your first step to a bright future at ABAC. The purpose of New Student Orientation is to ensure that new undergraduate students have a successful transition and integration into college life. Orientation promotes discussion among parents, new students, continuing students, and faculty & staff on the expectations and perceptions of the campus community.

By attending orientation you will:

  • Meet other new and current students, faculty, and staff
  • Gain a better understanding of the personal and financial responsibilities of attending college
  • Learn about campus services, activities, academic resources, and the ABAC experience
  • Attend a Focus session to learn about your academic area of study
  • Meet with an academic advisor
  • Complete university business, such as getting your Gold Card, talking to Housing, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, etc.
  • Reduce anxiety about the transition to collegiate life

More below

Orientation Information

A student is assigned to an orientation session based on their acceptance and submission of required admission documents. Required documents are outlined in the first Orientation Letter. Once the required documents are received the student will be assigned to the earliest available orientation session.

If the session to which you are assigned does not work for you and your family, you can switch to a later date based on availability. Transfer students can opt to do our Fast Track to Registration option. Transient and readmit students are not required to attend Orientation.

Sample Orientation Letter

Stallion To-Do List


Students Starting Summer 2016

Orientation is on Friday:

May 27, 2016 – Check-in at Herring Hall

Students Starting Fall 2016

All Orientation Days are scheduled on a Friday
Check-in at Herring Hall

July 8, 2016
July 15, 2016
July 22, 2016
July 29, 2016
August 5, 2016

Students Starting Spring 2017

Orientation is on Friday:

January 6, 2017 – Check-in at Herring Hall

**New Students are automatically signed up for Orientation based on their acceptance into ABAC. The scheduled date is shown on the orientation letter.**

Student Orientation Schedule

Family Orientation Schedule


Helpful Tips:

  • You must be accepted for admission to the college before being assigned an Orientation day. Check your status by visiting the Admissions Status Check
  • Get familiar with myABAC to access all of ABAC’s student services. You may look up your student information here: My ABAC Information
  • The Orientation fee of $40 has been charged to your student account. You can pay this fee through the eStallion option in myABAC.
  • Review your Financial Aid Status
  • Verify Lawful Presence  – a required state regulation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When can I sign up for Orientation?
  2. Will I be able to get the schedule of classes I want if I get assigned to a later Orientation session?
  3. Where and when do I report on the day of my assigned Orientation session?
  4. What time will I be finished with Orientation?
  5. What do I need to bring with me to Orientation?
  6. What should I do if my plans change and I need to switch to another Orientation session?
  7. Do I need to bring my final high school transcript with me to Orientation?
  8. When and where do I need to return the immunization form?
  9. What should I do if I want to change my intended academic major?
  10. How do I pay the Orientation fee?

1. When can I sign up for Orientation?

Students are assigned to an orientation session based on their acceptance date to ABAC. Once you have been successfully admitted you will be assigned the earliest available orientation session. Sessions are offered in May for students starting summer semester, June through August for students starting fall semester, and in January for those starting college in spring semester.

If the session to which you are assigned does not work for you and your family, you can switch to a later date based on availability. Transfer, transient, and readmit students can opt to do our Fast Track to Registration option.


2.Will I be able to get the schedule of classes I want if I get assigned to a later Orientation session?

A new student is pre-registered, up to 12 hours, based on when they are accepted and turn in their required admission documents. Submitting your documentation early will give you a better selection of classes.


3. Where and when do I report on the day of my assigned Orientation session?

Check-in for Orientation will begin at Gressette Gym. On the morning of your assigned Orientation session, arrive between 7:45 and 8:20 a.m. at the South Parking Lot off of Davis Rd., and proceed to Gressette where you will get your Orientation information folder. You will also have the chance to talk to admissions, housing, and various other student services before Orientation begins in the gym.


4. What time will I be finished with Orientation?

Orientation ends early afternoon between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.


5. What do I need to bring with me to Orientation?

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes-you will do some walking on campus at Orientation, so it’s okay to sacrifice style for comfort! You will be outside some, so be prepared for the heat and humidity of summer in South Georgia. An umbrella may come in handy. You may want to bring some additional spending money as well for a purchase in the ABAC bookstore.


6. What should I do if my plans change and I need to switch to another Orientation session?

Orientation sessions are assigned on a first come, first served basis, and it is not always possible to assign students to their preferred choice. However, if you do need to change sessions, you may contact Academic Support by email at asc@abac.edu or by calling 229-391-4995. If you choose to change sessions, be aware that you may not be able to get back into your previous session once you make a change. Note: There is only one Orientation session for Spring and Summer Semesters.


7. Do I need to bring my final high school transcript with me to Orientation?

No. ABAC’s Admissions Office needs to receive an official copy of your final high school transcript by the beginning of the first semester for which you are enrolled. It will be checked to verify that you completed your high school curriculum and graduation requirements. Your eligibility to register for classes at Orientation will not be affected by the submission of your final high school transcript. However, to make sure ABAC receives the transcript prior to the beginning of the semester, you may want to make the transcript request of your high school counselor prior to graduation.


8. When and where do I need to return the immunization form?

You should complete and return the Immunization form prior to your Orientation day. The form can be faxed to ABAC’s health center at 229-391-5031.


9. What should I do if I want to change my intended academic major?

The average college student changes his/her major more than four times in four years. To change your degree path before Orientation email abacinfo@abac.edu or notify us when you attend Orientation.


10. How do I pay the Orientation fee?

The Orientation fee of $40 is automatically charged to your account. You can pay this fee by going to the My ABAC Portal and selecting eStallion.


Questions concerning ABAC Orientation can be directed to abacinfo@abac.edu

Fast Track Orientation for Transfer Students

Transfer students, those with 30 or more transferable hours, can choose to complete our Fast Track Orientation. This means once ABAC has the following:

You will be eligible to start the Orientation process and register at the start of Priority 5 registration. The fee for Fast Track is $40 and is added directly to your account.


Follow these simple steps to get registered for your classes:

  1. Check to see if we still need any official documentation, certificate of immunization, or test scores. Visit our Admissions Status Check page to find out.
  2. You must know your ABAC ID number to access Banner Web. You may look up both your ABAC ID and student information here: My ABAC Information.
  3. Click here to sign up for Fast Track
  4. Check your Stallions Email, through myABAC, for specific guidance on completing the process.
  5. You can access Banner here: Banner Web

Welcome Week

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First-Year Move-In: August 6, 2016

Welcome Week: August 7-9

 

Welcome Week Schedule 2016 – Coming Soon

Welcome Week is an opportunity to meet new friends, ABAC faculty and staff, and
to learn how to become a highly successful member of the ABAC family. This is your opportunity to get a jump-start at making your time at ABAC a great experience!


For more information contact Alan Kramer,
Assistant Dean of Students at:
229.391.4930 or akramer@abac.edu