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Orientation

We recognize that going to college is a new chapter not only in lives of students, but also in the lives of family members and friends of that student. As a new student at ABAC, you are bound to have questions. New Student Orientation is your most effective first step towards getting those questions answered.

By attending orientation you will:

  • Meet other new and current students, faculty, and staff
  • Learn about campus services, activities, and resources
  • 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 or consulting with Student Financial Services
  • Feel better prepared to start classes at ABAC

More below

Registering for Orientation

Students are assigned to an orientation sessions 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. Students transferring 12 or more credit hours 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


Spring Semester Orientation Schedule
For Students starting classes on January 8, 2015

Day Date Time Location
Wednesday January 7, 2015 8 a.m. Gressette Gym

 

 

Summer Semester Orientation Schedule
For Students starting classes on June 1, 2015

Day Date Time Location
Friday May 29, 2014 8 a.m. Gressette Gym

 

Fall Semester Orientation Schedule
For Students starting classes in August 2015 …. Coming Soon

Day Date Time Location
Friday 8 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m. Gressette Gym
Friday 8 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.

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 sessions 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. Transient students, readmit students, and students transferring 12 or more credit hours 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?

There is no way to predict which classes will be available at registration throughout the summer. However, classes are carefully monitored throughout the summer to make sure there is adequate space. School deans will open new class sections if they see the need to create more room for new students. While there may be a wider variety of class options at earlier sessions, it is actually possible that someone at a later Orientation session may get to choose from options that weren’t available earlier in the summer. The “perfect” schedule may not be available, but all students should be able to register for a full load of classes that will fulfill their core curriculum and degree requirements. New students should be prepared to be flexible and should not rule out registering for classes that begin as early as 8 a.m. or late in the afternoon.


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 officially 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. ABAC offers more than 40 academic programs to choose from, so it’s no surprise that students have difficulty deciding. You can begin exploring the variety of majors online by visiting the Catalog. However, if you do know your intended major, and if it is different than the major your were admitted to, you can notify the admissions office or let us know at 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 logging into myABAC and selecting eStallion.


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

Fast Track to Registration

If you have 12 or more earned college credits you can begin the registration process. This means once ABAC has the following:

You will be eligible to start the registration process and register at the start of Priority 5 registration. Attending Freshman Orientation is optional.


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 9, 2014

Welcome Week: August 9-12

 

Welcome Week Schedule 2014

 

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
 

Orientation Schedule

Students Starting Spring 2015

Orientations is on Wednesday:

January 7, 2014

Students Starting Fall 2015

Orientations are on Friday:

Coming Soon…

 

 Student Orientation Schedule

Parent and Family Schedule

Parent and Family Session