FAQ about Charger Orientation
What is the Pre-Orientation Quiz?
All freshmen, transfer, and non-traditional students must take the Pre-Orientation Quiz once they have been admitted to the college. Students can find the link to the quiz through their Check Admissions Status page. Fifteen minutes after completing the quiz, they will be able to register for an on-campus orientation. Students will have a OO (online orientation) hold until they satisfy the quiz requirement. The quiz provides general information about GHC as well as information about student technology, how to pay for classes, and when to pay for classes.
Do I have to attend the entire new student orientation session?
GHC offers two orientation programs. One program is for our new freshmen (Charger Orientation) and the other program (Accelerated Charger Orientation - AO) is for our transfer and non-traditional students. If you are a Transient, Re-Admit, or Post Baccalaureate student, orientation is not mandatory. Attending one of these orientation programs grants you priority registration. Charger Orientation will take FOUR (4) hours so make arrangements accordingly. Accelerated Orientation is a one-on-one session and will last approximately an hour. More information about your specific orientation format can be found on your personal Check Admissions Status Page.
If you do not attend an orientation session (1) you will not be able to register until the first day of classes, (2) you will not receive priority registration, and (3) you will still need to meet with an advisor before classes begin.
How do I sign up and what is the charge for Orientation?
To schedule Orientation go to www.highlands.edu and click on “Future Students” located in the upper left hand corner. Then select Check Admissions Status, and sign into your portal. There is no charge for attending an orientation session. Once you have registered for an orientation date, a confirmation will automatically be displayed. Please print and keep this confirmation as it has important information regarding your Orientation. SPACE IS LIMITED so we encourage you to sign up as early as possible to improve your chances of getting the classes you need and want. If your choice of Orientation date is full please choose the next available Orientation date. The format and information given is the same across all five GHC campuses. You can attend orientation at any location, no matter where you plan to take classes.
Through the “Check Admissions Status” link you have the ability to return to the site to change your Orientation date if space becomes available in a session that works better for you. Since space is limited, walk-ins at Orientation sessions cannot be guaranteed availability to stay for the program. Orientation dates are released periodically as sessions fill, so if the dates currently available do not work with your schedule, please continue to check the website for new dates to be released.
What do I bring with me to orientation?
- Photo ID
- Automobile Tag Number
- Money for tuition and fees if you plan to pay before you leave
- Money for textbooks if you attend orientation at the Rome or Cartersville Campus and plan to purchase your books that day.
What if my parents or spouse wish to attend orientation?
We would be delighted to have your parents, spouse, or significant other attend the special orientation designed for them at the same time as the New Student Orientation session. Please indicate the number of people who will be accompanying you on the online registration form. Please note that there are no childcare facilities, so please plan accordingly. Note that the Douglasville, Marietta and Paulding Instructional Sites do not offer parent, spouse, or significant other sessions. If you wish to attend an orientation that offers this, you must attend an orientation in Floyd, or Cartersville.
What can you expect to receive at Charger Orientation?
- Parking Pass
- Charger ID
- Upcoming Semester Schedule
- GHC T-Shirt
- Goals for your academic year
- New Friends
What can you expect to receive at Accelerated Orientation?
- Parking Pass
- Charger ID
- Upcoming Schedule Bill
When do I pay my bill?
For priority registration student fees are due by the payment deadline. Fees cover all charges except books (i.e., tuition, technology fee, student activity fees, Charger Card, etc.) See Business Office to view the upcoming payment deadline. Fees paid prior to the payment deadline, can be made online with a credit card or account withdrawal or in person at any of our campus locations with cash, money order, financial aid or any combination of these.
Where can I purchase books?
Books can be purchased from the Bookstore located on the Floyd Campus, Cartersville Campus or from the Virtual Bookstore. Your information from your Schedule/Bill printout from orientation is needed to purchase books.
Can I get help working out my schedule?
Learning to create a class schedule is an important skill for a college student. During orientation, you will meet with a qualified academic advisor who will teach you the basics of putting together a class schedule. Faculty advisors will assist you with course selections, but working out a schedule is one of your responsibilities as a college student.
What are the basic classes I will need?
Every degree may have different requirements. Most degrees and many certificates require English, math, and other general education requirements. Course requirements are listed in the GHC catalog according to your program of study. It is important to meet with an advisor to gain a complete understanding of which "basics" apply to you.
Where can I learn about a course?
Check GHC catalog for short course descriptions of classes offered.
When do I have to decide on a program of study?
It is generally more helpful to begin the process of reviewing possible programs of study than to focus on the decision. Good educational and career decisions are the product of knowing yourself and learning about the options open to you. The Counseling and Career Services Department staff are available to assist you as you focus on choosing a pathway and career. Counseling and Career Services also assist students with career decisions by offering one-on-one career counseling. Contact the Counseling and Career Services Department for more information on this invaluable resource.
When do classes begin?
See the Academic Calendar for the beginning date for each semester.