Newly Admitted – Next Steps

Welcome to graduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. The following will assist you in the enrollment process.

New Graduate Student Orientation & Check-In Events

Each fall semester the Office of Graduate Services will host a one-day college orientation for incoming students. In the spring and summer semesters we will hold Check-In events.   Both are meant to ease your transition to graduate school and welcome you to our diverse, engaged, and collaborative community.  The fall orientation will consist of an introduction to the College/University, student and faculty led panels/workshops, a lunch social, and will conclude with a Resource Fair. All new students are encouraged to attend the college orientation in addition to any program specific orientation your department may hold.  Please visit the Orientation and Check-In page for specifics.

Advisement

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.

Assistantships and Financial Aid

Graduate students may be eligible for assistantships and financial aid to help finance the cost of graduate study and related expenses. 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.

Final Transcript

If you have not already done so, you are required to turn in a final transcript showing proof of earned degree from your graduating institution (unless Georgia State University). Registration for classes will not be allowed until proof of an earned baccalaureate degree is submitted to the Office of Graduate Services

Citizenship Verification

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that any student applying to Georgia State University provide verification of their lawful presence in the U.S. before their admission can be finalized. A Citizenship Verification hold preventing registration will be placed until lawful presence is verified. For instructions on getting the hold removed, please visit the Citizenship Verification page.

Health Insurance

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, these are:

1. International students holding “F” or “J” visa status*
2. 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 please visit the Health Insurance page.

*To receive your insurance card you must self enroll here.

PAWS – Getting Connected

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; your GSU, your way.

Prior to logging into PAWS you will need to activate your CampusID and create a password. Follow the instructions below:

1. Go to http://campusid.gsu.edu
2. Click “Activate your CampusID”
3. Enter your name, date of birth and Panther ID Number
4. Find your CampusID and create a password
5. Login to PAWS with your CampusID and password at: http://paws.gsu.edu

PantherCard

The PantherCard is the official Georgia State University identification card. It is used for library privileges, after hour 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 Bookstore Building upon your arrival.

PantherMail

PantherMail or student email can be setup through this link.

Emergency Contact

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.

Immunization

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.

Housing

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 web site for options and rates.

Downtown Atlanta - WWW.ATLANTADOWNTOWN.COM

Downtown Atlanta, or the heart of metro Atlanta, is a fusion of arts, culture and history, dining, sports, major attractions, and living. For more information on life in downtown Atlanta, please visit the above website, which also includes interactive maps and neighborhood profiles.