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Orientation - Columbus State University


Welcome to ROAR Orientation

ROAR is Columbus State's orientation program for new undergraduate students (first-year, transfers, and non-traditional) as well as their parents, family members, and guests. ROAR is designed to offer guidance and promote positive student success throughout your college transition at Columbus State University. During orientation new students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic advisor, register for their first semester of courses, obtain their student ID, and meet with current students and staff.

For any questions, please check our frequently asked questions (FAQ), call us at 706-507-8593, or email us at


Choose the Right Orientation for You

Dual-Enrollment Students

If you are currently a high school student who has been accepted to take both high school and college classes please contact

If you have graduated from high school and you are entering CSU as a first year full time student please go to the First Year Students tab.


  1. The HOPE scholarship and other scholarships do not cover the cost of the orientation fee. Your ROAR fee will be due at the time of registration. For the fee-payment calendar, please visit the Bursar's Office website.
  2. If you are currently dual enrolled, are still attending high school, and will be remaining in high school for the following term, you will be invited to a special event by Dr. Melissa Young. Please monitor your CSU email for details!


2023 Orientation Schedules

Summer Sessions
  • Wednesday, May 3
  • 12 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 31
  • 5 p.m.
Fall Sessions

Main Campus

  • Tuesday, June 20
  • Saturday, June 24
  • Saturday, July 29

RiverPark Campus

  • Wednesday, July 12
  • Saturday, July 22

Note: Riverpark Campus Orientations cater to the students with these majors: art, music, theatre, communication, history, education, kinesiology, health science, and nursing.

Non-traditional and Transfer Fall Sessions (Virtual)
  • Friday, June 16
  • 5 p.m.
  • Monday, July 10
  • 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 18
  • 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 2
  • 5 p.m.

Note: Only for non-traditional and transfer students



Additional Resources

The Guidebook

The Guidebook will be updated and available by June 2023.

Ask Cody

Ask Cody