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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

First-year Students

Students who are no more than 5 years out of high school or those who have never attended a college.

Non-traditional & Transfer Students (under 30 credit hours)

Students who have been out of high school for more than 5 years or those transferring from another institution with less than thirty hours.

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Transfer Students (over 30 credit hours)

Students who have completed more than thirty hours from another institution.

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Active Duty Military & Veterans

Military Orientation is completed within MyCSU. Please look for the notification under "My Notifications."

Military Online Orientation

Dual-Enrollment Students

Students who have completed high school and are entering CSU full-time with less than thirty hours.

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  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!


2022 Orientation Schedules

Fall Admit (In Person)
Fall Admit (Virtual)


Note: RiverPark sessions are held on our downtown RiverPark campus. These sessions are great for incoming nursing, art, theater, communication, education and history students.


Additional Resources

The Guidebook (Now Live!)

The Guidebook is our mobile app. Get connected early and stay connected throughout your orientation session!

More about the Guidebook

Virtual Advisor