Storm Day

Storm Day Registration

We are excited that you have decided to take tomorrow by storm at Georgia Southwestern State University! One of the final steps before starting classes is attending one of our Storm Days, our registration and orientation program for freshmen. Students and staff will be here to help guide you through life on campus. The day is filled with activities so you can get familiar with your new community.

Due to COVID-19, Georgia Southwestern will host several Storm Days throughout the summer, limiting the attendance at each event to 30 students with a maximum of 2 guests each. There will be a morning group and an afternoon group. Please register to select a date and time for Storm Day. Registration will close as capacity is met. Register early to ensure your first choice!

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Learn more about the majors and focus areas offered, & get financial aid questions answered.

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First-Year Preparation

Learn about student involvement, meet your classmates, & sign up for your residence hall room.

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Student & Parent Sessions

Log in to GSW online platforms & register for classes. Parents participate in Q&A sessions.

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Wrap Up

Pick up your free GSW t-shirt, receive your student ID, & take an optional campus tour if desired.

Storm Day 2021 Dates

Freshmen may register for the following dates:

  • Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Friday, June 4, 2021
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • Thursday, July 1, 2021
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • Friday, July 23, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not required to attend a Storm Day program and should complete the Online Orientation for Transfers. Afterwards, an advisor will contact you about advisement and registration.


What should I expect?

Make sure to arrive promptly for check-in. Your session of activities includes the opportunity to explore campus, go through academic advising, select courses, and gain exposure to departments and student support resources at the institution. Students must attend one session to complete the program and be registered for courses.

Who can attend?

Storm Day is an orientation and registration program for incoming freshman students. Each student may bring two guests.

Transfer students are required to complete the Transfer Orientation process online. 

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be exploring various buildings and resources across campus.

How much does it cost to attend?

The freshman Storm Day fee is $85 and will be applied to your tuition bill after registering for classes. There is also a $10 fee per guest (max of 2 guests per student) which must be paid with cash, check, or credit card during check-in.

What is the difference between Storm Day and Orientation?

For starters, Storm Day is only a few hours whereas Orientation is a few days. Both are required to ensure students are fully prepared for their first year at college.

At Storm Day, students have the opportunity to explore campus, go through academic advising, recieve class schedules and student IDs, and gain exposure to departments and student support resources at GSW.

During Orientation, you'll learn more about campus resources, meet faculty in your focus areas, familiarize yourself with campus and where your classes will be held before the first day of class, meet student leaders, participate in interactive activities, and so much more. Orientation is designed to help you settle into campus life and fully prepare you for your college journey to ensure your success. On the last day of Orientation, you will attend Freshman Convocation. This is your official welcome into the Hurricane family by GSW administration, faculty, staff, and students.

Additionally, Thunder Camp is another great opportunity to further enhance your transition from high school to college. It is not required, but highly encouraged so you can get introduced to your new peers before arriving to campus through fun and interactive activities.

Do I need to complete anything in preparation?

Once registered for a Storm Day session, students should complete the following prior to attending in order to make the most of their session:

  • Complete the FAFSA so the Office of Student Financial Aid may prepare your award letter
  • Send Dual Enrollment college transcripts to GSW as soon as courses are complete
  • Submit your photo for your new student ID if you do not wish to take one at Storm Day

Registered for Summer Classes?

Students beginning Summer semester are encouraged to register for the May 21st or June 4th Storm Day so they may complete Summer and Fall registrations at one time.

Classes are held and placed into blocks specifically designed by major for entering freshmen. Attending a later Storm Day should not negatively impact your class schedule.

Ready to sign up for your Freshman Storm Day?
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