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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. Registration will close as capacity is met. Register early to ensure your first choice!

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 Storm Day session to be registered for courses.

Register for Storm Day Session

Fall 2024 Entry
Summer 2024 Entry

Available Storm Day Sessions for Fall '24 Entry (August)

  • April 26 PJCLP Members Only
  • May 23
  • June 7 Session Full
  • June 13 Session Full
  • June 18 Session Full
  • June 27 Session Full
  • July 11 Session Full
  • July 18 Session Full
  • July 25
  • July 30

Fall Entry Schedule

Available Storm Day Sessions for Summer '24 Entry (June)

  • May 8
  • June 4

 Summer Entry Schedule


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

First-Year Preparation

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

Student & Parent Sessions

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

What to Expect

As you're welcomed to campus, please arrive promptly for check-in to ensure you receive all materials. Your session of activities includes a variety of opportunities to explore campus and learn resources available while preparing for registration.

  • Explore GSW's campus by receiving a small group tour led by one of our dedicated Storm Spotters. 
  • Gain insight on our student platforms required to succeed on campus.
  • Learn more about your major and meet students with similar majors with our catered dates for each college.


Who should attend?

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

Transfer students are required to complete the Transfer Orientation process online. Online students should contact to complete registration virtually.

What should I wear?

Students will be taking photos for their Canes Card student ID and should wear suitable clothing for taking a photo. We also recommend wearing comfortable 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 $15 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 takes place over multiple 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, receive 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