During the changes we are experiencing due to COVID-19, we are working on a plan for orientations starting in June. Registration for the summer events is now available! You may find the links to register below. All events will be virtual! While we are working on logistics for things such as placement and smart start, know that we are working to give you as close to the same experience we can as in-person ROAR. Please visit https://www.govst.edu/coronavirus/ for more information.

ROAR = Resources, Orientation, Advising and Registration


ROAR stands for Registration, Orientation, Advising, and Resources. It is a chance for incoming freshmen students and their families to learn about GSU. Attendance is required for all incoming freshmen.

  • What is the ROAR - Freshmen Orientation experience?


    During ROAR New Student Orientation, incoming freshmen students will interact with other new students as well as faculty members and administrators, meet with their academic advisors, and register for  classes. Students and their families will have a chance to discover the various opportunities provided at GSU including involvement in student organizations, volunteer opportunities, support services, and many other aspects of being a GSU student.

    ROAR New Student Orientation Events and Session Topics


    • Campus Resource Fair
    • Campus Tours
    • Welcome from University Leadership
    • Academic Advising and Class Registration
    • myONECARD, Campus Dining, and Bookstore Services
    • Lunch with Campus Leaders
    • GSU Honors Program
    • Living and Learning in Prairie Place
    • Study Abroad
    • Campus Involvement and Leadership Opportunities
    • Counseling, Disability, and Wellness Services
    • Math and Writing Assessments***


    Math and Writing Assessments*** 
    As a condition of admission, some freshmen students are required to participate in Smart Start. Students may be able to remove or reduce this requirement by taking placement assessments.

    If you have any questions, please contact New Student Programs at nsp@govst.edu or 708.235.6819.

  • 2020 Fall ROAR New Student Orientation Dates


    Register for one of our Fall 2020 R.O.A.R. dates now! Orientation will be virtual this summer, however, we will have some live components on the following dates. Simply click the link for the date you want to attend and you will be able to register for an event. Thank you for your patience as we try our best to recreate the R.O.A.R. experience our freshmen know and love! 

    For each 2 hour event, students can expect to experience an interactive zoom session where we will cover: 
    University Welcome

    Small Group Fun and the GSU Student Experience

    Advising and Registration Instructions

    Next Steps, Closing and Q&A 


    Students should only attend one live event at 10am or 2pm, not both. 


    Choose your date now!


    Date I:

    June 17th, 10AM  Event Date Passed

    June 17th, 2PM Event Date Passed

    Date II:

    June 25th, 10AM Event Date Passed

    June 25th, 2PM Event Date Passed

    Date III:

     July 9th, 10AM Event Date Passed

    July 9th, 2PM Event Date Passed

    Date IV:

    July 22nd, 10AM Event Date Passed

    July 22nd, 2PM Event Date Passed

    Date V:

    August 6th, 10AM Event Date Passed

    August 6th, 2PM Event Date Passed

    Date VI:

    Fast Track ROAR (advising and registration included in the afternoon)

    No placement testing available

    August 14th, 10AM-12:30PM + 1 hour for advising 1-4pm (time dependent on intended major)

    Date VII:

    Fast Track ROAR (advising and registration included in the afternoon) 

    No placement testing available

    August 28th, 10AM-12:30PM + 1 hour for advising 1-4pm (time dependent on intended major)



  • What's Next?


    • Submit immunization records online to MedProctor. More information can be found in the Registrar's Office, C-1300
    • Consider living in Prairie Place and submit a housing application
    • Explore campus dining and purchase a meal plan
    • Check the GSU Foundation for any scholarships for which you may qualify
    • Check your class schedule and speak to your academic advisor, Novalla Coleman, about making any changes