Welcome to Georgia Tech! Congratulations on your decision to join our campus community. Georgia Tech is a nationally ranked, academically challenging, and socially diverse institution where exciting possibilities and opportunities await! The Office of New Student & Sophomore Programs (NSSP) supports new and continuing student success at Georgia Tech through a wide range of programs. These initiatives focus on fostering the transition and engagement of students in the Tech community. This publication introduces you to a few programs especially for new students: FASET Orientation, Wreck Camp, R.A.T.S. Week, and Welcome Home Month. These programs, along with our committed professional and student staff, will help you get to know and love Tech. Our office is located on the first floor of the Smithgall Student Services Building, aka â€œThe Flag Building,â€? in Suite 141. Please feel free to stop by anytime if you have any questions. We will help you get connected to the right offices on campus. Best wishes, Cynthia L. Jennings Director of New Student and Sophomore Programs
From left: Jordan Holliday, Larry Cloud, Genna Martella, Laura Wright, Cynthia Jennings.
Our orientation program, FASET (Familiarization and Adaptation to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech), will introduce you to current students, faculty, and administrators and help you become better acquainted with campus. You will learn about Techâ€™s rich history and traditions, and you will also meet your academic advisor and register for classes. FASET is designed to prepare you, your family, and guests for the Georgia Tech experience.
The 2014 FASET Orientation Cabinet is an executive board of 10 students who have worked hard to plan many aspects of your program. The 2014 FASET Orientation Cabinet would like to wish you success as you start this new chapter in your life. We are excited to introduce you to the nearly 75 FASET Orientation Leaders who will assist you in your transition, including helping you register for courses. We are all here to make your FASET experience informative and fun. Everyone looks forward to meeting you!
2014 FASET Cabinet Billy Davidow Business Administration, 4th Year
Lucy Squires Civil Engineering, 3rd Year
Catherine Fletcher Business Administration, 4th Year
Nicole Alampi Business Administration, 5th Year
Jack Crawford Industrial Engineering, 3rd Year
Rebecca Cottrill Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, 4th Year
Jen Abrams Public Policy, 3rd Year
Sy Rashid Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, 5th Year
Woong Jun Park Business Administration/ Pre-Dental, 3rd Year
Matt Waples Materials Science & Engineering, 4th Year 3
TOP 10 Reasons to Attend FASET Orientation 1. Join your new campus community. 2. Be guided by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable orientation leader. 3. Meet your academic advisor and get advice on course registration. 4. Register for classes. 5. Familiarize yourself with campus before classes begin. 6. Experience life in a residence hall. 7. Interact with fellow incoming students, current students, faculty, and administrators.
8. Explore student organizations, community service projects, and other campus involvement opportunities. 9. Get answers to your questions.
10. Learn about student support options such as tutoring, career services, counseling, and more!
FASET is a two-day orientation session designed specifically to acclimate students, parents, and guests to Georgia Tech. Day 1 begins at 8 a.m. Students will have planned activities until midnight on the first day; guests will finish by early evening. Day 2 begins at 7:30 a.m. for both students and guests and will conclude by 6 p.m.
Summer Freshman FASET June 18 - 19
Fall Freshman FASET Session 1: July 10 - 11 Session 2: July 20 - 21 Session 3: July 24 - 25 Session 4: August 3 - 4 *Session 5: August 10 - 11 *Session 6: August 13 - 14 Reservation Deadline: June 29 *Sessions 5 and 6 are reserved for international students and out-of-state students living 800 or more miles away. All sessions are available on a firstcome, first-served basis with limited availability, including FASET sessions 5 and 6. The conditions set forth for sessions 5 and 6 do not guarantee space for all individuals meeting the conditions. Other students who would like to request these sessions may do so, space permitting, starting July 15. There is no FASET session wait list.
FASET Registration Opens
Tuesday, May 20, at 9 a.m. (ET). www.faset.gatech.edu
Mark your calendar! FASET registration opens online Tuesday, May 20, at 9 a.m. You will receive your session confirmation after you complete the process. You may attend only the session for which you have registered. If you have any questions about registration, call the NSSP office at 404.894.6897.
All cancellations must be made in writing at least 10 business days in advance of your session for a refund of the registration fee, less a $50 administrative fee. To request a refund, email email@example.com.
At FASET, academic advisors in your major will introduce you to your field and discuss course options. Following advising, trained student leaders will walk you through the online process to help you register for fall courses. Please make sure your current test scores and transcripts have been sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission and that you bring a paper copy with you to FASET.
Summer FASET Housing
If youâ€™re living on campus for the summer 2014 semester, you can check in to your residence hall starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 17. For check-in locations, visit www.housing.gatech.edu. If you have 5
additional questions regarding move-in, please contact Housing at 404.892.2470. All students are required to stay on campus during their FASET session. If you are not going to live on campus this summer, please indicate this when you register for FASET so we can arrange your on-campus accommodations.
Sessions 1 - 4 All incoming freshmen attending FASET will be housed in residence halls on East Campus. Since Day 1 activities go until midnight, all students are required to stay in a residence hall. On-campus housing will not be available after FASET concludes on Day 2. Sessions 1 - 4 Early Arrivals Housing is available for $85 if you need to arrive the day before FASET. You may check in from 1 - 7 p.m. in the East Area Housing Office, located at 711 Techwood Drive in Field Residence Hall.
COST Student Fee – $200*
Covers all FASET materials, overnight housing in a residence hall, day one lunch and dinner, day two breakfast, freshman T-shirt, and R.A.T.S. Week and Welcome Home Month activities.
Student Early Arrival Fee (FASET 1-4) – $85* Includes dinner and night’s stay in residence hall before each session. * Note: Scholarships, including HOPE, do not cover orientation fees. All orientation fees will be posted to your student’s account (www.bursar.gatech.edu) after the session.
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You must indicate your intention to come early on your FASET registration. Sessions 5 - 6 If you have an on-campus residence hall assignment for fall semester, you may move into your room the day before your FASET session. Check-in procedures are determined by the Department of Housing and will be available starting mid-July at www. housing.gatech.edu. If you have not received a fall residence hall assignment, on-campus housing will not be available to you during FASET sessions 5 or 6. To make other arrangements, see listing of local hotels on page 7.
The Challenge Program The Challenge Program, sponsored by the Office of Minority Educational Development (OMED), is a five-week on-campus summer program especially for African American, Hispanic, and Native American students, but all accepted freshmen are welcome. The program provides a comprehensive snapshot of what is expected of firstsemester students, both academically and socially. Challenge starts June 21. All Challenge students and guests are encouraged to register for the FASET session designated by the Challenge Program. For more information or to sign up, call 404.894.3959 or visit www.omed. gatech.edu/challenge.
Students and Guests with Disabilities
Please indicate on your FASET registration whether you or anyone in your party has needs relating to a disability. Freshman students and guests with hearing impairment are encouraged to attend FASET session 3 (July 24-25), when we can arrange for
interpreters or audio equipment. If you need this accommodation, you must indicate it on your FASET registration and notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1. While at FASET, you may wish to schedule an appointment with the Office of Disability Services to discuss your specific needs. For more information, call 404.894.2563 (voice) or 404.894.1664 (TDD), or visit www. adapts.gatech.edu.
Medical and Immunization Requirements All students entering Georgia Tech must submit their immunization information to satisfy Board of Regents (BOR) immunization requirements. It is HIGHLY recommended that students complete the BOR requirements before the first day of class. For full details of all incoming student health and medical requirements, please visit www.health. gatech.edu.
Avoid Registration Holds
To ensure that no holds are placed on your account, which would prevent you from registering for courses at FASET, you must provide the following: Final High School Transcript â€“ Please have your official and final high school transcript mailed directly from your high school to: Office of Undergraduate Admission Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 30332-0320 Lawful Presence Documentation â€“ In accordance with University System of Georgia policy, all students admitted to Georgia Tech must provide documentation showing that they are lawfully present in the United States. Completion of the FAFSA form may have satisfied this requirement. Students who need to provide
additional documentation will receive email notification from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
New international freshmen are expected to attend FASET 5 (August 10-11) or FASET 6 (August 13-14). International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), within the Office of International Education (OIE), requires all new international students to check in with OIE prior to registering for classes. A registration hold on your account will not be removed until check-in is completed. New international students are also expected to attend International Student Welcome Week, which will include social events as well as information sessions on topics that are essential to international students. While many of the sessions and events are optional, all new students must attend a F1/J1 immigration session. For more information, visit www.oie.gatech. edu/welcome. 7
PARENTS & GUESTS
FASET is not just for students; it’s for parents and guests as well! Even if you’ve been on the Georgia Tech campus before, there is always something new to learn and someone new to meet. Because parents continue to play an important role in their college student’s development and education, orientation helps parents and guests create realistic expectations for their student and offers information to assist both parents and students in making the transition to Georgia Tech.
Parent/Guest Fee – $115
Includes all FASET materials, Parent Handbook, Parent Calendar, Day 1 lunch and dinner, and Day 2 breakfast.
Parent/Guest Tour of Atlanta – $40
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Parent and Guest Orientation runs concurrently with the student program and focuses on topics of interest to parents of new students. Participants will have the opportunity to: • Attend presentations on academic success, financial matters, housing, parking, campus safety, and more. • Take care of important campus business (meal plans, tuition payments, books, etc.). • Participate in a campus resource fair. • Meet other parents of first-year students attending FASET. • Attend breakout sessions designed for your individual needs. • Meet with key campus administrators during our Parent Breakfast. • Learn about opportunities available through the Parents Program. We strongly believe that family participation during your student’s transition to college is invaluable; we hope you will choose to attend FASET.
HOTELS NEAR CAMPUS
The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
800 Spring Street NW • Atlanta, GA 30308 The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is Georgia Tech’s only on-campus hotel! We are located right across from the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore and on the Georgia Tech trolley route. Complimentary wireless Internet is included. Please call and mention you are attending FASET to receive the Georgia Tech discounted rate: 404.838.2100 or 404.347.9440. www.gatechhotel.com
Hampton Inn Georgia Tech 244 North Avenue NW • Atlanta, GA 30313 Georgia Tech FASET rate: $115 per night. Closest hotel to the Student Center and Student Success Center; free hot breakfast/wireless Internet; complimentary shuttle service seven days a week throughout campus and within a two-mile radius of the hotel (call for hours of operation). 404.881.0881 www.hamptoninn.hilton.com
Housing and Parking
Due to space limitations, housing is not provided for parents and guests during FASET. Please see information above or visit www.faset.gatech.edu for a list of local accommodations providing special rates. Directions to campus, including from the airport and via public transportation, and parking information are available at www.faset.gatech.edu.
Tour of Atlanta for Parents and Guests
This tour is a great way for you to see the city where your student will be living. It takes place on the first evening of each freshman FASET session and includes many of Atlanta’s beautiful homes and historic sites. Please indicate on your student’s registration
form if you plan to take the tour; we cannot accept walk-ups. Students will be involved in other programs, so the tour is only for parents and guests. The cost of $40 per person will be added to your student’s bill. All cancellations must be made in writing at least 10 business days in advance of your session for a refund of the fee. To request a refund, email email@example.com.
The Georgia Tech Parents Program helps parents stay connected to their student and support his or her educational experience. As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the Parents Program hosts events such as Family Weekend, offers volunteer opportunities, and provides meaningful communication to parents and families. Coming to college is a big step in your student’s life. We look forward to partnering with you to make it successful.
Upcoming Parent Events New Student Convocation and Parent Reception Sunday, August 17 All incoming students and their families are invited to New Student Convocation. Just as Commencement symbolizes the conclusion of a college career, Convocation represents the beginning. Convocation serves as the official welcome for all incoming students. Parents and guests are also invited to a special Parents and Guests Reception prior to the ceremony where they can meet fellow parents, faculty, staff, and administrators. Family Weekend September 12 - 13 Join the Georgia Tech Parents Program for an exciting weekend of fun-filled activities. Visit www.familyweekend. gatech.edu for more information. Online registration begins in early July.
Welcome to the Georgia Tech community! Being selected as part of the incoming class is a huge honor. And now that you have decided to come to Tech, it’s time to be part of our newest tradition— Wreck Camp! Join us for this opportunity to bond with your new Georgia Tech family before you ever arrive on campus. For three days and two nights, you’ll join other incoming freshmen and student leaders at Rock Eagle 4-H Camp in Eatonton, Georgia, to learn more about Georgia Tech, our traditions, and your new community. Filled with fun activities, Yellow Jacket insight, and new friendships, Wreck Camp is one event you definitely do not want to miss! We hope to see you at Wreck Camp this summer and on campus this fall!
2014 Wreck Camp Directors
Erin Sapp Executive Director Computational Media, 4th Year
Katie Williams Director of Recruitment Business Administration, 3rd Year
Fares Ibrahim Director of Operations Industrial Engineering, 3rd Year
Trey Blanden Director of Community Outreach and Development Computer Science, 4th Year
Sheila Leveille Director of Membership and Morale Business Administration, 4th Year
What is Wreck Camp? You may know a lot about Georgia Tech — or very little. Either way, Wreck Camp is for you! This extended orientation experience brings together new and current students and is a great way for you to meet new people, make new friends, and get to know more about campus culture and traditions. Why should I come to Wreck Camp? • Community Coming to camp gives you the opportunity to meet other new students in a fun camp environment. During Wreck Camp, you will participate in everything from small groups led by two upperclassmen to color-themed teams to all-inclusive camp activities. While having a great time, you’ll create new bonds and friendships with a diverse group of students before ever arriving on campus. • Traditions Georgia Tech has a rich history of traditions and a great story to tell. Coming to camp ensures you will learn all about these traditions, including singing the fight songs, pulling pranks with George P. Burdell, and practicing for the Freshmen Cake Race. • You You’ll not only be more prepared for transitioning into Tech this fall, you’ll also learn more about yourself through insightful activities and interactions in small groups with our staff. We’ll help you identify your individual strengths and set goals that will help you succeed in college. We want you to have the best first year you can, and Wreck Camp is a great way to get ahead of the curve! Go to www.wreckcamp.gatech.edu to sign up. Wreck Camp is one experience you will not want to miss!
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SCHEDULE Day 1
The first day of Wreck Camp is about making connections and learning Georgia Tech traditions. Once at camp, get ready for small group time, our annual Traditions Skit, trivia, and our luau social!
During the second day of Wreck Camp, we talk more about life at Georgia Tech, your leadership, and what it means to be a student here. Day 2 is also when we have our Wreck Camp Games (a field-day competition between our color teams) and the Color War.
Our final day of Wreck Camp is all about taking what you’ve learned and getting ready to head back to campus. During the day, we have advice panels from our staff on a variety of topics, our awards ceremony for the weekend (including announcing the winning color team), and one final small group.
COST Registration for Wreck Camp begins May 1. Wreck Camp costs $200 per student. Need-based scholarships are available. If you would like to move into your fall residence hall prior to camp, you may do so for a fee of $160. All Wreck Camp fees will be posted to your student account (www.bursar.gatech.edu). 11
WELCOME PROGRAMS Upcoming Student Events
R.A.T.S. Week 2014 R.A.T.S. Week is the welcome week for all Recently Acquired Tech Students! The fun will start Thursday, August 14, and will last through Sunday, August 24. R.A.T.S. Week is packed with fun activities, departmental receptions, campus information, chances to meet other students, and opportunities to learn about hundreds of ways to get involved on campus. Information will be posted at www.ratsweek.gatech. edu in July. New Student Convocation Open to all incoming students and their families, New Student Convocation is a ceremony to honor a new beginning. Convocation will be held Sunday, August 17. Just as Commencement is a ritual marking the completion of a college career, Convocation is a ritual that signals the beginning. It is also when new students of 2014 and their families are officially welcomed to the academic community. More details on this event will be provided as it nears. Welcome Home Month Welcome Home Month, coordinated by the Office of New Student & Sophomore Programs, starts with R.A.T.S. Week and continues with Involvement Week. It’s a great time to learn about academic opportunities, student organizations, and campus activities. You can view the schedule at www.welcomehome.gatech.edu starting in early July.
Tech Treks – An Adventure Orientation Program FASET and the Campus Recreation Center’s Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT) have joined forces to offer three optional Adventure Orientation Experiences. All trips are beginnerfriendly, no experience is needed, and all gear is provided, so start your Georgia Tech experience with one of these three unique programs: Southeast An exciting three-day Rock Climbing and Rafting Adventure with camping under star-filled skies. Minnesota An incredible nine-day Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoeing Expedition that explores the Minnesota wilderness while canoeing from lake to lake and camping each night. Alaska An amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for the truly adventurous: our 10-day Alaskan Adventure Wilderness Orientation Experience. Discover true Alaskan wilderness while we backpack, camp, sea kayak, mountain bike, go ice climbing on glaciers, and be on the lookout for wildlife like moose, caribou, and bears. These incredible opportunities give you a great way to meet other incoming students, increase your social network, reflect on your upcoming journey, get your questions answered, and spend quality time in the great outdoors! All trips are led by Georgia Tech professional staff, upperclass students, and professional guides for technical activities. More information is available at www.crc. gatech.edu/orgt.
R.A.T.S. on Ropes Get to know your fellow classmates in a unique way! Sign up today to take part in R.A.T.S On Ropes, Georgia Tech’s Leadership Challenge Course. This day-long pre-FASET event immerses participating students in the 5 Behaviors of Leadership—a high-adventure interactive workshop designed to give them the tools they’ll need to take on leadership roles in clubs and organizations at Georgia Tech. Students will interact 40 feet in the air while working together to solve problems and develop confidence. This unique opportunity is limited to the first 32 students to sign up for each date (July 9, 19, 23 or August 2, 9, 12). Check-in for the program will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Register along with FASET, starting May 21. See www.faset.gatech.edu for more information. Fee: $ 110 (includes challenge course, dinner, overnight stay, and a light breakfast)
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We encourage parents to opt in to communications from the Parents Program and the Institute by creating a Stay GT Account. Visit the DidConnected you know Georgia Tech’s motto is Georgia Tech& Parents website “Progress Service”?Program Georgia Tech — gives www.parents.gatech.edu— students numerous opportunities andtoselect the “Stay Connected” meaningfully engage with our community throughout the year, and we put these words into action starting at FASET. This summer, we will host a collection drive of small toiletries to benefit the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. We encourage all families and students to participate at FASET. The project will culminate with an event on Friday, August 15, where incoming students will volunteer alongside upperclass students, faculty, and staff to package donated goods for delivery. Stay tuned to FASET emails for more information or visit www.leadandengage.gatech.edu. 13
For More Information New Student & Sophomore Programs is here to answer your questions. Please feel free to call us at 404.894.6897. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET), Monday - Friday. If you get voicemail, please leave your name and number, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
TECH TO DO q Register for FASET Orientation q Retrieve and Memorize Your GTID Number q Pack and Prepare for Move-In q Sign Up for Wreck Camp q Sign up for RATS on Ropes or Tech Treks q Complete Dining Contract q Submit Payment for Tuition and Fees
q Signup for Jacket Guardian q Complete MyStudentBody q Complete immunization requirements q Follow FASET and Wreck Camp on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter â€“ #GT18, #FASET and #WreckCamp q Join the Class of 2018 Facebook Group q Participate in Project One
DATES Registration for FASET and R.A.T.S. on Ropes opens: Tuesday, May 20, at 9 a.m. (ET). Registration for FASET closes: Sunday, June 29 Registration for Wreck Camp opens: Thursday, May 1, at 9 a.m. (ET). FASET Orientation Dates Summer Freshman: June 18 - 19 (Wednesday - Thursday) Session 1: July 10 - 11 (Thursday - Friday) Session 2: July 20 - 21 (Sunday - Monday) Session 3: July 24 - 25 (Thursday - Friday) Session 4: August 3 - 4 (Sunday - Monday) Session 5: August 10 - 11 (Sunday - Monday) Session 6: August 13 - 14 (Wednesday - Thursday) www.faset.gatech.edu Wreck Camp Thursday, August 7 - Saturday, August 9 www.wreckcamp.gatech.edu R.A.T.S. Week Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 24 www.ratsweek.gatech.edu New Student Convocation Sunday, August 17 www.gatech.edu/specialevents/convocation R.A.T.S. on Ropes Sign up for the day prior to your FASET orientation session www.nssp.gatech.edu Copyright 2014 • Georgia Institute of Technology • Institute Communications B14C8436 • An equal education and employment opportunity institution
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