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.

ROAR = Resources, Orientation, Advising and Registration


Click here to attend our Freshmen Orientation scheduled for January 14, 2019!!

Our spring ROAR program for freshmen will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 and will kick off our Smart Start program before classes begin on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Snow date for Freshman Orientation will be scheduled, if needed, for Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

For Smart Start Students: Classes begin Monday, January 14, 2019 on your orientation date. For more information about Smart Start and a calendar of events, please visit: If Smart Start is a requirement for admission and students do not successfully meet their obligation, they run the risk of having their admission rescinded.


  • 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 GSU President Elaine P. Maimon
                                                                    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
                                                                                       Financial Aid* 
                                                                             Pre-Health Major Pathways**
                                                                         Math and Writing Assessments*** 


    Financial Aid Sessions*  

    Students and families will be invited to sign up for private meetings with Financial Aid to discuss each student’s individual financial aid package. There are also sessions that will allow students and families to learn about online financial aid tools and resources in a computer lab.

    Pre-Health Major Pathways**

    Pre-Health Major Pathways will allow incoming freshmen students who are eligible for the GSU Honors Program to join a cohort that focuses on preparing students for health majors such as Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy, etc.

    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.

    During ROAR, students who were placed in Smart Start Math or Smart Start Math/English will take the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment. This is NOT a test. It is a chance for students to showcase their proficiency in math and learn from targeted modules. If students do not receive their desired score during ROAR, they can take the ALEKS assessment up to 4 more times before the deadline. Students may take the ALEKS practice module and assessment before attending ROAR. But they can only take the ALEKS placement a total of 5 times.
    Students who were placed into Smart Start English will learn about the writing assessment that can be accessed through Blackboard. This writing assessment may only be completed once; so, students are encouraged to postpone taking the writing assessment until after they have attended this session at ROAR.

    Family members are invited and encouraged to attend ROAR.  Sessions have been specifically planned for families and guests on various topics including financial aid tips, campus safety, and a mock class.

    Please note:  Although there is no charge for incoming freshmen students to attend ROAR and each student gets two FREE guests, there is a $35 fee for each additional guest who attends.  The fee is vital to keeping our costs down as we provide orientation programming, meals, and materials for guests.  The fee for guests is charged to the student's account.  

    If you have any questions, please contact New Student Programs at or 708.235.6819.

  • 2019 Summer ROAR New Student Orientation Dates



    Summer 2019

    Session I - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Session II – Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Session III – Thursday, August 8, 2019
    All orientations are from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Students must attend the entire program.

  • What's Next?


    • 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, LaTonya Holmes, about making any changes