Incept Student Checklist

Incept Student Checklist

In preparing for your first day of classes at Georgia State, there’s a lot to do! These checklists will help keep you organized and make sure you’ve gotten everything done before you arrive to Incept, during your Incept day, and after you leave.

Before Incept

  • Register for your Math and Chemistry placement exams, if required, through PAWS and make sure you complete them before* your scheduled Incept day.
  • Register for Incept through PAWS - there are a limited number of spaces each day so register yourself and any guests you want to bring with you as soon as possible.
    • If you cannot pay by credit or debit card online, you'll need to make sure you send in your mail-in registration form as soon as possible.
    • If you need to change the date of Incept you registered for, you must do so three full business days prior to your previously scheduled date. Do not click the withdraw button on PAWS.  Please call the Incept: New Student Orientation at 404-413-1580 to register for a new date.
  • Print copies of the registration page and payment confirmation email to bring with you to your Incept day.
  • Make travel and overnight accommodations as necessary.
    • Check-in for One Day, Transfer Express, and Freshman/Transfer One Day Incept is from 7 - 7:45 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 8 a.m.
    • Check-in for Overnight conferences is from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Please make travel plans accordingly.
  • Contact the Margaret A. Staton Office of Disability Services in advance if you have any permanent or temporary disabilities or needs which may require advance arrangements for assistance.  To ensure services will be available, you must contact the office at least two weeks before your Incept date. Please note:  We are not able to provide a wheelchair or other medical equipment.
  • Contact Incept: New Student Orientation at least two weeks in advance if you have special dietary needs. We can accommodate special meals for dairy-free and gluten-free diets only. All meals will include a vegetarian option.
  • Submit final transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  • Submit your Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination scores to the Office of Admissions.
  • Make sure all financial aid forms are complete and submitted including your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Activate your Campus ID and email address - call the HelpDesk at 404-413-HELP (4357) if you have any problem with your activation.
  • Take and submit your own photo for your Panther Card.
  • Check your PAWS account for any holds on your account. If possible, take the necessary steps to remove the holds before you arrive to Incept. Holds on your account may prevent or seriously delay your ability to register for classes at Incept. Common holds include:
    • Balance Due - charges may be for tuition, housing, or any other fees.
    • Emergency Contact Information - simply update the required information to release the hold.
    • Immunization - you can still attend Incept and register for classes if you have not turned in your immunization record, but you must do this as soon as possible.
    • Online pre-orientation (for transfers only) - must be completed in order to register for classes.
  • Make arrangements with University Housing if you are planning to live on campus.
  • Review course schedule offerings and Freshman Learning Communities. Discuss your academic plans with your parents.
  • Before using the Student Recreation Center, you must first complete the Student Recreation Center Waiver.
  • Get more information about Incept and Georgia State with our social media outlets:
    • Follow us on Twitter.
    • Like us on Facebook.
    • Follow and share photos of your Incept experience with us on Instagram! #gsuincept #gsu19 #gsutransfer

*Students attending Overnight Incept will take the Math and Chemistry placement exams during Incept and do not need to complete the exams before their scheduled Incept day. However, students attending Overnight Incept still need to register for required exams in advance.

What to Bring to Incept
At Incept, we will provide you with a book bag, pen, and all other materials you will need throughout the day. Here is a list of things you need to bring with you:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing. You will want walking shoes for the campus tour and moving about the buildings. Additionally, it may be hot outside, but some inside spaces are air-conditioned, so you may want a light cardigan or sweater. Don't forget to check the weather and bring an umbrella if the forecast is calling for rain.
  • Printed copies of your Incept registration confirmation and payment confirmation email.
  • Your Panther ID number, campus ID, and password.
  • Copies of your transcripts and any financial aid information you received prior to your Incept date.
  • A photo identification card such as a driver's license, government-issued ID, or passport. You may need it to remove a Lawful Presence Hold and you won't be issued your Panther Card without it! The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students applying to Georgia State University to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States before their admission to the university can be finalized.
  • Cash to pay for parking - $7.00 in M-Deck.

At Incept

  • Meet your fellow classmates, Inceptors (new student orientation leaders), faculty, and staff.
  • Take a campus tour.
  • Get all your questions about Georgia State programs and services answered.
  • Meet with financial aid representatives to discuss any questions about your account.
  • Find a club or organization to join once you arrive to campus.
  • Register for your classes.
  • Get your Panther Card.
  • Receive a copy of the First-Year Book and On Campus Student Handbook.
  • Complete Incept evaluation and link your Georgia State email account.

After Incept

  • Turn in immunization records (if you have not yet done so).
  • Make sure your tuition and fees are paid-in-full by payment deadline.
  • Have conversations with your parents about:
    • Campus safety and awareness
    • Accident/emergency situations
    • Academic expectations
    • Getting involved on campus
    • Time management and fiscal responsibility
    • Living on-campus or commuting
  • Read the First-Year Book.
  • Order books for classes.
  • Register your vehicle.
  • Register your OrgSync account and choose clubs to join.
  • Sign up for PantherAlert, Georgia State's emergency text messaging system.
  • Link your official Georgia State email account to an account that you check regularly (such as GMail or Hotmail).
  • Plan to attend Freshman Convocation in August!

Overnight Incept
For students attending the Overnight Incept, you'll need to bring an overnight bag with a few essential items. Your residence hall room will have bed linens, but don't forget to pack the following:

  • Towel
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap)
  • Flip-flops/shower shoes
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pajamas
  • Change of clothes for the following day