Note: It will take 48-72 hours from the time of acceptance before you can access student systems to complete these next steps.
Find and activate your campusID. Your campusID will be your primary identification as a Georgia State Panther. First look up your campusID and then make sure you activate it as soon as possible by visiting campusid.gsu.edu. The campusID is different from your nine-digit panther number.
Set up your panthermail. Your student email account will be used for all official communications with the university. Check this account frequently.
Fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Don’t waste any time filling out the FAFSA. Use the school code 001574 when you submit your information. The sooner you fill this out, the sooner your financial aid package can be determined and distributed.
Verify lawful presence. You must provide verification of lawful presence in the United States to receive in-state tuition.
Submit immunizations. Go to the Student Health Services Immunization Information page to learn how to submit your immunization records to our Student Health Center. Avoid registration delays by submitting your records as soon as possible.
Get familiar with panther access to web services (PAWS). PAWS is the Georgia State student information portal that houses everything you need as an admitted student. Here you can see your class schedule, register for classes, view your student account balance and more. Log in to your PAWS account and get familiar with everything it has to offer.
Connect with your faculty advisor. Connect for academic advisement and with your home department for all your registration needs.
Take a tour of the campus. Students can take advantage of the university’s easy access to Atlanta’s rich creative environment, diversity of cultures and lifestyles and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Schedule an in-person visit to campus through our Welcome Center or use the virtual tour to get a sense of what it is like to attend a university in the heart of a world-class city.
Obtain your panther card. To access many buildings on campus, a valid panther card will be necessary. Georgia State University provides a machine-readable, photo identification card (ID Card) – PantherCard – for Georgia State students, faculty, staff, and other classes of individuals with a close association to the University. The primary purpose of the PantherCard is to identify the person and their association with Georgia State and should be carried at all times while on campus.
To receive a PantherCard, registered students should bring a valid, government-issued, photo ID to the any of the PantherCard offices as identification.
Note: The PantherCard is the property of Georgia State University. It should be carried at all times and presented, upon demand, for identification.
Attend orientation (not mandatory, but encouraged). Learn more about your college and the services available to you as a new graduate student by attending, which will be scheduled prior to the semester starting.
The new graduate student orientation for fall 2022 is scheduled for August 18 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (EST). This will be an in-person orientation held in CEHD room 150. We look forward to welcoming our college’s new graduate students on August 18th!
The Office of Graduate Student Services assists graduate applicants through the graduate application process as well as guides current graduate students on graduation requirements.