Darton State College

Darton State College New Student Orientation Home Page

New Student Orientation

Upcoming Orientation Dates

Should you have any questions about viewing
the NSO videos or Summer 2016 registration,
please contact:

  1. G. Pat Ridgeway @ (229) 317-6919

Welcome to Darton State College’s New Student Orientation Website

Welcome to the New Student Orientation website. We are pleased that you have chosen to begin or continue your collegiate experience at Darton State College. We want to make sure that you successfully transition to college and have a great experience as a new student.

The New Student Orientation will afford opportunities to learn about the academic programs and campus resources, meet with an academic advisor, and to register for classes. Whether you plan to take your classes on campus or as a fully online student, the orientation will help you to become better prepared for the upcoming semester. As a new student, your orientation to Darton will continue in your First Year Experience class (DART 1000) once the semester begins.

The information on this website will answer questions you may have about the orientation, guide you through the orientation registration process, and help you to prepare to register for classes. In addition, we have included information about Albany, area hotels and restaurants, local attractions, directions to the campus, and a campus map. We hope that you will also begin to explore the college’s website by clicking Current Students and Academics on the DSC homepage. However, your first step in the orientation process is to review the Frequently Asked Questions before you register for orientation or select your classes for the upcoming semester.

FAQs about the DSC New Student Orientation and Registration

1. Who should attend an on-campus orientation or complete the online orientation?

First year and transfer students who have fewer than 12 credit hours should plan to attend an on-campus orientation or complete the orientation for fully online students. On campus attendees will be allowed to bring 1 or 2 guests.

2. Why do I need to attend the New Student Orientation?

Attending the on-campus orientation or completing the orientation for fully online students will afford opportunities to initiate the transition to college, become better informed about the college’s resources, services, and campus life, talk to an academic advisor about selected courses, and register for classes.

3. How do I create my trial schedule for the upcoming semester?

Click the Planning Your Class Schedule button. Print the PDF Instructions and the Class Schedule Form, and view the instructional video. Follow the instructions to create your class schedule. If you plan to attend an on-campus orientation, be sure to bring a copy of the trial schedule with you. If you plan to take classes as a fully online student, you will be directed to contact your online support specialist for your area of study once you have completed the online orientation.

4. What time will the on-campus orientation sessions begin and end?

Check-in for the on-campus orientation sessions are scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Lobby of the Student Center. On campus orientation sessions will end by 1:00 p.m.

5. Do I need to bring anything with me to the on-campus orientation?

You will need to bring a photo ID and a copy of your trial class schedule with a couple of back up options for classes. Plan to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and be prepared to walk to several buildings for sessions and registration.

6. Will I be able to meet with an advisor and register for classes during orientation?

All students who attend an on-campus orientation will be able to meet with an advisor to discuss class schedules for the fall semester. Students who have been fully accepted will be able to register for classes. Students who have been temporarily admitted will be able to create or review a schedule of classes with an advisor and complete registration once all of information required for admissions has been received. Those students can contact Camille Thompson @ (229) 317-6865 or camille.thompson@darton.edu to register by phone or email.

7. What do I need to do if I need to switch my on-campus orientation session to a later one?

If you need to change your orientation date, be sure to contact gloria.ridgeway@darton.edu.

8. What are the dates and deadlines to register for the on-campus and online only orientation sessions?

Orientation Date Orientation Registration Date by 11:59 p.m.

9. Who should I contact if I have questions about the on-campus orientation or the orientation for fully online students?

G. Pat Ridgeway (229) 317-6919 On-campus Orientation
Renita Luck (229) 317-6732 Fully Online Orientation

10. Where do I report for my on-campus orientation session?

Students and guests are to report the Student Center (Building C) to check in and pick up their orientation materials.

11. When will I be able to log on to register for the on-campus or online registration?

Once you have fully completed the application process, you will receive an invitation for New Student Orientation. You will then be able to log on to http://www.darton.edu/NSO/ to complete the on-campus orientation registration process. If you plan to be a fully online student, be sure to complete the orientation for fully online students by logging on to http://online.darton.edu/orientation/.

12. Will meal services be available during on-campus orientation?

Although light snacks and beverages will be provided during the mid-morning break, food services will not be available during orientation.

13. Will I need a parking decal?

No, parking decals will not be needed. On-campus parking will be available for new students and their guests.

14. Who should I contact if I need disability accommodations during orientation?

Contact Pat Ridgeway @ (229) 317-6919 to make arrangements about accommodations.

15. Will on campus housing be provided for overnight accommodations?

Yes, two-person suites will be available in campus housing for one night @ $27.50 per person. Each suite includes a small living room and kitchenette with a private bedroom and private bathroom for each person. Interested persons should be prepared to bring personal linens, towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets. Payment should be in the form of a personal check or cash and will be due at the time of Housing Check-in, which is scheduled from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the day of orientation in Darton Commons. Overnight guests under the age of 16 must be accommodated by an adult. Please contact Dean of Students and Director of Housing Rocco Cappello at (229) 317-6260 or rocco.cappello@darton.edu for more information.

16. Will I have to pay an orientation fee?

Students who attend an on campus orientation will be assessed a 25.00 fee which will automatically be billed to their Darton State College Student Accounts.