PAWS Orientation: Preparing, Advising, & Welcoming Students

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PAWS is a one-day new student orientation program during the summer where students:

  • Learn about campus life and opportunities to get involved
  • Receive information about the academic curriculum and academic services
  • Register for classes and receive guidance about class schedules
  • Meet faculty, staff, and other incoming students
  • Complete paperwork and ask questions related to financial aid and student accounts

PAWS Dates for First-Year Students Entering in Fall 2021

We are currently hoping to offer the PAWS orientation program in-person.  More information about format or optional virtual sessions will be made available late in the Spring semester.

Each PAWS session will be limited a certain number of students, so we strongly encourage you to register early in order to get the date that best fits your schedule!

  • Friday, June 25 – Deadline to register is Monday, June 21
  • Friday, July 9 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 5
  • Friday, July 23 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 19

Sessions will be taken off the registration form once they reach capacity. This may happen before the registration deadline!

PAWS-T for Transfer students entering in Fall 2021

At Greensboro College we understand that transferring to a new college can be a stressful and confusing time and that your needs are different from those of an incoming first-year student. That is why we designed a special Transfers Only PAWS (PAWS-T) with you in mind!  Transfer students can choose to attend a traditional, first-year PAWS program or the Transfers Only PAWS program.

PAWS-T will take place on Monday, July 26 – Deadline to register is Wednesday, July 21

How to Register

All PAWS and PAWS-T programs are first-come, first-served, and you must be registered to attend!

To register for a PAWS or PAWS-T program, follow these simple steps:

  • Log into your Empower Pride Page
  • Click the “Steps to Enroll” tab
  • Click the “Steps to Enrollment” link
  • Click the “PAWS: Preparing, Advising, & Welcoming Students Registration” link

If you have trouble logging into your Empower Pride Page, please contact

As you complete the registration form, please answer every question to the best of your knowledge.  This will help us give you the best PAWS experience possible. Once you have registered, return to this page for information on how to prepare for your PAWS program.


Questions can be directed to:

Jenna Avent, M.Ed.
Director of First Year Experience

Greensboro College COVID-19 Resources Page.