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

Greensboro College will offer both in-person and virtual options for incoming students to participate in the PAWS orientation program!

In-Person PAWS

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

Each in-person PAWS session will be capped at 50 students, and dates will be taken off the registration form once they reach capacity. This may happen before the registration deadline!

Students attending an in-person PAWS session are limited to a maximum of two guests.  No exceptions will be made to this policy!  All guests are required to pay a $15 registration fee with cash or credit card on the morning of the student’s PAWS session.

Masks are required for ALL attendees at in-person PAWS orientation programs.

Students should plan to arrive on campus between 8:30am-9:15am to check-in for the day’s program in Main Building.  PAWS will wrap up around 5pm.

Virtual PAWS

  • Friday, June 25 – Deadline to register is Monday, June 21
  • Monday, July 26 – Deadline to register is Wednesday, July 21

Virtual PAWS sessions will held live via Zoom beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm.  Students will receive a detailed schedule and links to join Zoom sessions 1-2 days prior to their registered PAWS date.

How to Register

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

To register for a PAWS 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

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