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


OUR Virtual PAWS orientation program will be broken out into two parts:

Part 1: 24/7 access to information about Greensboro College

This will include videos and other media meant to introduce you to the variety of supports and services available to GC students and help you prepare for a successful fall semester.  More information coming soon about how students can access this content!

Part 2: Live orientation sessions via Zoom 

These will be held on our regularly scheduled PAWS dates (see below) and will include advising and registration sessions for students as well as panels and Q&A sessions for parents and guardians.  Additional information about the full schedule of live sessions will be shared soon!

Students are still expected to register for a virtual PAWS event.  See instructions on how to register below!

Bonus!  Pride Leader Connections

All incoming students will be paired with a Pride Leader, who will help connect incoming students to GC and one another.  Pride Leaders are current GC students who have dedicated their summer to helping you as you transition to a full-time Greensboro College student.  Students will receive more information about their Pride Leader in June!

Parents and Guardians: Sign up here to attend virtual PAWS sessions and receive additional communications from the College!

PAWS Dates for First-Year Students Entering in Fall 2020

Each PAWS session will be capped at 60 students, so we strongly encourage you to register early in order to get the date that best fits your schedule!

  • Friday, June 19 – Deadline to register is Monday, June 15
  • Friday, July 10 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 6
  • Friday, July 24 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 20

Sessions will be taken off the registration form once they reach the 60-student maximum. This may happen before the registration deadline!

PAWS-T for Transfer students entering in Fall 2020

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 27 – Deadline to register is Wednesday, July 22

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.