PAWS Orientation

PAWS: Preparing, Advising, & Welcoming Students

PAWS is a one-day, new student orientation program during the summer where incoming students register for classes and learn about campus and academic life at Greensboro College. It’s their first opportunity to start getting involved on campus, connect with other students, and meet faculty and staff. PAWS is also a time for families to complete paperwork and ask questions related to financial aid and student accounts. 

Dates For Fall 2023

Seats at each PAWS session will be limited, so we strongly encourage you to register early to get the date that best fits your schedule.

  • Friday, June 23 – Deadline to register is Monday, June 19
  • Friday, July 14 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 10
  • Friday, July 28 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 24

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

Students attending PAWS are limited to a maximum of two guests. All guests are required to pay a $15 registration fee with cash or credit card on the morning of the student’s PAWS session.

Students should plan to arrive on campus between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. to check-in for the PAWS program in Main Building. Your day will wrap up around 5 p.m.

How to Register

All PAWS programs operate on a first-come, first-served basis, 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

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

How to Prepare

Make sure you’ve sent in final official transcripts from any college or university where you have completed coursework. This includes courses taken through an early college or high school program. It’s a good idea to also bring a copy of those transcripts with you to show academic advisors during the advising and registration portion of the day.  This will help us create the most accurate and efficient course schedule for you.

If you have questions about your immunizations or health insurance requirements, you’re welcome to bring those documents with you.

While it will be hot outside, we’ll keep it nice and cool indoors so we recommend dressing in layers and bringing an umbrella in case of a summer shower.

Be prepared for a photo. Students will be taking their Pride Card (student ID) picture in the morning.

How to Get Here

The address for a GPS device is 815 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. For more detailed directions, go to our Visit Us page. To view our campus map, go here.

Hotel Accommodations

Greensboro College has partnered with a few local hotels to provide a discounted rate for students attending PAWS. Contact the hotel of your choice using the information below to reserve your room.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton (Downtown)
222 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 553-1280
Click Here to Reserve a Room for June 23 PAWS by May 21st
Click Here to Reserve a Room for July 14 PAWS by June 12th
Click Here to Reserve a Room for July 28 PAWS by June 26th

Four Points by Sheraton (Greensboro Airport)
7619 Thorndike Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 882-6666
Click Here to Reserve a Room for June 23 PAWS
Click Here to Reserve a Room for July 14 PAWS
Click Here to Reserve a Room for July 28 PAWS

Further Questions?

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

Jenna Avent, M.Ed.

Director of First Year Experience

Phone: (336) 272-7206 

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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.