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. This is their first opportunity to get involved on campus, connect with current and incoming students, and meet faculty and staff. PAWS is also a time for families to complete paperwork and ask me questions related to financial aid, student accounts, and health services.


Every January we host a PAWS orientation day for incoming students for the spring semester. This orientation is designed for both first-year and transfer students, and covers all the information you need to be a successful student at Greensboro College. In this one-day program, you will learn about the academic and student services at Greensboro College, get to know some of your fellow classmates, and find out what classes you’ll be taking. 

If you are planning to live on-campus, this is also when you will check-in with Residence Life. For more information regarding living on-campus, refer to the Residence Life webpage.

PAWS-J will take place on Friday, January 5th from 9am-2pm starting in the Lea Center.

Check-in, if you are living on campus, will begin at 2pm in the Lea Center.


  • Friday, June 14, 2024 – Deadline to register is Monday, June 10, 2024
  • Friday, July 12, 2024 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 8, 2024
  • Friday, July 26, 2024 – Deadline to register is Monday, July 22, 2024

Each PAWS session will be capped at 60 students, so we strongly encourage you to register early to get the date that best fits your schedule. Please note that you will not be able to register for PAWS until you pay your deposit.

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

Students attending PAWS 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 credit card on the morning of the student’s PAWS session.

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 partners with a few local hotels to provide a discounted rate for students attending PAWS. Hotel and rate information for students attending PAWS for Fall 2024 will be updated in May.

Further Questions?

Devin D’Agostin, M.Ed. ’20

Director of First Year Experience

Phone: (336) 217-7206 


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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.