Orientation

Welcome to Chattanooga State! The purpose of new student orientation is to ensure that new students have a successful transition into college life and to promote college success. New student orientation is required for all new, first-time freshmen and new transfer students.

Once the enrollment process has been completed and students are ready to register for classes a postcard will be mailed to them.  The postcard will have step-by-step instructions for RSVP’ing for New Student Orientation.  Below is an example of the postcard students will be receiving.

To sign up for New Student Orientation, students should follow the steps below.

Orientation Postcard

Step 1: Log into TigerWeb
Step 2: Enter TigerID and password
Step 3: Go to “Hello New Student Orientation” name tag in the center of the page.
Step 4: Click to “Schedule an orientation.”
Step 5: Select a date and complete the personal information.

 

For more information call 423-697-4404 or email orientation@chattanoogastate.edu

Orientation FAQs

When and how do I register for classes?
Answer: 
  • On the day of New Student Orientation students will be advised and then register for their classes.
  • It’s important that you understand that you will be limited to a part‐time schedule if you have not satisfied all immunization requirements. We encourage you to satisfy those requirements so that you are able to maximize your New Student Orientation experience.  Please see your Admissions Status Check to make sure that you are ready for a full‐time schedule.
Why can’t I register for my classes?
Answer: 

There is an Advising hold on all first time and transfer students. The hold will be lifted when you attend New Student Orientation.

When will I be able to sign up for Orientation?
Answer: 

Once all of your Admissions requirements are complete you will be invited to New Student Orientation.

How will I know that it’s time to sign up for New Student Orientation?
Answer: 

Once you have completed the enrollment process and you are ready to register for classes a postcard will be mailed to you.  The postcard will have step‐by‐step instructions for RSVP’ing for New Student Orientation. Below is an example of the postcard you will be receiving.

Orientation Postcard

In addition, students will receive an email to their personal account notifying them that it is time to RSVP for the event.

Below is a screen shot of what students will see once you log into your TigerWeb account. The nametag will be in the center portal of your student account. The RSVP process is very simple and will allow students to choose the event that best fits your schedules.

Orientation Hello Badge

When is New Student Orientation this year?
Answer: 

The dates have been set for:
– May 20
– June 4
– June 17
– June 25
– July 17
– July 23
– July 29
– August 7
– August 13

  • Two dates will open at a time so that students are encouraged to attend sooner rather than later. Because we anticipate increased enrollment for the fall, it is imperative that you take advantage of the first opportunity you can for New Student Orientation. As each session fills the next one will be added to the RSVP system.
Is Orientation mandatory?
Answer: 

Yes. Orientation is required for all first time and transfer college students in order to register for classes.  ChSCC believes that all students who attend a New Student Orientation are more apt to do well in and outside of the classroom. We want you to feel welcome and prepared to begin your college career.

Why can’t I attend Orientation without RSVPing?
Answer: 
  • We work to accommodate the maximum number of attendees for each event. Because space and seating is limited we have to insist that students RSVP so that we are prepared for their attendance.
  • Students will be registering for classes and we want to ensure that each of you get the individual attention needed during that process. To that end, faculty need time to evaluate your student records (transcripts, test scores, etc.) and to develop educational plans that fit your needs.
What do I need to bring to Orientation?
Answer: 
  • We encourage you to come ready to take full advantage of the day. The best way to do that is to come prepared to ask questions.
  • Beyond that, we encourage you to dress comfortably, wear comfortable shoes for walking, any personal items such as medication and bring an umbrella if the weather is questionable. Rain or shine students will be moving from building to building throughout the day.
What is the schedule for Orientation?
Answer: 

Orientation is a 5‐hour event which will include:
– Workshops about success in the classroom, resources for support outside the classroom and Financial Aid literacy.
– Advising based on student majors
– Lunch with faculty and staff
– Registration
– Tours at the end of the day for those interested.  The tour would add approximately 1.5 hours to the day’s schedule.

Timeline Agenda Item Location
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Check‐in
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Student Success Workshops

  • Welcome
  • W.E. Succeed: Inside the Classroom
  • W.E. Succeed: Financial Aid
  • W.E. Succeed: Outside the Classroom

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Lunch
11:30 – 2:00 p.m. Advising and Registration By Division

It’s important that you be in attendance for the full five hours. If you are unable to stay you will need to reschedule.

To reschedule:  Go back to the RSVP link drop your reservation and then RSVP for another date and time that is more conducive to your schedule.

Is it ok for parents to attend?
Answer: 
  • Yes.  Please encourage parents/guardians to attend; however, children and significant others are discouraged from attending.
  • Parents will NOT be provided a seat in the Humanities Auditorium since we have limited seating, but will be encouraged to stand in the back of the auditorium or the lobby during the opening session.
  • Once New Student Orientation has started parent will be escorted to a separate location to have a conversation focused on them and their journey at Chattanooga State with their students.
What if I miss or am unable to attend my scheduled Orientation session?
Answer: 

You can drop a reservation and sign‐up for another Orientation date.

To reschedule:
– Students should return to the RSVP link Tiger Web.  From there they can drop their reservation and then RSVP for another date and time that is more conducive to their schedule.

How much does Orientation Cost?
Answer: 

New Student Orientation is funded with student fees which are included with other tuition charges. Students attend the event at no additional cost.

Will lunch be provided while on campus?
Answer: 

Yes, students will invited to have lunch with Chattanooga State faculty and staff.

I'm taking all online courses. How do I complete the New Student Orientation requirement?
Answer: 
  • Although there will be exceptions, students should plan to attend one of the on‐ground orientations. Examples of exceptions might be military attending classes while serving elsewhere, individuals that are home bound, or those that have unique physical limitation.
  • If you live in the area and are able to get to campus, we ask that you attend one of the on-ground sessions.  The information that we cover will be relevant to all students regardless of the instruction method.
  • If an exception is to be made, please contact kathryn.bissell@chattanoogastate.edu. She will research your student records and then contact him/her to make a plan for New Student Orientation.
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