On August 24, 2015, over 32,000 students began their fall semester on campus at Georgia State University. Over 3,400 of these students are freshmen just beginning their college journey at one of the leading urban research universities in the nation. With so many exciting things happening at Georgia State, some may find it challenging to adjust and get involved. Fortunately, Panther Welcome is here to help!
Panther Welcome is an opportunity for freshmen to integrate with the campus community and the downtown Atlanta area. In collaboration with many departments throughout the university, Panther Welcome is a two-week-long extravaganza featuring over 30 diverse events and programs. Newcomers and returning students alike will find their fall semester arrival less worrisome and more exciting when they participate in this annual opportunity.
During Convocation, the new freshman class received their medallions and recited the Freshman Pledge. Afterwards, the new panthers were invited to celebrate at the Panther Welcome Block Party at Hurt Park. That was only the beginning of these two eventful weeks to come. Dozens of other inclusive and engaging events will follow, such as organizational meet and greets, a pool party at the Recreation Center, multiple job fairs, welcome receptions for minority communities, an enlightening seminar on studying abroad and so much more!
Alongside these exciting happenings, students will have the opportunity to take part in many of the programs and organizations offered on campus. A great way to get to know the university better is by joining one of the over 400 student organizations available. Students will have the chance to meet many of the members by attending the Student Organization, Atlanta Vendor and College & Campus Life Fair on Thursday, September 3. For anyone having trouble finding their way around campus, just look for an Ask Me Booth! These helpful information hubs will be located throughout campus during the first week of school.
Another program of interest is the Food and Toiletry Drive, which is dedicated to assisting students in need. Designated donation bins are placed throughout the campus during the first two weeks of school. Please consider dropping off non-perishable food items and personal toiletries to aid students and help stock the Panther Pantry.
All of these opportunities encourage students, faculty and staff to join together and bring a greater sense of panther pride to our campus community. We hope to see you there!