Next Steps for Admitted Students (U.S.)

  • Set up your student email account. All official communication form the university is sent to your student email.
  • Access your PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account. This is the online system you will use to register for classes, view academic records, update personal information, view financial aid and pay tuition and fees and much more!

All students will need to submit the Intent to Enroll form. MPH students must submit also submit the nonrefundable $100 tuition deposit online using PantherPay via PAWS.
If you have not already submitted a Residency Form with your application for admission, you will need to complete and submit it to the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services via sphadmissions@gsu.edu or fax to 404-413-1489.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that any student applying to Georgia State University will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States before their admission to the university can be finalized.

This requirement is detailed in the following Board of Regents policies:

In compliance with the above policies, a Citizenship Verification Hold preventing registration will be placed at the time of admission for any student admitted for Fall 2011 or later until lawful presence is verified.

How Can the Citizenship Verification Hold be Removed?

Students may be verified through one of the following options:

A. Verification through the Federal Aid Financial Aid Form (FAFSA)

If you are either a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible non-citizen (does not apply to international students on a visa) who has completed and submitted a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will verify your lawful presence. If you are not able to be confirmed as lawfully present the Office of Financial Aid will follow-up with you for additional documentation.

B. Submission of one of the following documents:

  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization *
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship *
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad*
  • Current U.S. Passport *
  • Current GA Driver’s License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
  • Current GA ID Card issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
  • Permanent Resident Card*
  • Certified U.S. Birth certificate (must be submitted in person)
  • Military ID (must be verified in person)

*Copies of these documents are acceptable. Documents should be submitted directly to the Office of Academic Assistance.

C. Verification through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Information System)

If you have or are applying for an F or J visa the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office will verify your lawful presence through SEVIS. As this is already part of the immigration process there are no additional steps required to have your Citizenship Verification Hold removed. Simply comply with the requirements outlined by the ISSS office as you prepare to arrive to Georgia State.

D. Verification through SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements)

If you are not a U.S. citizen and are not able to be verified by one of the options above, please contact the International Student and Scholar Services office in order to query the SAVE Database.

The Citizenship Verification requirement applies to all newly admitted students at the Georgia State University beginning fall 2011. This includes students who have been previously enrolled at GSU but are either returning (Re-entry) to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. Transient students must also be verified; however Cross-Registration students do not.

What If I Do Not Provide Proof of Lawful Presence?

Admission will be withdrawn for any student who is unable to provide proof of lawful presence by at least one of the methods outlined above.

To ensure Georgia State University can reach you or close contact person in case of an emergency each student must update his or her information each semester. A hold is placed on your PAWS account each semester to remind you to update your information. Instructions on removing the hold are located here.
If you have not already done so, you are required to turn in the final transcript showing proof of earned degree from your graduating institution (unless Georgia State University) before the first day of classes. You should submit that transcript to:

    Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services
    Georgia State University
    School of Public Health
    P.O. Box 3995
    Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

This is required for accepted applicants who have never attended Georgia State University. If admitted, you must submit this form to Georgia State University Health Services prior to registration. The form can be printed from the Student Health Clinic's Immunization Page. Be sure to submit your immunization records by the first day of classes. You can fax your immunization records to the Immunization Office at (404) 413-1955. Please do not fax or send your immunization records to the School of Public Health. If you can’t secure immunization records you can receive the needed vaccines from your local health department, private physical or the Georgia State University Health Services. There is a fee at all locations for vaccines. For more information on GSU’s services visit the University Health Services web page.
Filling out your FAFSA application is important if you are looking for any type of federal financial aid (loans, grants etc.). If you have not already filled the form out take a few minutes to do so here. You will be able to review your award status online through your PAWS account once it is processed and sent to GSU. For questions about federal financial aid you may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Be sure to register early and pay your tuition and fees by the due date to secure your class schedule. (due date link to online academic calendar) (MPH, CPH, Non-degree students) If you need assistance, you can schedule an advisement appointment with the Graduate Advisor here.
iCollege is the university’s central learning management system. Log in to access your course syllabi and materials.
All new Ph.D. and MPH students are required to attend an orientation program typically held during the week before the first day of classes.
Information on International Student Orientation can be found here. PLEASE NOTE - some graduate international students may be required to take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) during International Student Orientation. Test results could cause you to alter your initial class schedule in the unlikely event you are required to add an English course. For more information about the GSTEP please see this link. ISSS will let you know if you need to take the test (as determined by your academic department) when you arrive at orientation.
The PantherCard is the official Georgia State University identification card. It is used for library privileges, after hours access and can also be used as a debit card for PantherCash. PantherCards are available online at the PantherCard Office.
Students have multiple transportation options including: discounted monthly MARTA cards, shuttle service, and on-campus parking. All parking requires that a vehicle be pre-registered and display a valid parking permit. Vehicle registration can only be done online through PAWS/GoSOLAR. Complete and current information can be found online or by calling the Auxiliary Services Office at (404) 413-9500.
Georgia State University offers health insurance to two primary groups of students, mandatory and non-mandatory (voluntary). Students receiving a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) and International Students are required to carry health insurance. For more information on this requirement please review student health insurance.
Atlanta and the surrounding area have many affordable housing options for graduate students. If you are interested in living on campus, you can view your options on the university's housing site. Georgia State also offers an off-campus housing site to start your housing search.
As a new student of the School of Public Health you are also part of the Georgia State University community. Plan a campus tour to find important locations, resources and opportunities on campus. You can also take a virtual tour of campus.
Atlanta is a great place to study and live. Metro Atlanta offers a number of events to attend, places to see, and activities in which to participate. See what Atlanta has to offer by browsing Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Tourism Bureau.
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