By choosing Georgia State, you are furthering your education in a global hub of public health expertise and preparing for a career that enables you to improve the health of populations locally and around the world.
Prepare for a successful first semester by completing the steps below.
- Set up Your CampusID. You’ll use your CampusID to log in to just about everything. Look up your CampusID, select "Activate New CampusID"Your CampusID is different from your Panther number. Your Panther number is the nine-digit number located on your acceptance letter. It will take about 48–72 hours before you can use your new CampusID to access the student systems.
- Get DUO. Once you’ve activated your Campus ID and Username, head over to the Duo Activation App to set up your mobile device or phone number for multifactor authentication. DUO helps make sure that it’s really you accessing your accounts. This must be completed BEFORE you set up your PantherMail student email account. Questions? Visit technology.gsu.edu/duo.
- Set up PantherMail. Get your Georgia State email address. You’ll use this for all communications with the university. Go to PantherMail.
- Log in to Panther Access to Web Services (PAWS). PAWS is your online portal to registration, student accounts, housing and more. Log into PAWS using your CampusID. While you’re there, check out the New Students section.
All students will need to submit the Intent to Enroll form. We request that you inform us of your decision to accept or decline our offer of admission by logging in to your GSU/CAS Liaison application and “View the Status” page. MPH students must also submit a nonrefundable $100 tuition deposit to reserve a space in the class (please refer to your acceptance letter for more information).
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. View instructions on removing the hold.
Immunizations are required for MMR, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Varicella and Hepatitis B. Fax the completed immunization form to 404-413-1955.
If you’ll be living in University Housing, you must also obtain the Meningitis vaccine or sign an optional waiver from University Health Services and include it with your housing application.
For questions, call 404-413-1940.
MPH, Graduate Certificate, and non-degree students: If you need assistance, you can schedule an advisement appointment with your Graduate Advisor. Please make sure to view semester calendar for important dates.
- All new PhD, DrPH, and MPH students are required to attend an orientation program typically held during the week before the first day of classes.
- International Students: Review Information on International Student Orientation. 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. Learn more about the GSTEP program. ISSS will let you know if you need to take the test (as determined by your academic department) when you arrive at orientation.
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 parking and transportation information can be found online or by calling Auxiliary Services 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.
- All international students and exchange visitors at Georgia State University are automatically billed for the university’s student health insurance plan (SHIP) provided by United Health Care, Inc. You may wish to apply for a waiver of this coverage if you have adequate health insurance from another sources.
- Georgia State University admits all academically qualified students, regardless of immigration status. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students applying to Georgia State University to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes. This requirement is detailed in the following Board of Regents policy:
- Policy 4.3.4 Verification of Lawful Presence
Students may be verified through one of the following options below:
- Verification through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen (this 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 cannot be confirmed as lawfully present, the Office of Financial Aid will follow up with you for additional documentation.
- Submission of one of the following documents:
Current Georgia driver’s license issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
Current Georgia State ID Card issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
Current U.S. passport*
Certified U.S. birth certificate (must be submitted in person)
Permanent Resident Card (front and back copy)*
U.S. Certificate of Naturalization ( (must be submitted in person)
U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (must be submitted in person)
U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad (must be submitted in person)
Military ID (must be verified in person)
*Copies of these documents are acceptable.
Submit documents directly to the Office of Academic Assistance & Career Services in person or through the application document upload.
- Verification through Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS)
If you have or are applying for an F or J visa, we 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 our Office of International Student and Scholar Services before you arrive at Georgia State University.
- Verification through Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE)
All nonresident alien students on some sort of visa will need to submit immigration documents verifying their lawful status to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Such documents may include an I-94 card, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) approval notice or receipt notice, or other documentation confirming the student is in lawful visa status.
This includes students who have been previously enrolled at Georgia State and are either returning (re-entry) to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. Transient students must also be verified.
What If I Do Not Provide Proof of Lawful Presence?
While eligible for admission, individuals considered by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents to be unlawfully present in the United States, such as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, shall not be classified as in-state for tuition purposes and shall not receive any waiver of tuition differential (tuition waiver).
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
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 out the FAFSA form, take a few minutes to do so. You will be able to review your award status online through your PAWS account once it is processed and sent to Georgia State University. For questions about federal financial aid you may contact Student Financial Services.
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. Learn more about the GSTEP. ISSS will let you know if you need to take the test (as determined by your academic department) when you arrive at orientation.