Accepted First-Year Students

Congratulations on your admission to Georgia’s Public Liberal Arts University.

Due to our deadline falling on a weekend, we have extended our confirmation deposit deadline. There are few spaces left in the freshmen class. Submit your deposit today to reserve your spot!

Steps To Becoming a Bobcat

Congratulations! Receiving an offer of admission to the university is only the first step. To reserve your space, all admitted first-year students (and transfer students with 12 or less credit hours) wishing to reserve their seats must complete the following by May 1 (Dec. 1 for Spring admitted students):

To set up your account, you will need your GCID and bobcats email address. Both can be located in the top section of your application status.

Click Here to Find your GCID and GC Email

STEPS TO BECOMING A BOBCAT - Your Guide to Getting Started at Georgia College

1: Set up your account

Your PAWS account will allow you to pay your confirmation and housing deposits, POUNCE, print your schedule, find your advisor, access financial aid awards, pay for your classes, view course offerings and much more!

Part 1: Set Up Student Account

  1. Visit http://unify.gcsu.edu/
  2. Select the “MyPassword” tab along the top bar
  3. Select “Set Initial Password” to enroll in the system by setting up your password
  4. Refer to your acceptance letter for your GCID number and GC email address
  5. Complete the information and select submit
  6. You will be brought back to the main unify.gcsu.edu page
  7. Now you are ready to log in and explore the virtual world of GC!

Part 2: Enroll in DUO Authentication

  1. Log in to Unify (http://unify.gcsu.edu/) using your GC student (@bobcats.gcsu.edu) credentials
  2. Click here to view DUO iPhone instructions
  3. Click here to view DUO Android instructions
  4. Select the green "DUO Enroll" button, located near the center of the screen
  5. Enter your student credentials and follow the steps to install and enroll in DUO
  6. When you reach the screen that verifies your successful enrollment, press Logout
  7. If you have a second phone that can be used for authentication, you will select the "DUO Self Service" button in Unify. Once you enter your username and password, DUO will prompt you to authenticate using the method that you just created. Once fully authenticated, please add a second (or more) method to authenticate
  8. When finished, press Logout

For questions about creating your account, contact our Serve Help Desk at: serve@gcsu.edu or (478) 445-7378.  
Click here to print steps to becoming a bobcat

2: Submit a $200 Confirmation Deposit

To reserve your space in the freshman class, you must submit your non-refundable, $200 confirmation deposit. Once we receive your confirmation deposit, you will be able to move forward with housing and registration. The deadline to submit your confirmation deposit is June 1 (Dec.1 for spring admitted students) . If you pay the deposit online, you will not  have to turn in the enclosed Confirmation of Acceptance sheet.

Watch Confirmation Deposit Tutorial

  1. Visit https://unify.gcsu.edu/ 
  2. Enter your GC email address and Unify password
  3. Click on the PAWS button and login using your Unify password. In the new window (Duo Security), choose an authentication method. We recommend to use Duo Push: Send Me a Push option. Click on notification icon and approve the login request. Go back to the Unify page
  4. Click on PAWS icon on https://unify.gcsu.edu/
  5. Choose “Student Account Center” tab
  6. Select “Student Account Center” link
  7. Select the “GC Student Account Center” button (you will be sent to a different web page)
  8. Select Deposits tab located along the top bar
  9. Select entry term for making a payment (term your student will begin)
  10. Click on the “Select” button
  11. Under “Select Deposit Payment”, choose “Admissions Conf Dep” from the Deposit Account dropdown and click on the “Select” button
  12. Proceed to make the deposit payment by selecting “Continue”
  13. Select the credit card payment method and click on “Select”
  14. Enter credit card information and select “Continue” to submit confirmation deposit and complete payment

For questions about the confirmation deposit, contact the Office of Admissions at: admissions@gcsu.edu or (478) 445-1283.

3: POUNCE - Class Registration -Available February 1

POUNCE is our registration process for all newly admitted first-year students. Using preferences you indicate on your POUNCE form, an advisor will register you for classes based on those preferences, your chosen major and available courses. 

Once you have submitted the POUNCE Course Preference Form, an advisor in your major department will create your schedule. Approximately 10-15 business days after you submit your POUNCE Course Preference Form, you will receive an e-mail at your Georgia College Bobcats e-mail account to let you know that your schedule is complete. At that time, you will be able to view your schedule on line.

Watch POUNCE Course Preference Tutorial

  1. Visit http://unify.gcsu.edu/
  2. Enter your GC email address and Unify password
  3. Access PAWS from the third tab at the top or from the PAWS icon under the student tab
  4. Choose “Menu for New and Returning Students” tab
  5. Select “POUNCE Registration”
  6. Follow the directions provided to complete the form
  7. Before finalizing your preferences, review them carefully as you may POUNCE only once

For questions about the POUNCE Course Preference Form, contact the Academic Advising Center at: success@gcsu.edu or (478) 445-2361.

4: Submit a Housing Contract and $235 Deposit

Please allow 24 hours for confirmation deposit to clear before completing the housing contract.

  1. Visit https://unify.gcsu.edu/
  2. Enter your GC email address and Unify password
  3. Click on the “Service Apps” tab at the top of the screen
  4. Click on the “Housing Application” icon (icons are in alphabetical order)
  5. If the application does not open, you will need to allow pop-ups for the site
  6. Click the “Housing Application” link at the top of the screen
  7. Select the term that you are applying for and follow the on-screen instructions

For questions about the housing contract, the $200 deposit or $35 application fee, contact University Housing at: housing@gcsu.edu or (478) 445-5160.

5: Complete the final steps

After submitting your tuition deposit, other final steps include:

  1. Complete the FAFSA and/or GSFAPPS by July 1 (November 1 for spring admitted students)
  2. Provide Verification of Lawful Presence by July 1 (December 1 for spring admitted students)
  3. Complete your certificate of immunizationemergency contact form, and special assistance request (found in admission packet)
  4. Register for New Student Orientation
  5. Request your final high school/college transcripts be sent to Georgia College prior to July 15. Official copies should be sent to admissions@gcsu.edu or GC Office of Admissions, Campus Box 023, Milledgeville, GA 31061
6. Find Your Assigned Admissions Counselor

We know this is a challenging time for everyone. Please know that our Admissions Office is still here for you and available to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions moving forward, please do not hesitate to call us. Our office remains open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m  – 5:00 p.m. (EST). Our Admissions Counselors are available to speak with you via phone, email, and/or a virtual Zoom meeting. Click below to find your assigned admissions counselor. 

Click Here to Find your Admissions Counselor

Summer Orientation

Sign-up to attend freshman orientation for fall 2021 will open in early spring 2021. 

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