Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to GGC! We believe college is a transformative experience that should be positive and meaningful. Review the information that follows to successfully guide you through the first days and into your first year of college.

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Submit the rest of your paperwork and apply for financial aid as soon as you are admitted.

Next Steps

Follow the steps below to make sure you have everything in place to begin your first semester at GGC.

Step 1 – Incoming freshman, transfer and dual enrolled students, watch for your email invitation to register for Grizzly Orientation. This opportunity provides everything you need to begin classes and succeed in your first year. Attending Grizzly Orientation is mandatory, so sign up early, as sessions fill up quickly. Post-baccalaureate, transient and continuing students are not required to attend Grizzly Orientation. 

Step 2 – Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through for financial aid, using school code 041429. Our easy to follow Financial Aid Checklist (PDF) will give you more details.

Step 3 – Complete immunization verification requirements

Step 4 – Submit your final transcripts from your last term of enrollment. Freshman students should submit official high school transcripts including graduation date with diploma type; transfer students should submit official final college transcripts with no “in progress” courses posted.

Step 5 – Submit advanced placement and CLEP test scores. If you have taken advanced placement or have completed a CLEP test and wish to receive college credit, official test scores must be sent to GGC. Request official reports at Please review the GGC AP-CLEP Policy (PDF) for further information. If you are interested in taking a CLEP test at GGC, please visit Testing Services.

Step 6 – Verify your residency status through Grizzly Den within Banner. Learn more about residency requirements and what to do if you placed as an out-of-state student, but do not believe you should be. Email questions to @email.

Step 7 – Apply for student housing. See GGC's residence policy.

Step 8 – Pay your tuition in full by the stated tuition deadline date.

First- and Second-year Experience

Navigate your college journey with ease using GGC's First- and Second-year Experience program, tailored to support you from enrollment to your second year.

First-Year Learning Communities

First-Year Learning Communities provide themed options that enhance the freshman experience and support your success at GGC.

Grizzly Days

Join the GGC community, other new students, faculty and staff for Grizzly Days, a week of fun activities and programs. Experience our symbolic “March through the Arch” – the Arch of Knowledge – to be ceremoniously greeted by the faculty gauntlet: a receiving line of your intellectual mentors at GGC. You’ll also be treated to movies, games and other events, including an introduction to GGC’s mascot – The General.

Partnering with Parents and Family

Parent and family support aids your ability to succeed throughout your college experience.

Proxy Access

Grizzly Den within Banner (the student self-service information system) offers important information that can be shared when students add proxy access for parents and family members.

  • Grades
  • Account profiles, summaries and holds
  • Schedule details and week at a glance calendars
  • Financial aid notifications and award letters

Reference the Grizzly Den Proxy Access User Guide (PDF) to authorize proxy access for parents and family.

Email Notifications

Students have the option to add a parent’s or family member’s email address so they can stay informed about important dates, campus events, semester start and end dates, graduation and more.

Learn how to add email addresses in Grizzly Den within Banner (PDF) for parents and family members to receive notifications.