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Gadsden State to host a virtual orientation for incoming freshmen


Incoming freshmen at Gadsden State Community College are invited to participate in a virtual summer orientation for new students known as Cardinal Commit.

“Students who participate in Cardinal Commit will be armed with information and tools they need to be successful in college from the very beginning,” said Tonya Douthitt, coordinator of Enrollment Services. “It is important for all new Cardinals to participate in one of the two Cardinal Commits offered.”

This year, students will experience Cardinal Commit in a virtual environment in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We will have a live webinar for Cardinal Commit,” she said. “It’s so important for us to continue providing the information students typically get during the live Cardinal Commit events. This orientation will make the transition for our new students as smooth and successful as possible.”

The Cardinal Commit live webinars will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 21 and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 23. Students can select which one they’d like to attend.

Students are encouraged to complete six steps prior to participating in a Cardinal Commit webinar.

First, students must have their admissions requirements completed. Those who have completed an application but have not received an acceptance letter should email to check the application status.

Second, students should apply for financial aid prior to Cardinal Commit. Visit

Third, students should have access to their student portals with the credentials emailed by Gadsden State’s Admissions Department. If credentials have not been received, email

Fourth, schedule a virtual advising appointment at Advising appointments will take place via video conferencing or on the phone. In-person advisement is currently not offered due to COVID-19 social distancing safety protocols on Gadsden State campuses.

Fifth, register for fall semester classes through the OneACCS student portal. Classes begin on Aug. 19 for full semester and mini I term. Fall semester mini II term begins Oct. 13.

And, finally, RSVP for Cardinal Commit on the Cardinal Commit page at

“Participants will hear from students and faculty about how to successfully make the transition to college life,” Douthitt said. “They will also explore student services available, meet other incoming students and more.”

All participants will be entered to win a $500 book scholarship from the Cardinal Foundation.

Questions about Cardinal Commit should be emailed to