You are responsible for knowing training requirements and dates before applying. If you are selected to be a UGA, you are expected to plan your travels around these dates.

The Importance of Training

What will happen during training?

  • You will learn to do your job.
  • You will have an opportunity to practice and prepare for dealing with some of the more difficult aspects of the UGA position.
  • Your cluster/House staff will develop as a team and get to know each other well.
  • Your cluster/House staff will develop group norms and expectations and plan for the term.
  • You will prepare your floor and cluster/House for resident arrival.
  • You will help with first-year orientation (even if you do not have first-year students).
  • Some of your residents will already be living on your floor — you will be their UGA!

A note about continuing education and training for UGAs: All UGAs are expected to continue to develop their leadership knowledge, awareness and skills through continuing education. Details about how to complete these requirements will be shared at the start of each term.

Training Requirements

All fall-term UGAs are required to attend all of fall training, attend the off-campus training retreat, participate in First-Year Orientation, and help with first-year and upper-class openings.

New winter and spring term UGAs who do not attend fall training will attend the required training at the start of each term and work closely with their Assistant Director to train on the job.

Any conflicts should be sent to the UGA Training Committee before you submit your UGA Application. The UGA Training Committee will contact and advise you further.

If you would like to be a DOC trip leader, note that the new trips schedule implemented in 2021 overlaps with UGA training, so fall term UGAs will not be able to be trip leaders if the schedule remains the same.

Some student leadership opportunities conflict with the UGA role and training responsibilities (including but not limited to the following: DOC Directorate, DOC Croos, and Pre-Orientation program mentors).

Training Dates 2024-2025

Training Dates 2024-2025:

Fall 2024 Training: Details Coming Soon

Winter 2025: Details Coming Soon

Spring 2025: Details Coming Soon

Fall Training

Many years there is an extremely short turnaround time between summer and fall term, which means signing the UGA contract may mean you will not be able to plan for a break between summer and fall terms. Here is some guiding advice for those in different situations.

  • For those taking classes in the summer: Please note that in most years you will likely not have any break between the summer term and the fall term. We recommend you work with your professors to take exams early if possible if you require time between the two terms.
  • For those with internships that end after the start of training: In order to request late arrival for training due to an internship conflict, you must show evidence (in writing) of negotiating a departure time with your employer to make training on time. Only in cases where UGAs can show that their employers are unwilling to compromise on date departures (in writing) will the training committee consider approving a late arrival.
  • For fall varsity athletes: Please notify UGA Training Committe and your supervisor of your pre-season schedule.