Office of New Student Transitions & Orientation


To lead new students through their transition into the university by providing student mentors and programs that empower them to achieve and excel at this level. Our priority is to ensure that each new student entering Grambling State University is introduced to the tools needed to obtain a baccalaureate degree from this institution. The Office of New Student Transitions & Orientation also supports our First-Generation College Students by connecting them to campus resources by coordinating efforts across the university to serve them.


What is a first-generation college student?

First-Generation students come from families where neither parent or guardian has a four-year degree or higher from a college or university in the United States of America. Many students whose parents have degrees from outside of the United States are also considered first-generation. Grambling State University is happy to support and serve anyone who identifies as first-generation. First Gen tigers, including first-generation faculty and staff, are a fundamental part of our campus, and a strong and proud part of the #GramFam. National First Gen Student Appreciation Day is observed on November 8th. 


New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a student lead series of informational sessions spread out over a three-to-five-day period in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Students hear from key university personnel as well as student leaders while getting acclimated with university processes and procedures. During this time, they will receive both academic and campus resources, along with community resources. Students also participate in the Rites of Passage, the annual pinning ceremony for new students, held during Welcome Week of the Fall semester commemorating their crossover into their collegiate journey at Grambling State. Spring New Student Orientation - January 4, 2024. (details are forthcoming)


GRAMbassador Mentor Program

The GRAMbassador mentors were formed to assist our first-generation college students with their collegiate transition. Mentors and mentees are matched at the beginning of the academic year and continue to meet on a monthly basis throughout the year. Mentees are also invited to various socials and events sponsored by the GRAMbassadors and The Office of New Student Transitions. Any GSU student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher can apply to be a mentor. Any new student can be a mentee, first gen students are automatically enrolled into the program. 


Need a Mentor? (For current freshmen, sophomore, or new transfer students only) 

Want to be a Mentor? The application for the 2024-2025 GRAMbassador mentors will be available April 2024.



Britni S. Grayson, Coord. of Student Transitions & Orientation
Mrs. Britni Grayson, Coordinator
Office of New Student Transitions & Orientation
403 Main St. GSU Box 4200 Grambling, LA 71245 | 
Office: 318-274-6423