Are you interested in coming to Dawg Camp?
Check out the helpful FAQs below for more information!


Are you interested in coming to Dawg Camp?
Check out the helpful FAQs below for more information!

Despite the name, Dawg Camp is simply the name of this transition program! Unless you attend Dawg Camp Adventure, you will not be camping outside, rather you are in a residence hall located on UGAs campus. 

Yes! There is something for every new University of Georgia student – community engagement, outdoor adventures, Athens immersion, transfer student, school spirit/traditions  – each program is designed for different interests! 

Dawg Camp programs run through the months of June and July with different programs taking place at different times. Discovery, our shortest camp, takes place during the last weekend of July; whereas, Connect, Innovate, Adventure and Classic City last from four to six days throughout the summer.

Each Dawg Camp program speaks to various interests, which results in different program focuses. Adventure, Innovate and Classic City focus on the outdoors, Athenian culture, innovation, and community service in the Athens-Clarke country area, respectively. Connect is for our new transfer students and combines elements of other programs, but has transfer-specific information and programming. These camps run throughout the summer for four to six days and accommodate 12 – 20 students per session. Our last program of the summer, Discovery, caters to 150 students and focuses on building leadership skills, promoting campus and community involvement, fostering long-lasting friendships, and learning the history and traditions of the university. While each camp caters to different interests they are all built to ensure students walk away prepared, confident, and equipped to start their new adventure on the right foot. 

Yes! All programs are exciting and unique, so participate in as many as you would like! However, each Dawg Camp shares a common curriculum, so there will be content overlap if you choose to attend more than one camp. We recommend that transfer students only attend Dawg Camp Connect because the activities and curriculum are designed specially for them! 

Registrations for Summer 2024 will open in Spring 2024! Registration deadlines are approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program. This allows our staff enough time to prepare materials. 

You will receive an e-mail from the UGA Marketplace  immediately as a receipt for your purchase! This email will provide you with essential dates and basic information about the camp. About two weeks out, you will receive more detailed information to help you plan for your trip.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam inbox! If you are still in need of assistance, please email us at with your order # in the subject line. 

Dawg Camp Classic City, Discovery, Innovate, and Connect take place in Athens with students staying on campus.  Dawg Camp Adventure takes place in North Carolina. All check-in processes begin in Athens, GA for those programs that go off-campus! 

The Dawg Camp program is for students only. 

We do not allow students to meet with friends or family while they are immersed in a Dawg Camp program. When scheduling travel, students must plan to attend their registered camp in its entirety. If students are unable to arrive late or leave early from camp, please make travel arrangements accordingly. 

Since no two camps are alike, lodging, meals and activities vary for each and is reflected in the price. The price of each camp includes lodging, transportation during the program, meals, activities, and a t-shirt. 

An e-mail with all of these details will be sent to all participants two weeks prior to the start of their program. If you need that information in advance, please email 

Dawg Camp Classic City, Connect, Discovery, and Innovate participants are housed in UGA residence halls located on campus. Dawg Camp Adventure participants stay outdoors in tents during their time in North Carolina. PLEASE NOTE: If you are a student with a disability which may need accommodation to participate in our program, please directly contact the Disability Resource Center (705-542-8719) for an evaluation of your needs.

At UGA Orientation, students have the opportunity to see campus, go through academic advising, select courses, and gain exposure to departments and student support resources at the institution. Dawg Camp focuses on the next step – the transition from high school to college. Dawg Camp gives participants the opportunity to expand on the knowledge learned at orientation while being exposed to student life and UGA traditions, exploring common transition topics, and participating in fun and dynamic activities. Our programs allow incoming students to learn about more about what UGA has to offer and form closer bonds with their peers in a more casual environment. Dawg Camp also provides the opportunity for participants to be mentored by Dawg Camp Counselors – UGA upperclassmen involved in many areas of campus that are trained and eager to help new students find their place at UGA and thrive in their first year and beyond. 

Feel free to sign up and join us anyway! Participants do not need to attend orientation before attending Dawg Camp. 

Dawg Camp operates in partnership with UGA Admissions/New Student Orientation. If there is a scheduling conflict with orientation that doesn’t allow a student to attend Dawg Camp, contact us at to discuss possible accommodations. 

Once a program is full, we will replace the registration link with a Waitlist link! Simply fill out the form and if a spot opens up, we will contact individuals in the order in which they completed the form. 

Yes! Fee waivers are based on a completed application and demonstrated financial need. Dawg Camp Fee Waiver Application will be available in February 2024 when registration opens! If you have a concern about your ability to afford a Dawg Camp program, please email us at 

A 50% refund will be given to those who request it at least two weeks prior to the start of their original Dawg Camp program (the exact date is on your respective registration form). No refunds will be given for cancellations made after the registration deadline as program materials have already been purchased and reservations have been solidified. 

Dawg Camp is a once in a lifetime opportunity only for incoming students to the University of Georgia. This means that the only chance students have to participate in this tradition is prior to the start of their first semester at UGA. Spring start students are welcome to attend the summer prior to starting at UGA or the summer after their first semester at UGA. 

Yes, all students admitted for the next academic year can attend Dawg Camp in the summer (e.g. if you are admitted for spring 2025 instead of fall 2024, you can come to Dawg Camp in the summer of 2024). 

Are you ready to be a part of Dawg Camp 2024?

Registration for DC24 will open in January 2024