GOBD- Student Organizations & UA Departments

Student Org. & Department Fall GOBD & Org Take Over INFO

We would like to thank you for your past support of Get On Board Day and tell you that registration will open soon!  This year, we will have four components to the GOBD experience to enhance involvement which we will tell you more about below.  Components one and two are our Traditional GOBD outdoor fair experience.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

*Rain Date- Tuesday, September 3, 2019*


Get On Board Day

Get On Board Day (GOBD): GOBD is our annual major tabling fair that is a part of WOW:  Week of Welcome and allows student organizations to connect with large amounts of interested students personally through giving them info about their mission, goals, and meeting dates. This is an outdoor event that features both vendors, departments, and students organizations and draws student crowds of over 15,000+ participants.  As a compliment to the Traditional GOBD experience, we will offer a Virtual GOBD  opportunity for incoming and current students to take an online assessment to help them narrow down their GOBD options.  Additionally, part of this process will also connect with a virtual placement of student organization tables for GOBD or will offer students ways to connect with organizations if they are not able to attend the GOBD event. (Virtual GOBD features will only be applicable & available to Student Organizations.)

GOBD Table Dimensions– 6ft. (On some rare occasions 8ft tables in length are provided.  All tables about 3-4 ft. in width typically; Long Classroom style table)

Any other items will the table must be approved by our staff prior to bringing on the day of GOBD due to space.


Student Organizations:  $20 per table (2 table limit)

Departments:  $25 per table (4 table limit)


No Selling Merchandise; No promotion of non-approved UA travel or trips NOT sanctioned by UA; All promotional items, food, or beverages provided will need to be included on the registration form and must be approved by The Office of Student Involvement prior to distribution; No solicitation of other business or organizations; All registration submissions will be reviewed and The Office of Student Involvement reserves the right to deny use of any equipment item, but will contact you to work through the best possible solution.

*Approval of registration will occur on a rolling basis as applications come in.  


Thursday, August 29th 2019 from 5:00pm-9:00pm on the Ferguson Center Plaza, Promenade, Lawn, and Gorgas Lawn

Before registering, be sure to review our REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS or print off to help you navigate the online registration system.




Organization Take Over (OTO) will take place on the two dates of Wed., September 4th and Thurs. September 5th.

Organization Take Over (OTO): our annual showcase of 1st meeting opportunities and a chance to connect with interested students on a more personal level through hosting your first meeting, a “meet and greet” or an artistic/recreational demonstration in the Ferguson Center.


Free!  Included in GOBD Registration Cost 


Wed., September 4th and Thurs. September 5th from 5:00pm-10:00pm in the Ferguson Center




Category Mixers: at our category mixers, we will invite representatives from your organization to come out for a select meet & greet with students that are interested in specific interests.  Category mixers will be organized by our major topic areas of:  Advocacy, Arts/Entertainment, Recreation/Athletic, Intercultural/Cultural/Identity-Based, Service, Professional/Law, Academic, Honor Societies, Military, Religion/Spirituality.  Some categories will be combined.




**Fall 2019 Dates and Times have not been determined.  Please check back at a later date for those details.**



Contact The Office of Student Involvement at uainvolvement@ua.edu or 205-348-6114.