Orientation

Your first university requirement is also one of the most fun. Orientation provides incoming students an opportunity to get connected to the TCU community, register for classes, and learn the basics of academic life at TCU.

Step-By-Step: Incoming First-Year Students

All incoming first-year students for Fall 2021 will complete the following 3 steps for Orientation. Click across the tabs to learn more about each step!

1. Register for Orientation
2. Complete Pre-Advising Modules
3. Attend Orientation

Registration Information

Amiso George, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication in TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication. 9-25-2020 Photo by Carolyn Cruz

Registration will open on April 13 at 4:00 pm CDT in your myTCU portal (my.tcu.edu). Once logged into myTCU, select the Admission Status & Checklist Tile and complete your Orientation Registration. Please complete all steps, you will know they are complete when your screen shows a confirmation page.

All incoming first-year students are required to attend Orientation. In order to observe COVID policies, while still providing the best Orientation experience available, space in each session is limited. Sessions fill on a first-come, first-serve basis so please reserve your spot as soon as you are able.

We are not able to accommodate walk-up students at Orientation. You must attend your scheduled session. Any updates or changes to your registration must be done two weeks prior to your scheduled Orientation and only if space permits.

Once you have received your confirmation, please make your travel arrangements to arrive on TCU’s campus in time for 9:30 am Check-In on Day 1 of your Orientation.* Students should not plan to leave campus until after 5:00 pm on Day 2 of Orientation. Please make travel arrangements accordingly, we are unable to accommodate late arrivals or early departures.

*Pre-Orientation Sessions will be scheduled before 9:30 am for students in Honors College, Leaders for Life Invitees, and NCAA athletes. These programs will communicate with you directly.

Health & Safety Protocols

Each individual is responsible for their health and well-being and is expected to be considerate and respectful of others.
Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Face coverings and physical distancing are optional. The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and the CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face coverings or practice physical distancing for protection against COVID-19.
Not Fully Vaccinated Individuals: TCU expects those who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks and maintain physical distancing. If exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, TCU will require unvaccinated individuals to quarantine per CDC guidance.
Updated TCU COVID-19 Information, including case counts, updated health & safety protocols and vaccination information can be found at TCU COVID-19 Information.

If you have any questions, please contact us at fye@tcu.edu or 817.257.7855.

A student reviews class materials while watched by a pug in a blue shirt. Photo by Jeffrey McWhorter, March 20, 2019

Opening May 19 in your myTCU portal, these modules will provide academic information specific to your college or school that will prepare you for your Orientation. You may complete these at your own pace any time prior to your registered Orientation date.

Students must complete their Pre-Advising Modules in order to register for classes during Orientation.

To access the Pre-Advising Modules, log into myTCU, select the Admitted Student Task tile, then select Pre-Advising Modules. The link will take you to an external site.


If you have any questions, please contact us at fye@tcu.edu or 817.257.7855.

Schedule

During this 2-day Orientation, students will learn more about campus resources and life as a TCU student with Orientation Leaders (OLs) in a small group setting. Each student will receive a personalized email with additional details a few days before Orientation.

Day 1
9:30 am – Check – In*
Small Groups
Academic & Resource Sessions
Student Engagement
Meals
Midnight – Lights Out

Day 2
8:00 am – Breakfast
Small Groups
Lunch
Advising & Registration
Residence Hall & Campus Tours
5:00 pm – Check-Out


Please note that all times listed are in Central Daylight Time (CDT).

*Some student groups will host pre-Orientation sessions before 9:30am on Day 1 of Orientation. These groups include Honors College, Leaders 4 Life Invitees and NCAA Athletes.  University staff will communicate directly with students in these programs about time and location of their pre-Orientation sessions.


Prepare for Orientation

Students will be advised and register for their first semester courses during Orientation. Depending on a student’s chosen area of study, the advising process may look different as each college has their own requirements and processes.

  • Complete your Pre-Advising Modules before your Orientation. This includes an Academic History Information form- we want to make sure our academic advisors and faculty have all the information they need to get you registered for the courses that best fit your needs!
  • Students should not pick classes prior to Orientation as important information will be given to you during your session.
  • Set up your TCU email on whatever device you check most regularly! All official university communication and orientation information will be sent to this address.
  • Don’t forget to pack: Casual attire, comfortable walking shoes, jacket for chilly classrooms, mask/face covering, backpack with pen/pencil and notebook, photo ID, overnight bag with toiletries. (Bed linens- fitted sheet, top sheet and blanket are provided.)

Health & Safety Protocols

Each individual is responsible for their health and well-being and is expected to be considerate and respectful of others.
Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Face coverings and physical distancing are optional. The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and the CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face coverings or practice physical distancing for protection against COVID-19.
Not Fully Vaccinated Individuals: TCU expects those who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks and maintain physical distancing. If exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, TCU will require unvaccinated individuals to quarantine per CDC guidance.
Updated TCU COVID-19 Information, including case counts, updated health & safety protocols and vaccination information can be found at TCU COVID-19 Information.

Parent & Families Orientation

Parents and Families will be able to learn more about the TCU campus and resources at our in-person Orientation and through our virtual Orientation Modules. Unfortunately, due to university COIVD space restrictions, in 2021 we must limit each student to one guest attending Orientation on-campus.

The 2021-22 Parent/Family Orientation Modules will be available after your students’ Orientation session and will be sent via email. No worries if you are not attending Orientation with your student.  Your student will also receive the link to the Parent & Family Orientation modules to share with you.

Please click below to find out more about our Parent & Family Programs department at TCU.

TCU Parent & Family Programs Web page

Incoming Transfer Student Orientation

Are you an incoming Transfer Student? Transfer students are individuals who graduated high school, enrolled in college courses and obtained at least 12 credit hours of transferable coursework. Veterans are typically considered transfer applicants, as well. Students who have taken dual credit or AP courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements are NOT considered transfer students. Transfer students, find out your Orientation information here:

Transfer Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting April 13 at 4:00pm CDT, students that have paid their enrollment deposit can log into their myTCU portal to find the link for registration.

Incoming students should select the “Admission Status & Checklist” tile in their myTCU portal, complete all steps of the reservation process and ensure you receive a confirmation.

You must pay your non-refundable tuition deposit before you can register for Orientation. It can take a few hours for this deposit to process.

If the Orientation you wish to register for is full, you have the option of being placed on a waitlist on the registration page.  Each first-year summer Orientation session can accommodate up to 220 students. Reservations for these sessions open in mid-April and registration takes place on a first-come, first-served basis.

Because of the nature of the waitlist we cannot notify students when or if there will be an open space in that session. If you need to schedule travel arrangements in advance, please do so based on the session you are currently enrolled in.

If you are experiencing difficulty registering, please call Student Development Services at 817-257-7855 and we can walk you through the process. We will not register you for Orientation, but can help troubleshoot the process.

Yes, all incoming first-year students admitted to TCU for the fall semester are required to attend Orientation. Please note that students may not be able to register for classes until they complete the Pre-Advising Modules, and attend all events during Orientation.

Space is limited in each Orientation, so reserve your space early as sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orientation is strongly encouraged for incoming transfer students. To find out more, please visit https://sds.tcu.edu/student-success/transfers/

Yes, Session 5 will be fully virtual. Students that are unable to travel to Fort Worth in June/July should register for this virtual session.  Virtual Orientation will be held through Zoom meetings and pre-recorded sessions. More information will be sent to your TCU email if you registered for this session.  Students registered for Session 5 will NOT be on campus.

We highly encourage students to join us at one of the in-person Orientation options this summer.

Please note: International Students will receive detailed information about their Orientation process.

Transfer students are able to attend Orientation on either Transfer A: Thursday, June 17 or Transfer B: Wednesday, July 14. We do host Parent & Family orientation for a guest of transfer students to attend on those days.

Transfer students, be sure to check out all your steps for Orientation here: https://sds.tcu.edu/student-success/transfers/.

Parents and Families will be able to learn more about the TCU campus and resources at our in-person Orientation and through our virtual Orientation Modules. Unfortunately, due to COVID space restrictions, in 2021 we must limit each student to one guest to attend Orientation on-campus.

The 2021-22 Parent/Family Orientation Modules will be available mid-June for you to view at parents.tcu.edu and they will be emailed to incoming family members. Please click below to find out more about our Parent & Family Programs department at TCU and access the Orientation Modules once they are posted.

TCU Parent & Family Programs Web page

In summer 2021, TCU can accommodate only one guest (parent/family member) of each student during Orientation. We apologize for the inconvenience, but have limited capacity due to COVID-19 space restrictions on campus. We will have Parent/Family Orientation Modules available for parents to receive all the information that is shared at the in-person Orientation.

Payments are not due during Orientation.

Students that register for classes at Orientation in June and July will receive their first tuition bill to their TCU email on July 28. The first payment for fall 2021 will be due August 13, 2021.

Students that register for classes in August will receive their first tuition bill to their TCU email on August 18, their first payment will be due September 10, 2021.

Changing Your Major (please note exceptions below)

Students who wish to change their major must complete this form at least 7 days prior to their Orientation, in order to be advised in new major during Orientation.

Pre-Business & Nursing: Students will not be able to change their majors to pre-business or nursing for the Fall 2021 semester.

Strategic Communication: The firm deadline for change of major to Strategic Communications is May 24, 2021. Students will not be able to change their major in this area for the Fall 2021 semester after this date.

Fine Arts: Students are not permitted to change majors to most College of Fine Arts programs during the summer Orientation process. Any incoming students interested in majors housed in the College of Fine Arts are invited to contact Tyra Musoma directly (T.musoma@tcu.edu) for more information.

Students can log into the platform through their myTCU portal, select Admitted Student Task tile, and select Pre-Advising Module starting Wednesday, May 19.

It students experience any technical difficulties during their pre-advising modules, you may contact First Year Experience at 817-257-7855, fye@tcu.edu.

If students have trouble logging into myTCU, please contact the TCU HelpDesk at 817-257-HELP (4357).

TCU does not provide transportation to/from local airports. Families should make travel arrangements with plenty of time to arrive on campus for Orientation Check-In.

If you are attending an Orientation session and will be participating in a Frog Camp the next day, you have the option to remain in accommodations on campus between programs and do not need to provide any extra information. If you are participating in a Frog Camp and attending an Orientation session the next day, the same applies. Unfortunately, TCU cannot provide housing accommodations outside of these situations. If you are arriving early or staying late, please make your own accommodation reservations off campus at a local hotel.

These are the sessions where we will be able to accommodate students on campus in between your registered Orientation and Frog Camp:

  • June 27: Casa Nueva A & Orientation 3
  • June 29: Orientation 3 & Cultura A
  • July 14: Casa Nueva B & Orientation 8
  • July 18: Cultura B & Orientation 9

Yes, TCU will provide housing for the guest attending orientation for $25. To request this accommodation, please select housing for guest during the Orientation registration process at myTCU. We will provide housing during the orientation program, but are unable to house guests for overnight stays before or after check-in to your registered Orientation. Linens are included.

Housing accommodations for guests will be in a suite-style residence hall on TCU’s campus.  The guest housing fee will be charged to the student account in the fall.

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