Orientation

Welcome Horned Frogs!

January Orientation registration will open in your my.tcu.edu portal at the beginning of November.  Summer Orientation registration will open in your my.tcu.edu portal in Mid-March.  Upcoming Orientation dates  are listed below.  Please note sessions will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis and all incoming students must attend an Orientation session.

Check out some of our digital resources here. These will be explained and provided at Orientation.

Email us at fye@tcu.edu if you have any questions. We can’t wait to have you on campus!

Our 2017 Orientation Leaders! Interested in joining our staff? Applications will open in October. Email Fye@tcu.edu with questions.

 


2018 Orientation Session Dates

2018 dates will be available soon!

All sessions are for first year students, unless indicated as a Transfer Session. First year session check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m., although some students may have meetings beginning at 8:00 a.m. based on their planned involvement.  Do not plan to leave campus before 5:00 p.m. the next day.

Transfer session check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the program will conclude by 5:00 p.m. that same day.  


First Year Students

Attending Orientation is the best way to acclimate yourself to life at TCU, become familiar with campus, learn about student life and register for your first semester of course work. First Year Orientation sessions are offered on-campus in May and June with an additional session in January for students admitted for the spring semester. All incoming first-year students are required to attend Orientation. Sessions fill on a first-come, first-serve basis so please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

We are not able to accommodate walk-up students at Orientation. You must attend your scheduled session.  In order to provide the best Orientation experience, space in each session is limited. Any updates or changes to a reservation must be done two weeks prior to your scheduled Orientation and only if space permits. We are not able to accommodate walk-up students. Walk-up students not registered for a particular session will not be allowed to enroll in classes at that particular session and must wait until after all Orientation sessions are over to schedule an appointment with the Orientation and Academic Advising staff.  All first-year students intending to enroll at TCU must register for an Orientation by June 15.

What to Bring?

You should plan on bringing the following items with you to your Orientation session:

  1. Casual attire and comfortable shoes
  2. A jacket for the chilly classrooms
  3. Photo ID
  4. A pen/pencil
  5. Backpack or book bag
  6. Student Health Form
  7. Overnight bag (including robe, shower shoes, toiletries)
  8. Alarm clock
  9. Snack food

If you are attending an August (by special permission only) or January Orientation session, you will also move into your residence hall at that time. More information will be sent from Housing & Residence Life regarding move-in details.


Transfer Students

Attending Orientation is the best way to acclimate yourself to life at TCU, become familiar with campus, learn about student life and register for your first semester of course work. Transfer Orientation sessions are offered on-campus in June and August with an additional session in January for students admitted for the spring semester. All incoming transfer students are highly encouraged to attend Orientation. We recommend you register for your Orientation session as soon as possible as many sessions fill prior to the stated deadline.

What to Bring?

You should plan on bringing the following items with you to your Orientation session:

  1. Casual attire and comfortable shoes
  2. A jacket for the chilly classrooms
  3. Photo ID
  4. A pen/pencil
  5. Backpack or book bag
  6. Student Health Form
  7. Snack food

If you are attending an August or January Orientation session and living on campus, you will also move into your residence hall at that time. More information will be sent from Housing & Residence Life regarding move-in details.


How Students Should Prepare

☐ Check your TCU email daily! All official university communication and orientation information will be sent to this address. Once your have been accepted and submitted your enrollment deposit, go to mail.tcu.edu and use the same username and password you use for my.tcu.edu.

☐ Submit Health and Immunization here & Review Student Health Insurance here

☐ Complete Placement Tests. TCU requires placement tests for undergraduate students to ensure that you are advised properly and enroll at the appropriate level to begin your studies. Placements tests are offered in Foreign Language and Math. For detailed information on placement tests, visit the Center for Academic Services website.

☐ Language Placement: Students who plan to enroll in a foreign language course, either by choice or because it is required by their major, should review the Guidelines for Determining Foreign Language Placement.

☐ Math Placement: The TCU Core Curriculum requires every student to satisfy a Mathematical Reasoning requirement. To review math course placements and prerequisites, visit Mathematics Core Credit & Placement .

☐ Prepare for Advising and Enrollment. Students will be advised and register for their first semester courses while attending 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. Students should prepare for the advising process by reviewing the Core Curriculum and thinking about your chosen area of study (see the Course Catalog here). Students should not pick classes prior to attending orientation as important information will be given to you during your session. Students may check here for information on TCU credit for Dual credit, transfer credit, International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Please note that while you may change your desired major at orientation, you may not switch to a business or nursing major at orientation due to college restrictions.  If would like to make a major change it is best to contact admissions at least 10 business days prior to orientation.  

☐ Closed Classes: Students and their families should be aware that the University commitment to high quality classroom experiences dictates the closing of classes when enrollment in a specific section (time) is at capacity. However, most course offerings are available at a variety of different times (sections) so that a closed section usually means a student will be able to take the course at a different time. If all sections of a particular course are closed, please be assured that every student will have the opportunity to enroll for a full load of classes.

☐ For those that will be requesting accommodations for a physical or learning disability, each eligible student must present to the Student Disabilities Services Coordinator relevant, verifiable, professional documentation and/or assessment reports that meet the University’s official guidelines. Visit www.acs.tcu.edu for more information on services, procedures, documentation and FAQs.

☐ Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Online Training. Students will receive information about this mandatory online training with a link to their TCU email prior to Orientation.

**Students may switch into any major before orientation except business, nursing, and strategic communication.   Any change to strategic communication must be done prior to June 1 (students will have to apply to get into the program the following spring semester).  Those interested in nursing must be admitted as a nursing major and will not be allowed to change their major to nursing until they have completed a semester at TCU and earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.  Those interested in changing into business should contact Admissions at least 10 business days prior to their orientation session.  Otherwise there will be an opportunity to make major changes (except for business, nursing, and strategic communication) during the orientation.  But you may not be advised by an adviser in your new major.

Orientation Sample Schedules

These are SAMPLE schedules. Final schedules may vary and are only available in print at Orientation Check-in.

2017 First-Year Sample Schedule

2017 Transfer and Guest Sample Schedule

 Downloadable documents for Students


Parent & Guest Information

Welcome to TCU! As a parent of a new student, you are now part of a wonderful community that we call the Horned Frog Family. We want your son or daughter to have an enriching and successful college experience. That begins with Orientation. At Orientation, you will have an opportunity to learn academic expectations, meet with faculty, staff, and current students, complete many transactional items, and learn about the exciting opportunities that await you as a TCU Parent. Some activities are designed for both student and parents/family members, but many others are designed just for the student or family members.

Reservations: Students can register parents or guests for Orientation when they enroll in Student Orientation through my.tcu.edu. Family information already supplied by students during the application process may already be in the system, but other family members can be added at this time (contact information may also be updated). Students may register up to two family members to attend Orientation. There is no fee to attend Parent & Family Orientation.

Overnight Accommodations: During June Orientation sessions, family and guests have the option to stay in an on-campus residence hall or a nearby hotel. Parents or family members who wish to stay on campus during a June session may do free of charge, but should make reservations when their student is reserving their space for Orientation. There are no overnight accommodations provided on campus during the August or January sessions. During these sessions, students/guests should make arrangements at a local hotel. For a list of nearby hotels, click here.

Changes and Cancellations: If students need to make changes to their Orientation session reservations, including changes to parent and family members attending, the student should make those changes through my.tcu.edu no later than three business days prior the start of the Orientation session.

Downloadable documents for guests

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