Orientation

Welcome Horned Frogs!

Meet our Orientation Leaders!

Interested in joining our staff? Applications will open in October. Email Fye@tcu.edu with questions.


 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 the summer 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.

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. Reusable water bottle
  10. Snack food

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 summer 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. Reusable water bottle
  8. 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.

Download the Guidebook app, select “find a guide”,  and search for TCU First Year Experience. Click “download guide” to view the full Orientation schedule and other information.

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

☐ 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/disability_services 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 two semesters 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.


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 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.

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.