Freshman Orientation

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Freshman Information

You've done it! You're on your way!

New Student Orientation is here to start you on your journey...

Medical Release form for students 17 or younger



Who should attend Freshman Orientation?


  • All 2013 - 2014 high school graduates are REQUIRED to attend (transfer hours do not count.
    Parents/family are encouraged to attend with their student. More information about Family Orientation.
  • Each session is limited to insure that you will get the attention you deserve. Spaces fill quickly and are taken on a first come, first served basis. DON’T DELAY! Please note that due to the personalization of materials for orientation, all students MUST reserve their space and pay for orientation by the posted registration deadline. Reservations will not be accepted without payment.

What does Orientation cost?


  • Non-refundable fee of $120 per student (covers lodging in Lone Star Hall residence hall, dinner on the first night, breakfast on the second day, and all orientation materials)
  • Parent/Family Orientation is $50 per person (covers all orientation materials, dinner on the first night, breakfast on the second day).

What to bring to Orientation?


  • Valid government issued ID (driver's license, state ID card, or passport-not expired).  Required to obtain your Bearkat OneCard.
  • Sweater or light jacket (meeting rooms are cold)
  • Paper and pen or pencil
  • Bedding for a twin bed
  • Alarm clock
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Change of clothing
  • Toiletries and towel for showering
  • Umbrella
  • Spending money

Overnight Accommodations


  • Students attending Orientation will be housed in Lone Star Hall
    • Staying at Lone Star Hall is MANDATORY. 
  • This is regardless of where the student will be living during the school year.  REMEMBER: Bring your sheets and pillow!!

Check in and Parking


Check-in for Orientation is from 8:00 - 11:30 am at Lone Star Hall. Students will check-in with the Orientation staff to receive their name tags, orientation folder, and other pertinent information. At this time students will also receive their room keys and have the opportunity to take their belongings to their rooms. Once you have checked-in, you may have time to visit with an academic advisor at the SAM Center, register for classes, take your picture for your student ID card, and visit other campus offices.

If you are taking the ACCUPLACER exam the morning of your orientation, you should check in at Lone Star Hall before you report to the Testing Center in Academic Building IV.

Parking is available at Lone Star Hall. Accessible parking is available throughout campus and the Orientation staff will be happy to provide you with a map of campus parking lots.

Academic Advising and Class Registration


Students who have been admitted to the university and have completed their TSI requirements or shown their exemption status are eligible to register for classes before or at orientation. Students must first visit an academic advisor in the SAM Center for selection of fall semester classes. Once the student has been advised, they may log on to any computer with Internet access to register for classes. Students who register for classes in the computer lab across from the SAM Center will have Orientation Leaders available to assist them with class registration. When registration is complete, students may print a fee statement for their tuition and fees.

It is highly recommended that students be advised and register for classes BEFORE attending orientation!  Once you have been accepted to SHSU, you may visit with an advisor.

TSI Compliance


The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-mandated placement program. Students must take the TSI Assessment to determine whether they are ready for college-level course work.  Some students may be exempt based on SAT, ACT, or TAKS scores. We strongly encourage all students to check their status through the Registrar’s Office. Students must provide their assessment scores or exemption information prior to advisement and registration.


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