New Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Students

Transfer Orientation is a program designed with a diverse group of transfer students in mind. All students who graduated high school BEFORE the 2014-2015 academic year are eligible to attend Transfer Orientation regardless of the number of credit hours they have earned.

Transfer Students talking with an Orientation Leader

Who should attend?

Transfer and returning students are encouraged to attend transfer orientation. Since no two schools are alike, you will find lots of useful information to help you acclimate to the SHSU environment.  The Orientation Program understands that the diverse needs and schedules of our transfer students may preclude them from attending an orientation; therefore, Transfer Orientation is not mandatory.

What to bring

Transfer students will need to bring the following to Orientation:

  • Valid government issued ID (driver's license, state ID card, or passport-not expired).  Required to obtain your Bearkat OneCard.
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes (a jacket or sweater is also recommended)
  • Notebook/notepad and pen or pencil
  • Umbrella (Texas weather is unpredictable!)
  • Spending money

Family information

The SHSU New Student Orientation Program welcomes family members to Transfer Orientation. Transfer students may bring parents, family members, spouses, significant others, or any other special support people who will benefit from attending orientation. Students and family members will remain together during orientation. All programs are designed for an adult audience, child care is not available.

Check-in and Parking

Check in for Transfer Orientation will be held in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center beginning at 8:15 a.m. Students and family members will check in together. Once check in is complete, there may be time for students to visit an advisor in the academic advising center, or visit other campus offices.

Parking is available near the Gaertner Performing Arts Center in the parking garage ($5 per day) or on the street level in the north parking lots by the CJ building.

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.

TSI Compliance

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state mandated placement program. Some students will be exempt based on either SAT, ACT, or TAKS scores. We strongly encourage all students to check their status through the Registrar’s Office (936-294-4280) before they come to Orientation.

Additional Opportunities for Transfer Students

The New Student Orientation Program works in close relationships with the following sponsors. We encourage you to utilize their services while at New Student Orientation or whenever visiting the Huntsville area:

The University Hotel (on campus) - 936.291.2151

Catering & Old Main Market - 936.294.1930