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New Student Orientation


Freshman Information

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


Who should attend Freshman 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?

  • $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 nametags, 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/THEA Compliance
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state mandated placement program. Students must take either the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or a state approved alternative to determine whether or not they are ready for college credit course work. 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 (936-294-1052) before they come to Orientation and, if needed, take one of the TSI approved tests then have their scores sent to the Registrar’s Office to ensure they will be able to register for classes while they are here. Students required to take one of the TSI approved tests may take either the THEA, THEA-QT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, or COMPASS. The Testing Center at SHSU offers the THEA, THEA-QT, and ACCUPLACER for students who need one of these tests. For information about our test schedules, fees, registration, and appointments please contact the Testing Center (936-294-1025).



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