Orientation 2020 FAQ

The Accepted Students and Bearkat Orientation Office is committed to assisting students during in their transition to Sam Houston State University. In efforts to uphold our assurance of safety to you, as a student and all those involved, we have made the decision to move our in-person orientation programs to a virtual format.

  • Why did Sam Houston make this decision to move to a virtual model?

    Serving our students is our #1 priority. With the current uncertainty surrounding the health crisis, we want to focus our efforts on providing a safe and efficient program for students and their families. While the orientation program may look different this summer, we want to ensure you have the proper resources during your transition to SHSU.

  • Is orientation mandatory and what is a virtual format?

    Orientation is mandatory for all students who’ve graduated from high school within the 2019-2020 academic year. A virtual format will use components of an online orientation and virtual encounters. Students and families will still have the opportunity to interact with Orientation Leaders and various campus partners. At the beginning of the semester students will also be provided additional programming.

  • Is Bearkat Transfer Orientation still happening?

    Bearkat Orientation for transfer students is still happening, in a virtual format as well. While transfer orientation is not mandatory it is strongly recommended.

  • Will I get a refund for siblings and guests that registered for Bearkat Orientation?

    Students who registered more than one guest will be refunded for their second guest and any additional guest beyond that. Those students will be contacted by April 24th. The first guest fee will support implementing our family track in addition to serving as a credit to Parent & Family Relations programming.

  • How can I ensure I have a successful transition to Sam Houston?

    The Accepted Students & Bearkat Orientation office is dedicated to helping you have a smooth transition to life at SHSU. In addition to orientation, we are currently offering virtual meetings to help students with their Accepted Student Checklist. Orientation will also give students the opportunity to virtually interact with students and make connections. We will also be holding additional programming in the fall semester for students to build on the connections they started at orientation.

  • I can’t pay for Orientation right now, what can I do?

    If you cannot pay for Orientation, our office offers fee deferments to students who have completed the financial aid process and meet the requirements set. The deferred fee can only apply to the student fee and will appear on the following semester fee statement. To begin the process please complete the Orientation Fee Deferment Form. Please allow 10 business days for your request to be processed. If you have additional questions, please email us at orientation@shsu.edu for the email.

  • When will my Orientation take place?

    Your orientation will take place on the original date you chose. Your Orientation Leader will email you additional information a week prior to your orientation date. If you need to change your orientation date please contact our office at orientation@shsu.edu.

  • What will my Orientation fee cover?

    Your orientation fee will cover the following: resources and technology in building the virtual format, staffing of staff members and student Orientation Leaders, fall semester programs, an orientation t-shirt and promotional items that will be given to students during the fall semester.

  • How can I learn more about campus online?

    Many of our offices have moved their services remotely, we encourage you to visit their website and learn about their resources. We are also offering virtual tours that can scheduled through Visitor Services.