Orientation 2021 FAQ

  • Is Orientation Mandatory?

    Orientation is mandatory for all students who have graduated from high school within the 2020-2021 academic year. Students and families will have the opportunity to interact with Orientation Leaders and various campus partners.

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

    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 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 fill out this electronic form. Please allow up to 10 business days for the process to be completed.

  • Is there a limit to the number of guests I can bring to Orientation?

    Each in-person Orientation session will have a student capacity of 120. Students are limited to bringing ONE guest with them to their Orientation session.

  • Will a virtual option be available?

    A virtual orientation for incoming freshmen and transfer students is available, however, a parent/family track will not be available. Family members are encouraged to view our most recent Parent and Family Zoom series and email us with any questions you may have.

  • What will my Orientation fee cover?

    Your orientation fee will cover the following: resources and technology, virtual programming, staffing of staff members and student Orientation Leaders, fall semester programs, an orientation t-shirt, promotional items. For those attending in person, meals, facilities, and event parking. Please keep in mind that the orientation fee is non-refundable.

  • Do I need to complete Pre-Orientation?

    Yes, Pre-Orientation for Bearkats is required and will need to be completed prior to your Orientation session. It can be accessed through your SHSU Blackboard account, under the My Organizations section. You will receive access after registering for your Bearkat Orientation session.

  • Can I visit campus before my Orientation session?

    Yes, you can schedule a tour through Visitors Services to come visit us!

  • Should I get academically advised before my Orientation session?

    Yes, we strongly encourage you to get academically advised before your Orientation session. You can schedule your advising appointment here.