Bearkat Orientation

COVID-19 Update

Student health and safety is a priority at Sam Houston State University. At this time, all Bearkat Orientations are still scheduled. As we evaluate and navigate through health concerns related to COVID-19, we will continue to assess our orientation schedule. If a change in orientation dates becomes necessary, we will let you know immediately. The most up-to-date information can be found on the Sam Houston State University COVID-19 website.

Bearkat Orientation is here to help you succeed in your transition. Sam Houston State University’s Bearkat Orientation program is a wonderful opportunity to get questions answered and get started navigating the logistics associated with starting college or transferring from one school to another. It is also an opportunity to make friends and have FUN! The Bearkat Orientation Program hosts organized, purposeful, and positive introduction sessions for all new SHSU students and their families.

All 2019 - 2020 high school graduates are REQUIRED to attend (transfer hours do not count).  Students are encouraged to complete the Accepted Student Checklist prior to orientation. 

Optional for all students who graduated high school BEFORE the 2019-2020 academic year

  • Orientation Dates


    Session Dates


    Session Dates

    Thursday, June 11th - Friday, June 12th Friday, January 10th
    Thursday, June 18th - Friday, June 19th* Monday, June 8th
    Thursday, June 25th - Friday, June 26th Monday, July 20th
    Thursday, July 9th - Friday, July 10th*
    Thursday, July 16th - Friday, July 17th+
    Thursday, July 23rd - Friday, July 24th

    Sessions marked with (*) are our StrengthsQuest sessions, please visit the FAQ page for more information
    + Sessions marked with a (+) are the sessions we've designated for our out-of-state students, please visit the FAQ page for more information

  • CliftonStrengths Workshop & Orientation

    Discover Your Strengths is a workshop for students who are interested in learning more about their natural strengths and talents.  After taking CliftonStrengths inventory, you will participate in pre-orientation sessions that will give you suggestions for developing and using your strengths in college and in the real world.  If you understand and apply your strengths, your college journey and the rest of your life will be happier, more fulfilling and more successful.

    CliftonStrengths Workshops will be held on Wednesday, June 17th and Wednesday, July 8th.  Students must register for the  June 18th - June 19th OR the July 9th - July 10th orientation session.  Once registered students will receive addition information on how to register for a CliftonStrengths Workshop. There is no additional cost for the workshop, lodging and meals will be provided.