First Time Students

I am in a summer program so must I attend Orientation?
Students participating in summer programs are still required to participate in New Student Orientation. Your summer department will orient you to your department, but New Student Orientation will acquaint you with the services that the university provides. Student should sign up for an orientation date that will not conflict with their summer program.  Contact your summer department head or our office.

New Student Orientation – Summer Classes and Programs

  1. Summer Classes
    Students taking summer classes can contact their department prior to an orientation session to register for classes.  You can also sign up for an orientation that takes place prior to the beginning of summer classes.  Freshmen should contact Univeristy College for class registration at 936-261-5900 and transfer students should call the switchboard and ask for their respective college at 936-261-3311.
  2. Summer Programs
    Summer Program participants should seek advisement form their department head on the session they should attend.  When in doubt it is best to sign up to participate in a session on your own from the dates available, or call out office for advice.

New Student Orientation for First Time Students

  • Panther Advisement and Registration Services (PARS)
    PARS serves as phase I of your mandatory orientation program.  Students attending the university as freshmen or transferring in no more than 15 hours should attend an orientation session for first time students.  In conjunction with services provided under What Happens at NSO, the following will be available:
  • Academic expectations
    Housing tour, presentations, and payments
    Panthertracks training
    Health and Counseling presentations
    Panther Camp
    Panther Camp serves as phase II of your mandatory orientation program. It promotes learning through seminars, workshops, and small ‘Panther Talk’ discussions.  Camp takes place one week prior to the beginning of classes.  For those who have finalized their housing process, you should be able to move in on the Sunday of Panther Camp to settle in before participation.  Camp activities include but are not limited to:
  • Social and behavioral expectations
    Support Services
    Academic policies, procedures, requirements, and programs
    Campus history and traditions
    Development of interpersonal and intellectual skills
    Social activities


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