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Step 1 - Texan Orientation

All first-time freshman students are required to attend Texan Orientation prior to signing up for classes, regardless of number of dual-credit hours.

Who Should Attend

Texan Orientation is mandatory for all first-time freshmen with less than 12 credit hours. College courses while in high school do not count in the 12-hour total. Registration for classes occurs on this day. If a new student does not attend orientation, he/she will not be eligible to register for classes pertaining to that semester

How to Sign-up

  • Students will receive an invitation (sent to the email address provided when the student applied to Tarleton State University) with a link to the online registration.
  • All students who are eligible and required to attend Texan Orientation will receive an email beginning January 2019. If you need the email re-sent, please contact our office at 254-968-9256

While students are completing their registration for orientation there will be an option to include guests at a small fee.

Professor assists new student with registration on the computer

What to Expect

  • Meet and interact with Tarleton faculty and staff
  • Connect with current Tarleton students
  • Register for classes
  • Explore our campus (so don’t forget a comfy pair of shoes!)

and so much more!


Parking is free for visitors during Texan Orientation.
Also, students don’t forget to order your parking pass for the fall!

Need help finding where you're going? View our interactive or printable maps.

If you need additional information or have any questions, call 254-968-9001 for assistance.

Texan Orientation Outcomes

As a part of participating in Texan Orientation, New Texans will:

  • Create their schedules for the Fall semester
  • Identify university processes and demonstrate understanding of the navigation of those processes
  • Understand the 3-step transition plan for new students
  • Develop connections with peers, student leaders, faculty, and staff
  • Recognize the procedure for academic advising.

Texan Orientation:

  • Provides the opportunity for new students to register for classes
  • Exposes new students to the university processes and facilitates opportunities for navigating those processes
  • Provides the opportunity for New Student Orientation and Family Programs staff to frame students’ understanding of Tarleton’s 3-Step Orientation Plan for incoming Texans
  • Provides information sessions which expose students to their peers, current students, faculty and staff
  • Offers new students exposure to academic advising at Tarleton