Start off your education on the right foot. Register now for new student orientation.
Every fall, the week before classes begin, we create a unique experience aimed to help new students – and their families – get off to the best start possible. We call this week-long experience, StartTU. Below, you’ll find some of the program highlights, as well as information about optional programs available to parents and families as well.
For New Students
StartTU is designed to help every new student StartTU off in the best way possible. We include timeless traditions, tons of critical information as well as newly innovated programming aimed at helping students be ready for the first day of classes and the challenges that are part of the first year in college.
Here is just a sample of what we have built into your StartTU experience:
- Orientation Leaders – These hand-picked, veteran student leaders are selected and trained to help guide new students into the campus community. They serve as group facilitators during Orientation week, and then are available to students throughout the first year as friends, mentors and someone who can help with all kinds of challenges.
- Faculty and Staff Mentors – We introduce new students to a wide range of mentors from our faculty, professional staff and campus organizations. Research across the nation continues to demonstrate that connections with faculty and professionals can have a huge positive impact on a student’s educational experience.
- New to the US – We offer a specialized two-day track within orientation for students who are brand new to the United States. This track offers unique preparation for the academic, cultural and social challenges for those who are new to Western culture.
- Dry Gluch USA – We spend a night off campus to take advantage of the fantastic accommodations and great recreational facilities at Dry Gulch. This retreat center is about an hour’s drive northeast of Tulsa on the shores of Lake Hudson and features climate-controlled lodging as well as arcades, go carts, ropes course, sand volleyball, lake recreation, a swimming pool, water slides, and much more.
- SA’s Dance Party – The Student Association hosts a loud, fun, outdoor dance party for everyone, filled with energy and fun.
- Athletics Rally – The University of Tulsa is part of a highly competitive athletic conference and school spirit is growing more than ever on campus. Coaches, athletes and The Sound of the Golden Hurricane will be at the Athletics Rally to introduce school traditions and get you excited about being part of The Golden Hurricane.
- Community Service – serving our neighbors is part of our DNA at The University of Tulsa. Read to kids, paint murals, assist teachers or help with any number of other service opportunities provided by TU’s True Blue Neighbors volunteer center.
- Playfair – There’s nothing quite like this high-energy, fun-filled event. Playfair is the best way to feel comfortable and break the “new kid on campus” tension. You’ll be entertained, meet tons of new people, have some amazing team building experiences and make more friends in an hour than you ever imagined possible.
- Campus Glow Tour – Our night-time campus scavenger hunt is an annual tradition where you finish with lots of glow-gear and feeling like you already own the campus.
For Parents and Families of New Students
Students aren’t the only ones going through a big transition as they head off to college. Parents and families can find themselves with just as wide of a range of emotions including excitement, satisfaction, uncertainty and a strong sense of already missing their college student.
At the start of our week-long experience, we offer a couple of informative and meaningful experiences for parents and families (optional, of course). These include:
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – An inspirational presentation for students and parents at The Reynolds Center.
- Parent Information Fair – Visit face to face with offices and organizations from across campus to ask questions and learn about all the ways TU empowers and supports students in their first year on campus.
- Matriculation Ceremony – This annual exercise serves as the official welcome of the new class into the academic community. Overseen by the President of the University, TU faculty, administrators, and staff will welcome your student and remind them of why they are here at The University of Tulsa.
- President’s Dinner – Hosted by University President Steadman Upham in The Reynolds Center, this meal is open to all members of your family who are on campus to celebrate the start of this new chapter in your life.