New Student Orientation - The University of Tulsa

New Student Orientation

Orientation is a jumpstart on success at TU.

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Get Ahead Quickly

Every semester during the week before classes we create a unique experience aimed to help new students  get off to the best start possible at TU.

Below you’ll find program highlights and information about optional programs available to students and families.

Mark your calendar – New Student Orientation will be August 18-22, 2021. Our theme, Takeoff@TU, will embody all the ways that students can build connections, grow, and be ready to thrive in the challenges of college life.



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A few quick other details:

  • Move-in day will be Wednesday, August 18 (select your move-in time in the same Housing portal where you selected your Housing arrangements).
  • We have a SharePoint page that has links, videos, and a tentative schedule for New Student Orientation. More information and links will be added throughout Orientation.
  • Check this page for the New Student Checklist to make your transition to TU seamless.
  • For New Students

    StartTU is designed to help every new student StartTU off in the best way possible. We include timeless traditions, critical information, practical tips, and many meaningful connections with campus leaders to help students be ready for the first day of classes and the challenges of the first year in college.

    Here is just a sample of what we have built into your StartTU experience:

    • Peer Mentors – These proven student leaders are selected and trained to help guide new students into the campus community. Peer Mentors offer helpful tips and ways to get ahead at TU. They serve as group facilitators during Orientation week and then stay connected to new students throughout the first year as friends and mentors in their students’ FYE 1001 course. These student leaders host some conversations in the summer before the school year starts, and serve as the primary facilitators of our week-long New Student Orientation.
    • Faculty and Campus Professionals Connections – 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 start college. Parents and families can find themselves with their own transitions taking place, and a wide range of emotions including excitement, satisfaction, uncertainty, and a strong sense of already missing their student.

    The University of Tulsa can help you and your family make those adjustments by helping you stay informed about what’s happening on campus and through the mutual support of other TU parents.

    On Wednesday, August 18, parents and families of students are invited to join the optional events and presentations listed below. All take place in the Reynolds Center:

    • 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Parent Information Fair, around the Reynolds Concourse
    • 5:00 pm – Student Processional into the arena of the Reynolds Center
    • 5:15 pm – “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
    • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – President’s Welcome