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.

  • 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 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.

    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.

    We also host a handful of welcome events on the same day that new students first move on to campus. In recent years this has included welcomes from Administrators, a Parents and Family Information Fair, a Welcome event for Multicultural families, and our annual Matriculation exercises. More details on these events for Fall 2021 should be available in the summer.