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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 at helping new students get off to the best start possible.

New Student Orientation is led by our team of peer mentors who host discussions, introduce students to campus practices and expectations, and share all kinds of information and success hacks. The goal is to help you feel more comfortable starting college and to succeed quickly at TU.

Check out the Admitted Student Checklist to help make your transition to TU seamless.

  • Spring Start Orientation

    Every January, we host an Orientation event for students beginning their academic studies at TU in the spring semester. This half-day program connects new students with campus professionals, student leaders and onsite resources who can help students succeed quickly.

    The spring-start orientation is often hosted on the Saturday before January courses begin. This spring, orientation will be Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. in Allen Chapman Student Union, 2nd Floor, Great Hall, breakfast and lunch will be included.

  • 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 their 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’ FYE1001 course. These student leaders host some conversations in the summer before the school year starts, and serve as the primary facilitators of our weeklong New Student Orientation.
    • Faculty and campus professionals connections – We introduce new students to a wide range of mentors, including faculty and staff as well as representatives of 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 TU. 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 nighttime 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.

    TU 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.

    See this page for ways to stay connected to the TU campus and to the TU Parent and Family Association.