New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation (NSO) is an action-packed and informative program designed especially for incoming freshman students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. NSO is required of all new freshmen. At this program, you can expect to meet many faculty and staff members, advisors, and fellow students who truly care about you and your success at the University. Students can also anticipate registering for their classes for the upcoming fall semester.

What is a Spring Meeting?
Spring Meetings are reserved for students who will begin taking classes during one (or both) of the summer semesters.  These evening meetings will give the student a chance to get some basic information about the University, meet with an Academic Advisor and also register for their summer classes.  Please remember, students attending a Spring Meeting will also need to attend a New Student Orientation. There is no cost for the Spring Meeting.

How is attending New Student Orientation different from attending Island Day?

Though a common misconception, Island Day and New Student Orientation are two completely separate programs. Island Day is Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s open-campus preview day, which takes place during various times throughout the Fall and Spring semesters and offers prospective students and their families a chance to visit the Island University, and learn about what all it takes to become an Islander. New Student Orientation is a required program for all incoming freshmen (students with less than 30 credit hours) who have been accepted to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and involves student advising and registration for classes. For incoming students, attending an Island Day program does not serve as a substitute for attending a New Student Orientation session. Failure to attend a New Student Orientation session will result in the inability to register for classes, so it is essential that you make the necessary preparations to attend.

When does New Student Orientation take place?

New Student Orientation is a two day program. We offer 10 orientation sessions during June, July and August.

I am transferring credit hours from another college. Does this make me eligible to complete the Online Transfer Orientation?

Only those students who have graduated from high school, transferring with 30+ credit hours are eligible to complete the Online Transfer Orientation. Those students transferring with less than 30 credit hours are still classified as a college freshman, and thus are required to attend New Student Orientation.

PLEASE NOTE: For NSO purposes, AP and/or dual credit classes do not count towards transfer credit.

Is it possible for me to register for classes at the University without attending New Student
Orientation?
No, a hold is placed on all student accounts for incoming freshmen until they have completed a New Student Orientation session. Once a student has completed a NSO session, the hold is removed and the student will be eligible to register for classes.

What if the NSO session I want to register for is no longer available?
If the session you desired is no longer available for registration, you must choose an alternative session. To guarantee the availability of academic advisors, all New Student Orientation sessions are limited to a maximum participation of 230 students each. Once it has reached this capacity, a session will automatically close and will no longer be available for students to register to attend. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate in the program without prior registration, and will need to re-schedule for a different session. This is why it is very important you register as soon as possible to ensure your participation at the session of your choice.

I have already made travel arrangements and the session I wanted to register for is no longer available. What do I do?
We strongly recommend that you do not make any travel arrangements until your registration for New Student Orientation has been confirmed. To guarantee the availability of academic advisors, all New Student Orientation sessions are limited to a maximum participation of 230 students each. Once it has reached this capacity, a session will automatically close and will no longer be available for students to register to attend. As a result of this cap on student participants, we are unable to accommodate those who have already made travel arrangements prior to registration. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate in the program without prior registration, and will need to re-schedule for a different session.

Why am I having trouble registering for New Student Orientation online?
If at any point you experience difficulty in logging into our online registration system, or while registering in our registration system, it could be due to any of the following:

  • You have not been admitted to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the upcoming Summer or Fall 2014 semester(s).
  • The Office of Recruitment & Admissions does not currently have your TSI scores or exemptions on file. Not having your scores or exemptions on file will prevent you from registering for a New Student Orientation session.
  • Though we never anticipate problems with our registration system, occasionally the server may be temporarily down for updates. If you experience difficulty registering for New Student Orientation and are unable to determine a cause, please contact the Islander Welcome Center at 361.825.8687. You may also contact them by mail at recruitment@tamucc.edu.

Can I register for and/or attend a NSO program without having my TSI scores or exemptions on file?
Students cannot register for New Student Orientation without having their TSI scores or exemptions on file with the Office of Recruitment & Admissions. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program that requires students to be assessed in the areas of reading, writing, and math prior to enrolling at a Texas public institution. The results of the TSI assessment are used to determine your placement in certain courses and overall readiness to enroll in collegiate-level coursework. Please consult the Office of Academic Testing at 361.825.2334 for more information on testing options. 

Do I have to register ahead of time for a NSO session, or can I just show up?
A student must register for a New Student Orientation before they can attend. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate in the program without prior registration, and will need to re-schedule for a different session.

How much does it cost to attend a New Student Orientation session?
The cost for attending New Student Orientation is $75 per student and $30 per guest. The fee covers the costs of staffing, publications, refreshments, and program materials. THIS IS A NON REFUNDABLE FEE. 

Do I need to send in my payment for New Student Orientation when I register?
Payment is required at the time of registration via Credit Card.  If you do not pay at the time of registration, you will not be signed-up for any date and will need to register later. The New Student Orientation fee is NON REFUNDABLE.

Do I have to attend Day One and Day Two of New Student Orientation?
Yes, all students are required to attend both Day One and Day Two of New Student Orientation. Events taking place during Day One of New Student Orientation may not be repeated on Day Two, or vice versa.

Where can I view a schedule of events for New Student Orientation?
You may view a tentative schedule of events by visiting our Schedule of Events page. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to you at New Student Orientation.

I have already registered for New Student Orientation. What happens now?
If you have already registered for New Student Orientation, we encourage you to visit our Enrollment Checklist page for further instruction and information.

I have already registered for New Student Orientation but I will be unable to attend the session I originally selected. Can I reschedule/cancel my current registration?
Though we do not encourage you to change your registration for New Student Orientation, we do realize that sometimes the situation is unavoidable. If you would like to reschedule/cancel your current registration, please contact the Islander Welcome Center at 361.825.8687 and ask to speak with an admissions counselor.

I have already registered for New Student Orientation, but I will no longer be attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
If you are no longer making plans to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, please contact the Islander Welcome Center at 361.825.8687 and please ask to speak with an admissions counselor.

What do I do if I am unable to attend any of the New Student Orientation sessions?
If you will be unable to attend any of the scheduled New Student Orientation sessions, please contact the Islander Welcome Center at 361.825.8687 and ask to speak with an admissions counselor. Only under certain and very limited circumstances will students be allowed to make alternative arrangements.

Are on-campus accommodations available for students during New Student Orientation?
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is currently unable to provide overnight housing accommodations during the course of New Student Orientation. If students and their guests will require overnight accommodations, these arrangements will need to be made separately. To view a list of area hotels located in close proximity to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus, please click here.

What materials do I need to take with me to New Student Orientation?
Please visit our Enrollment Checklist for more information on this and other important matters to address prior to attending a New Student Orientation session.

What sort of clothing attire do you recommend I wear to New Student Orientation?
For attending New Student Orientation, we would highly recommend wearing comfortable clothing and a pair of walking shoes, since there will be some light walking involved between various sessions through out the day. We would also recommend bringing a light jacket, as the classrooms can get a bit chilly. And, though we are the Island University, the sun doesn't shine here all the time! Please be sure to pack an umbrella, just in case.

Can my family attend New Student Orientation with me?
Of course! Our New Student Orientation program actually has a coinciding program built into it especially for the families of new students to attend. To learn more about our Parent Orientation program, click here.

What if my question is not listed on this page?
If you are unable to find an answer to the questions you have on this page, please contact a representative with the Islander Welcome Center at 361.825.8687. You may also contact them by email at recruitment@tamucc.edu.