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 Summer Meeting? 
Summer Meetings are reserved for students who will begin taking classes during one (or both) of the summer semesters.  These afternoon 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 Summer Meeting will also need to attend a New Student Orientation. There is no cost for the Summer Meeting. 

Can my family attend New Student Orientation with me?
Our New Student Orientation program actually has a coinciding program built into it especially for the families of new students to attend. 

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 24 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 24+ credit hours are eligible to complete the Online Transfer Orientation. Those students transferring with less than 24 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 250 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 250 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 2017 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 orientation@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 $75 per guest. The fee covers the costs of staffing, publications, meals, and program materials. The following meals are provided as part of the orientation fee per students and guests: Day 1 meals (continental breakfast, lunch) and Day 2 (Mid-morning snack).
    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 are not 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 clicking on " Orientation schedule" located at the top left side of the webpage. 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.

    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 throughout 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.

    What do I do if I need special accommodations? 
    For individuals requesting accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Islander Welcome Center at 361.825.8687 or orientation@tamucc.edu at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled orientation session. Please plan accordingly as the University does NOT provide any mobility assistance equipment.

    Where do I park my vehicle? 
    All visitors coming onto campus are directed to park in the Bayside Parking Garage. Bayside Parking is a pay to park facility. The Length of the stay determines the fee. For more information, please visit. http://police.tamucc.edu/visitorParking.html

    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 orientation@tamucc.edu .