Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Islander Launch?
Islander Launch is an action-packed and informative program designed especially for incoming first-year students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Attending a session 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.

Can my family attend with me?
Our Islander Launch program has a coinciding program built into it especially for the families of new students to attend. Guests are welcome to register to accompany students, but it is not required. 

How is attending Islander Launch different from attending Island Day?
Though a common misconception, Island Day and Islander Launch 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. Islander Launch 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 an Islander Launch session. Failure to attend Islander Launch will result in the inability to register for classes, so it is essential that you make the necessary preparations to attend.

Is it possible for me to register for classes at the University without attending Islander Launch?
No, a hold is placed on all student accounts for incoming freshmen until they have attended Islander Launch. The hold will be removed on the day of the event.

What if the 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 Islander Launch sessions are limited to a maximum number of students. 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. 

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 Islander Launch has been confirmed. We are unable to accommodate those who have already made travel arrangements prior to registration if the event has reached the maximum capacity. 

Why am I having trouble registering for Islander Launch 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 semester.

  • 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 an Islander Launch session.

  • The Office of Recruitment & Admissions does not currently have your bacterial meningitis vaccination document on file. Not having proof of your vaccination or exemption on file will prevent you from registering for an Islander Launch session.

  • Though we never anticipate problems with our registration system, occasionally the server may be temporarily down for updates. If you experience difficulty registering and are unable to determine a cause, please email orientation@tamucc.edu.

How much does it cost to attend an Islander Launch session?
The cost for attending New Student Orientation is $75 per student and $75 per guest. The fee is all-inclusive. It will cover two full meals plus snacks at the end of the day, parking, a personalized T-shirt for the student, some other TAMU-CC gifts/promo items, and all related programming. THIS IS A NON REFUNDABLE FEE. 

Do I need to send in my payment 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. THIS IS A NON REFUNDABLE FEE. 

I have already registered for Islander Launch. What happens now?
Once you have registered, check your Islander e-mail regularly for updates. 

What sort of clothing attire do you recommend I wear to Islander Launch?
We 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 email 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? 
Parking is FREE in any of the open parking lots on campus, or Bayside Parking Garage for a small fee. We encourage all guests to park in the parking lots nearest to the Performing Arts Center (e.g., Sanddollar, Seabreeze, or Tarpon Parking Lots), as your day will begin and end at this location. To get to these parking lots, turn right on Sand Dollar Boulevard at the second traffic light on the Island. Then, you can take an immediate right and park in any of the nearby lots. Sanddollar Parking Lot (on the right) is closest to the PAC.

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 email  orientation@tamucc.edu