Frequently Asked Questions

About Islander Launch

What is Islander Launch?
Islander Launch is a required program for admitted students who will be attending college full-time for the first time since graduating from high school. You will learn more about what to expect during your first semester at TAMUCC's beautiful campus, pick up your official SandDollar$ ID card, meet your Academic Advisor, and register for classes. 

Is it possible for me to register for classes without attending Islander Launch?
No, a registration hold is placed on all first-year student accounts and the hold will not be removed until you attend Islander Launch. 

Do I have to attend the entire day?
Yes, you must check in at the start of the day and check out at the end of the day to meet the requirement. 

Can my family come with me?
Yes, guests are encouraged (but not required) to attend. If you would like to bring a guest, there is a $75 registration fee per person. You must complete your student reservation before your guest(s) can register here

I am an international first-year student. Do I have to attend Islander Launch?
No, all new international students are required to attend New International Student Orientation. For more information about this event, e-mail the Office of International Education at

Islander Launch Registration & Fees

How do I register for a launch date?
Registration is done online (starting in early February for summer/fall launch dates). Space is limited and registration closes 2 weeks prior to the event so be sure to reserve your seat early.

How much does it cost to attend Islander Launch?
The non-refundable fee is $75 per student and $75 per guest. Payment is required at the time of registration online via credit card. 

Can the registration fee be waived or deferred?
Guest fees cannot be waived or deferred. Student fees can only be deferred for students who have:

  • accepted a financial aid award in SAIL,
  • have bacterial meningitis holds removed from their account, and
  • have TSI scores or exemptions on file.
If you are eligible to defer your student fee to be included in the fall tuition bill, submit your request here.

How do I change my major so that I can attend the college-specific launch date for my major of interest?
To change your major, contact the Office of Recruitment & Admissions. Once your major has been updated, you will be able to register online for the college-specific launch date for your major. 

I am a PSA (Program for System Admission) student. Which launch date should I attend?
35 seats are reserved for PSA students at each launch date on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register for any launch date that is still available as an option when you log in to register online. 

I am a VIP (Viking Islander Partnership) student. Which launch date should I attend?
You must register online to attend a launch date that coincides with Viking Orientation at Del Mar College (June 28th, July 12th, July 26th). 

What if the launch date I want to register for is no longer available?
You must choose a different date that is still available for online registration. We cannot accommodate students without a confirmed reservation (no walk-ins allowed)

Why am I having trouble registering online?
If you experience difficulty accessing the online registration system try using a different browser. If you can access the system but cannot complete your reservation, the following reasons may explain why:

I submitted my required documents, but still have a TSI or BMV hold on my account that prevents me from completing the reservation process?
If you are unable to register for a launch date due to missing TSI or vaccination documentation that has already been submitted, contact the Office of Recruitment & Admissions to make sure they received your document and to confirm whether additional information is required.

I have already registered for Islander Launch. What happens now?
Once you have registered, check your Islander e-mail regularly for updates. Students will receive a detailed message sent to their Islander e-mail with more information and appointment times several days prior to the event.

How do I change or cancel my reservation?
E-mail if you need to adjust your reservation.

Launch Day Questions

Where and when do I check-in for the event?
You will check-in at 8:00 am at the Performing Arts Center (building A on this map). You can preview the events for the day here

What if I'm running late or miss check-in?
Contact the Islander Launch Crew as soon as possible so we can discuss your options by calling 361-825-2700. 

Where do I park? 
Parking is free in any of the open parking lots on campus (or in the Bayside Parking Garage for a small fee). We encourage you to park in the Seabreeze lot next to Bay Hall, as your day will begin at this location. 

Who do I contact if I need disability accommodations? 
For individuals requesting accommodations due to a disability, e-mail at  least 2 weeks before your launch date. Please plan accordingly as the University does NOT provide any mobility assistance equipment.

What should I bring to Islander Launch?

  • a government-issued photo ID (like a driver's license) so you can pick up your SandDollar$ ID card
  • wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes 
  • a light jacket, as the classrooms can get a bit chilly
  • an umbrella- just in case!

How do I purchase my textbooks after registering for classes? 
Once you have your course schedule you can visit the TAMUCC Bookstore in person or reserve your materials online here 

Can I tour my housing unit at Islander Launch? 
Both the Miramar and Momentum communities will be ready to show you around, including the opportunity to tour sample apartments, a private residence hall, and a suite residence hall. However, your assigned housing unit will not be ready until move-in at the end of August. 

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, e-mail