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New Student Orientation

Undergraduate Orientation

Pre-Orientation Checklist for Parents


When a student becomes a part of the Javelina family, so do their parents and families. At Texas A&M University-Kingsville, we believe the support and involvement of parents and families are essential ingredients to the success of our students, which is why we encourage you to jump in right from the beginning by making plans to attend orientation with your student. You will have a greater understanding of the opportunities available to your student here and everything they will be involved over the next four years. So, become familiar with the orientation process by reviewing this web site, decide on and register for the orientation session best for you and your student to attend, and get ready for a fun and informative experience with your student!

One way to ensure your student is fully prepared for their session is to review your student's pre-orientation checklist and help make sure they successfully complete each item prior to their session date. If there is anything you or your student have questions about, go ahead and give us a call at (361) 593-5372 or e-mail us at orientation@tamuk.edu, and we'll be happy to help you.

Most applications and paperwork can be completed by the student alone, but there are some important items your students may need help with. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in particular is one that your student may need your help with because it requires tax and household income information in order to be completed. By knowing what documents your student needs to complete and submit prior to attending orientation, you will be able to better help your student accurately complete and submit them on time. 

Browse the Texas A&M-Kingsville web site for important information regarding deadlines (financial aid, housing, etc), important dates (move-in, first day of class, etc) and fees (orientation, housing deposit, etc) so that you will be aware of costs and deadlines and be prepared to make important decisions with your student before or during orientation.

There is a lot of information to go over in a short amount of time, so each of our sessions runs on a tight schedule. We want to make sure you and your student leave orientation with all of the answers you need to help your student have a smooth transition to our campus. Talking to your student before orientation to develop a list of questions you both have will help you make sure you get all the answers you're looking for. 

If you plan to attend orientation and stay overnight, be sure to make hotel reservations well in advance. For a list of hotels and contact information, please visit the city of Kingsville's Lodging page.

Our new student orientation sessions are designed so that students can begin to experience the type of independence they will need when they arrive on campus for classes. There are certain sessions throughout orientation where parents and students will be split up, such as during advising and registration.