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New Student Orientation

Undergraduate Orientation

Pre-Orientation Student Checklist


Be sure to submit your final high school transcript complete with any advanced placement scores and official college or university transcripts (dual enrollment or college credits). Official admission test scores (ACT and/or SAT) should also be submitted prior to your orientation session, which can be sent using our school codes (SAT 6822, ACT 4212).

Advanced Placement Scores: Please bring updated scores with you if you have recently taken any advanced placement exams and the scores were not included on your high school transcript. Official scores must be presented in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admission.

College/University Transcript(s): For proper advising during your session, please bring your updated/official transcript(s) complete with all dual enrollment/college credits earned. Official transcripts must be presented in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admission.

In order to be advised correctly, we must have your TSI scores on file before you attend orientation. You can submit your scores to the above address. 

Transcripts and scores can be sent to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Office of Admission by mail, courier, in person or fax (only for TSI scores):

Mailing Address:
Office of Admission
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
MSC 128, 700 University Blvd
Kingsville, Texas 78363

Physical Address (Courier and In Person Deliveries):
Office of Admission
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Memorial Student Union Building, Room 105
1050 West Santa Gertrudis
Kingsville, Texas 78363

Fax/Phone:
Fax (361) 593-5509
Office (361) 593-5372


All new students are required to submit proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination. Students will not be permitted to attend orientation or register for classes unless valid documentation is on file with Student Health and Wellness. Learn more about the law by visiting the Bacterial Meningitis Requirements page. Valid vaccination records, affidavits or certificates should be sent to Student Health and Wellness by mail, in person or by fax prior to your orientation session:

Who is Affected? First-time Freshmen, Transfer Students and Returning Students under the age of 22 by the first day of the start of the semester

What is Needed? Valid proof of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior to, the first class day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution or valid proof of exemption

Why is it Needed? A student cannot register for classes, attend on-campus classes or live on campus without valid proof of vaccination or exemption on file with the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Student Health and Wellness Office 

When Does it Need to Be Submitted? Students should submit proof of their vaccination prior to their orientation session

Where Does it Need to Be Submitted? Proof of vaccination or exemption should be provided to Student Health and Wellness by mail, fax or in person:

Mailing Address:
Student Health and Wellness
Health Care Clinic
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
MSC 112, 700 University Blvd.
Kingsville, Texas 78363

Physical Address (In Person):
Student Health and Wellness Building
1210 Retama
Kingsville, Texas

Fax: (361) 593-2006
Phone: (361) 593-2904

Please note: Email is not considered an accepted method of turning in your vaccine record. Vaccine records received by email will not be processed.

Entering student includes:

  • New student: a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education, including a student who transfers to the institution from another institution;
  • Returning student: a student who previously attended an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

Valid proof of vaccination or receiving a booster dose includes:

  • the signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel on a form which shows the month, day and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered;
  • an official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority; or
  • an official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.

 Exemptions:

A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or evidence of receiving a booster dose if:

  • Student is 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester, or
  • Student is enrolled only in online or other distance education courses; or
  • Student is enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training; or
  • Student is enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus; or
  • Student is incarcerated in a Texas prison; or
  • Student has submitted an affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well being of the student; or
  • Student has submitted an affidavit signed by the student stating the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used. Form may be downloaded by clicking here.

 


Students are required to sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement and Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Acknowledgement, which will automatically appear when a student logs on to their Blue and Gold account. Students will not be able to register for courses without first agreeing to the conditions of these agreements. Once signed, the agreements will no longer appear in the student’s account.

To find out more about guaranteed tuition and JPaks, visit the Business Office website.


Although University Housing and Residence Life representatives will be available during each orientation session to answer questions and accept on-campus housing applications, students are encouraged to apply and submit their application and security deposit prior to attending orientation because most of our sessions take place after the May 1st housing application deadline. Residence halls fill up quickly, so applying by the May 1st deadline ensures a student's priority residence hall and/or roommate request will be considered and that students will receive their housing assignment by the end of June.

For additional on-campus housing information or to apply, please visit the University Housing and Residence Life website.


The Office of Student Financial Aid sets priority deadlines each semester for students to apply for aid, which is January 15th for the 2019-2020 academic year. The spring priority deadline is November 1.  Please keep in mind that funding is limited.  

Financial aid is available and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so students who complete and submit the FAFSA online (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on or before the priority deadline are guaranteed to be considered first for aid and awards. Also, applying and submitting your FAFSA application before your orientation session will allow you to take care of any additional or last minute financial aid issues while you are on campus for orientation.

Transfer students must cancel any aid they were receiving at any previous institution(s) before aid can be awarded from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Once aid has been canceled from previous institutions, transfer students should submit the FAFSA application to our Office of Student Financial Aid using our school code (003639).

To learn more about how to apply for FAFSA and for other important information regarding financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

 


All student account information can be accessed online through the Blue and Gold Connection. Through Blue and Gold, students are able to see whether or not the Office of Admission has all necessary documents on file (transcripts, test scores, etc); if any additional information or documents are required to finalize financial aid applications; whether they have been offered or awarded any aid and/or scholarships; if there are any necessary aid, loan or scholarship agreement forms that need to be accepted and signed online; and more.

Students are encouraged to check their account information frequently leading up to their orientation session to ensure all of their applications and files are complete prior to attending orientation. All students need to log in to Blue and Gold is their student ID (K-Number) and pin (birth date in six digit format MMDDYY).


All students will be advised during their orientation session and have the opportunity to register for their first semester of classes. To ensure a successful and efficient advising session, students are encouraged to review the undergraduate catalog and the requirements for their intended major. Although academic advisors will help students make the best decisions for their degree plan, students should have a general idea of degree requirements and what courses they would like to take.

Personal Items:

Valid Photo ID
A valid photo ID may be required. These include driver's license, state-issued ID card, passport or US military ID.

Participation Waiver:

Please print and sign the participation waiver for new student orientation check-in. If you are under the age of 18, the participation waiver requires a parent/guardian signature.

Overnight Supplies:

If you are attending one of the two-day new student orientation sessions and you are planning to spend the night in our residence halls, please bring twin bedding, towels, and any other overnight supplies you need. You might want a change of comfortable clothes and tennis shoes for your evening activities.

Writing Supplies:

A great deal of information will be given during new student orientation, so students and parents are encouraged to bring note-taking items such as paper, pens, and pencils.

Casual Clothing and Walking Shoes:

South Texas weather can be highly unpredictable! During summer months, we experience hot, windy and rainy weather in Kingsville, so students and parents may want to bring cool clothing (T-shirts and shorts or jeans), an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes, sandals or flip-flops) for campus tours. Although the weather will be warm, students and parents may pack a sweatshirt, lightweight jacket or sweater, as the facilities used for presentations during new student orientation can be chilly to some.

During winter months, we can experience cold, windy and rainy weather. You may want to bring a jacket or heavy sweater if the weather is expected to be cold. Closed-toed comfortable walking shoes are recommended for campus tours. Consider checking the weather forecast for the area before you visit to help you bring appropriate clothing. Some winter days are very warm and sunny with temperatures above 70 degrees F.

During our overnight orientations we will have evening activities for the students. After dinner, students will be given time to change and prepare for their evening activities. Athletic wear or work out wear with tennis shoes is strongly recommended.

Insect Repellent:

Following significant rainfall events, we can expect an outbreak in mosquito activity. Please review Mosquito-borne Disease Awareness and Prevention provided by Texas Department of Emergency Management. We encourage you to bring insect repellent.

Spending Money (Checks, Credit Cards or Cash):

New student orientation is a time for students and parents to finalize any important matters if they choose to such as on-campus housing, meal plans and financial aid so that students will be fully prepared for the start of classes. Be sure to bring checks, credit  cards, cash or any other preferred and acceptable form of payment to take care of deposits (ex: $150 housing deposit), tuition and fees, bills, etc.

Although some meals and snacks will be provided during new student orientation, students should bring money for any extra snacks they may want. Meals for family members are not included in the orientation fee. The campus bookstore will be open, so you might wish to bring extra money to stock up on Javelina gear.


As an accepted student to Texas A&M-Kingsville, you should review the Student Code of Conduct which does apply while you are on campus for orientation. You’ll find our Code of Conduct in our Student Handbook (page 37).