Life on Campus
Is orientation required? / Why do I need to come to orientation?
Yes, orientation is required of all incoming students in order for them to register for Fall Quarter classes. More importantly orientation is one of the first welcome experiences for incoming students new to Tech. Whether you are from the area or have never step foot on campus, Freshman Orientation provides students with important information and connects you with the resources that will make your first year a successful one.
During orientation, students will meet their Orientation Student Leader (OSL), their very own mentor that will guide them through the transition to college. You’ll meet your fellow classmates and begin building connections with them, the faculty and staff, as well as Tech’s beautiful campus, your new home away from home.
Is there a cost for orientation? What does it pay for?
Yes, there is a $150 fee for all orientation participants. This fee covers the cost of your on-campus orientation experience. This includes facility rentals, room and board, orientation staff, meals, a t-shirt, lanyard, pen, orientation bag and cost of our orientation app, Bulldogs First Bite. The deadline to pay your orientation fee is June 1, 2021.
How will I register for Fall classes?
Advising and Registration is a critical part of orientation. During the Thursday afternoon of your orientation session, you will be guided through this process with the assistance of representatives and advisors from your academic major. Please make sure you have submitted all dual enrollment transcripts, Advanced Placement, and CLEP scores to the university to assist with a smooth advising process.
Can I switch to a different orientation session if I can no longer attend my current dates?
Yes, you may switch your orientation session as long as room is available and up until a week before the start of a session. Please contact the Orientation Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance switching to a new orientation session.
I’m an Honors Student but am unable to attend the June 9 - 11 orientation session. Will I still be able to participate in the Honors Program?
Yes. Honors Orientation is designed to give participants the benefit of priority registration for Fall classes, but it is not required to participate in the program. If you cannot attend, you will not be able to register for classes first, but will still be able to speak with our Honors Program Director, Dr. Ernest Rufleth, during your orientation, as well as sign up for Honors classes for the Fall.
When will I be able to take the Math/Chemistry Placement Exam?
Placement exams for Math and Chemistry take place on the Wednesday afternoon during orientation. Students can sign up to take the exam on the day of orientation as long as they are eligible. Eligibility for the placement exams are as follows:
- Math 101 (College Algebra) – Math ACT 24-25 / SAT 560-600
- Math 112 (Trigonometry) – Math ACT 26+ / SAT 610+
- Math 240 (Pre-Calculus) – Math ACT 26+ / SAT 610+
- Chemisty 100 (General Chemistry) – Math ACT 26+ / SAT 610+