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New Student & Family Orientation

New Student & Family Orientation

Contact Us

Phone: 830-372-6040

Samira Lopez
Director of First Year & Campus Programs

Andella Janicek
Director of Student Activities

More Parent information can be found on MyTLU.

Transitioning into university life is challenging, and TLU’s orientation is designed to help students meet that challenge. Bulldog Orientation is an opportunity to meet new people, adjust to a new home, develop friendships, and become involved in a new community. Research shows that students who attend orientation programs are more likely to stay in college, be satisfied with their college experiences, get better grades and graduate.

Bulldog Orientation is a three-day program that takes place during move-in weekend, designed to give students the best possible start to a successful TLU education.

For a detailed schedule and more information to prepare for Move-In, Bulldog Orientation and starting classes at TLU, visit

  • Move In & Bulldog Orientation Weekend Highlights

    Move In: Friday, August 21

    Bulldog Orientation: August 21-23, 2020

    Transition to a new environment

    • Attend the matriculation ceremony and officially sign in as a TLU student! (Friday)
    • Move into your room and start making your new space your own. (Friday)
    • Friday, begin Bulldog Orientation! Meet your Bulldog Orientation group, get your Bulldog Orientation schedule, and let the fun begin!
    • Learn your way around the TLU campus and check out the services and programs available to you.
    • Discover the opportunities of campus life and learn how to become involved both in and out of the classroom.

    Prepare for academic responsibilities and social opportunities

    • Meet new friends and learn more about yourself through fun activities.
    • Get to know the TLU faculty as they participate in Bulldog Orientation activities with you.
    • Learn how to maximize your college experience by discussing essential elements that lead to academic success.
    • Begin to establish important relationships that will lay the foundation for a great TLU experience.

    Download The 2020 Move-In Guide

  • Parent & Family Information Sessions

    TLU knows that this can be an exciting and challenging time for the entire family, so we offer Parent and Family Information Sessions after check in/move in.

    Friday, August 23


    • Meet with faculty and staff.
    • Hear from and talk with other families who have shared and are sharing the same transitional experience.
    • Discover issues relevant to students entering the TLU community.
    • Obtain information and tips to support your new Bulldog during this time of transition.

    Check out the Parent Portal for a schedule and more information.

  • Parent & Family Weekend

    Your student has been exploring so much since arriving at TLU. Join us for Alumni & Family Weekend to learn what your student has been up to, TLU traditions and how to make the best of your student's experience!

    Events take place during Alumni & Family Weekend celebrations each fall.

    Friday, October 11, through Saturday, October 12, 2019


    • Meet the Vice President and Dean of Student Life and Learning for a Q&A session and to hear about what's been happening on campus.
    • Visit various TLU offices and learn what services they provide. Make sure to get your Family Weekend passport stamped at every stop.
    • Enjoy refreshments with TLU's President. 
    • Young alumni return to talk about their time at TLU.
    • Learn to navigate the TLU parent page and about other campus resources.
    • Enjoy Alumni & Family Weekend activities and events with your student including the announcement of our first "Family Of The Year" during half time of the home football game.

    Visit the Alumni & Family Weekend event page for information on registration, check in and the schedule of events.