Bulldog Basics

Bulldog Basics

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Office of Admissions

Phone: 830-372-8050
Email: admissions@tlu.edu

Student Life & Learning

Phone: 830-372-8060
Email: parents@tlu.edu

More Parent information can be found on MyTLU.


Here you will find information about the logistical details associated with beginning your college career at TLU. Once your student has submitted their registration form, they will be assigned a class schedule and ready to check off all of the tasks needed to begin classes.

For additional questions you can view your MyTLU portal or the TLU catalog online at www.tlu.edu/registrar.

Important Dates

Dates to remember for the academic year, such as payment due dates, class start dates, holidays and breaks, final exams and graduation, can be found on the Academic & Registrar calendar. You can also download a printable version from the Registrar's Page.

Bulldog Basics

Accepted students who have paid their deposit and submitted proof of a meningitis vaccine may attend Bulldog Basics.

Both Bulldog Basics events will be held on the TLU campus this summer on Friday, June 23, 2017 and Friday, July 28, 2017.

  • Parents are welcome to join their student at Bulldog Basics to learn what they can do to prepare themselves and their family before move-in day at TLU.
  • Make sure an official, final high school and, if applicable, college transcript(s) is sent to TLU upon their high school graduation. If not receive before check-in, an admissions hold will appear on their account and they will not be able to move in or begin classes until the hold is resolved.
  • At Bulldog Basics, students will have an opportunity to speak to an advisor if they have questions or need clarification on their fall course schedule. Each semester at TLU, students will meet with a faculty advisor to ensure they are following a degree plan and balancing the course load (not too many reading-, writing- or research-intensive classes in the same semester).
  • Students will be given the opportunity to verify their meal plan and sign up for mail and computer services. Bulldog Basics helps ensure move-in day runs smoothly.
  • The Business Office will be available to take payments and discuss payment options.

Check-In

All new students need to check in prior to the start of the semester. Check-in is easy, it’s fast, and it allows you to keep the classes you registered for during Bulldog Basics. To check in, log in to MyTLU, follow the check-in links, and confirm that you will be arriving on campus. The online check-in window opens at 8:00 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to classes beginning and will remain open until that Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Residential students will not be able to move into the residence halls on Move-In Day until they have checked in online. Students who have holds preventing them from checking in online will have a chance to clear them when they arrive on Friday. For specific dates, check the Academic & Registrar calendar.

Campus Housing

The Residence Life Office will house students based on the date the housing application is received. The last week of June, housing assignment and roommate’s name and contact information will be on MyTLU. We suggest students contact their roommate to discuss the logistics of the room and to get to know each other. Careful planning and excellent communication will lead to a great home away from home, and it will save you money!

Moving In

Friday before classes start marks the day your student's college career begins. Residential students living on campus are strongly encouraged to arrive at 8:00 a.m., but no later than 11:00 a.m., to allow enough time to move into the residence hall prior to the Welcome & Matriculation Ceremony. Commuter students not living on campus will need to plan to arrive Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Student Center Graf Lounge. 

On Friday, the day of Move In, enter campus at Kingsbury and Fleming (the I-46 entrance will be closed). All new students will report to the arrival tent, then will be given directions to unload and move into the residence halls.

Beginning Friday prior to the start of classes, TLU will accept and hold boxes for those shipping items to the university. Address the packages to your student's name, Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court St., your student's Campus Mailbox number, Seguin, TX 78155-5987. Campus Mailbox numbers will be available on MyTLU in early August.

Night Before

Although it will not be possible to move into campus housing early, families may wish to travel to the Seguin area before move-in Friday to establish student checking accounts, shop for larger residence hall items and become acquainted with the area.

Packing List

Students are encouraged to contact their roommate prior to moving in to determine what items can be shared to make the best use of available space. A list of recommended items and prohibited items can be found on the Residence Life "What to Bring" webpage.

Bulldog Orientation

Bulldog Orientation begins on Friday after move in. Bulldog Orientation is required of all students, freshmen and transfers, with programs scheduled from Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20. It is important for students to make the necessary arrangements to attend the days in their entirety. Topics relating to college success, such as learning the essentials of the campus environment, student and faculty interaction, investigating academic and student life resources, and making positive connections at TLU are explored. Parents will have information sessions Friday prior to the Welcome & Matriculation Ceremony. Families will have an opportunity to say goodbye to their students Friday evening. Please check the Parent Portal for a schedule and more information.

Don’t forget to check the MyTLU portal. After logging into MyTLU, go to the First Year Student portal page to meet the Peer Mentors. The portal is a great place to get more information and post questions.

Computers

This question will no doubt come up in your house this summer. While not required, the majority of students living on campus do bring their own computers. TLU does offer several computer labs on campus for students to use including in the Alumni Student Center (ASC) which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will use the internet and intranet extensively to complete coursework, homework and email. TLU faculty will relay class information to students using their TLU email account and other online tools. A dedicated wired network connection is provided for each student living on campus along with wireless network access being available in most of the residence hall rooms and in all of the academic buildings on campus, including the ASC. Because wireless connections in residence hall rooms may not always be consistent, students should plan to use the wired ethernet connection as their primary internet connection. All computers on TLU’s network must have an active and up-to-date anti-virus software package running on them to be able to connect. While the TLU Information Technology department will be happy to assist students in getting connected to the campus network, it is the student’s responsibility for maintaining his/her own computer including virus/spyware removal and the reinstallation/repair of the operating software or other software. Other wireless-only network devices such as tablets, smart-phones, and e-readers can be connected to the TLU network provided they are configured to use WPA2-Enterprise security. Some wireless devices do not offer this level of security and as such will not be able to use the TLU wireless network. Game consoles are allowed to be networked for the most part but only by wired ETHERNET connections as their wireless options typically do not allow for the WPA2-Enterprise security protocol. All the information you will need will be available on the MyTLU portal under the “IT” tab.

Televisions

Our cable television system only delivers a digital signal, so students must bring a digital TV with a clear QAM tuner to receive the channels if they wish. Almost all of the TVs sold over the past eight years are digital models, but some of the lower priced brands do not have a QAM digital tuner. Brands such as the “Element” and “Insignia” are examples and as such won’t work without a converter. Check the MyTLU portal under the IT tab -> cable channel page for a list of TVs that won’t work ahead of time so you won’t be disappointed when you get to campus. If students do decide bring a TV, don’t forget to bring a coaxial cable to connect the set to the outlet in your room.

Textbooks

Order books online using "Price Comparison" at bookstore.tlu.edu beginning late July. Compare TLU Bookstore pricing with other major online sellers to get the best price. Rental books are available online or in the bookstore (credit card is required to set up rentals) and books purchased online can be picked up beginning mid-August. The costs of textbooks will vary depending on your student's course schedule, but budget approximately $450 per semester. Textbooks may be purchased with a credit card online and with a credit card, cash, check or Bulldog Bucks in the TLU Bookstore.

ADA Accommodations

For ADA accommodations, refer to Disability Services under the Student Life tab on MyTLU.

Student Account Payment Dates & Services

Students are assessed charges each semester for tuition, fees, housing and/or the meal plan they select. Payment options and due dates can be found on the Payment Options webpage. Students who register during the summer will receive a fall billing packet in mid-July.

Throughout each term, the Business Office provides the following services:

  • Monthly student account billing to permanent mailing addresses.
  • Weekly financial aid credit refund processing.

Banking

There are three ways for students to access money while attending college at TLU: checking account, ATM and credit cards. An ATM is located near the post office in the ASC. Many students establish a checking account in their hometown or in Seguin as they prepare for college. Listed below are banks/credit unions in Seguin.

  • American Bank of Texas (830-401-1100)
  • Bank of America (800-303-1253)
  • Broadway Bank (830-379-9200)
  • First Commercial Bank (830-379-8390)
  • First National Bank (830-303-1530)
  • Prosperity Bank (830-379-2222)
  • Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (830-401-5025)
  • Schertz Bank & Trust (830-303-8747)
  • Wells Fargo (830-379-1171)

The TLU Business Office will cash personal checks up to $50/day if the check is made out to TLU. The TLU Bookstore and Business Office accept Discover, MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

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