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Bulldog Orientation 2021

Transitioning into university life is challenging, and TLU’s orientation is designed to help students meet that challenge.

Welcome To Campus!

Bulldog Fall Orientation: August 20-22, 2021

Fall 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. Most of all, it's an opportunity to meet new people, adjust to a new home, develop friendships, and become involved in a new community.

Parents/student with bulldog statue

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. To ensure a smooth transition and move-in experience, we've outlined how to check in before August 21 and detailed the schedule of events for when you arrive.

Orientation Summer Series: Zoom Webinars

This optional summer series live on Zoom will allow you to ask questions before arriving on campus. Links for each session will be emailed to you. All sessions are from 12 – 1 p.m. on the following dates:

June 16: Mental Health Counseling & ADA Accommodations

Learn more about TLU's mental health counseling services and how to submit requests for ADA accommodations from our Director of Counseling and Disability Services Dr. Marlene Moriarity. She will be joined by a current student leader and will also take questions from attendees.

July 14: Living on Campus & COVID-19 Protocols for Fall

Join our Director of Residence Life Tim Westmoreland for a discussion on what you need to know about living on campus and what to expect at move-in day on August 20. Tim will also review our new COVID-19 policies and protocols and take questions from attendees. He'll be joined by Student Life & Learning Associate Dean Kyle Wych.

August 11: Resources for Parents & Families

LU offers a variety of resources for parents and family members, so we want to make sure they know what's available for them. Join our Director of First Year and Campus Programs Samira López to learn more about the e-newsletters, web resources, and events we have for parents and families. Samira will be joined by a Peer Mentor student leader and will take questions from attendees.

Check-In & Move-In

Beginning Wednesday, August 18 commuter and residential students can check in through MyTLU. All holds must be cleared by this time in order to be eligible to check-in online. Please remember you must check-in online before moving into the residence halls on Friday, August 20.

Click Here To Check-In (Begins Aug. 18)

View The Fall 2021 Move-In Guide

Read TLU's COVID Plans & Updates for Fall 2021

Residential Students

Campus Tour

Move-in times for residential students are based on which residence hall they will be living in. Times will be posted on the Residence Life MyTLU page. Once you arrive on campus on Friday, August 20, we are asking everyone to enter campus at W. Kingsbury St. (Highway 90) and Fritz St. You will see Bulldog Stadium on your right and the baseball and softball fields on your left. Student Life & Learning staff will be at the arrival tent to provide directions on unloading and moving into the residence halls.

Click Here To View A Campus Map

Schedule Of Events

RSVP For Friday Special Sessions

Join Student Life & Learning in Wupperman Little Theatre (Schuech Fine Arts Center) for family sessions covering Career Development, Campus Faith, Academic Support Services, Residence Life & Campus Dining, Financial Aid, and Parent Resources 101. Please let us know if you will be attending so we can have a more accurate idea on how many guests to expect.

(First and Last)
Please select the time you will be attending.
How many people, including yourself, will be attending the session?

Connect With Your Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors assist first-year students during orientation and throughout the year with their personal and academic transition into the TLU community. From facilitating and planning orientation activities to attending all Freshman Experience (FREX 134) classes to organizing social activities outside of class, Peer Mentors not only guide students through their first year, they experience it with them.

Peer Mentors

Each Peer Mentor has an individual page on MyTLU where their FREX students can get to know them better and use as an additional resource about the course. Peer Mentors have good academic and discipline records, have demonstrated their commitment to TLU through leadership and involvement and come highly recommended from TLU faculty and staff.

Click Here To Meet Your Peer Mentor

Don't Forget Your 2021 Summer Project

All incoming freshmen are required to read #TLUBulldogs: Voices From Texas Lutheran during summer break as part of their Frex 134 course. A few weeks prior to the beginning of the semester, we ask that you think about your life experiences so far and how your own story might appear in #TLUBulldogs. Choose what you would consider a defining moment. Tell this story and then explain what you learned and/or how it made an impact on you. Choose a defining moment you can be truthful about and one that you are willing to share with others.

Teenage Male Doing Homework

Look for parallels between your defining moment and the educational stories in #TLUBulldogs. In your essay, explore and explain how at least one or two of the stories in #TLUBulldogs mirror your own experiences. Resist using a typical anecdote you might write for a standardized test or college entrance essay.

Essays should be 500 or more words (12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced) and will be shared early in the semester in your Frex 134 course. This project should take you several hours of active reading, thinking, writing, and revising. Please email FREX 134 Director Mark Dibble with any questions.

Click Here To Read #TLUBulldogs: Voices From Texas Lutheran

Contact Us

Ali Bratcher

Questions about Fall 2021 Orientation? Please contact Ali Bratcher, TLU's assistant for Student Activities & First-Year Programs.