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New Student Orientation

If you are reading this you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a recent (or soon to be) high school graduate
  2. You have not enrolled and received twelve hours of credit at another university or college after you graduated from high school
  3. You may have obtained dual credit while in high school

If you do not meet these requirements for a new student - don't worry you are just a click away from the Transfer Student Orientation page.

What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?

It's time to discover new places, new friends, new interests, and the Buff in you. This summer, youall_closed_except_last_nso will have the opportunity to start the next chapter in your life by attending New Student Orientation at West Texas A&M University. 

Who Can Attend?

New students to our University that have been admitted have six opportunities to attend a two day orientation. Attendance at an orientation is required for all incoming freshmen. (Transfer students are encouraged to attend a Transfer Student Orientation.)

To ensure that you get the most out of your NSO experience, space is limited to 240 students per orientation. To verify your admission status, call 1.800.99.WTAMU. (For more guest information, click here.)Orientation space is limited, and each student will be able to sign up for an orientation date on a first-come, first-served basis.

Should you need to cancel your reservation, click here. Cancellations must be made seven days prior to orientation. When you register for orientation, you are signed up for both components of orientation (NSO and Buff Branding). A single fee of $125 covers all student costs associated with both components of your orientation experience and will go on your first long semester's bill.  Parents and guardians are welcome to join you for the NSO portion of orientation, and your first guest is free! Each additional guest at NSO is $30. Other things you need to know about NSO:

  • Students are required to attend all programming click_to_registerduring their NSO session. Failure to do so will prevent students from registration.        
  • Family and guests are also welcome and invited to attend orientation.
  • Guest sessions run concurrent to the student schedule.

Change NSO Dates

As your summer schedule develops and a conflict arises with your scheduled NSO, you have the option to CHANGE YOUR NSO DATE to any of the remaining open event dates. If you have questions regarding the logistics of changing your NSO date, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1.800.99.WTAMU.

Special Sessions

Special orientation sessions are available during and prior to orientation.

  • Honors Orientation (check-in begins at 3:30pm)
    • Wednesday, June 18
    • Wednesday, July 16
    • Wednesday, July 30
      • For more information regarding honors orientation, contact Dr. Pamela Lockwood - 806.651.2736
  • Spanish track for guests
    • June 19-20
    • July 17-18

Wednesday Pre-Orientation

10am-5pm, Early Check-in at Cornette Library (including residence hall check-in for students/guests staying on campus)
10am-3pm, Pre-Orientation Testing, Hastings Electronic Learning Center Room 9

Next Steps

Click here for the Tentative Student Schedule.

Parents and guests will have an alternate schedule during orientation and are encouraged to bring a jacket or blanket as rooms tend to be cold. Click here for the Tentative Guest Schedule.

To cap off your NSO experience and to officially become a Buff, advising and registration for your first semester will occur on the Friday of your orientation. Advising and Registration will only take place after you have completed all Thursday NSO activities and our technology training on Friday. All sessions at NSO are required for registration to occur.


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