What to Bring
Planning to attend Hoggie Days is exciting but can be overwhelming for both students and their parents or guardians. Orientation is a time to learn as much as possible about the place a student is going to be for the next four years, so students and parents should be prepared so they can make the most of their Hoggie Days experience! Below are some important items for students to bring with them to their Hoggie Days session.
Valid Photo ID
A valid photo ID May be required. These includes US driver's license, state-issued ID card, passport or US military ID.
A great deal of information will be given during Hoggie Days, and although a notes sheet will be provided, students and parents are encouraged to bring additional note-taking items such as paper, pens and pencils with them.
Casual Clothing and Walking Shoes
South Texas weather can be highly unpredictable! During summer months, we experience hot, windy and rainy weather in Kingsville, so students and parents may want to bring cool clothing (T-shirts and shorts or jeans), an umbrella and comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes, sandals or flip-flops) for campus tours. Although the weather will be warm, students and parents may also want to pack a sweatshirt, lightweight jacket or sweater, as the facilities used for presentations during orientation may seem chilly to some.
During winter months, we can experience cold, windy and rainy weather. You may want to bring a jacket or heavy sweater if the weather is expected to be cold. Closed-toed comfortable walking shoes are recommended for campus tours. Consider checking the weather forecast for the area before you visit to help you bring appropriate clothing. Some winter days are very warm and sunny with temperatures above 70F degrees.
If you will be staying on campus with us in the residence halls during one of our overnight sessions, please bring bedding (twin) or sleeping bag, towels, and your overnight supplies. Please bring some casual/workout clothes and tennis shoes for our evening activities.
Although some meals and snacks will be provides during Hoggie Days, students should bring money for any extra snacks they may want. Meals for family member are not included in the orientation fee. The campus bookstore will also be open, so students and parents should also bring extra money if they plan to purchase souvenirs.
Please make sure to bring all required and updated academic paperwork with you including:
- Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Records: Although you are required to submit your bacterial meningitis vaccination record prior to attending Hoggie Days, you are encouraged to bring a copy with you to your session.
- High School Transcript: Your transcript should be on file with the Office of Admission prior to registering for Hoggie Days. For proper advising during your session, please bring your updated/official transcript complete with advanced placement scores with you. Official transcript must be presented in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admission.
- College/University Transcript(s): For proper advising during your session, please bring your updated/official transcript(s) complete with all dual enrollment/college credits earned. Official transcript(s) must be presented in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admission.
- Advanced Placement Scores: Please bring updated scores with you if you have recently taken any advanced placement exams and the scores were not included on your high school transcript. Official scores must be presented in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admission.
- Admission Test Scores: Your admission test scores should be on file with the Office of Admission prior to registering for Hoggie Days. If you have retaken an exam since submitting your scores, please bring updated scores with you. Official scores must be presented in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admission. If you have not yet taken the ACT or SAT, please visit our ACT-Residual website for an alternative option.
- TSI Scores (If not previously submitted): The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires students to be assessed in reading, writing and mathematical skills before enrolling in a Texas public college or university. Students are required to complete the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment tests before enrolling at Texas A&M University-Kingsville unless exempt. Students are encouraged to take the placement testing before their new student orientation program so they will not miss any of the orientation program or have trouble registering for certain classes. For more information, click here.
Checks, Credit Cards or Cash
Hoggie Days is a time for students and parents to finalize any important matters if they choose to such as on-campus housing, meal plans and financial aid so that students will be fully prepared and care-free for the start of classes. Be sure to bring checks, credit cards, cash or any other preferred and acceptable form of payment to take care of deposits (ex: $150 housing deposit), tuition and fees, bills, etc.
This page was last updated on: September 22, 2015