Family Orientation FAQ
What are the advantages of participating in orientation?
Orientation is the best way for family members and the University to create a partnership for student success. Families will be able to support their students by attending Hoggie Days as well as learn about academic and social aspects of the campus, meet current students and talk with University faculty and staff. In addition, you will meet other new Texas A&M-Kingsville students and their families, have plenty of opportunities to have all of your questions answered, and gain a better understanding of the place your student is going to call home for the next four years!
Where will I stay?
Click here for a printable list of local hotels where family and guests attending orientation with their student(s) can make reservations. Students attending a two-day Hoggie Days session are provided with overnight accommodations on campus in our residence halls. The Kingsville Chamber of Commerce website is another resource for families to use when deciding to visit TAMUK or attend orientation with their student.
Why do students and family members have separate programs?
Orientation is the first step in preparing the student to succeed as a college student and the first transition for family members to support their student in a new way. This is a prime opportunity for students to meet with their peers and family members to network with other parents.
Can I be with my student during advising and registration?
We ask that family members allow advisors and students to meet independently to discuss the student’s class schedule. Family members and students will receive academic program information during orientation that you can review together. Family members can discuss questions that their students can have answered during their advising session.
What can I expect at orientation?
The primary focus during Family Orientation is to acquaint you with all the support services and campus resources available to your student.
What role do family members have?
The A&M-Kingsville campus recognizes the interest and level of involvement that families have in the lives of their college students. We hope that parents participation in Orientation will help families understand the university environment.
Can I tour the residence halls while on campus?
Although your student may not have their housing assignment at the time of orientation, you are welcome to tour our housing facilities. Orientation Leaders will be available to take family members on a campus tour that will include the residence halls.
What should my student(s) bring to orientation?
Bring documents that are pending for financial aid or admission. This may include your W-2, other tax information, test scores, and updated transcripts. For a detailed list of what your student needs to bring, please visit the What to Bring page of this website.
What if I can’t attend the orientation program?
If you cannot attend orientation, please make sure your student attends. If your student cannot attend orientation, they may not be able to register for classes until all orientation sessions are over in late August. Please be aware that all students are assessed an orientation fee regardless of participation.