Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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.

Personal Items

Valid Photo ID

A valid photo ID includes US driver's license, state-issued ID card, passport or US military ID.

Writing Supplies

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. Also bring exercise or athletic attire if you would like to work out in our student recreation center.

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.

Spending Money

Although some meals and snacks will be provided 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.

Toiletries (required for two-day sessions)

Students planning to stay on campus during an overnight Hoggie Days session should remember to bring the necessary toiletries such as soap (face and bath), toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.

Linens and Towels (required for two-day sessions)

Students planning to stay on campus during an overnight Hoggie Days session also need to bring a pillow, sheets that fit a twin-sized bed, towel and washcloth for showering, and shower shoes (flip-flops).

Change of Clothes (required for two-day sessions)

Orientation leaders have fun evening activities planned for students staying on campus during an overnight Hoggie Days session, so students should be sure to bring comfortable clothes to change in to for some fun and games!

Academic Items 

Academic Paperwork

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, you are required to 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, you are required to 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.

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: March 24, 2014