Transfer Orientation FAQ

Do I have to pay to attend Transfer Thursdays?

Yes. Transfer students are charged a one-time mandatory orientation fee of $35, which is due upon registration.

Who should attend orientation?

Transfer students with 12 or more credit hours after high school graduation must attend a transfer orientation session. All first year transfer students with less than 12 credit hours must attend one of our Freshman New Student Orientation sessions.

When will I get more information about orientation?

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail within 3-5 business days from the date you registered. After you're registered for an orientation session, additional session information and updates will be sent to you via e-mail up until a few days prior to your orientation date.

How do I register for orientation?

You can register for orientation online through Blue and Gold Connection using the registration information provided for you on the Registration Instructions page of this web site.

Is orientation mandatory for all new, full-time students?

All new students with less than 12 credit hours after high school graduation are required to participate in Freshman New Student Orientation and all transfer students new to Texas A&M University-Kingsville with 12 or more hours after high school graduation are required to attend a Transfer New Student Orientation session. Our orientation programs are designed to help you feel comfortable and confident on our campus when you start your classes. We believe that orientation is a vital part of transitioning into university life. 

What if I need to change my session date?

There are a limited number of spaces available for each orientation event, and sessions will fill quickly. If for any reason you need to change from one session to another, your options may be limited depending on your timing. Registration is a live system, first-come-first-serve.  

Will there be activities for my family?

We offer a Family Orientation Program that runs concurrently with our orientation events.

Will I be able to purchase my books during orientation?

There will be time during or after orientation for new students to visit our bookstore. Depending on your orientation session, textbooks may or may not be available for purchase. To purchase textbooks, be sure to bring a check, cash, or a credit card and a copy of your class schedule.

How do I register for classes?

You will register for classes at orientation. Your academic advisor will assist you in choosing classes for your major and will help you register. Orientation Leaders will also be available to assist with this process.

How do I get my Javelina Express card (student ID)?

You will visit the Javelina Express Card Office to take your ID photo and you will be presented with your ID during the orientation program.  Your ID will be needed throughout your college career for purchasing parking permits, getting into sporting events, accessing library services, accessing your residence hall and meal plan, and some professors require it for exams.

How do I get my parking permit?

In August, before the fall semester starts, you will be able to purchase your parking permit online on JNet in the Parking Spot. 

How do I take care of my bill or find out about financial aid?

During your orientation session, you will have the opportunity to attend a session with financial aid and business office representatives to get more information and learn about your payment options and financial services.