2023 Orientations

Orientation Opportunities for Fall 2023


  • Undergraduate Nursing Student Orientation
    Thursday, May 4th, 2023; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  [LUNCH will be provided.]
    Students can plan on spending the day with us for this orientation.  Services and resources offered by various departments will be covered, as well as a time dedicated for the College of Nursing to address needs important to explore prior to the beginning of classes.

  • Graduate Student Orientation for OTD Students
    Friday, June 2nd, 2023; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    This Orientation will include a cross campus gathering via in-classroom video as  well as an introduction to the School of Occupational Therapy leadership  Additional content throughout the day will include academic specifics, various departmental offerings and meeting with existing students.

  • International Student Orientation
    Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    International Student will be expected to attend both this mandatory in-person orientation plus the general orientation.

  • Graduate Student Orientation for DPT Students
    Thursday, August 24th, 2023; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  [LUNCH will be provided.]
    An academic specific session will be woven into the day as graduate students hear from the various departments about services and resources offered.

  • Nutrition Dietetic Intern Orientation
    Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    An academic specific session will be held in the morning with the Program Director, followed in the afternoon with several different departments highlighting their respective service offerings. Plan on spending the entire day on campus.
  • Orientation for Health Care Administration and dual MHA/MBA Program
    Saturday, August 26th, 2023; 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon [TENTATIVE]
    The format is yet to be determined.  It may be online or in-person.

CONTACT: For further information regarding Orientation, please contact Deborah Unruh with the Office of Student Life at 713-794-2158.

NOTE: An email will be sent to all newcomers in late May (for summer entry students) and August (for fall entry students) with Parking & transportation information (including details about the METRO Q Card and a parking contract for those using a vehicle to come to TWU), locker rental information, as well as getting an ID badge made  An additional email will be distributed late May and August (again, to the respective summer and fall newcomers) noting the offerings of all the departments at the Houston site within a Google Classroom setting that students can access as appropriate online.

ID BADGES: As we approach each semester with a modicum of distancing still in mind, a schedule will be sent to each newcomer noting days that ID badge can be made here in the Student Life Office.  Although you will not necessarily need the TWU ID badges to begin classes, per se, the TWU ID badge will be necessary to pick up the parking pass (if you choose to park in the garage associated with TWU) as well as the METRO Q Card.  The schedule sent out will allow for about four people every 15 minutes.  Newcomers are welcome to come and get their ID badges made during weeks prior to that of orientation.  And once classes begin and people are naturally on campus, the timing would be appropriate as well to stop by the Student Life Office for your ID badge to be made.

Tasks to consider before the initial day of classes include:

  • pay tuition and class fees by 6:00 p.m. the Friday before that respective semester begins,
  • register for classes on-line by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before that respective semester begins,
  • speak one-on-one with staff in the Registrar’s Office (1st floor, Enrollment Services),
  • inquire more about Financial Aid (1st floor, Enrollment Services),
  • follow up with your academic advisor,
  • obtainTWU ID Badge (through Student Life, accomplished during orientation) 
  • securelocker (through Student Life),
  • upload remaining immunization records to https://patient-twu.medicatconnect.com/
  • review student health insurance possibilities (TWU has a relationship with Academic HealthPlans), 
  • purchase textbooks (many options online),
  • make arrangements for a parking contract &/or public transportation,
  • explore METRO offerings (Q Card at half off traditional fare for enrolled students, Light Rail, Bus, Community Connector, STAR Vanpool and Carpool, Park & Ride),
  • get familiar with the Texas Medical Center (optional tours of the TMC are given during Orientation and in the first few weeks of classes),
  • sign up to receive notifications from Pioneer Alert, a system that can deliver emergency messages from our University Department of Public Safety (DPS) to campus personnel via text, email, phone (or campus computer for faculty/staff).

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