Welcome, Wildcats!

New Student Orientation is an orientation program for first-time ACU students and their parents. In order to enroll in classes, all entering students must complete New Student Orientation Registration.

New Student Reminders

Please make sure you take care of the following items when you arrive to campus:

  • Parking on Campus: If you are bringing a car with you to campus, please complete this Student Vehicle Registration Form. You will be able to pick up your parking permit in the Campus Center at the service desk near the entrance to the Bean.
  • Textbooks: Students can use their student account to purchase textbooks and school supplies through The Campus Store (both in-store and online). Please visit acu.bncollege.com to order books for in-store pick up. 
  • Student ID: If you do not have an ACU student ID, please stop by Wildcat Central to pick up your ID. You will need your ID to swipe into your residence hall and access your meal plan. 

Additional helpful information:

  • Meal Plans: You can begin using your meal plan for on-campus dining beginning Jan. 8. For more information on dining options and hours, click here
  • Advising: Academic advisors will be available in the Hunter Welcome Center on Friday, Jan. 8, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Students who need to make changes to their major or class schedule can stop by to meet with their academic advisor.
  • Billing and Financial Settlement: Financial Aid Counselors will be available Friday, January 8, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center for students who need assistance with their bill. 
  • Wildcat Central: Wildcat Central will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to take payments and issue student ID’s. 
  • Placement Testing: Placement testing is available during orientation and is required for specific majors. Students can also take placement tests in the community at local colleges and universities. Placement testing is available during orientation. Click here to register for an exam. 
    If you have any questions about placement testing, please contact the ACU Testing Center at acutesting@acu.edu or 325-674-2548
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NSO Virtual sessions

Placement & CLEP Testing

Placement testing is available during orientation and is required for specific majors. Students can also take placement tests in the community at local colleges and universities. Please check back soon to sign up for testing during orientation.

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Important Dates

  • Meningitis Vaccine Due - Jan. 4, 2021
  • Spring Financial Settlement - Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021
  • Move-In - Jan. 8, 2021
  • 1st Day of Classes - Jan. 11, 2021

FAQs

Why must students attend?

During Orientation, you will:

  • Meet fellow students
  • Find important campus resources
  • Meet faculty and staff from your area of academic interest
  • Reserve your books
  • Meet residence life staff
  • Complete important academic and student life business (ID card, and more)
Should parents attend?

Parents are welcome to attend the Welcome Resource Fair as well as visit with the ACU staff available.

What about major selection and class schedule changes?

Advising is a central component of your ACU experience because it promotes the achievement of your educational and personal goals. Within Online Orientation, you'll learn about the Core Curriculum and specific majors, the roles of advisors and how advising works at ACU. You will have the opportunity to visit with your advisor at the Welcome Resource Fair. You can also email your academic advisor and making class changes as soon as you receive your tentative fall schedule*. Transfer students: you must submit all of your transcripts and contact your advisor to have your schedule built.

Is a health record required?

An updated copy of your immunization records must be submitted prior to the start of school. One of the required immunizations is a meningococcal vaccination for students under the age of 22. In order to be valid under Texas state law, the shot must have been administered between January 11, 2016 and January 1, 2021 (or file an exemption), in order to begin school. 

To submit your immunization record, go to “Quicklinks” on myACU, choose “Medical Clinic Patient Portal” and complete the following steps:

  • Click on Upload tab 
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to upload the documentation 
  • Click on Immunization tab 
  • Click on the blue “immunizations” bar 
  • Scroll to find the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine 
  • Enter the date your student received the vaccine and click submit
What about students with disabilities?

ACU is committed to full participation of parents or students with disabilities. If you have any disability-related needs for Orientation, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-460-6228. All services for students with disabilities are coordinated through Alpha Scholars Program. Please contact an Alpha representative at 325-674-2275 or eab16b@acu.edu.

What is the cost?

The fee for New Student Orientation is currently covered by your Enrollment Deposit. This fee covers the cost and materials for programming during New Student Orientation, including your strengths assessment, and refreshment breaks for the student and two guests. Additional guests are $8 each.

When is move-in day?

Move-in is Friday, Jan. 8.