Welcome, Wildcats!

New Student Orientation is an orientation program for first-time ACU students and their parents. All entering students are required to attend orientation.

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Placement & CLEP Testing

Placement testing is available during orientation and is required for some majors. Students can also take placement exams in the community at local colleges and universities. For more information visit acu.edu/testing.


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Important Dates

New Student Move-in
  • January 10
First Day of Classes
  • January 13

Spring 2020 New Student Sessions

Friday, January 10th

  • 9:00 am - Early check-in for those wanting to tour the campus or move into a residence hall.
  • 11:30 am - Regular check-in
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch and learn about your Strengths. Enjoy dessert while current students tell you all about ACU & Abilene resources.
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Meet with your academic advisor. Check out the resource fair in the Campus Center.
  • 4:00 pm - Check out in Wildcat Central

Monday, January 13th

  • 5:00 pm - Come have dinner on us! Mingle with current student leaders, staff and faculty. This will be a great time to ask questions once you've experienced your first day on campus!

FAQs

Why must students attend?

During Orientation, you will: 

  • Meet fellow students
  • Take assessments that help you discover or affirm your academic major
  • 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?

We have special sessions designed to introduce parents and family members to ACU, as well as to assist them in preparing for the challenges and changes that arise when a student goes to college. Parents often have many questions regarding their student's new experiences, and these sessions offer answers in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. While some sessions will be student and parent sessions, others will run concurrent to the student sessions. It is important parents plan to attend these parent-only sessions.

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. At Orientation, you'll learn about the Core Curriculum and specific majors.

During NSO, all students and parents will attend a unique session explaining the role of advisors and how advising works at ACU. Optional department and individual advising sessions will be available during Orientation for any interested students, but you can begin interacting (via phone or email) with 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 after January 13, 2014 (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 and the Wildcat Week programs, including your strengths assessment, multiple meals and refreshment breaks for the student and two guests. Additional guests are $8 each.

When is move-in day?

Move-in day is Friday, January 10 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.