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 and Online Orientation.

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 and Online Orientation.

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Your Steps to NSO

  • Submit Your Deposit. Your Enrollment Deposit must be submitted before you can register for NSO.
  • Register for Online Orientation. During NSO Online, you will set your foundation as a part of the Wildcat family, discover housing and connect with resources that set you up for success. This portion of NSO is required for all incoming students.
  • Save the date. Friday, January 7th, will be the date for our spring semester welcome and orientation event.

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: All students are required to have an ACU student ID. Submit your own photo online at acu.edu/myID. You will need your ID to swipe into your residence hall and access your meal plan. You can pick up your ID during move-in. 

Placement Testing

Placement testing is available during orientation and is required for specific majors. Students can also take placement tests online. Register for a placement test. 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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Important Dates

  • Meningitis Vaccine Due – before December 31, 2021
  • Spring Financial Settlement – Jan. 5, 2022
  • Move-In – Jan. 7, 2022
  • 1st Day of Classes – Jan. 10, 2022
  • The University will be closed beginning Dec 24, 2021 and reopen Jan 3, 2022.

Tentative Schedule

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Move in
11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. – Check-in
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. – Welcome presentation with lunch provided
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Walking campus tour
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Open House and Resource Fair

Frequently Asked Questions

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)

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to attend a New Student Orientation Open House with you, but their presence is not required.

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 be contacted by your academic advisor to set up an appointment to finalize your class schedule.

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 10, 2017 and December 31, 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

All services for students with disabilities are coordinated through Alpha Scholars Program. ACU is committed to the 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. Please contact an Alpha representative at 325-674-2275.

Move-in is Tuesday, August 17.