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Family & Guest

Welcome to the New Student Orientation Family and Guest page! We know that this can be a fun and exciting time for you and your student. However, we also recognize that this process can be daunting. We want you to know that you are not in this alone. Texas State has a great network of professionals who are here to help you and your student from admission to graduation. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you still have questions, please feel free to email us at

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a university program that aims to connect students to resources on campus. Through the orientation process, students will learn more information about the university, meet new friends and register for their classes.

Why is New Student Orientation required? 

Research suggests that students who attend an orientation session do better in their overall transition to the university. Orientation is designed to help your student learn how to navigate the campus, learn about important policies they will be held accountable for and start to feel what it is like to be a Bobcat. 

Is it required that families and guests attend orientation?

It is not required that families and guests attend orientation. However, we do have concurrent programming that will provide you with information about how you can support your new Bobcat. To view a tentative schedule, visit our Expectations & Schedules web page.

*If you are a parent, family member or guest and would like to reserve on-campus overnight accommodations for yourself and/or your family (student overnight accommodations are included in their fee), you may do so online. Otherwise, please feel free to visit the San Marcos Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a list of area hotels.

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Staying Connected After Orientation

Welcome to the Bobcat Family!

Family plays an integral role in a student's transition to Texas State. At family orientation you will hear presentations from our faculty and staff introducing programs, student services, and tips on how to stay involved and support your student. Below you will find information that will help you plan ahead to make the most of your time on campus and in San Marcos. Take a minute to look at our tentative schedules and find out more information about the surrounding area.

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Family and Guest Schedules

Schedules for all of our orientation programing can be found on our Expectations and Schedules web page.

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Fee Information

Two-day Orientation - $50/guest*
One-day Orientation - $30/guest
NSO and Cat Camp session - $30/guest*
Pathway Orientation - $50/guest*

*Fee does not include overnight accommodations.

Meet Our Staff

Our staff is committed to student success at Texas State. If you need anything before, during, or after your NSO session please feel free to let us know. 

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Family Association

The Texas State Family Association has been dedicated to helping Bobcat families remain connected to their student’s university experience since 1976. The Association seeks to promote and sponsor programs that meet the needs of families as well as involve them in the life of the membership and university community alike. Learn more about how you can be part of the Family Association.