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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.

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How do I sign up for Family and Guest Orientation?

We highly recommend that you sign up for your Family and Guest Orientation before you arrive on campus. Have your student sign back in to their orientation account to add any additional guests under the guest tab.

If you plan to sign up on campus, please be prepared to pay the Family and Guest Orientation fee with a check or money order. Cash and credit cards will not be accepted.

What is the fee to attend Family and Guest Orientation?

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

*Fee does not include overnight accommodations.

What does the cost of Family and Guest Orientation cover?

The fee covers materials, some meals, staffing and other administrative costs. The fee is non-refundable after the orientation session. The orientation fee does not cover overnight accommodations.

Will I be with my student during Orientation?

During Orientation there will be times when you and your student attend the same presentations. However, there are also times when you and your student will be participating in different presentations. This allows your student to meet new Bobcats and allows you the opportunity to network with Texas State representatives and with other new Bobcat families. A tentative schedule may be found on our Expectations & Schedules web page.

Lodging and Travel Information

Where will I spend the night if my student is a attending 2-day orientation session?

Overnight accommodations are not included in the Family and Guest orientation fee. You can include housing by having your student log back into their orientation account and request overnight accommodations for you under the guest tab for an additional fee.

You can also reserve lodging at any of the area hotels. A list of hotels in the area is available on the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau website.

Where will my student spend the night?

The NSO fee for students attending a two-day orientation session includes overnight accommodations. It is a requirement that students attending a two-day orientation session stay the night in the orientation residence hall. Please make sure that your student looks at the Expectations & Schedules page for information on what to bring to orientation.

What airports are nearby?

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
San Antonio International Airport

Texas State does not provide transportation to or from the airport.


Where will I park during Orientation?

Two weeks before your orientation session, a confirmation packet will be sent to your student's mailing address. This packet will contain a parking permit that is specific to the student's orientation date with driving directions to Matthews Street Garage.

Your New Student Orientation parking permit allows you to park in any spot that is not Red or Reserved. Students and families must also abide by general parking laws regarding parking in a fire zone or handicap accessible spaces.

My student hasn't received a parking permit in the mail.

Texas State requires that all vehicles on campus have a valid Texas State parking permit on them at all times. If you do not receive your parking permit in the mail or would like to request extras, please e-mail us at or visit the Orientation Information Desk in the LBJ Student Center or request one during the check in process.

Advising and Course Registration

Will I be able to attend the advising and registration portion of the orientation?

Because of state privacy laws and space constraints, families and guests will not be allowed in the advising or registration lab during orientation. We also want to help students feel empowered during their first visit with their academic advisor and learn how to become their own advocate in the process. If you have specific questions that you would like answers to, we encourage you to have your student write down the questions and bring them to their advising appointment.

Where should my student send their final transcripts?

Your student can have their transcript(s) sent to:

Texas State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
429 N. Guadalupe St.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Staying Connected After Orientation

How can I connect with Texas State after New Student Orientation?

You can remain connected to the University through the Parent and Family Relations office and through the Family Association. They have great ways in which you can visit and stay up-to-date with what is happening at Texas State.

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

Spring NSO / Summer NSO - $30/guest

Fall Gold NSO - $50/guest

Fall Transfer NSO - $30/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.