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Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance to Texas State University and welcome to the Bobcat Family! You're about to become part of a proud tradition and a long line of successful students. Get started today on these next steps that will help you transition to life at Texas State.

If you are an admitted International Student, please review our
International Student checklist.


Required for Admission

In order to best serve our incoming students during these uncertain times, all New Student Orientation (NSO) programs for Summer and Fall 2020 will be conducted ONLINE.

Register for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is your essential introduction to all things Bobcat and is required for all new students admitted to Texas State. You will meet your academic advisor, register for classes, learn about important student resources and get to know your way around campus. Plus, you'll meet other new Bobcats and your Orientation Leaders — current students who will connect you to all the right people and places. There are even family and guest sessions offered during most orientation programs.

There's a New Student Orientation session for every new Bobcat, so be sure to sign up!

When Can I Sign Up?

Admitted for Summer or Fall - Orientation opens in February
Admitted for Spring - Orientation opens in October

Are you a Transfer, Pathway, International, Returning (Readmit), Second Bachelor's Degree, Non-Degree Seeking or Visiting (Transient) Student? The NSO page will help you determine which session meets your needs.

Learn More about NSO

Required for Admission

Submit Your Housing Contract

The Bobcat residential experience puts you in the center of it all. Most freshmen are required to live on-campus. The Housing and Residential Life site has more information on housing requirements and exemptions.

As soon as you have received your acceptance letter, you will be able to submit the online housing contract. Once your contract is completed and you've made a pre-payment, you are placed into a group listed on the housing timeline. The sooner you submit the contract, the better chances you have for getting your top choice of hall.

Required for Admission

Get Vaccinated

Texas law does not allow students to register for classes until proof of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination has been received. Texas State University contracts with Magnus Health Technology, Inc. to collect and verify your medical documentation or exemptions. Students subject to the bacterial meningitis requirement will receive an email from Magnus Health SMR with instructions.

Required for Admission

Send Your Final Transcripts

Whether you're finishing high school or are attending classes at another university or community college, we'll need an official transcript showing your final grades. Once you've completed course work, submit an official copy of your transcript to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 429 N. Guadalupe Street, San Marcos, TX 78666.

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Explore Financial Aid & Scholarships

Your education is a major investment. We want to help you afford it. Scholarships, grants and loans can make higher education a reality. Get started as early as you can on financial aid and scholarship applications so you don't miss any opportunities.

Financial Aid

To apply for federal, state and university aid, submit your FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


Scholarship funds can be a great opportunity to boost your available college funding. Be sure to investigate your scholarship options and submit an application through the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS). Scholarship deadlines vary, so be sure to contact Financial Aid and Scholarships for more details.

Key Deadlines

August 1 - Scholarship application is available online
December 15 - Freshman Competitive Scholarship deadline
March 1 - Transfer and Continuing Scholarship Application deadlines.
(Students must also be admitted by their respective deadline to be eligible for consideration.)

Additional Steps for Admitted Students

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  • The Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP) is a state-legislated program to improve student success in college. All students, except those who are TSI-Exempt, should take an initial assessment test before their first semester in college at a Texas public institution of higher education. You'll need to have an SAT, ACT, TAKS or STAAR score high enough to exempt you from further testing and developmental education classes.

    Check your TSIP compliance status now.

    Questions? Contact the TSIP office at 512.245.3942 or

  • Whether or not you qualify as a Texas Resident for tuition purposes will determine the rate you are charged for tuition (in-state or out-of-state). If you are interested in whether or not you are classified as an in-state student, you will need to check your residency status by logging into Self-Service Banner. The student is responsible for ensuring residency information is accurate and any corrections are made to their classification before the census date (normally the 12th day of classes for the spring and fall semesters and the 4th day for summer terms).

    If you have concerns or need additional information, see Residency & Cost of Attendance or contact

  • If you submitted official transcripts of course work completed at other colleges or universities, you view the results of the evaluation in our Transfer Course Equivalency System.

    If you have submitted official college transcripts and want to see how your credits will transfer to Texas State, you may view your articulated course work in our Transfer Course Equivalency System.

    If you have additional questions regarding steps to take after being admitted, look at the Frequently Asked Questions or contact

  • Your NetID, along with your password, allows you to log into Texas State online services. You received a NetID when you applied to Texas State.

    Need help activating your NetID? The IT Assistance Center (ITAC) is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by LiveChat session, by calling 512.245.ITAC (4822) or by emailing