Tyler Junior College



Summer Orientation - FAQ

Is it important to attend New Student Orientation?

Yes, freshman at TJC are highly encouraged to attend New Student Orientation to plan the first semester and beyond. Why? Because New Student Orientation helps you plan for a successful, balanced college life and to learn about TJC’s expectations, traditions, and transfer opportunities.

Who should attend New Student Orientation?

Anyone who has an application on file at Tyler Junior College may attend, but it is designed for recent high school graduates, transfer students with fewer than 15 college credit hours and individuals who have never attended college or are new to college life (including dual credit students). PARENTS are welcome and encouraged to attend too!

Can I just show up to New Student Orientation?

No. Students and parents must pre-register for New Student Orientation and have paid in full order to be accepted for any session.

How much does New Student orientation cost?

Student fees are $50.00, but family members wishing to attend pay a $25.00 fee/per person. This fee includes meals, entertainment and all program fees and materials.  

How do I register for New Student orientation?

Go to tjc.edu/orientation to sign up for the New Student Orientation session that best suits you! You will need to know your student's A# and have a debit/credit card on hand to sign up and pay in full. After registering, you will receive a confirmation ticket with a barcode, make sure you bring this with you to check in!

Do I have to attend both days?

Yes. The Summer Orientation program offers varying activities and scheduling opportunities each day. Therefore, it is necessary to remain on campus both days. Evening programs include a variety of social activities that are important to the orientation experience.  

Do I stay overnight in a residence hall?

On-campus housing is provided for the evening. All students are encouraged to stay overnight in a residence hall, but not required. You will need to bring your own linens, towels, toiletries, shower curtain, toilet tissue, alarm clock, etc., for the overnight stay. There is not a price difference in the registration fee if a student prefers to stay off campus. Parents are not allowed to stay overnight on campus.

Note: Your overnight stay for summer orientation is not related to any application for residence hall living for the coming year. If you’re interested in living on campus, contact the Residential Life & Housing office for application information at 903-510-2345.

What should I bring?

See what you need to bring.

What will I do at New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation sessions are intended to be FUN and informative! You will meet new friends, play games, win prizes, learn TJC traditions and explore new opportunities. You will also be introduced to the resources needed to be a successful student at Tyler Junior College.

What do I need to have done before attending New Student Orientation?

See our checklist to see what you need to do.

What are placement exams?

Tyler Junior College does not have an admissions test. Although, Texas law requires THEA or an approved alternative placement test for all non-exempt undergraduate students entering Texas public institutions of higher learning.

Students may have to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or an approved alternative test prior to enrolling in any college-level course work. ACCUPLACER is the approved alternative test offered at TJC. (In accordance with HB 1224, TSI placement scores are under review and subject to change)

TSI Exemptions/Exceptions

There are several exemptions to testing. Click here for a complete list of TSI Testing Exemptions.

If you are not exempt and need to test, TJC offers two tests to determine college readiness and class placement: THEA and Accuplacer. Please take the test slowly and seriously, scores will determine course placement. Students who do not score above the state cut scores may have to enroll in developmental education courses. These courses are designed to improve subject skills and prepare students for college-level course work.

Can I take my placement testing at New Student Orientation?

Yes, you can take the TSI test on the morning of Day 1 or Day 2. The fee is $35. However, it is encouraged to take your placement test, if needed, prior to arriving at New Student Orientation. 

Can my parents come to orientation?

The Center for Student Life and Involvement coordinates a program for your parents/family members. Parent Orientation sessions will be available throughout the entire New Student orientation program covering things specifically for parents. Do not worry we have included special parent events just for fun too!

What is an Orientation Leader or Apache Chief?

Apache Chiefs serve as ambassadors of Tyler Junior College year-round. Their main commitment takes place during the summer where they serve as Orientation Leaders for new student orientation. Scholarships are available. Please contact us at 903-510-3151 about applications.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my orientation date?   

This fee is non-refundable. However, you may switch to an alternate session up to 10 days prior to your orientation session. To reschedule your orientation session, call (903) 510-3151 or email orientation@tjc.edu.

What if I have special accommodation needs?

If you need to arrange special accommodations in accordance with Section 504/ADA, contact Support Services at (903) 510-2395 by the registration deadline that you plan to attend.

I still have questions. What do I do?

Call Tyler Junior College Center for Student Life and Involvement at (903) 510-3151 or 1-800-687-5680, ext. 3151.

Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/Orientation/FAQ