Frequently Asked Questions

Is Orientation mandatory?

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students and confirms your enrollment at Lamar University.

When you attend Orientation, you’ll get acclimated to the university by taking tours of campus, learning about important programs and resources, participating in informational workshops, interacting with faculty and staff and getting to know other new students. Most importantly, you’ll get a head start when you receive academic advising and register for your fall classes right at orientation! The program is designed to answer nearly all your questions with one visit to campus!

What does the Orientation fee cover?

The Orientation fee includes a meal, NSO materials, resources, and LU swag.

How do I register?

Students can register at here. Please only submit the form once.

Registration closes one week before the session start date or when the session has reached capacity, whichever comes first.

Why am I getting an error message when I register for NSO?

If you are getting an error message there could be two reasons why, you have either submitted the registration form once already and are not permitted to submit again or you have an incorrect password or email address. Please call our office and we can assist you in completing that registration. Call 409-880-7775 or email 

What is TSI and am I exempt?

Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in mathematics, reading, and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption.

What if I cannot pay for Orientation?

If you cannot pay for Orientation, please email our office at

What if I cannot attend Orientation?

If you cannot attend Orientation, please email us at

How do I change my Orientation session?

When choosing your student orientation date, please select carefully! There is a service fee for multiple requests to change or reschedule your originally selected date. Please note, you will only be permitted to change your date once. Please submit this form if you need to change your orientation session.

How do I cancel my Orientation reservation?

To cancel your Freshman Orientation session, you must submit this form at least TWO weeks before the Orientation session that you are scheduled to attend.

To cancel your Transfer Orientation session, you must submit this form at least ONE week before the Orientation session that you are scheduled to attend.

If your cancellation is received before the deadline, you will receive a refund.