New Student Orientation

Welcome to Lamar University!

Whether you start in the summer, fall, or spring, New Student Orientation is ready to welcome you and prepare you for a successful transition to LU! New Student Orientation is specifically designed for new college students. You'll receive all the information you need to feel confident when you step on campus for your first day of class!

Orientation includes information about student services, academic life, academic advising, and receiving your class schedule. It's also a great way to make friends, start building your on-campus community, and have FUN!

Lamar University offers Orientation for all incoming Freshmen, Transfer, and International undergraduate students.


Welcome to Cardinal Nation!

At New Student Orientation, you'll gain an understanding of the academic and social life at Lamar University.

You will discover the incredible opportunities that await you at Lamar University, interact with other future Cardinals, meet your advisor and register for classes for your first semester as a student, and sign-up for any extracurricular activities and organizations.


2023 Freshman Orientation Dates

  • June 16
  • June 24
  • June 29
  • July 14
  • July 22
  • July 27
  • August 4

Transfer Students

What is a Transfer Student?

  • Transfer students are undergraduate students who attended another college or university.
  • You have 18 or more credit hours transferring to Lamar University.
  • College credits earned while enrolled in high school does not mean you're a transfer student.

Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend Orientation.

Lamar University has a Transfer Liaison to assist you in the transfer process! Contact us today for help connecting you with your academic advisor in your academic department. Email for assistance.


2023 Transfer Student Orientation Date

  • July 28

Orientation Fees

  • Student Registration - $50
  • Guest Registration - $25
  • Students are allowed 2 guests.
  • All orientation fees are non-refundable.

If you have any questions, email us at

International Students

All international students attending Lamar University must contact the Office of International Education and Services to sign up for International Student Orientation. Call 409-880-7635 or email for more information.

Reschedule Your Orientation Session

When choosing your 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. To change your orientation session, complete the Orientation Reschedule Request.