Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?
Yes…you *get* to attend this great time of getting to know one another and preparing for life in college. As a new student, you are expected to attend all New Student Orientation programs. Depending on your status as a transfer or a commuter student, you might attend programs designed specifically for you, but all the events are required for new students.
- Do I need to sign up for New Student Orientation?
Yes, in a way. We ask that you fill out the Arrival Card information, letting us know exactly when you’re arriving and who’s joining you, but it’s that simple!
- How much does New Student Orientation or Family and Parent Orientation cost?
The only costs you can expect for this weekend are your family’s meals (Indoor Picnic Thursday night and any meal in the dining hall). General costs for meals are Breakfast - $5.75, Lunch - $7, and Dinner - $8. Children 12 and under meal cost is $4.
- What does my family do while I’m participating in New Student Orientation?
Parents and Families need to get oriented to LETU, too, so we have a great orientation program designed just for them. It is evaluated very highly from year to year, and we love the opportunity we have to partner with your family to help you succeed at LETU. Many of the events are separate, but several of the events are designed for students and families to participate together. [ ORIENTATION SCHEDULE]
- When should my family plan on leaving LETU to head back home?
Parents and family are invited to participate in everything that happens on Thursday and Friday and the first part of Saturday. Parent orientation officially ends at 6:00 on Saturday, but parents can leave any time before then that they’d like. [ ORIENTATION SCHEDULE]
- Where can my parents stay during this time?
Guests (including parents and families) are not able to stay in the residence halls during the first weeks of school, so parents and families should plan to stay in a hotel for the duration of their time in Longview. [ LIST OF HOTELS AND TRAVEL INFORMATION]
- How many people can I bring to New Student Orientation with me?
You don’t need to bring anyone with you to help you move into the residence halls—we’ve got you covered with a huge “baggage brigade” of faculty, staff, and student leaders.
You’re more than welcome to bring your parents, siblings, grandparents, neighbors, or friends to experience with you the excitement of moving to college, but a good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to about 4 guests, just to keep things manageable for all of us. Please make sure you identify your guests on the Arrival Card you submit, and remember, they won’t be able to stay in the halls with you.
- What is the purpose of New Student Orientation and Family and Parent Orientation?
Through Orientation, the Office of Student Programs strives to create a welcoming, inclusive, and fun experience, assisting students and families to learn about educational opportunities, campus resources and services, and developmental issues. At the end of Orientation, you will have a better of idea of what it means to be a college student at LETU. Orientation also serves as a time to meet and begin to have relationship with people you will encounter as a part of LETU. You will be introduced to your roommate, floormates, other new students, returning students, faculty, and staff. Parents will have an opportunity to meet those people in your life, as well as other parents from your region.
Our focus is on your successful integration into our LeTourneau community, and to provide all the support we can as you face all that is good and challenging about the spiritual, intellectual, and developmental growth that awaits you.
- Are my meals provided during Orientation? What about my family’s meals?
Everything is included for the new students during New Student Orientation, whether you are on the meal plan or not. You will be provided a temporary meal card to use at meals.
Beginning Monday morning, August 23rd, however, only students on the meal plan will be able to eat (at no extra cost) in the dining hall; commuter students will need to begin paying for meals if they choose to eat on campus.
Parents and families will need to be prepared to pay for each meal that is in the Dining Hall. (Any parents reception or continental breakfast event is provided at no charge.)
- I need a ride from the airport or bus/train station. Can someone pick me up?
Students flying into Shreveport (SHV) or Longview (GGG), or arriving by train or bus in Longview, may arrange for rides using the Arrival Card. If you have any questions about specific arrangements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I—or someone from my family—needs special accommodations while we’re visiting. What do we do?
Any new student or guest need accommodations should let us know by contacting email@example.com or calling Steve Conn at 903-233-4433 by, August 1st to ensure accommodation. We will do everything we can after that date to meet your special needs.
- I’m coming to LETU from another country. Can I arrive earlier than others to get settled?
There is an International Student Orientation provided for international, “third culture” students, and others arriving at LeTourneau from somewhere other than the United States. Click here find out details of this event and to receive a schedule of special events designed to acclimate you to the U.S., to Longview, and to LETU—even to help you set up bank accounts and fill out the variety of international forms required.