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New Student Orientation

At LETU, orientation is a crucial part of the first steps into life as a college student. We know this change can be stressful, and we're here to help.

Orientation allows all new students the opportunity to get to know a few classmates, learn about the resources available at LETU and spend some time learning the ins and outs of what it's really like to be a LeTourneau student.

  • New Student Orientation
  • Summer SWARM
  • International Student Orientation
  • What to Bring
  • Volunteer For NSO




We want you to feel confident in your decision to come to LeTourneau. We have a place for you, and we are glad you are here.

We want the orientation experience to affirm for you that LeTourneau is going to support you in a healthy, Christian environment that challenges your whole person.


Life at LeTourneau isn't the same thing as high school. In fact, it isn't quite the same as life at any other university, either.

If you want to make the most of your experience, it's best to know everything that makes LeTourneau unique, everything that's expected of you and all the resources at your disposal.

We want to make sure that when classes start you are prepared and you know where to go and who to talk to whenever you need something.


Building relationships is one of the most important keys to success in college, and that can mean a lot of different things.

Forming relationships with your professors, campus employers and student affairs personnel are all things that help students become a real part of LeTourneau. Making friends with other students on your floor, making friends with your RA, or meeting your residence director count too.

At orientation we want to provide time and opportunities for you to build relationships and begin the process of forging new friendships.

The SWARM is a Friday-Saturday, everything-you-need event to help you jump start your LeTourneau experience.

At SWARM, you will:

  • Register for classes
  • Meet professors
  • See your new room
  • Possibly meet your roommate
  • Get answers to questions you may have
  • Get assistance with Financial Aid
  • Print your ID card
  • Decrease your time in line at Fall Orientation
  • Learn all you need to know...and a little extra

Parents Experience Summer SWARM, too!

Parents, the SWARM is for you too. Your student's decision to come to LeTourneau is a big deal for the whole family. We want you here as well so you can get the full experience and to see the place where God will be working in your student's life for the next four years.


The main things we want you to bring are a good attitude and a lot of questions.

But it wouldn't hurt to bring a few of these things too:

  • Pillow and bedding (sheets and blanket or sleeping bag)
  • Shampoo and all toiletries (including towel)
  • Comfortable shoes and an outfit suitable for being "active"
  • Any financial documentation (FAFSA, etc.) or information you would like to discuss with student accounts
  • Copies of transcripts
  • (You may turn in completed shot records for our health form if you have them ready)


Need a ride?

Orientation staff can help you get here! We offer shuttle services from the local airports, train, and bus stations.

Contact FutureStudent@letu.edu to arrange a ride.

Local Shuttles

Free Shuttle Service for students attending by themselves:

  • East Texas Regional Airport (GGG)
  • Longview Amtrak Station
  • Longview Greyhound Bus Terminal
  • Shreveport Louisiana Airport (SHV)


Housing Information

  • Housing is included for all incoming LETU students
  • Participants staying on campus must bring their own pillow, toiletries, and towels.
  • Parents and siblings attending SWARM are encouraged to find lodging off campus at one of the many hotels in Longview

Resources for Staying in Longview:

On-campus housing and dinner on Day One and breakfast and lunch on Day Two are included for all attending the SWARM.

LeTourneau University enrolls students from all over the world, and we are excited to welcome more international students to campus every semester. We recognize that coming to a new country can be an even bigger challenge than coming to a new school. That's why we have extra orientation time set apart just for international students.

This is a good time to meet other international students, and get to know our international student support staff. You will have extra time to buy what you need for your dorm or apartment, set up a bank account, get your paperwork in order, etc. We want to help you get settled so your semester gets off to a great start!

For Questions about international student orientation:

Rebecca Haesecke

Director of Intercultural
Engagement and Development

As much as we want your residence hall to feel like "home," the fact that you will be living in community with a roommate and several others should influence your decisions on what to bring.

For a printable packing list, click the PDF icon to the right.

Work closely with your roommate to coordinate what you're bringing, and that will save much-appreciated space in the room.


  • Mattress Pad and Comforter
  • Bed Sheets (all mattresses are Twin-XL-80" long-and require specific sheets)
  • Pillows and Pillowcases
  • Towels (bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths)
  • Social Security Card (you will need this if you ever want a campus job)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bathroom Supplies/Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, nail clippers, shaving cream/razors)
  • Shower Caddy or Bathroom Basket
  • Laundry Supplies (basket, detergent, fabric softener)
  • Quarters for the Washers and Dryers
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Umbrella
  • School Supplies (backpack, scissors, stapler, pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, markers)
  • Prescription Medication
  • Bank Cards/Checkbook
  • Trash Can


  • Lamp (not halogen, please)
  • Refrigerator (no more than 4.6 cubic feet and 1.5 amps)
  • Personal Computer, Printer, and CAT5 Ethernet Cable
  • Television
  • Video/DVD/Music Player with Headphones
  • Surge Protector
  • Rug or Carpet (though many rooms are carpeted)
  • Broom and/or Vacuum (but also provided on each floor)
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Dry Erase/Bulletin Board, Wall Calendar
  • Some Kitchen Supplies (microwave, coffee maker, utensils, can opener)
  • Room Decorations
  • Small Fan
  • Extra Seating/Floor Pillow
  • Athletic Bag (and small amount of sports equipment)
  • Storage Containers (bookshelf, peg-board shelf, milk crates, baskets)
  • Bicycle and Lock (preferably U-Lock) - must stay outdoors
  • Closet Organizers
  • Small Toolbox (hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, duct tape)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Flashlight and Batteries


  • Cooking Appliances (with exposed heating elements; specifics in Student Handbook)
  • Multi-plug covers (must use surge protectors)
  • Weapons of Any Kind (including guns, knives with blades over 5¼", swords, bows and arrows, darts, airsoft guns)
  • Outside Antennas or Satellites
  • Air Conditioning Units
  • Non-UL Approved Extension Cords
  • Routers (both wireless and wired), Access Points, or Airports
  • Questionable Materials (printed or digital)
  • Traffic Signs or Other Illegally Obtained Signs or Decorations
  • Candles, Fireworks, or Any Other Fire-Related Materials
  • Pets (except Fish in 10-gallon tanks or less)
  • Space Heaters
  • Nails, Screws, and Permanent Adhesives (anything that could damage the walls); 3M Command™ adhesive strips are recommended


We're glad you are interested in helping out with Fall Orientation 2019! We are looking for volunteers to help us out on five different teams. Check out their descriptions on the right.

If you want to help welcome incoming students to LeTourneau, and want to have fun doing it. Please sign up now to be a volunteer.


New Student Orientation (NSO) Volunteer Application

  1. Download this application. You can print it out and return it to the office of Orientation or you can fill it out electronically and e-mail it back to steveconn@letu.edu
  2. We will contact you to set up an interview time
  3. Interview with a NSO Cabinet member
  4. Help us bring in next year's freshmen class!

Steve Conn
Director of Student Programs