Frequently Asked Questions
Is Orientation mandatory?
Orientation is essential for all incoming students. Students will learn about TSTC, classes and so much more. It is an opportunity to explore academics, campus life and begin developing important relationships with faculty, staff and students. There are also opportunities to have all of your questions answered. Make-up sessions will also be offered.
General sessions are in the John B. Connally Auditorium. (view map)
Plan to wear casual clothes. Dress comfortably for walking around campus.
Parents/Spouse and children/siblings are welcome to attend the orientation sessions. Please, no children under the age of 10.
A list of local accommodations is located at the following website: www.wacocvb.com.
Some students choose to purchase books during Orientation to prepare in advance for courses. (The bookstore is normally open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Most students will purchase their books during the first week of classes after instructors hand out course syllabi. Waiting until the first week is recommended, in case an instructor changes book requirements.
YES! Current TSTC students who serve in the Student Ambassador Association and other student organizations will be assisting throughout the Orientation program. This will be a great opportunity for you to have your questions answered by students themselves!
No, you do not need to register and sign up for classes before you attend Orientation. Although, you are encouraged to register for classes as soon as possible. Some technologies may reach their max of students. The earlier you register the better odds of getting the schedule you need. The last day of spring registration is Tuesday, Jan. 6. You MUST take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment prior to registering for your orientation session. Contact the Advising, Retention & Testing Center for more information at (254) 867-3609.
You will have time to register for classes during orientation. Scheduling changes can be made the first week of school.
After you complete the Admissions checklist, you will need to register at the department you are majoring in. Your advisor will meet with you and help you with your schedule.
You will receive a printout of your class schedule when you register. At orientation, you can access your schedule at any time via WebAdvisor.
Your academic advisor or someone in your current department can officially change your technology for you any time during the semester. Set up an appointment with your advisor to discuss and make the changes.
You may either mail or hand deliver an official, sealed transcript from the college or university you attended. Transcripts should be sent to the Office of College Records, 3801 Campus Drive, Waco, Texas 76705, located in the Student Services Center.
Students will have the opportunity to get their TechOne ID picture taken during Orientation. Photos are made in the TechOne Card Office in the Student Services Center. Your account must show paid to take your TechOne ID photo. If you are receiving Financial Aid, it must fund to your account before you can get your photo taken.
Parking decals are not required for parking on campus.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) for students is dedicated to providing computer-related service and technical support to the students of TSTC. OIT for students is staffed by student workers who are the primary contact and support for assisting you with the following areas: