New Student Orientation
Family Sessions

New Student Orientations offer a companion experience for guests and family members of new students attending orientation. These sessions give families useful information, opportunites to ask questions, and guidance pertaining to having a student in college. Family sessions are designed to help you better understand the services that WT has to offer as well as ways to help and encourage your student during this exciting time.

Las sesiones de Orientación Familiar en Español son del 22 al 23 de Junio y del 29 al 30 de Junio.

The guest fee is $40 per person (includes meals and orientation materials). All charges will be placed on the student’s first-semester tuition bill.

See "Travel and Lodging" below to reserve your room on campus or for resources to book rooms in the Canyon/Amarillo area. 

For the 2023 orientation season, there is no limit to the number of guests who may attend.

For questions about the Family Orientation Sessions, you may contact Sami Thompson at

Family Guidebook

We are thrilled to introduce the 2022-23 NSO Family Guidebook! The guide includes resources, tips, and information you need in order to successfully guide your child throughout their college career. Families of first-year students will be able to learn more about the campus and how to support their students. It is available below as a downloadable PDF in English and Spanish.


Estamos encantados de poder presentarles una guía para familias que será de beneficioso para los familiares de los estudiantes de primer año. Con este guía pueden aprender más sobre la universidad de West Texas A&M y cómo apoyar a sus estudiantes. La guía incluye varios recursos, consejos e información. Está disponible a continuación como PDF en inglés y en español. 


A special thank you to Dr. Juan García Oyervides, Assistant Professor of Spanish at WTAMU, and his students Yanalthe Martinez, Dalila Velazco, Alejandro Diaz, Homero Olvera, and Elizabeth Gonzalez for helping translate this book into Spanish.
Gracias al Dr. Juan García Oyervides, Profesor Asistente de Español en WTAMU, y sus estudiantes Yanalthe Martinez, Dalila Velazco, Alejandro Diaz, Homero Olvera y Elizabeth Gonzalez por haber asistido en la traducción de este libro. Les agradecemos todo su esfuerzo y ayuda. 
Travel and Lodging

New Students

  • During NSO, housing is included and required for all new students on the evening of Day 1 in Jarrett Hall.
  • Students will need to bring their own bedding and toiletries.
  • During the August 14-15 session, we will not be able to house all students in Jarrett Hall, but we will work with students living on campus to arrange an early move-in to their Fall room assignment.

Family and Guests

  • Option One: On Campus Housing
    • Cost is $40 per room, two guests to a bedroom.
    • You must bring your own linens and toiletries; the rooms have full-size beds.
    • Check-in will occur on Day 1 from 5-6:30pm (no exceptions); Check-out will be done as express check-out (key drop) on Day 2 from 8am-6pm. 
    • We will only offer guest housing while our halls are unoccupied, so there will be NSOs that will not offer guest housing.  The following are the only dates we are offering guest housing:
      • May 19-20
      • June 1-2
      • June 8-9
      • June 22-23
      • June 29-30
      • July 20-21
    • We are unable to offer guest housing for the August sessions.
    • Sign up here soon! 
  • Option Two: Canyon/Amarillo Housing
    • Want to stay in the area but not on campus? Families and guests are welcome to stay in any of the hotels available in Canyon or surrounding areas.
    • NOTE: Students are still required to stay on campus overnight.
  • Option Three: Commute from home!
    • Live close to WT? No need to stay on campus or in a hotel. These are just options for those who wish to do so!
    • NOTE: Students are still required to stay on campus overnight.