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New Student & Family Programs

Division of Student Life and Enrollment


Below is general information regarding New Student Orientation. If you have specific questions or need more information please contact us at . Provide your name and E number for reference.

When and how will I be contacted regarding Orientation?
We begin contacting students via their ETSU assigned eMail in early March for students entering in the summer and fall, and late October/early November for students entering in the spring semester. Your eMail information was listed in your acceptance letter.
When should I register for Orientation?
You should register early to receive your first choice of dates. Space is limited and dates will close when filled. In order to ensure that we are ready to assist you with all of your specific needs and questions, you must register at least 7 days prior to the event. You will be sent a confirmation email to your eMail account once you have completed registration for orientation.
What are the dates for New Student Orientation?
The 2018 Orientation Dates can be found HERE.
What happens at LAUNCH and during on ground Orientation?

The LAUNCH programs provide a wealth of online resources designed to assist you in your transition to ETSU. LAUNCH is available to you throughout your first semester at ETSU.

On ground orientation provides you the opportunity to be advised and to register for classes; receive your ETSU Student ID card; become familiar with campus, student services, and involvement opportunities; meet university staff and students; and to get answers to any remaining questions you may have. Sample Schedule

What should I wear to on ground Orientation?

Dress for orientation is casual. You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater since we will be in air-conditioned facilities. Wear comfortable shoes for walking around campus. Check the weather and plan accordingly. You may be outside and moving from building to building. Bring an umbrella or rain jacket if there is a chance of rain.

How do I change my on ground orientation reservation or add additional guests?

Once you have made a reservation and wish to change the session date you can log into the orientation system and change your date at any time. Reservations can be changed to another orientation if space is available. We recommend you change your orientation date at least 7 days prior to the event you desire to attend. You will be sent a confirmation email to your eMail account once the request has been processed. If you have trouble feel free to contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs at

In order to add a guest you may log back into the orientation system and add a guest at any time.  Please note that parents and guests have their own track of activities and will not be with their students for all of the day's events.

What if I or a guest needs special accommodations during Orientation?

Parents, guests, or students requiring special assistance or interpreters for the hearing-impaired should contact the Office of Disability Services with questions at (423) 439-8346 to request an accommodation.

What are the required Immunizations?

It is recommended that you submit appropriate and complete immunization documentation to the Health Clinic two weeks prior to your orientation. Failure to do so could impact your ability to register for classes. Please click HERE to see immunization requirements and important information. Please read this information thoroughly.

What if I am an ETSU student at Kingsport

Any student who is newly admitted to ETSU (first-time or transfer) and plans to take all of their classes in the fall semester at ETSU Kingsport will have the opportunity to meet with Kingsport academic advisors during the main campus orientation by attending an information session and/or advisement. In addition, students who want to take their classes in Kingsport can contact the ETSU Kingsport Advisement team at 423-392-8000 after they’re admitted for further information and/or to schedule a pre-advisement appointment prior to attending their scheduled orientation.

Is housing offered during Orientation?

The ETSU Department of Housing and Residence Life provides housing for students and guests attending New Student Orientation between May-August. Please contact the Office of Housing & Residence Life at 423-439-4446 for more information. 

What is the Orientation fee?

ETSU's new student orientation fee is $30 per student. There is an additional $30 fee per guest. These fees are non-refundable. ETSU's new student orientation fee and guest fees cover the costs associated with the LAUNCH program, on ground orientation program, related meals, training, materials, new student handbook, and other activities.

How do I get to campus and where can I park?
Directions to campus and parking information can be found HERE.
Where and when do I check-in for Orientation?
Please plan to arrive on campus, park, and check-in at the Quad outside of Brooks Gym/Memorial Hall. Check-In starts at 8:00 a.m. Specific details will be available in the confirmation email sent to your eMail account.
Where can I find more information about campus services and programs?
For more information on campus services and programs click HERE.
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