Summer 2020 Updates



Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and keeping in mind the best interest of students, faculty, and staff, we have decided to move all orientations virtually for this summer. We recognize that this may be a disappointment for many of you. It is for us as well. We truly enjoying getting to know you all and seeing your smiling faces during your orientation sessions. Our hope is to provide as similar as an experience as you would have received during your traditional face-to-face orientation session as possible. During these virtual orientation sessions, you will spend the day interacting with your new Dustdevil family while experiencing a variety of sessions that will help you prepare for life at TAMIU. Orientation will still be held on your selected orientation date. More information regarding schedule and expectations will be sent to you closer to your selected date. 

It is important that you continue to check your Dusty Email and frequently check our website for updates throughout the summer. This is an important first step in your success as a Dustdevil- maintaining contact with your professors and fulfilling requirements.



Coinciding with Dusty Camp, we will also be offering Virtual Parent and Family Orientation. This orientation will be available to parents and family as a self-paced orientation with opportunity to have attend a Live Q&A Session at any of our pre-established dates. All information related to Parent and Family Orientation is available on our website. Please have your parents and family members take advantage of this free and information service provided to them. We are hopeful to begin scheduling additional dates in Spanish and after hours soon.



We understand that being distant this summer for your Orientation session is not how you, nor our beloved university, wanted to start your collegiate experience. We will make the best of this experience and ensure that each of you develops your own unique TAMIU experience and story. We look forward to seeing you soon and showing you what it means to be a Dustdevil!




Don't worry... Maybe your friend signed up for a Dusty Camp other than yours. Make sure to remember your selected Dusty Camp date, we will communicate full information with you two weeks before such date!
Dusty Camp and Dustdevil Transition, required for all incoming students, will be provided in a virtual format. Dusty Camp is TAMIU’s orientation for incoming first year students. Dustdevil Transition is TAMIU’s orientation for incoming transfer students. A combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions will be available for all students, allowing students to interact with the incoming Class of 2024, faculty, and staff. Students can expect a mixture of educational and social activities aimed to ensure the best possible transition to become a Dustdevil. Students will be required to complete various activities throughout their scheduled orientation date. Students will also be required to complete additional orientation activities throughout the summer to best prepare them for their transition to TAMIU. All of these requirements will be detailed in an email that will be sent to your dusty.tamiu.edu email. Please ensure that you check that email regularly.
An email will be sent to you at your dusty.tamiu.edu email with instructions on how to complete all orientation requirements. Additionally, there will be a scheduled webinar with your Orientation Leader prior to your orientation date to go over specific questions and instructions on how to connect to Dusty Camp/Dustdevil Transition.
No. TAMIU has pre- and post- orientation requirements. Students will receive information to their dusty.tamiu.edu email account once they register for an orientation session. All of the requirements must be completed by their respective deadlines in order to fulfill the orientation requirement.
No. Students will complete Dusty Camp/Dustdevil Transition on their registered date. If you have not already registered for an orientation date, please visit https://www.tamiu.edu/sole/orientation.shtml. The pre- and post-orientation requirements must be completed on your own time by the pre-determined deadlines.
You can register for either Dusty Camp or Dustdevil Transition online at https://www.tamiu.edu/sole/orientation.shtml.  You will need your TAMIU NetID and password to log in. This information was provided to you during your class registration session with your recruitment advisors.
Yes. All degree-seeking students must complete orientation as a university requirement.
Yes. Freshman and Transfer students are charged a one-time, non-refundable $150 orientation fee that is automatically charged to their TAMIU bill. This fee goes to cover expenses associated with Dusty Camp/Dustdevil Transition, Welcome Week activities, and other orientation activities.
Please contact Student Counseling and Disability Services at 956-326-2230 or counseling@tamiu.edu
Dusty Camp will be span two days and Dustdevil Transition programming will be one day. The associated programming for both of these orientation sessions have been purposefully selected to adjust to being a Dustdevil and successfully navigating the structures and processes of the institution. The goal of orientation is to ensure incoming students are informed about necessary academic requirements, academic and campus-wide resources, how to get involved on campus and other information to help you successfully transition to TAMIU. Detailed information about Dusty Camp/Dustdevil Transition will be sent to students via your dusty.tamiu.edu email by late May.
Yes, we will have online orientation for Parent & Families. You can find more information about Family Orientation at https://www.tamiu.edu/sole/PFOrientation.shtml. Additionally, there will be live Question and Answer sessions throughout the summer to allow parents/family members to interact with a panel of TAMIU staff and answer any lingering questions they may have after completing the online orientation.
Students participating in Dusty Camp/Dustdevil Transition orientation will be able to connect with other students during their sessions through fun virtual icebreakers and chats, and they will receive information for campus clubs and organizations they can join. They will also be interacting with Orientation Leaders, student leaders who will serve as your guide throughout this summer and into your first year. Additionally, throughout the summer, there will be available opportunities to connect with the incoming class through virtual engagement opportunities. More information on these virtual engagement opportunities will become available later this summer. Another available option to connect with other new students will be Welcome Week activities in the fall.
If you need to change your session, you must do so at least 10 calendar days before the session you are registered for by emailing orientation@tamiu.edu or calling 956-326-2951. You will only be able to switch to a session that has space remaining. Given that the orientation has been moved to a virtual format, we are limited on spacing capacities to ensure you have a great orientation experience.
Students should make their attendance at Dusty Camp/Dustdevil Transition a priority as it provides you with a solid foundation for academic, social and personal success at TAMIU. All efforts should be made to ensure your attendance. If you miss your Dusty Camp/Dustdevil Transition orientation session, a hold will be placed on your student account. You will need to contact us to make arrangements and discuss the steps you need to complete.
You will need a computer/iPad/electronic device/webcam, headphones or quiet place and a reliable internet connection. You will receive more information about how to access online orientation in May. If you not have access to a computer or reliable internet connection, please contact us at orientation@tamiu.edu to make additional arrangements.
Student Center Suite 224
5201 University Blvd., Laredo, TX 78041-1900
(956) 326-2280
Fax: (956) 326-2279
E-mail: sole@tamiu.edu