Red Raider Orientation Brings Thousands to Campus

Throughout the summer, new students and their guests will experience life as Red Raiders.

New Texas Tech students who attend Red Raider Orientation experience campus in many ways.

New Texas Tech students who attend Red Raider Orientation experience campus in many ways.

Beginning today (June 12), hundreds of future Red Raiders and their guests will attend the three-day Red Raider Orientation (RRO). More than 7,000 students attend different sessions throughout the summer.

Zach Manning, assistant director of Campus Life and RRO, said the orientations are important because incoming freshman get a first-hand experience of what life is like at Texas Tech.

“Orientation is vital,” he said. “It is where students register for classes, but more importantly, we want to make sure they know Texas Tech is the right place for them.”

During orientation, students visit different colleges on campus to learn more about Texas Tech and what programs the university offers. Students also will learn about Texas Tech’s traditions, meet with more than 100 student organizations, and meet their academic advisor to register for classes.

Events are held at the Student Union Building, University Library, Student Recreation Center, Jones AT&T Stadium, Wall/Gates Residence Halls and Student Leisure Pool, giving the future Red Raiders a taste of campus life.

Making a Good First Impression

With so many new Red Raiders on campus, Manning said it is important for Texas Tech to make a good impression.

“This is a team effort,” he said. “Everybody on campus is going to interact with a student or parent at some point during RRO, and every single interaction is an opportunity to help each student confirm that this is the right place for them, and to get a feel of how great the people of Texas Tech and Lubbock are.”

The amount of planning for RRO is a year-long process. Faculty, staff, and a crew of 50 students have worked in preparation to lead students and parents this summer.

“Students should leave RRO prepared to succeed throughout their career at Texas Tech and beyond,” Manning said. “It is important to provide students the tools to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.”

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