Next Steps

Once you are admitted to Texas State University, there are a few more steps you must take to officially start your journey as a Bobcat. A full list of Next Steps is provided below. To see only the steps you are required to complete, log in to the TXST New Student Portal.

Next Steps

Unless exempt, admitted students must complete these items required for enrollment:

Required for all

Sign Up for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is where your student life begins at Texas State, and it is required of all new students and former students returning after more than one semester away. During NSO, you'll learn more about Texas State's resources, student support services, and everything you need to know to be successful at Texas State. After signing up for NSO, you'll also connect with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Whether you're a Freshman, Transfer, International, Returning (Readmit), Second Bachelor's Degree, or Non-Degree Seeking Student, there's an orientation program to meet your needs.

When Can I Sign Up?

Admitted for Summer or Fall: sign up opens in the spring
Admitted for Spring: sign up opens in the fall

Required for all

New Student Advising

All incoming first-year and transfer students, as well as students returning after a long semester away, must complete an Advising Experience before enrolling in courses. To be eligible to schedule advising, students must focus on becoming Advising Ready.

Advisors are available daily to give you advice on your academics and help you with other tasks, like updating your major, navigating your holds, adding or dropping a course, and more.

How Do I Become Advising Ready?

  1. Sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO)
  2. Complete Housing Contract (or be exempt)
  3. Meet TSI requirements (if applicable)

Required for all

Complete Your Course Enrollment

After you've completed your New Student Advising, you're ready to register and enroll for courses! Remember — you aren't enrolled in Texas State University until you've input the schedule you built with your Advisor into our registration system. Video tutorials for the self-service registration tool are available.

Need Help Registering for Classes?

Call 512.245.3598 for assistance.

Required for First-Year (unless exempt)

Submit Your Housing Contract

Living on campus is required for most freshmen and puts you at the heart of everything. Housing and Residential Life has more information on housing requirements and exemptions.

As soon as you receive your acceptance letter, you'll be able to submit the online housing contract. Once your contract is completed and you've made a prepayment, you are placed into a group listed on the housing timeline. The sooner you submit the contract, the better your chances for getting your choice of residence hall.

Required based on age

Get meningitis vaccine

State law (Texas Education Code §51.9192) requires students under 22 years of age to provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination prior to attending classes at a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas. Texas State University requires you to meet this requirement before you will be allowed to register for classes. Students subject to the bacterial meningitis requirement will receive an email with instructions for submitting proof of vaccination.

Required for all

Send Your Final Transcripts

Whether you're finishing high school or attending classes at another university or community college, we'll need an official transcript showing your final grades. Transcripts are considered official if received in an envelope sealed by the school or through an approved electronic transcript service (Naviance, Parchment, TREX, etc.). High school transcripts will also be accepted by email from a school official. Once you've completed course work, have an official copy of your transcript sent to us.

Required unless exempt

Meet TSI Requirement

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program to improve student success in college. Students entering Texas State as new first-year students or as new transfer students will need to demonstrate college readiness. TSI at Texas State is ready to guide you through the process of meeting this requirement. This requirement must be met before scheduling advising.

We strongly recommend you complete this requirement BEFORE you attend NSO.

Highly Recommended

Explore Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarships, grants and loans help many Bobcats make higher education a reality. Start on your financial aid and scholarship applications early so you don’t miss any opportunities.

Financial Aid

To apply for federal, state and university aid, submit your FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


Scholarship funds can be a great opportunity to boost your available college funding. Be sure to investigate your scholarship options and submit an application through the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS). Scholarship deadlines vary, so be sure to contact Financial Aid and Scholarships for more details.

Key Dates

August 1 - Scholarship application is available online
December 15 - Freshman Competitive Scholarship deadline
March 1 - Transfer and Continuing Scholarship Application deadlines.
(Students must also be admitted by their respective deadline to be eligible for consideration.)

Additional Steps for Admitted Students

  • You received a NetID when you applied to Texas State. Activated with a password, it allows you to log in to Texas State online services.

    Need help activating your NetID? The IT Assistance Center (ITAC) is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by LiveChat session, by calling 512.245.ITAC (4822), or by emailing

  • Whether or not you qualify as a Texas Resident for tuition purposes will determine the rate you are charged for tuition (in-state or out-of-state). You can confirm you residency status by logging in to CatsWeb or the TXST New Student Portal. Students are responsible for ensuring residency information is accurate and any corrections are made to their classification before the census date (normally the 12th day of classes for the spring and fall semesters and the 4th day for summer terms).

    If you have concerns or need additional information, see Residency & Cost of Attendance.

  • If you submitted official transcripts of course work completed at other colleges or universities and want to see how your credits will transfer to Texas State, you may view your articulated course work using our Transfer Course Equivalency System. If you have questions about the course work evaluations, please contact us.