Embark! - Your journey starts here.

This two-day mandatory orientation for all incoming freshmen is designed for you to embark on your college career. Students, faculty, and staff will all be here to show you the wonderful opportunities CTX has to offer. Overnight housing is provided for all future residential students, and meals are provided for all future students, commuters and residential.  

Embark! Session III: August 22-23, 2018


Office of Admissions


Welcome New Students!

Welcome and congratulations on your decision to join the Concordia University Texas (CTX) family. We know that now is the highlight of your high school career. Proms, graduations, senior class trips... you have been waiting for this moment for the past four years - maybe even longer. We are excited for you! The end of this journey marks the beginning of an even more exciting journey awaiting you. Your journey starts here - at Concordia University Texas.

At Concordia we know that this time in your life can be exciting, and maybe a little scary. We offer a special opportunity for you to Embark! on your next journey in life - COLLEGE. Embark! is an overnight orientation program that introduces you and your parents to CTX. Incoming freshman students will have the opportunity to meet fellow classmates through a series of fun activities. But we are not all play around here; this will also be your opportunity to receive your schedule for the fall semester. Family members will be able to learn more about the CTX campus, interact with other CTX parents, and learn how to help prepare you for a successful school year.

Attendance is required! In order for you to Embark! on your journey, you and your parents must attend one of the three Embark! sessions that will be held in July and August.

Concordia University Texas is known for its caring family and outstretched arms to all students, faculty and staff. We can’t wait for you to experience Concordia’s kindness and concern. We are here to make sure you are successful, and we will do everything we can to make you so. We look forward to serving you as you Embark! on your college career as a Concordia Tornado.

Kristi Kirk
Executive Vice-President & Provost


Please complete the following prior to Embark!:

  • Turn in all financial aid verification documents if you were chosen for Verification on your financial aid package letter.
    • Your financial aid package would have told you if you were selected.
  • Discuss your plan for payment with your admissions counselor.
    • Students will be required to pay in full or set up a monthly payment plan before leaving freshman orientation.
    • Email or call your counselor to set up an in-person conversation or phone call.
  • Submit your final high school transcripts and any college transcripts/AP scores.
    • You must submit an official copy of your final high school transcript.
    • Turn in any transcripts or scores for any college credit you may have.

  • Turn in your meningitis vaccination/immunization documentation.


Suggested packing list:

  • Bedding (Blanket/Sleeping Bag)
  • Pillow
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • ID
  • Towel
Event Schedule

 Tentative Schedule

Day 1
Time Student Activity Parent Activity
12:00 Move In (On-Campus Students)  
2:30 Commuter Check-In  
3:00  All Aboard All Aboard
4:00 Team Building Life & Leadership Introduction
5:00 Navigating the Landmarks Creating Expectations
6:00 Dinner Parent Reception
7:00 The Challenge  
8:00 Trivia Night  
Day 2
Time Student Activity Parent Activity
8:00 Leadership Breakfast  
9:00 Worship  Worship
9:30 Academics 101 Academics 101
10:00 Advising Parent Symposium
11:00 FYE Intro Round Table Discussion
11:30 Lunch Lunch
12:30 Meet the President Meet the President
1:00 Campus Resources Campus Resources
2:00 Customs Check Customs Check
3:30  Bon Voyage  Bon Voyage
7:00 Movie Night  

Still have some questions?  Hopefully they will be answered here.  If not, please contact Brittany Leiva, our Student Experience Specialist, at brittany.leiva@concordia.edu or 512-313-4632.

Is attendance at Embark! mandatory?

Yes! All incoming first-year students must attend an Embark! session. The program is designed to help complete your enrollment as a Concordia University Texas student.

How do I register for Embark!?

Register online for the Embark! session of your choice. You will then receive an email confirming the date of the Embark! session for which you are registered.

Can you describe the course registration process?

During Embark!, you will meet with your faculty advisor and/or academic planner for a degree planning and schedule building session. You will then have the opportunity to register for your classes with assistance from our student services team.

Does CTX accept Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Process (CLEP) credit?

Yes, we do accept AP scores of 3, 4, or 5.  We also accept CLEP credit.  Please have all your scores sent to the Admissions Office or bring them with you to Embark!

Oh yeah...Where can my parents stay?

Residential students will have the opportunity to experience residential life during Embark! by spending the night in one of our residence halls. The following hotels/motels are recommended for families while visiting CTX.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Cedar Park
6.2 miles from CTX
Special CTX rate of $99 for 2-person room (online reservations only)
10701 Lakeline Mall Drive
Austin, TX 78717

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Across the street from CTX
8300 N Ranch to Market 620
Austin, TX 78726

Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum
11.8 miles from CTX
10001 N. Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78759
Guests may call 866-974-9288 to make their reservation.

Hampton Inn
5.1 miles from CTX
Rates range $119-$130
10811 Pecan Park Blvd.
Austin, TX 78750

Holiday Inn Express
4.9 miles from CTX
Rates from $126
12703 FM 620 N.
Austin, TX 78750

Hilton Garden Inn
9.8 miles from CTX
Rates range $149-$170
11617 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759

La Quinta Inn
14.5 Miles from CTX
Rates range $100-$129
11901 N Mopac Expy.
Austin, TX 78759

5.5 miles from CTX
Rates range $90-$130
14022 US Hwy 183
Austin, Texas 78717
(May offer discounts during Embark! Sessions.  Information about discounts will be added when available.)

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