Embark! New Student Orientation

Embark! students

Embark! — Your life-changing adventure starts here.

We can't wait to have you on campus for our new student orientation. Embark! is for incoming students and their families to navigate the ins and outs of being a part of the Concordia family and transition to life as a CTX Tornado. There are multiple Embark! sessions to choose from, and the program will run over two days. Both days of your selected session are mandatory and incoming freshman students will stay in the Res Halls. Due to COVID, each student will receive their own room. Visit the FAQ tab for family accommodations. Incoming transfer students will not be required to stay the night in the Res Halls. All students need to register for one of the sessions of Embark! We are so excited for you to join the Tornado family, and we can’t wait to see you soon!

Session III:  Tuesday-Wednesday, August 24-25

Note: Our final Embark! session is August 24th-25th, and residential students will move into to their assigned room for the fall semester at the beginning of orientation.

Register for Session III

Contact your Admissions Counselor:

For specific questions about the Embark!  schedule, contact:


Welcome New Students!

Welcome and congratulations on your decision to join the Concordia University Texas (CTX) family! This marks the beginning of an exciting journey awaiting you. Your life-changing adventure starts here – at Concordia University Texas.

Embark! is our first year orientation program that introduces you and your family to CTX and provides you the tools to navigate your college journey successfully. During orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, engage in social and fun activities, review your schedule for your first semester, interact with CTX faculty and staff, finalize your financial plan, and learn about campus resources available to you. Your family members will be able to learn more about the CTX campus, interact with other CTX families, and get tips to help support you for a successful academic year.

In order for you to embark on your college journey, select the Embark! Session that will be held during the summer months.  You only need to attend one of the sessions.

Concordia University Texas, as a Christ-centered institution, is committed to being an institution where all students are known, valued and successful. We can’t wait for you to experience Concordia’s care for our students, and your success is at the heart of all we do. We look forward to serving you as you Embark! on your college career as a Concordia Tornado.


Dr. Kristi Kirk
Executive Vice-President & Provost

Schedule of Events

Please note this schedule is tentative and may change.


Time Session Location
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Check In and Customs Check

Residential Students

Welcome Center
11:30 AM Lunch Dining Hall
12:00 PM -  2:00 PM

Check In and Customs Check

Commuter Students

Welcome Center

2:00 PM All Aboard Gym
3:00 PM

Team Building
Transfer Connection Mixer

Families: Life and Leadership Introduction

Campus Wide
Black Box


4:00 PM

Students: Navigating the Landmarks

Families: Creating Expectations

Campus Wide


5:00 PM

Students: Dinner

Families: Family Reception
This is the last session for parents on Day 1

Dining Hall

Oz Tap House

6:00 PM The Challenge Campus Wide
7:00 PM Movie and Game Night Black Box
10:00 PM Lights Out Res Halls


Time Session Location
8:00 AM Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00 AM Worship Gym
9:30:00 AM

Academics 101


9:50 AM

Meet the Professors 

Families: Family Symposium

Cedel Hall
Black Box


11:00 AM

Students:Team Building
Transfers- Reaching the Finish Line

Families: Family Symposium

Campus Wide
Black Box


11:30 AM


Dining Hall
12:30 PM Meet the Provost Chapel
1:00 PM

Transfer Panel

Families: Campus Resources

Black Box
Student Center


2:00 PM Bon Voyage Gym
Incoming Student Checklist

As a reminder, make sure to complete your final enrollment items as soon as possible.  

All items can be submitted via email to your admissions counselor or admissions@concordia.edu.

Packing List

What should I bring with me?

Students who will be staying in the Res Halls and should bring the following items. 

Pillow/Sleeping Bag
Water Bottle
Change of clothes/comfortable shoes
Bug Spray/Sun Tan Lotion


Still have some questions?  Hopefully they will be answered here. If not, please contact your admissions counselor at 512-313-4CTX or admissions@concordia.edu.

Is attendance at Embark! mandatory?

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

How do I register for Embark!?

Click on the registration buttons above.

Do I have to wear a mask while on campus?

As of July 1, masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. For students staying in the Res Halls, they will be able to remove their mask while in their private room. For any questions about our COVID-19 protocols on campus visit concordia.edu/covid19.

Can you describe the course registration process?

Over the summer leading up to Embark! you will virtually meet with an Academic Planner for an individualized advising session to build your schedule and answer any questions. Note: for transfer students, you will do this with your Admissions Counselor. 

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.

At what session will I settle my bill and talk more about financial aid?

Customs Check on Day 2 will be the session where all final checklist items will be addressed individually with students and families.

Oh yeah...Where can my parents stay?

Students will spend the night on campus in our Residential Hall for the one night during Embark! Please note this will not be their room for the semester. Move In for the Fall semester will happen in August before classes start. 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

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

5.5 miles from CTX
Rates range $90-$130
14022 US Hwy 183
Austin, Texas 78717

Drury Hotels

Parent Resources

Family Weekend

Oct. 22-24 (more details to come)