Incoming Freshman Orientation Approaching

Mar. 07, 2018 by Ashley Sava

Congratulations on your decision to join the CTX family!

With this choice comes a special (and mandatory) opportunity for future Tornados. Embark! - our overnight orientation program, introduces you and your parents or guardians to your future home.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students will have the opportunity to meet fellow classmates through a series of fun activities. It’s also your chance to receive your schedule for the fall semester.

Family members will be able to learn more about the campus, interact with other CTX parents and learn how to help prepare you for a successful school year.

There are three sessions for Embark! Session One takes place July 16-17, Session Two takes place July 19-20 and Sessions 3 (only open to out-of-state and international students) takes place August 22-23.

Again, attendance is required! In order for you to Embark! on your journey, you and your parents must attend one of these sessions.

Students, faculty and staff will all be here to show you the wonderful opportunities CTX has to offer. Future students are provided overnight housing as well as meals.

Before your freshman orientation, please complete the following:

  • Discuss your plan for payment with your assigned admissions counselor. Students will be required to pay in full or set up a monthly payment plan before leaving the orientation. Email or call your counselor to set up an in-person conversation or phone call.
  • Complete the Student Loan Entrance Counseling and MPN online if you are utilizing the student loan option by visiting this page. This is fairly easy, just time-consuming. It would be less stressful to complete at home.
  • Complete the Parent PLUS Loan Request and MPN online if your parents are utilizing the parent loan option by visiting this page.
  • 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 indicated that you were selected.
  • Submit your Final High School Transcripts/College Transcripts/AP Scores.
  • Turn in college transcripts if you have any dual-credit coursework completed.
  • Turn in your Meningitis Vaccination/Immunization documentation.

Here is what you need to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pillows as we do not provide bedding
  • Toiletries
  • Pajamas
  • Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes
  • Towels
  • Alarm clock
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Willingness to have fun and meet new friends

Where can my parents stay?

While students will have the opportunity to experience residential life during Embark! by spending the night in one of our residence halls, parents will have to find their own lodging.

Here is a list of suggested hotels/motels in the area.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

  • Across the street from CTX
  • Rates are $115/night when booked with CTX rate. To get this rate call (512)610-5700
  • 8300 N Ranch to Market 620 Austin, TX 78726
  • 512-610-5700

Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum

  • 11.8 miles from CTX
  • Rates range $110-$130
  • 10001 N. Capital of Texas Highway Austin, TX 78759
  • 512-342-8080
  • 866-974-9288

Hampton Inn

  • 5.1 miles from CTX
  • Rates range $119-$130
  • 10811 Pecan Park Blvd. Austin, TX 78750
  • 512-249-0045

Holiday Inn Express

  • 4.9 miles from CTX
  • Rates from $126
  • 12703 FM 620 N. Austin, TX 78750
  • 512-249-8166

Hilton Garden Inn

  • 9.8 miles from CTX
  • Rates range $149-$170
  • 11617 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759
  • 512-241-1600

La Quinta Inn

  • 14.5 Miles from CTX
  • Rates range $100-$129
  • 11901 N Mopac Expy. Austin, TX 78759
  • 512-832-2121

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
  • 512-568-3538


  • 5.5 miles from CTX
  • Rates range $90-$130
  • 14022 US Hwy 183 Austin, Texas 78717
  • 512-610-2107

Check out the student and parent Embark schedules here!

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