Texas Tech University

Red Raider Orientation

For Parents & Families

Red Raider Orientation

Selecting a Red Raider Orientation (RRO) session is an important step as your student finalizes their plans to become a Red Raider! All new undergraduate students are required to complete a session. At RRO, they'll meet other new students, get advice from current students, learn Texas Tech traditions, and have fun. Most importantly, they'll meet with your academic advisor and register for courses!

We'd like to invite you to attend RRO as a guest with your student! While it's not mandatory that parents attend, we highly encourage each student to have at least one guest attend with them.

Click above for additional information for your first-year or transfer student.

RRO Guest Information

Attending the parent and family sessions during RRO will help you learn how to support your student while in college, gain insight about campus services, and discover how to become involved. You'll also have an opportunity to meet faculty, administrators, staff and current students. Most of the time you'll be with your student, but there are a few special breakout sessions just for family members.

To attend RRO with your student, your student should register you as a guest when they register for their RRO session. Guests can be updated or added up to two business days prior to your student's RRO session.

Adding Guests: To add guests to your student's RRO reservation, have them log in to the registration system, locate the guest tab, and click the green plus sign to enter guest(s) information in the pop-up window.

Guest fees are due upfront when guests are added to student's registration.

Included in Guest Fees: Materials, dinner on Day 1 (summer/fall sessions), and parking. Overnight accommodations are not provided for guests.

Summer/Fall Sessions
8+ years old: $35 per Guest
7 years old and under: Free

Spring Session
13+ years old: $10 per Guest
12 years old and under: Free

Canceling Guests: If you need to cancel a guest's reservation, your student can log in to the registration system, and delete the guest's information. Please also send an email to orientation@ttu.edu.

Refunds for Guest Fees: Refunds are available until the following dates:
- January 1 (Spring sessions)
- May 1 (Summer/Fall sessions)

Refunds will be applied to the same method of payment as the original charge, and will be processed 7-10 days after your scheduled RRO session. Refunds are not automatic and must be requested before refund deadline by contacting orientation@ttu.edu.


Get Ready for RRO

Now that you're registered as a guest for RRO, review the items below to prepare for your student's orientation session.

It's important to remember that official communication from Texas Tech University will be sent to your student's Texas Tech email address. This includes confirmation and reminders related to RRO. Students should check this email regularly to make sure you do not miss important information.

Parents and guests may also receive communication to their email or be included in communication to their students.

As you prepare to attend Red Raider Orientation with your student, don't forget to bring these important items.

Packing List

    • Comfortable Clothing and Shoes
      • Monitor weather prior to arrival to be prepared.
      • Consider bringing a light jacket as some buildings can be cool.
    • Money for meals

    Documents Your Student May Need

    • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Immunization Records
      • We highly recommend your student submit their immunization records to Student Health Services through Med Proctor at least two weeks prior to their RRO session in order to allow time for the registration hold to be removed. However, you can bring your immunization records to RRO if not previously submitted.
    • Any documents you may need for Financial Aid, such as your tax return.

Event & Travel Information

As you prepare for your student's RRO session, review the important event information below to coordinate your travel and arrival to campus.

A program including a schedule will be provided to you during check-in. Click below to view the schedule!

Spring 2023 Orientation Schedule

Summer/Fall 2023 schedules will be available late spring.

Arrival to Campus: Students attending a two day session will check-in at 10 am at Horn/Knapp Residence Hall. Students attending a one day session will check-in at 7:30 am at the Student Union Building. To ensure you do not miss out on important activities, plan accordingly to arrive during the scheduled check-in time.

Parking on Campus: Students and guests are able to park on-campus for free during orientation by registering their vehicle. A vehicle registration link will be sent to each attendee one week before your session with instructions. Please register your vehicle before arriving on campus. Vehicles not registered may receive a parking citation and could be towed. Parking in other lots, reserved spaces, or in fire lanes will result in a parking citation or towing.

Rental Cars: If you are renting a car and do not know your license plate number, you can register for parking upon arrival using the same link provided to you via email.

ADA Parking: Parking in other lots, reserved spaces, or in fire lanes will result in a parking citation or towing. Handicap parking spots on campus are available to registered vehicles with a current permit that is displayed on the vehicle.

Airport Information: The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (Code: LBB) is less than 20 minutes from Texas Tech and is serviced by American, Southwest, and United Airlines.

Other Transportation Information: For travel information in Lubbock, including rental cars, taxi services, rideshare services, and bus transportation, go to VisitLubbock.org.

Overnight guest accommodations are not included as part of the RRO Guest Registration Fee and should be arranged on your own.

All students will stay in the Horn/Knapp Residence Hall for one night.

The following hotels provide RRO guests with special rates for your trip to Lubbock.

Cotton Court Hotel
1610 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401

Overton Hotel
2322 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX 79401

Meals During Two-Day Orientations:All students and registered guests will be provided a Fajita Dinner on the evening of Day 1. Students will also receive a buffet breakfast on the morning of Day 2.

Meals during One-Day Orientation: Students will receive a $10 meal card to use at any of the dining locations in the Student Union Building for lunch.

Guests can purchase meals on their own at any of our dining locations. All dining facilities on-campus are cashless.

You'll also have access to on-campus dining facilities to purchase additional meals and snacks. All dining facilities on-campus are cashless.

Plan Ahead: Lubbock serves as host to many programs, camps, and festivals throughout the summer. We encourage you to make any additional reservations once you have registered for your RRO session especially if you are arriving early or departing later than your session.

To learn more about all that Lubbock has to offer during your trip to campus, please go to VisitLubbock.org.