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Embark!

Embark! Your journey starts here.

This two-day mandatory orientation for all incoming freshmen is designed to embark you on your college career.  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.

Embark! Dates for Summer 2015


Embark! Session 1: July 13-14, 2015 - session closed

Embark! Session 2: July 16-17, 2015 - session closed

Embark! Session 3: August 20-21, 2015

Register
 

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.

Here 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 and transfer 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.

Sincerely,
Kristi Kirk
Vice-Provost of Student Services

Here is an important checklist of what to bring.

  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow - We do not provide bedding.
  • Toiletries
  • Pajamas
  • Comfortable Clothing & Tennis Shoes
  • Towel
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Willingness to have fun and make new friends!

Embark! III Student Itinerary

The student itinerary events below are mandatory for all incoming freshmen.

Student

DAY ONE

12:00PM

1:00PM

Engage

Black Box

1:00PM

3:00PM

Customs Check / Move In for Residence Hall Students

Cedel Hall, Residence Hall

3:00PM

4:00PM

Customs Check / Check In for Commuter Students

Cedel Hall, Residence Hall

4:00PM

5:00PM

All Aboard

Chapel

5:00PM

6:00PM

The Challenge

Martin Luther

6:00PM

7:00PM

Dinner

Dining Hall

7:00PM

8:00PM

Movie Night

 

8:00PM

10:00PM

Mixer/Games

 

DAY TWO

8:00AM

8:45AM

Faculty Breakfast

Dining Hall

9:00AM

9:30AM

Worship

Chapel

9:30AM

10:00AM

Academics 101 (Degree Works)

Chapel

10:00AM

11:00AM

Advising

Building C

11:00AM

12:00PM

Navigating the Landmarks

 

12:00PM

1:00PM

Lunch

Dining Hall

1:00PM

1:30PM

Meet the President

Chapel

1:30PM

2:15PM

Team Purple Book Club
Team Gold Games

C-238 / Backyard

2:15PM

3:00PM

Team Purple Games
Team Gold Book Club

Backyard / C-238

3:00PM

3:15PM

Bon Voyage

 

This schedule is subject to change. A formal agenda will be given to both students and parents at check-in.

Don't worry parents, we've got you covered too. (Subject to change)

Parent Session Presentations

DAY ONE

12:00PM

1:00PM

Engage

Black Box

1:00PM

3:00PM

Customs Check / Move In for Residence Hall Students

Cedel Hall, Residence Hall

3:00PM

4:00PM

Customs Check / Check In for Commuter Students

Cedel Hall, Residence Hall

4:00PM

5:00PM

All Aboard

Chapel

5:00PM

7:00PM

Parent Reception

Highlights

DAY TWO

8:00AM

8:45AM

Faculty Breakfast

Dining Hall

9:00AM

9:30AM

Worship

Chapel

9:30AM

10:00AM

Academics 101 (Degree Works)

Chapel

10:00AM

10:30AM

Parent Symposium Intro

Chapel

10:30AM

11:30AM

Experiencing the Classroom

Building C

11:30AM

12:00PM

Round Table Discussion

Chapel

12:00AM

1:00PM

Lunch

Dining Hall

1:00PM

1:30PM

Meet the President

Chapel

1:30PM

2:15PM

Debra Craig

Chapel

2:15PM

3:00PM

Campus Resources

Chapel

3:00PM

3:15PM

Bon Voyage

 

Still have some questions?  Hopefully they will be answered here.  If not, please contact Candice Hill, candice.hill@concordia.edu, 512-313-4603.

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?

You will be given instructions on how to register when you get to Embark!  Before you leave, you will register for classes.

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!

How can I find out more information about the courses offered in the 2015-2016 academic year?

Please refer to the Concordia University Texas Academic Catalog to better understand your specific program requirements and to locate course descriptions that will assist your decision-making.  The catalog can be viewed here.  Be sure you select the most current catalog to use as a reference.

I received an invitation to SMASH.  How does that work with my Embark! session?

SMASH is the College of Science orientation event that we recommend for all College of Science majors, all College of Education majors that plan to teach math or science, and any Undecided majors.  It will take place beginning Tuesday, July 14th from 2:30pm to Thursday, July 16th at 9:00am.  Embark I students attending SMASH will check out of the residence halls on Thursday at 9:00am.  Embark II students attending SMASH will check in from 1-2pm on Tuesday in the residence halls.  Contact your admissions counselor for more information.

Register for SMASH

Oh yeah...Where can my parents stay?

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.

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
Guests may call 866-974-9288 to make their reservation.

Offering discounted rates during all Embark Sessions. Includes free continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and is within walking distance of shopping, a movie theater, and many restaurants.

Embark Session 1 Rates
July 13 & 14 - $129 
The group code is CON1 and the cut-off date is 6/20/15.

Embark Session 2 Rates
July 16 & 17 - $119
The group code is CON2 and the cut-off date is 6/22/15.

Embark Session 3 Rates
Aug. 21 & 22 - $112
The group code is CON3 and the cut-off date is 7/28/15.

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
Rates range $121-$140
10701 Lakeline Mall Drive
Austin, TX 78717
512-568-3538

Home2Suites
5.5 miles from CTX
Rates range $90-$130
14022 US Hwy 183
Austin, Texas 78717
512-610-2107

Offers a 35% discount rate on available rooms and includes complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, access to the 24-hour Spine2Cycle laundry and fitness room, and stylish studio & one-bedroom suites with kitchen. Reservations by individual guests must be received by calling the hotel directly at 512-610-2107. When calling, please ask for the Concordia University Discount.