TECHConnect is a comprehensive orientation experience for all incoming students. The TECHConnect experience includes an online pre-orientation, called ATU Ready, and a 4-day on-campus orientation held just before classes begin in August! Throughout both of these experiences students become more familiar with campus, learn about involvement opportunities and campus resources, and meet other new students while connecting with current student leaders.

Check out the chart below for more detailed information about all aspects of TECHConnect!

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TECHConnect 2021 will be held August 14 - August 17, 2021
Students should plan to be on campus to participate in activities all four days.

TECHConnect 2021 Detailed Schedule 

 Saturday, August 14, 2021

  • Orientation Check-in
  • Residence Hall Move-in
  • Commuter Connections Program
  • TECH the Night Away Evening Entertainment

Sunday, August 15, 2021

  • Optional Morning Activities
  • Orientation Leader Small Group Session 
  • Orientation Activities

Monday, August 16 & Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  • Orientation Activities - 8:00 am-5:00 pm

While we encourage all freshmen to attend the on-campus orientation program, we understand that it may not be an option for certain students. It is important to us that you still have access to the orientation sessions. The best way to stay connected with our orientation program is to follow us on social media. We will have plenty of check-ins, tours and some live shows, so make sure to follow @newstudentatu !!

To review the powerpoint presentations from each session, please log into the blackboard site for 1ATU-1000. These presentations will be uploaded by Friday, August 20, 2021. 

We will offer a few sessions through a live, webex link. Check out the list below for the webex links for the available virtual sessions

Monday, August 16, 2021

10:00-11:00 am | Student Wellness: The Road to Resilience | Click here to access the webex session

Tuesday, August 17, 20201

10:00-11:00 am | Sorority Life | Click here to access the webex session

10:00-11:00 am | Fraternity  Life | Click here to access the webex session

11:00 am-12:00 pm | Leadership & Civic Engagement | Click here to access the webex session

12:00-1:00 pm | Student Activities Board | Click here to access the webex session

2:00-3:00 pm | A Global Perspective | Click here to access the webex session

2:00-3:00 pm | First-Generation Student Programming | Click here to access the webex session




ATU Ready, the online pre-orientation, is designed to help new students complete all of their to-do list items, learn more about the campus resources available for their success and stay connected with their new university community throughout the summer. ATU Ready, which is hosted on TheLink, has five sections:

  • The TECH Basics 
  • Academic Success
  • Safety and Wellness
  • Campus Finances
  • TECH Talks

ATU Ready will be available July 15, 2021. All experiences should be completed by August 15, 2021.

Check out the Residence Life website for more details about your residence hall, move-in details and room assignments.

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If you live within a 30 mile radius of campus and are planning on commuting, check out the exemption form that must be completed by August 1, 2020.


TECH Talks is a summer workshop series designed to help students stay connected to the ATU community and learn more about the opportunities for involvement and resources for their success.  This virtual programs allows incoming students the chance to chat with current student leaders and begin to build their TECH experience.  TECH Talks is part of the ATU Ready pre-orientation program. Check out the schedule below and click on the topic to access the zoom session.  


Day Date Time Topic
Tuesday July 6 1:00 pm Getting Involved 101
Thursday July 8 1:00 pm Sorority Life
Thursday July 8 6:00 pm Veteran Services
Monday July 12 1:00 pm Fraternity Life
Tuesday July 13 6:00 pm Civic Engagement
Wednesday July 14 1:00 pm Spiritual Connections
Wednesdsay  July 14 6:00 pm First-Generation Student Progrmming
Thursday July 15 1:00 pm Student Leadership Programs
Monday July 19 1:00 pm College Life and Your Mental Health
Tuesday July 20 6:00 pm Commuter Services
Wednesday July 21 6:00 pm Student Government Association, Student Activities Board and OnTrack
Thursday July 22 1:00 pm Diverse Perspectives at TECH
Monday July 26 1:00 pm Campus Recreation
Monday July 26 6:00 pm Spiritual Connections
Tuesday July 27 6:00 pm College Life and Your Mental Health
Wednesday July 28 1:00 pm TECHConnect Orientation and Welcome Week
Thursday July 29 1:00 pm Living On Campus


Am I required to complete/attend TECHConnect Orientation?

TECHConnect Orientation is required for the Class of 2025 and attendance is integral to your transition to the University. Transfer students are expected to attend Transfer Orientation and are strongly encouraged to attend events designed for all new students.

The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you’ll be making every day of your undergraduate career—whether to attend class or not, whether to meet with your academic adviser or not, or whether to get involved in student activities. To help you balance your self-care during TECHConnect, while maximizing your experience, your Orientation Leader can help you identify down times during TECHConnect when you can recharge.

Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending TECHConnect will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with Arkansas Tech and build a sense of community…before your first semester starts. TECHConnect is the University’s way of ensuring you have a purposeful start to your college journey.


How do I register for the on-campus TECHConnect Orientation?

Registration is not required for the TECHConnect Orientation. All students are enrolled in a 1ATU class which automatically signs students up for the fall 2021 orientation program. 


How do I complete ATU Ready?

Completing ATU Ready is a great way to know that you are ready to start classes in the fall. Click on the "ATU Ready" link above for more information and how to access the online pre-orientation, which is hosted through TheLink.