TECHConnect is a comprehensive orientation experience for all incoming students. The TECHConnect experience includes an online pre-orientation call Start Strong 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!

TECHConnect 2021 will be held August 14 - August 11, 2021
Students should plan to be on campus to participate in activities all four days.

Schedules will be available Summer 2021 

 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 and are able to make connections with other incoming students and current student leaders.

Information about the virtual orientation program will be available in May 2021. Students who would like more detailed information now should email

Start Stong, 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 sucess and stay connected with their new university community throughout the summer. Start Strong, which is hosted on TheLink, has five sections:

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

Start Strong will be available May 1, 2021. All experiences should be completed by August 1, 2021.

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

Office of Residence Life

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.


We know you have questions and we are here to answer them!  Current students and staff members will be available every Monday and Thursday, starting May 17, 2021, via Webex, to answer all your questions and help you feel more comfortable about becoming a member of the Arkansas Tech Family! 


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 Start Strong?

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