First Wave

First Wave is an extended orientation for first-year students to assist in their transition to TAMU-CC. The mission of the program is to jump-start campus engagement and establish new support systems by building connections with students, faculty, and staff for improved student success. Students will have the opportunity at First Wave to meet their professors and classmates, learn about the classes they will be taking together this fall as part of the First-Year Learning Communities Program, and receive information about the wide variety of services that are available to them as members of the Islander community. 


First Wave 2021 will take place on Friday, August 20, 2021.

First-Year Students registered for First-Year Seminar I (UNIV 1101) will receive schedule details and additional instructions regarding First Wave via email on/before Friday, August 13.

First Wave Friday Schedule:

7:30-8:30am                Check-In/Breakfast
8:30-8:40am                Welcome
8:45-9:15am                Class Photo
9:30-10:15am              Session I
10:30-11:15am            Session 2
11:25am-1:15pm          Lunch/Island Quest
1:30-2:15pm                Session 3
2:30-3:15pm                Session 4
3:30-5:00pm                First-Year Islander (FYI) Playfair


Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the First Wave Friday programming really required? Yes, first-year students must join the all-day event on August 20, 2021 (8am-5pm) as part of your UNIV 1101 experience. If you are unable to attend, email with your name, student ID (A number), and reason for absence.

Can I bring a guest? No, guests do not attend this event. Think of it as your first day of class!

Where will we meet? You will start the day by checking-in at the Dugan Wellness Center (building 31 on the campus map here).

Will there be food? Yes! Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for event attendees, and there will be vegan/gluten-free options available. You may also want to bring a water bottle.

What should I wear? You will be picking up a free t-shirt to change into at check-in, but make sure to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Keep in mind that even though you will be outdoors in the South Texas heat between sessions, some of the classrooms and meeting spaces can be chilly so you might need to bring a light jacket if you tend to get cold.

How do I request disability accommodations? Email with your name, student ID (A number), and accommodation request.

More questions? Email us at!