Sul Ross State University wants to make your transition to college as smooth, informative, and fun as possible. We are committed to finding diverse ways to facilitate that, either in person or virtually.
Sign up for the New Student Orientation (NSO) – the following dates are open for attendance:

Friday, May 20
Friday, June 3
Friday, June 17
Tuesday, July 5 – Registration is FULL
• Friday, July 22
• Friday, August 5

*One modified NSO is scheduled May 13th. This will be a shortened format of the event and will not include all the required tasks available to complete. NSO dates afterwards include additional opportunities to complete essential tasks. Talk to your admissions counselor if you have questions about the right date for you.
** Students will receive invitations to register once they’ve been accepted and all records/documents have been received and entered by the Office of Admissions

Click HERE to Register for New Student Orientation

Driving Directions:

  • Heading West on Interstate 10: take Exit 248 (about 10 miles west of Fort Stockton) to U.S. 67. Take U.S. 67 for about 47 miles; turn right onto U.S. 90 where the highways merge. The University will be on the right.
  • Heading East on Interstate 10 from El Paso: take Exit 140A (near Van Horn) to U.S. 90; follow U.S. 90 through Valentine and Marfa to Alpine (about 101 miles). The University will be on the left.
  • From Highway 118: follow Highway 118 to Alpine: Take a left on U.S. 90; the University will be to your left.


Overnight Stays:

Families who accompany their students to New Student Orientation should make their own arrangements for lodging. For information about lodging options in Alpine, please visit

Visiting the Region

Alpine, TX, is located in the county seat of Brewster County, at the gateway to Big Bend country. The Big Bend country of Texas is a multifaceted region encompassing the great Chihuahuan Desert, picturesque hills and mountains reaching to more than 8,000 feet in altitude, rolling plains and a wide assortment of plants, wildlife and geological features. Each year, the region attracts more than half a million visitors from around the world. Located near Sul Ross, are the Fort Davis National Historic Site, the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, Balmorhea State Park, and a number of historic towns and sites that depict the regions diverse history.