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Cardinal Cruise Days

Cardinal Cruise Days

Our Cardinal Cruise Days are one-day events where our newly admitted students are given the opportunity to cruise right through their student checklist and leave campus that day with schedule in hand.  New students are invited to take their TSI exam, meet with an Advisor to set up their degree plan, and register for classes all in one easy day on campus.  After a Cardinal Cruise Day, you will have your questions answered as well as your schedule ready to go, so you can approach the oncoming semester with confidence and ease knowing you have already accomplished all the necessary steps to start classes.

Please be aware Cardinal Cruise Days are for students who have completed and submitted their TVCC application and bacterial meningitis shot record.  If you have not previously applied, please bring your filled out paper application and bacterial meningitis shot record with you the morning of your Cardinal Cruise. 


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TSI Testing

What you'll need:

  • Completed and printed Pre-Assessment Activity
  • Valid photo ID
  • $35 testing fee
  • Report to the Testing Center by 8 a.m.


Scores to the TSI Exam are given in real-time; once you are done testing, you'll be ready to meet with an advisor.  Please visit the Testing Center for more information on the TSI exam, or for information on sharing your previous scores with TVCC.  If you are unsure if you are exempt from or required to tests, please visit the Advisement Center.



All new students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration to ensure we have you in the best degree plan to benefit your educational and career goals.  This meeting also helps new students learn the ropes of registration, as we move into our final stop of the cruise.

Want to check out our degree pathways in advance?  Head over and investigate what TVCC has to offer.  We also have Career Coach available for students who are unsure of what they plan to do with their education; just create your account and take the Career Assessment to let Career Coach help you navigate the confusion and stress of picking a major.



Once you and your advisor have you in the correct degree pathway, and both feel comfortable that you are set up for student success, you will be registered for classes.  Together you'll review course offerings and build the best schedule for you to start your first semester.  Leaving with schedule in hand really helps eliminate worry and stress about the upcoming semester.



Cardinal Cruise Itinerary:

7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.          Check-In with Testing Center (Palestine Check-In runs from 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.               TSI Testing (Palestine Testing runs from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.               Advising Session & Registration

Times are approximate, and not set in stone; students who finish testing early are encouraged to proceed to the Advisement Center for their Advising Session and Registration.  Meals are not provided during Cardinal Cruise Days, and students planning to attend should be sure to accommodate a meal time between TSI testing and meeting with an advisor if necessary.  There are dining options available on the Athens campus for anyone who wishes to check out campus dining during their Cruise Day.



Upcoming Cruise Dates:

(For Summer Enrollment)

Col 1 content area

Col 2 content area

Col 3 content area


Athens Campus:

The Athens campus is proud to announce that TSI testing is now available each day that offices are open.  So every day is a Cruise Day!  Be sure to arrive on time and have your admissions in order.


Palestine Campus:

Mar 6

Apr 3

May 1


Terrell Campus:

Mar 6

Apr 3

May 1

How to Attend:

Just call the Advisement Center on the campus corresponding to your visit to sign up for your Cardinal Cruise Day.

Athens: (903) 675-6350

Palestine: (903) 723-7047

Terrell: (903) 563-4904

Posted Date:
2/20/2020 4:02:31 PM