What to Expect
Even though UT Austin is a big place, with over 50,000 students, every new Longhorn who attends orientation spends dedicated time with an academic advisor. We know registering for classes for the first time is a big deal, and we want you to get the attention you need to make your first experience a positive one. Here’s what else you can expect when you register for classes at orientation:
- During orientation you’ll attend one or more College Meetings, where you’ll learn more about college requirements and expectations, degree plans and how to use the registration system.
- You will also have a meeting with an academic advisor who will go over the course schedule with you, talk about your degree plan and help you map out a sample schedule of classes.
- On the last day of orientation, you will register for classes. Some colleges host their own registration session, while others have their students meet in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Either way, there will be advisors and Orientation Advisors on hand to assist you with any questions or issues that arise.
We want you to have a successful class registration experience at orientation, but if you need to make changes to your schedule after orientation you can do so during the add/drop period. You can check your Registration Information Sheet to view the times when you’ll have access to the registration system.
How to Prepare
Your main focus should be on preparing for your orientation sessions: view the pre-orientation videos (if required), review the pre-orientation checklist, pack (bring a laptop/tablet if possible), etc. However, if you’re feeling anxious about registering for classes, here are a few things you can do before you come to orientation:
- Make sure you send any test scores (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) directly to UT Austin, and consider bringing a copy of your scores with you to orientation.
- Remember to complete your online ALEKS assessments (math or chemistry) if required by your college, as well as any other required tests.
- Browse your college’s website and look at degree plans.
- View course requirements for the core curriculum.
- Check your Registration Information Sheet to make sure you don’t have any bars. (Note: Your advising bar will be cleared at orientation. Your medical bar will be cleared once you have submitted the appropriate documentation. If you have an "I" bar you are classified as an international student and must satisfy additional requirements.)
You will have plenty of time at orientation to go over the course schedule, learn about degree plans and learn how to register for classes using the online system.
Tips for Success
Remember these three things to have a successful class registration:
- Flexibility is key. Be flexible with class days and times—many great classes meet on Friday and/or at 8 a.m. Being open about professors will also help you maximize your options for courses.
- Have a backup plan. You may not be able to register for every class that you want, but you will get the classes you need to stay on track for graduation. Make sure you identify backup courses that you can register for if the classes you want most are full.
- Help is there for you. Your advisors and Orientation Advisors are great resources you can turn to if you have questions about any aspect of registration. You can also go to the UT Service Desk in the Flawn Academic Center after registration if you have lingering questions or issues. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I still be able to get the classes I want if I attend a later orientation session?
In some classes, seats will be reserved so that students in each orientation session have a chance to register for those classes. No matter which session you attend, there will be classes you can register for that will fulfill your core requirements and keep you on track for graduation. But don’t expect that you’re going to get your perfect schedule (there is no such thing). You should expect to be flexible with class days and times—many great classes meet on Friday and/or at 8 a.m. Being open about professors will also help you maximize your options for courses.
When will I be able to register for classes?
It depends on the session you attend, but usually you register for classes on the last day of orientation.
If you are attending a June/July session, you will register on the last day of orientation and you will have access to the registration system until midnight that day. You won't be able to make changes to your schedule until the add/drop period in August.
You can check your Registration Information Sheet to view your access times.
I have a registration bar. What do I do?
Any bars you have will be listed on your Registration Information Sheet.
If you have an advising bar, that will be cleared during orientation once you meet with your academic advisor. If you have a health bar, that will be cleared once you have submitted your immunization documentation. If you have an international bar, that will be cleared once you have attended your Immigration Briefing and Check-In session. If you have a high school transcript bar, it will not prevent you from registering for classes. Other kinds of bars that may appear include:
- Financial. In most cases, financial bars may be paid in cash or by check at the cashier's office in Main Building room 8, or cleared online at the What I Owe page.
- Nonfinancial. You must resolve a nonfinancial bar in person at the administrative office that imposed it.
After I have attended an orientation session, when can I make changes to my class schedule?
You can make changes to your schedule during the official add/drop period. You can check your Registration Information Sheet to see when you can add and drop classes.