Get ready for your Freshman Orientation session by completing these steps. Take note—more than a few of them are required!
- Set up Duo Authentication
- Check Your Email Address
- Complete Canvas Modules
- Set Up UTexas Zoom Account
- Watch the UT Online Orientation Instructional Video
- Review Schedule Information
- Submit Proof of Required Immunizations
- UT EID Upgrades and Student IDs
- Review Assessments and Placement Tests Information
- Prepare for Class Registration
Additional information for:
IMPORTANT FIRST STEP – For security purposes, the university requires that you setup Duo Authentication in order to utilize all UT accounts such as MyStatus, MyUT, UTexas Zoom, Canvas and the orientation registration system. If you are receiving an error message that says “you are not enrolled due to the Multi-factor Duo Authentication,” you must set up Duo authentication.
Steps to Set Up Duo
- Once downloaded, click on bit.ly/utduo link.
- Log in using your UT EID and password.
- Follow the instructions to register your device.
- Download the Duo Mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to your device.
- When asked to pair your device using the Duo Mobile app, you can use either a QR code or code, both are provided during the registration process.
After Duo is set up, you can proceed with completing your Canvas modules and logging onto Zoom. You will log into Canvas (https://canvas.utexas.edu/) using your UT EID and password, and Duo authentication. The modules will take one to two hours to complete.
You will be receiving lots of emails from the university, so check to make sure the email address you have listed is still the correct one. You should update your email address to one you will have access to throughout the summer. Follow the steps below:
- Go to my.utexas.edu
- On the left-hand side, click on 'PERSONAL INFO'
- From the drop-down menu, click 'My Addresses'
- In the section labeled 'Student Records - Email Address', change email here
- Once new email is entered, click on 'Update This Address' in this section.
Summer Orientation: available 10 days before the start of your scheduled session
Spring Orientation: available 6 days before the start of your scheduled session on January 5, 2021.
You will need to complete Canvas modules as part of your orientation session.
You will need an official UTexas Zoom account to complete orientation. Follow this link to set up Zoom on your mobile device or computer.
Some students experience trouble when trying to create their UTZoom account. If you have a personal account in Zoom, it automatically logs you into your personal account. If you encounter this, then you will need to click on your profile in Zoom, scroll down under the "Options" and select "Switch Account" to successfully set your UTZoom.
This video has information for what incoming students will need to complete their online orientation session(s) at The University of Texas at Austin.
2021 Spring UT Orientation: Watch the Instructional Video Here
2021 Summer UT Orientation: TBD
The orientation app is only available for summer orientation sessions. Once you download the app, you will need to download the guide for the specific orientation program you will be attending (e.g. Freshman Orientation, August Orientation).
Even though orientation sessions will be conducted online, and you might not reside in Austin in the spring and/or you might register for all online courses, you must still satisfy all medical clearance requirements as if orientation and coursework were occurring on campus. Before you can register for classes at your assigned time during your orientation session, you must provide proof of immunity to measles as described at the link below. If you will be under age 22 on 1/19/21, you must also provide documentation of a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine administered on or after 1/19/16 before you can register for classes. Visit Healthyhorns to learn more about requirements, exclusions, and exemptions, how to submit your documents, and more—and be sure to submit your documentation to University Health Services (UHS) no later than two weeks prior to your orientation session. You will still be able to register for an orientation session even if you have not submitted your immunization documentation yet.
International students, please visit this page for immunization requirements: https://www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu/internationalstudents.html
Do I still need to submit immunization documentation (and TB test documentation for international students) to University Health Services to satisfy medical clearance requirements before I can register for classes during my assigned registration time?
Yes. You must comply with all applicable immunization requirements (and TB test requirements for entering international students) before you can register during your assigned time, even though orientation sessions will be conducted online, and you might not reside in Austin in the spring and/or you might register for all online courses. Go to University Health Services’ website to find medical clearance requirements that apply to you, acceptable documentation and how to submit it. If you have questions, call 512-475-8301 and press 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your EID and the word “Question” in the subject line.
I’m having trouble getting my immunization records. What can I do?
If you are unable to get records from the facility where your immunizations were administered, contact your high school or former college Contact the principal’s office (or administration) if you are unable to contact the school nurse’s office. You might need to complete a records release form and/or your records might have to be mailed to you, so start the process as soon as possible If you cannot locate your records, you will need to get the required immunizations (or blood tests, if applicable) to meet medical clearance requirements.
You can upgrade your UT EID without having to obtain a physical student ID card.
If you will NOT be on campus (and therefore will not need a UT ID Card), please verify whether your EID has already been upgraded. If it hasn’t, you may submit a request online and an ID Center representative will contact you to schedule a video call appointment and obtain your signature on the EID Agreement form using DocuSign.
If you WILL be on campus and need an ID Card, please visit the ID Center on the first floor of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC)during business hours. Your EID will be upgraded at the same time you receive your ID Card so you DO NOT need to also submit a request for an EID upgrade.
For information on the ID Center’s location and business hours, please visit: it.utexas.edu/idcenter
UT Math Assessment
If you’re planning to take Calculus I (M408C/K/N/R), you are required to complete the UT Math Assessment before your orientation session. You must purchase the online Math Readiness Package that will provide online learning modules and the proctored assessment.
The College of Natural Sciences, which oversees the assessment process for students in all colleges and schools, offers additional information about testing times, registering for tests and required scores.
If you have further questions, please email email@example.com or call (512) 471-3796.
UT Exam for M305G (Pre-Calculus) Credit
If you are not taking Calculus I, but your degree plan allows credit for M 305G (a pre-calculus course), you have the option to take the UT Math for Credit Exam (M305G). For more information and to register, visit the Student Testing Services’ website.
For more information on testing requirements, please visit https://testingservices.utexas.edu/credit. Students with credit-eligible Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, SAT Subject Test, or International Baccalaureate (IB) test score may find they have already earned coursework credit at UT Austin by taking exams.
Foreign language placement tests will not be offered during orientation. Student Testing Services will be offering these tests prior to the fall semester with dates to be determined. To learn more about placement tests, visit the Student Testing Services website.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
You can check your TSI status on your Registration Information Sheet (RIS). If you are exempt it will say "Exempt" or "Complete" on your RIS and there is no further action needed from you. If not, you will need to provide documentation of your exemption or present passing scores from the TSI Assessment before you can register for courses. For more information, email the TSI Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALEKS Chemistry Assessment
All students registering for CH301 are required to meet a minimum score of 85 on the ALEKS online chemistry assessment. If you are unsure whether or not you will take CH301 your first semester, the College of Natural Sciences recommends that you do NOT purchase the ALEKS chemistry assessment until after orientation. No refunds will be issued. You will have an opportunity to meet with your academic advisor at orientation and determine your course schedule. For more information, visit cns.utexas.edu/chemistry-assessment.
Spatial Visualization Assessment
All incoming engineering students are required to take a free, online Spatial Visualization Assessment prior to orientation. For more information, visit engr.utexas.edu/admissions/undergraduate/spatial-visualization-assessment.
Depending on your college, you may be required to take other placement tests or assessments. You will receive information from your college via email about any college-specific testing requirements.
Be sure to access your Registration Information Sheet no later than two weeks prior to your orientation session to ensure there are no bars that will prevent you from registering.
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 international bar, that will be cleared once you have completed the check-in process with Texas Global.
Make sure you have any test scores (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) sent directly to UT Austin. It's helpful to gather all test scores and transcripts for completed college-level courses and have them with you during your advising appointment at orientation. Your advisor can still work with you to plan out your course selections even if some of your scores are still pending.
If you have a disability and need accommodations, you will indicate that when you register for your orientation session. You may indicate the need for the following accommodations:
- Interpreting or captioning services
- Accessible copies of orientation materials
After you register for your session, you must submit the appropriate documentation and arrange for accommodations at least two weeks before your session. Learn more about how to arrange accommodations.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident upon admission to UT Austin, you are classified as an international student. If you are a Texas resident for tuition purposes, but are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you are still classified as an international student. You will see an international "I" bar on your Registration Information Sheet if you are classified as an international student.
In addition to orientation, all international students are required to complete the check-in process with Texas Global. International students must also satisfy additional immunization requirements. Learn more about requirements for international students.