Pre-Orientation Checklist

Get ready for your Freshman Orientation session by completing these steps. Take note—more than a few of them are required depending on your orientation program (online summer school orientation, hybrid freshman orientation or 100% virtual freshman orientation).  

Additional information for:


Set up Duo Authentication (Required for access to UT Austin platforms)

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 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 ( using your UT EID and password, and Duo authentication. The modules will take one to two hours to complete.

You can learn more about how to set up Duo here. Visit the IT@UT website for more information.


Check Your Email Address

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
  • 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.


Complete Canvas Modules

Summer School Orientation: available 6 days before the start of your scheduled session.

Freshman Summer Orientation: available 10 days before the start of your scheduled session.

Spring Orientation: available 6 days before the start of your scheduled session.

You will need to complete Canvas modules as part of your orientation session. 

You will log into Canvas ( using your UT EID and password, and DUO authentication. The modules will take one to two hours to complete.


Set Up UTexas Zoom Account

You will need Zoom version 5.6.4 or higher and 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.


Watch the UT Online Orientation Instructional Video

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 Summer School Orientation

2021 UT New Student Orientation


Review Schedule Information

General schedule information for your session is available on the Schedule webpage. The Zoom links for the live interactions will be available to you through Canvas prior to your session.

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 participating in (e.g. Freshman Orientation 2021, Transfer Orientation 2021, etc.)


Submit Proof of Required Immunizations

Even though orientation sessions will be conducted online, and you might not reside in Austin in the fall 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.

  • You can register for a new student orientation session if you have not yet submitted your immunization documentation. However, before you can register for classes at your assigned time during your orientation session::
    •  All entering students must provide proof of immunity to measles as described at the link below.
    • If you will be under age 22 on 8/25/21, you must also provide documentation of a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine administered on or after 8/25/16..
    • International students have additional medical clearance requirements and can find them here.
  • Visit Healthyhorns to learn more about requirements, exclusions and exemptions, how to submit your documents, and moreBe sure to submit your documentation to University Health Services at least  two weeks before your orientation session to allow for processing time.  
  • 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. Even though orientation sessions will be conducted online and even if you will not reside in Austin and/or will register only for online classes, you must comply with all applicable immunization requirements (and TB test requirements for entering international students) before you can register during your assigned time at your orientation sessionGo 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 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 for transfer students).   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.

UT EID Upgrades and Student IDs

Important: If you have not already, please make sure to upgrade your UT EID. 

To verify whether your EID is already upgraded, go to the EID Self Help Tools and select "Upgrade My UT EID."
You WILL NEED an upgraded UT EID to:
View your grades online
Update banking information online
Make Payments on the What I Owe page
Use Financial Aid to pay tuition or housing costs
Order Official UT Transcripts online
Please visit our 'Upgrading a UT EID' knowledge article for more info on upgrading your EID! 

EID upgrades are provided at no cost while ID cards cost $10. The ID Card fee is due within 30 days of card issuance may be paid in person at the Cashier’s Office in the Main Building, or online at the What I Owe page on the Student Accounts Receivable Website, or by clicking the “What I Owe” link in MyUT (


What to Pack for Hybrid Orientation

If you have registered for hybrid orientation, review the recommended packing list below.  

  • Face masks (optional)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laptop or tablet with Zoom capabilities (a webcam and microphone)
  • Headphones
  • Walking shoes
  • An umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack/tote bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Shower shoes
  • Spending money
  • Snacks (All residence hall rooms contain a microwave and mini fridge/freezer for food prep and storage.)

You do not need to bring sheets or pillows. Students are, however, encouraged to bring blankets as the residence halls can be cool in the evenings. 


Review Assessments and Placement Tests Information

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 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

Placement Tests

For more information on testing requirements, please visit 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

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

Spatial Visualization Assessment

All incoming engineering students are required to take a free, online Spatial Visualization Assessment prior to orientation. For more information, visit

Other Tests

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.


Prepare for Class Registration

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.

Beginning in fall 2021, all students will sign a Financial Responsibility Statement before registering for classes. The goal of the Statement is to be transparent and help you fully understand your role and financial obligation when attending UT Austin. By signing, you acknowledge your responsibility to pay tuition and fees by the payment due date and if you receive financial aid and scholarships, those resources will apply to your tuition. The Financial Responsibility Statement for the fall 2021 semester is now available for you to review and sign here.  

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.

Complete your online assessments (math or chemistry) if required by your college, as well as any other required tests.

Read more about what you can expect when you register for classes at orientation.


Students with Disabilities

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.


Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-Permanent Residents

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.