Get ready for your Freshman Orientation session by completing these steps. Take note—more than a few of them are required!
- Watch the Pre-Orientation Videos
- Get Your Immunizations
- Gather Identification Documents
- Prepare for Assessments and Placement Tests
- Prepare for Class Registration
- Get the UT Orientation App
Additional information for:
Watch the Pre-Orientation Videos
You’re required to watch a series of pre-orientation videos and complete a survey about the UT Mindset prior to attending orientation. These videos contain information essential to your transition to the university. You can watch the videos and access the survey here: https://my.utexas.edu/group/student/preorientation/. You can also check MyStatus, where to-do items will appear under the What’s Next tab (if you have registered for an orientation session).
In one of the videos, you will learn about Orientation Conduct Expectations and agree to abide by these expectations, which include the following:
Do not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
Remain on campus unless you are with an Orientation Advisor or your parent/guardian.
If you violate these expectations, you will not be able to register for classes and you will be required to meet with an orientation staff member or the Dean of Students.
(Students attending Summer School or Spring Orientation are not required to watch the videos.)
Get Your Immunizations
Students under the age of 22 are required to document receipt of a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine before they can register for classes. Visit Healthyhorns to learn more about requirements, exclusions and exemptions, documentation submission and more—and be sure to submit your documentation to University Health Services (UHS) no later than two weeks prior to your session. You should also bring a copy to orientation.
Students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (even if you went to a Texas high school): You are classified as an international student and must satisfy additional immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements before you can register for classes. It can take up to five days for UHS to process your documentation and remove your medical bar. To avoid course registration delays, please make all attempts to complete these requirements before coming to orientation. You should submit your documentation to UHS before orientation, if possible, or early on the first day of your session.
Gather Identification Documents
In order to pick up your student ID card and upgrade your UT EID during orientation, you need to bring a valid, non-expired, official, government-issued photo ID. If you don’t have one, you can instead bring one of the following:
- Driver's license from the United States or Canada or State ID
- A valid instruction (learner’s) permit or temporary license (must include photograph) from the United States or Canada
- A U.S. or foreign passport
- A U.S. military ID
- An alien registration card with photo (Form I-151 or I-551)
- A U.S. citizen ID card (Form I-197)
- A resident citizen card (Form I-179)
- A U.S. Employment Authorization Card – EAD (Form I-766)
- A Native American tribal photo identification card
- A Trusted Travelers Program card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
An identification card issued by your high school is not acceptable.
New students are required to upgrade their UT EIDs. Upgrading your EID allows you to activate your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) and to conduct other important university business. If you are unable to upgrade your EID at orientation, you will still be able to register for classes, but you should upgrade your EID as soon as you return to campus.
If you are younger than 18, you must be accompanied by your legal guardian, who must also present a valid, non-expired, official government-issued photo ID. If you're under 18 and you and your guardian can visit the ID Center on campus before orientation, we recommend doing that to avoid lines and delays at orientation. If you cannot upgrade your EID before orientation and your legal guardian cannot be present at orientation, you can fill out the Electronic Agreement Form beforehand, have it notarized and bring it to orientation. To do so, visit utexas.edu/eid and click "Upgrade My UT EID." Enter your EID and password, click "Continue" and then "Download Form."
Prepare for Assessments and Placement Tests
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 classes begin. In order to prepare, you must purchase the online Math Readiness Package that will provide a warm-up assessment and practice modules.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 471-3796.
*Students attending Spring or Summer School Orientation do not take the UT Math Assessment during orientation. For a list of testing times, visit the UT Math Assessment site.
UT Math for Credit Exam (M305G)
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)at this time to try and earn credit for that course. The test fee is $60 and you do not need to register in advance for this exam. Graphing or scientific calculators are provided for this test, but you may choose to bring your own.
*Students attending Spring or Summer School Orientation do not take the UT Math for Credit Exam (M305G) during orientation. You may register to take the test at another time via the Student Testing Services site.
Placement tests in French, German and Spanish are offered during orientation. You can register for these tests when you register for orientation.
If you need to take other placement tests, you may register online through Student Testing Services at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/ctl/regi/. There is a non-refundable test registration fee of $20 (Beginning June 1, 2017, the registration fee will be $25), and the remainder of the test fee will be billed after you take the test.
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. Many tests can only be taken once, so you should consider when the best time is to take each test. Tests are offered at scheduled times before each registration period. To learn more about what tests you should plan to take and when you can take them, visit Student Testing Services or call (512) 232-2662.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
If you have a TSI notice on MyStatus or your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) indicates that your TSI status is “Barred” or “Unknown,” you should contact the TSI Office at (512) 232-7146 as soon as possible to arrange to take the TSI Assessment before you arrive at orientation. If you do not take the TSI Assessment before orientation, your registration time will be delayed.
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/future/undergraduates/visualization.
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.
If you need special assistance during orientation testing, you will indicate that when you register for your orientation session. You must then contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to submit the appropriate documentation at least two weeks before your session. Finally, you will need to contact Student Testing Services at email@example.com to make arrangements to take the test.
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 attended your International Briefing and Check-In session.
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 bring them to your advising appointment at orientation. You don't need to bring official score reports and transcripts, but bring a self-compiled list of scores, if possible. Your advisor can still work with you to plan out your course selections even if some of your scores are still pending.
If you are staying on campus during orientation, bring the following:
- Walking shoes
- An umbrella
- Water bottle
- Backpack/tote bag
- Shower shoes
- Several No. 2 pencils
- Spending money
- Calculator (graphing or scientific)
- Laptop or tablet (You are not required to bring a computer, but it is strongly recommended.)
- Snacks (All residence hall rooms contain a microwave and mini fridge/freezer for food prep and storage.)
You should also bring documentation of any scores you’ve earned on tests not previously sent to the university.
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.
Get the UT Orientation app
Download the UT Orientation app for info on preparing for orientation and campus resources. 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, Spring Orientation, August Orientation). During orientation you can access the up-to-the-minute schedule via the app!
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:
- Housing and dining accommodations
- Interpreting or captioning services
- Placement exam accommodations
- 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 attend an International Briefing and Check-In (IBC) session. International students must also satisfy additional immunization requirements. Learn more about requirements for international students.