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
- Review Parking Options
- Get the UT Orientation App
Additional information for:
Watch the Pre-Orientation Videos - Available May 1, 2020
You’re required to watch a series of pre-orientation videos prior to attending orientation. These videos contain information essential to your transition to the university. You can watch the videos here: https://my.utexas.edu/UT-Austin-Production/Preorientation. Your MyUT page will indicate which tasks you still need to complete.
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.
Get Your Immunizations
Before you can register for classes, you must provide proof of immunity to measles. If you will be under age 22 on the first day of classes of the semester you enter UT, you must also provide documentation of a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine administered within a specified timeframe before you can register. 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 orientation session. You should also bring a copy to orientation. You will still be able to register for an orientation session even if you have not submitted your immunization documentation yet.
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. To avoid course registration delays, please make all attempts to complete these requirements by submitting your documents to UHS before coming to orientation – preferably two weeks prior. If you cannot submit your documentation to UHS before orientation, take them to UHS early on the first day of your session.
Gather Identification Documents
You will need a valid form of identification to receive a student ID card and upgrade your UT EID during orientation. Review the accepted forms of government-issued proof of identification prior to coming to your session.
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 will be under 18 years old during orientation, you must do one of the following to upgrade your EID:
- Visit the ID Center in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) with your legal guardian to sign the Electronic ID Agreement Form. You and your guardian must both present a valid, non-expired, official government-issued photo ID.
- If your legal guardian cannot be present at orientation, you can print the Electronic ID Agreement Form beforehand, have it notarized and bring it to orientation.
To download a copy of the Electronic ID Agreement Form, visit utexas.edu/eid, click Upgrade My UT EID, click Continue, and then click Download Form.
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.
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 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 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 additional information, visit the UT Math Assessment site.
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) 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 Exam for M305G (Pre-Calculus) Credit 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 $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/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.
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 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 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.
Review Parking Options
Orientation will bring large crowds, including vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Managing these crowds requires careful planning. If you plan to drive to campus, you are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase parking through Parking and Transportation Services to have guaranteed access to Brazos Garage, located near Jester residence hall (where orientation check-in takes place). You can review the Travel and Housing section of our website for more information.
If you are staying on campus during orientation, review the recommended packing list below. You can also watch our Pack and Prep video more tips.
- Walking shoes
- An umbrella
- Water bottle
- Backpack/tote bag
- Shower shoes
- Spending money
- 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.)
- Your college or school may require you to bring additional items
- UT Outpost Donation - Incoming students have the opportunity to help fight hunger on-campus! Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to UT Outpost, the on-campus food pantry. Donation stations will be located around campus throughout orientation. More information about UT Outpost is available at: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/emergency/utoutpost.php.
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, August Orientation). During orientation, you can access the up-to-the-minute schedule via the app! The orientation app is only available for summer orientation sessions.
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
- Online math assessment
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.