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2021 Spring Orientation Overview

Overview of what will happen during the 2021 Spring Orientation Session

More detailed information about your orientation session will be emailed to you closer to your session.

Your orientation program has been designed to be as informational and helpful as possible. Our goal is to provide you with the resources you need to succeed academically and find your place in the UT Austin community.

Attending orientation is required. You are also required to participate throughout the duration of your session, unless an emergency arises. Please do not register for an orientation date if you know you will be unable to be available for the required time frame.

Here's a brief overview of what you can expect during your session:

 

College Meeting

You will attend a virtual College Meeting with your college or school, where you’ll learn more about college requirements and expectations, degree plans and how to use the course registration system.

 

Academic Advising

You will also have a virtual 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.

 

Campus Resources

You'll have the opportunity to attend many programs that will introduce you to the resources available on campus, such as a session on the transition to college academics or a campus safety program.

 

Math Assessment

If you’re planning to take Calculus I (M408C/K/N/R), you are required to complete the UT Math Assessment. 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 on their UTMA website.

If you have further questions, please email readiness@cns.utexas.edu and be sure to provide your UT EID.

UT Exam for M305G (Pre-Calculus) Credit 

If you do not plan to take a calculus course but still need a math credit to complete your degree, you will have the opportunity to take the 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). This test will not be offered during orientation for summer 2020 but will be offered prior to the fall semester through Student Testing Services. For more information and to register, visit the Student Testing Services website. Results from these exams are available within 24-48 hours, in time for students who may need to adjust their fall schedules based on their results to do so during the add/drop period.

Placement Tests

Placement tests in French, German and Spanish will not be offered during orientation for summer 2020. If you need to take other placement tests, you may register online through Student Testing Services at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/ctl/regi/. Results from these exams are available within 24-48 hours, in time for students who may need to adjust their fall schedules based on their results to do so during the add/drop period.

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. 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)

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 tsi@austin.utexas.edu.

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.

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.

For more information about assessments and placement tests, see the pre-orientation checklist.

 

Registration 

If you are attending a Spring orientation session, you will have until midnight on Jan. 12 to register for classes. 

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.

You won't be able to make changes to your schedule until the add/drop period in August. Course schedules may be available prior to the start of orientation.