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 stay for the duration of your session, unless an emergency arises, and remain on campus during your session unless you are with an Orientation Advisor or your family. Students attending a June/July session are required to be in the residence hall by a certain time (specified in the orientation schedule) each night.
Here's a brief overview of what you can expect during your session:
Check-in (Day 1: 7-9 a.m.)
You will check in early on the morning of the first day of your session. You will receive detailed check-in and parking instructions via email prior to your session.
If unforeseen circumstances arise that cause you to arrive after check-in is over, you should go directly to the front desk in Jester East residence hall when you arrive to speak with the orientation staff. You can also call New Student Services at (512) 471-3304 if you arrive late and need help. If you’re attending Spring/Summer School/August Orientation, please call New Student Services if you arrive after check-in is over.
Please do not register for an orientation date if you know you will be unable to arrive on time. There are required programs in the morning on the first day and if you miss them you may not be able to register for classes. Choose a date that allows you to check in on time and attend all required programs.
You will attend one or more College Meetings 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.
You will also have a 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.
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. You can also take a campus tour.
*Students attending Spring or Summer School Orientation do not take the UT Math Assessment or UT Math for Credit Exam (M305G) during orientation, but can take these tests at other scheduled times.
Many students will take a math assessment during orientation.* If you’re planning to take Calculus I (M408C/K/N/R), you are required to complete the UT Math Assessment. 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)
For more information, see the pre-orientation checklist.
*Students attending Spring or Summer School Orientation do not take the UT Math Assessment or SAT Subject Test in Math during orientation, but can take these tests at other scheduled times.
Many students will take a math assessment during orientation.* If you’re planning to take Calculus I (M408C/K/N/R), you are required to complete the UT Math Assessment. 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 SAT Subject Test in Math (Level 1).
For more information, see the pre-orientation checklist.
Evening Social Activities
In the evening, you can connect with other new Longhorns at fun social activities, such as a dance party or comedy show.
Student ID Distribution
You’ll have the opportunity to visit the ID Center in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) to pick up your student ID. You must show a valid, non-expired, official, government-issued photo ID. High school ID cards do not meet this requirement.
The student ID card costs $10. You will be billed via the university’s online system.
UT EID Upgrade
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 not able 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.
To do so, visit the ID Center in the FAC to sign the Electronic Agreement Form.
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 your legal guardian cannot be present, 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."
If you're attending a June/July orientation session, you'll have until midnight on the last day of your session to register for classes. Some colleges host their own registration session, while others have their students meet in the FAC. Either way, there will be advisors and Orientation Advisors on hand to help with any questions or issues that arise.
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.
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.
Check-out (Day 3: 1-2:30 p.m.)
June and July Orientation
If you stayed in the residence hall during orientation, you must return your key to the front desk and check out. If you do not return your room key, you will be charged $75 for a lock change and you will receive a registration bar that will prevent you from adding and dropping classes.
New Student Services does not provide on-campus housing for Spring Orientation. If you have a confirmed housing contract for the spring semester, contact University Housing and Dining for more information on arranging housing. The Austin Visitor Center's website has a comprehensive list of accommodations in the area.