Spring Orientation is required for incoming freshman and transfer students admitted to The University of Texas at Austin for the spring semester. 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.
Spring Orientation is the Monday before classes start for the spring semester and course registration takes place the day after. Please plan to stay on campus all day because you will have required programming throughout your session that you will be expected to attend unless an emergency arises.
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.
Here's a brief overview of what you can expect during your session:
You will be required to check in early on the morning of your session. When leaving for orientation, make sure to give yourself enough time to allow for traffic, parking and getting to the check-in location. 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, call New Student Services at (512) 471-3304 if you arrive late and need help.
You will attend 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.
For more information, see the pre-orientation checklist.
Evening Social Activities
In the evening, you can connect with other students at fun social activities, so stick around to meet other new Longhorns.
Take Your Student ID and Upgrade Your UT EID
You’ll have the opportunity to visit the ID Center in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) to take your student ID photo and upgrade your UT EID. 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.
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.
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."
Course registration for Spring Orientation takes place the day after your orientation session. 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. Course schedules may be available prior to the start of orientation.
Be sure to access your Registration Information Sheet prior to your orientation session to ensure there are no bars that will prevent you from registering.
Spring Welcome Week
You have more opportunities to get connected during Spring Welcome Week. Spring Welcome Week is a series of events and programs to welcome you to UT Austin that place the week of your orientation session.