Spring Orientation Information

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 will be completely virtual on Monday, January 11, and Tuesday, January 12, before classes start for the spring semester. Please make plans accordingly so that you can participate in both required and optional programming throughout your session to get the most out of your orientation experience.

Register for 2021 Spring Orientation here.

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

View the 2021 Spring Orientation Schedule At-A-Glance here.

Day One

Small-Group Meeting

Your day will begin with a quick introduction to your Orientation Advisor (OA) and a meet and greet with your fellow peers. OAs will provide a general overview of what to expect and share tips on how to best navigate a successful orientation experience.

Opening Session

Orientation will start with a Texas-sized welcome to The University of Texas and Austin. You'll hear about the experiences of current students and how they embody the university's core values and the Longhorn State of Mind.

College Meeting

Next you will attend your 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

Then you will have a pre-scheduled 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. Your academic advising time will be emailed to you right before orientation starts.

Discover UT Sessions

You'll have the opportunity to attend various sessions where you will be introduced to several resources available on campus. 

Campus Tours

Led by your OAs, this virtual campus tour will give you a taste of what life on the 40 Acres is like.

Student Welcomes

If you identify as a first-generation student (neither parent/guardian has obtained a 4yr degree) and/or a nontraditional student, then consider joining these quick welcome sessions to meet current and new Longhorns who are also a part of these communities. 

Class Registration Prep

Learn where to go to access the course (class) schedule and how to enter unique numbers and search for classes. Follow along as Orientation Advisors (OAs) review class descriptions, identify flags and class type, and tools you can use to build your class schedule. 

Day Two

Course Registration Support

Every college will host its own course registration support session where there will be academic advisors on hand to help with any questions or issues that arise. 

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 for classes.

Student ID and Upgrade Information

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, please visit it.utexas.edu/idcenter

Additional Activities

Family Spring Orientation

Encourage your family to register for Spring Family Orientation coordinated by Texas Parents. Spring Family Orientation will be completely virtual and introduce them to the university, as well as resources and tools to help them help you successfully transition to UT. Visit parents.utexas.edu/FamilyOrientation for information. 

Spring Welcome

You have more opportunities to get connected during Spring Welcome. Spring Welcome is a series of events and programs to welcome you to UT Austin that takes place after your orientation session. 

Spring Camp Texas

Attend Spring Camp Texas, a one-day extended orientation program coordinated by Texas Exes. From personal chats with UT professors to learning Texas traditions and making friends, campers leave knowing what it means to be a true Longhorn. Visit texasexes.org/spring-camp-texas for more information.

Other Resources

On-Campus Housing

If you have a confirmed housing contract for the spring semester, or would like to inquire about one, please contact University Housing and Dining for more information. 

Off-Campus Housing

If you would like to search for available units near UT-Austin, please visit our  Off-Campus Housing Marketplace where you will be able to filter by rent, bedrooms, bathrooms, style, and amenities.

More information and resources related to living off-campus can also be found at our Off-Campus Living Resources Website.

Preparing for Orientation

If you haven't already, please review the pre-orientation checklist to make sure you are prepared for Spring Orientation.

Transfer Pre-Orientation Checklist

Freshman Pre-Orientation Checklist