Orientation is over. Now what? Use this checklist to make sure you're prepared and ready to go once classes begin.
- Pay your tuition.
- Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS).
- Complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention Program Modules.
- Get ready for Mooov-In or secure off-campus housing.
- Obtain a parking permit (if applicable).
- Familiarize yourself with public transportation.
- Map out your classes.
- Find your fit with HornsLink.
- Familiarize yourself with health services.
- Be proactive about campus safety.
- Register with Services for Students with Disabilities (if applicable).
- Research options for purchasing textbooks.
- Participate in Longhorn Welcome.
Pay your tuition.
- Make sure you pay your tuition by 5 p.m. the day of your deadline (you can find it on your “My Tuition Bill” page) so you don’t get dropped from your classes!
- If you are paying with financial aid, be sure to read the Office of Financial Aid’s FAQs.
Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS).
Check your RIS to make sure you don’t have any bars that will prevent you from being able to register for classes during the add/drop period.
Complete AlcoholEdu and Sexaul Assault Prevention for Undergraduates Modules.
AlcoholEdu and the Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates modules are mandatory online educational programs that all incoming students (including transfer students) must complete. AlcoholEdu is an interactive, personalized program that will educate you about risk reduction in the areas of alcohol and drugs. Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates addresses sexual assault and healthy relationship promotion.
You will receive an email on August 1 with a link to the program website, where you will log in with your UT EID and password to complete the program, which has two parts. Part 1 is due the day before the first class day. If you do not complete both Parts 1 and 2 by the deadlines, you will not be able to see your grades online for that semester. For more information, visit the Healthyhorns website.
Get ready for Mooov-In or secure off-campus housing.
If you are living on campus, you should choose your housing preferences on your “My Housing” page, contact your roommate, schedule a check-in time and read through the Residence Hall Manual. University Housing and Dining provides more information about living on campus and Mooov-In.
If you plan to live off campus, you may want to review the Off-Campus Living Resources website for resources.
Obtain a parking permit (if applicable).
Parking and Transportation Services provides information on the different kinds of permits available and how you can purchase one.
Familiarize yourself with public transportation BEFORE you get to campus.
There are many university buses that travel to and from campus, as well as city buses that travel all over the city. Maps of all bus routes are available via the CapMetro website and app. It's extremely helpful to learn the bus routes and map out your classes (see below) before you get to campus, so you're not lost or late on your first day.
Map out your classes.
Visit maps.utexas.edu and mark where all your classes are. This will make it easier to find your way around once classes begin! The interactive map in the UT Austin app (iPhone only) is also a helpful tool.
Get to know resources offered by Dean of Students (DOS)
Check out resources available to you through the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS). DOS is committed to helping all students at the University of Texas at Austin reach their fullest potential. DOS provides a variety of student support services along with opportunities for leadership experience, diverse student work environments, engaging programming and specialized resources.
The Office of the Dean of Students includes 10 specialized service areas: Leadership and Ethics Institute, Legal Services for Students, Legislative Student Organizations, Dean of Students Research Institute, Sorority and Fraternity Life, Student Activities, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Student Emergency Services, Student Veteran Services, and Title IX Training and Investigations.
Find your fit with HornsLink.
UT Austin has over 1,300 different student organizations! Login to your HornsLink account with your UTEID to discover which organization is right for you, plus find out about events happening on campus.
Familiarize yourself with health services.
- University Health Services provides: general medicine and urgent care clinics (schedule appointments), women’s health, sports medicine, immunizations, physical therapy, nutrition services, lab and radiology services and more.
- The Counseling and Mental Health Center provides counseling, psychiatric, consultation and prevention services and operates a 24-Hour Crisis Line.
- You can fill prescriptions and get non-prescription medications at the UT College of Pharmacy’s Forty Acres Pharmacy.
- If you have health insurance or a prescription card, make sure you have them with you on campus! If you don’t have health insurance, learn more about the Student Health Insurance Plan, an affordable health plan approved by the UT System, which includes limited pediatric dental/vision coverage for those under age 19. An optional dental plan is available for those 19 and older.
- The Center for Students in Recovery provides a supportive community where students in recovery and in hope of recovery can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience free from alcohol and other drugs.
Be proactive about campus safety.
- Sign up for Campus Text Alerts to receive text messages during emergency situations that may effect the university.
- You can also sign up for the Campus Watch email, a daily report of crimes that have been committed on campus.
- Complete the emergency contact form online.
- Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number and register your bike and other property with UTPD.
Register with Services for Students with Disabilities (if applicable).
Learn more about how to register with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and the accommodations and services they provide.
Research options for purchasing textbooks.
You may want to wait until classes begin to purchase books, but you can start looking into where to purchase them now. There are many online and in-store options, including the University Co-op, which has a tool on their website to help you compare options. You can also look into e-books or renting.
Participate in Longhorn Welcome.
Longhorn Welcome is a calendar of campus-wide events that takes place just prior to the start of the fall semester to welcome you to UT Austin! There are ten Signature Events, including Gone to Texas and Party on the Plaza, as well as several events that will help you connect with fellow transfer students and returning students in your college/school.
You can find more information about campus and academic resources under the Resources tab of our website.