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.
- Get ready for Mooov-In.
- 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.
AlcoholEdu is an online education program that all incoming students (under age 21) must complete. Even if you previously completed AlcoholEdu or a similar program while enrolled in another institution, you must complete AlcoholEdu if you are under 21. This interactive, personalized program will educate you about risk reduction in the areas of alcohol and drugs. There is also a companion module called Haven that 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. 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.
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. The Division of Housing and Food Service provides more information about living on campus and Mooov-In.
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.
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.
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.