Pre-Orientation Checklist

Get ready for your Transfer Orientation session by completing these steps. 

Additional information for:


Set up Duo Authentication (Required for access to UT Austin platforms)

IMPORTANT FIRST STEP – For security purposes, the university requires that you setup Duo Authentication in order to utilize all UT accounts such as MyStatus, MyUT, UTexas Zoom, Canvas and the orientation registration system. If you are receiving an error message that says “you are not enrolled due to the Multi-factor Duo Authentication,” you must set up Duo authentication

Steps to Set Up Duo

  • Once downloaded, click on link.
  • Log in using your UT EID and password.
  • Follow the instructions to register your device.
  • Download the Duo Mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to your device.
  • When asked to pair your device using the Duo Mobile app, you can use either a QR code or code, both are provided during the registration process.

After Duo is set up, you can proceed with completing your Canvas modules and logging onto Zoom. You will log into Canvas ( using your UT EID and password, and Duo authentication. The modules will take one to two hours to complete.

You can learn more about how to set up Duo here. Visit the IT@UT website for more information.


Check your email address

You will be receiving lots of emails from the university, so check to make sure the email address you have listed is still the correct one. You should update your email address to one you will have access to throughout the summer.  Follow the steps below:

  • Go to
  • On the left-hand side, click on 'PERSONAL INFO'
  • From the drop-down menu, click 'My Addresses'
  • In the section labeled 'Student Records - Email Address', change email here
  • Once new email is entered, click on 'Update This Address' in this section.


Complete Canvas Modules

Summer School Orientation: available 6 days before the start of your scheduled session.

Transfer Summer Orientation: available 10 days before the start of your scheduled session.

Spring Orientation: available 6 days before the start of your scheduled session.

You will need to complete Canvas modules as part of your orientation session. 

You will log into Canvas ( using your UT EID and password, and DUO authentication. The modules will take one to two hours to complete.


Set Up UTexas Zoom Account

You will need Zoom version 5.6.4 or higher and an official UTexas Zoom account to complete orientation. Follow this link to set up Zoom on your mobile device or computer. 

Some students experience trouble when trying to create their UTZoom account. If you have a personal account in Zoom, it automatically logs you into your personal account. If you encounter this, then you will need to click on your profile in Zoom, scroll down under the "Options" and select "Switch Account" to successfully set your UTZoom.


Watch the UT Online Orientation Instructional Video

This video has information for what incoming students will need to complete their online orientation session(s) at The University of Texas at Austin. 

2021 Summer School Orientation

2021 UT New Student Orientation


Review Schedule Information

General schedule information for your session is available on the Schedule webpage. The Zoom links for the live interactions will be available to you through Canvas prior to your session.

The orientation app is only available for summer orientation sessions. Once you download the app, you will need to download the guide for the specific orientation program you will be participating in (e.g. Freshman Orientation 2021, Transfer Orientation 2021, etc.).


Submit Proof of Required Immunizations

You must satisfy all medical clearance requirements prior to your orientation session. Before you can register for classes at your assigned time during your orientation session, you must provide proof of immunity to measles. If you will be under age 22 on 8/25/21, you must also provide documentation of a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine administered on or after 8/25/16 before you can register for classes. International students have additional medical clearance requirements; please visit this page for immunization requirements:

Visit Healthyhorns to learn more about requirements, exclusions and exemptions, documentation submission and more.Be sure to submit your documentation to University Health Services (UHS) at least two weeks before your orientation session to allow for processing time. You will still be able to register for an orientation session even if you have not submitted your immunization documentation yet.

International students, please visit this page for immunization requirements:

Do I still need to submit immunization documentation (and TB test documentation for international students) to University Health Services to satisfy medical clearance requirements before I can register for classes during my assigned registration time?
Yes, even though orientation sessions will be conducted online and even if you will not reside in Austin and/or will register only for online classes, you must comply with all applicable immunization requirements (and TB test requirements for entering international students) before you can register during your assigned time at your orientation session. Go to University Health Services’ website to find medical clearance requirements that apply to you, acceptable documentation and how to submit it. If you have questions, call 512-475-8301 and press 2 or email Include your EID and the word “Question” in the subject line.


UT EID Upgrades and Student IDs

Important: If you have not already, please make sure to upgrade your UT EID. 

To verify whether your EID is already upgraded, go to the EID Self Help Tools and select "Upgrade My UT EID."
You WILL NEED an upgraded UT EID to:
View your grades online
Update banking information online
Make Payments on the What I Owe page
Use Financial Aid to pay tuition or housing costs
Order Official UT Transcripts online
Please visit our 'Upgrading a UT EID' knowledge article for more info on upgrading your EID! 

EID upgrades are provided at no cost while ID cards cost $10. The ID Card fee is due within 30 days of card issuance may be paid in person at the Cashier’s Office in the Main Building, or online at the What I Owe page on the Student Accounts Receivable Website, or by clicking the “What I Owe” link in MyUT (


What to Pack for Hybrid Orientation

If you have registered for hybrid orientation, review the recommended packing list below.

  • Face masks (optional)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laptop or tablet with Zoom capabilities (a webcam and microphone)
  • Headphones
  • Walking shoes
  • An umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack/tote bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Shower shoes
  • Spending money
  • Snacks (All residence hall rooms contain a microwave and mini fridge/freezer for food prep and storage.)

You do not need to bring sheets or pillows. Students are, however, encouraged to bring blankets as the residence halls can be cool in the evenings. 


Prepare for Class Registration

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. 

NOTE: Your advising bar will be cleared at orientation. Your medical bar will be cleared once you have submitted the appropriate documentation. If you have an international bar, that will be cleared once you have attended your International Briefing and Check-In session.

Beginning in fall 2021, all students will sign a Financial Responsibility Statement before registering for classes. The goal of the Statement is to be transparent and help you fully understand your role and financial obligation when attending UT Austin. By signing, you acknowledge your responsibility to pay tuition and fees by the payment due date and if you receive financial aid and scholarships, those resources will apply to your tuition. The Financial Responsibility Statement for the fall 2021 semester is now available for you to review and sign here.  

It's helpful to gather all test scores and transcripts for completed college-level courses and bring them to your advising appointment at orientation. Make sure you have sent your most recent transcript to UT Austin. 

Before you register, you can estimate your progress toward your degree using the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) 2.0 tool. You will be able to discuss your audit results during your meeting with an academic advisor at orientation.

Read more about what you can expect when you register for classes at orientation.


Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability and need accommodations, you will indicate that when you register for your orientation session. You may indicate the need for the following accommodations:

  • Interpreting or captioning services
  • Accessible copies of orientation materials

After you register for your session, you must submit the appropriate documentation and arrange for accommodations at least two weeks before your session. Learn more about how to arrange accommodations.


Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-Permanent Residents

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident upon admission to UT Austin, you are classified as an international student. If you are a Texas resident for tuition purposes, but are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you are still classified as an international student. You will see an international "I" bar on your Registration Information Sheet if you are classified as an international student. 

In addition to orientation, all international students are required to complete the check-in process with Texas Global. International students must also satisfy additional immunization requirements. Learn more about requirements for international students.