Pre-Orientation Checklist

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

Additional information for:

 

Watch the Pre-Orientation Videos

(Students attending Spring Orientation or Summer School are not required to complete the videos.)

You’re required to watch a series of pre-orientation videos prior to attending orientation. These videos contain information essential to your transition to the university. You can access the videos here: https://my.utexas.edu/group/student/preorientation/. You can also check MyStatus, where the videos will appear as to-do items under the Admissions tab (if you have registered for an orientation session).

 

 

Get Your Immunizations

Students under the age of 22 are required to document receipt of a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine before they can register for classes. Visit Healthyhorns to learn more about requirements, exclusions and exemptions, documentation submission and more—and be sure to submit your documentation to University Health Services (UHS) no later than two weeks prior to your session. You should also bring a copy to orientation.

Students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (even if you went to a Texas high school): You are classified as an international student and must satisfy additional immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements before you can register for classes. It can take up to five days for UHS to process your documentation and remove your medical bar. To avoid course registration delays, please make all attempts to complete these requirements before coming to orientation. You should submit your documentation to UHS before orientation, if possible, or early on the first day of your session.

 

Gather Identification Documents

In order to pick up your student ID card and upgrade your UT EID during orientation, you need to bring a valid, non-expired, official, government-issued photo ID. If you don’t have one, you can instead bring one of the following:

  • Driver's license from the United States or Canada or State ID
  • A valid instruction (learner’s) permit or temporary license (must include photograph) from the United States or Canada
  • A U.S. or foreign passport
  • A U.S. military ID
  • An alien registration card with photo (Form I-151 or I-551)
  • A U.S. citizen ID card (Form I-197)
  • A resident citizen card (Form I-179)
  • A U.S. Employment Authorization Card – EAD (Form I-766)
  • A Native American tribal photo identification card
  • A Trusted Travelers Program card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

An identification card issued by your high school is not acceptable.

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 unable to upgrade your EID at orientation, you will still be able to register for classes.

To do so, visit the ID Center in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) to sign the Electronic Agreement Form.

 

Prepare for Assessments and Placement Tests

 

UT Math Assessment

If you’re planning to take Calculus I (M408C/K/N/R), you are required to complete the UT Math Assessment before classes begin. In order to prepare, you are strongly encouraged to purchase a Math Readiness Package that will provide access to the online ALEKS Assessment and Learning Modules.

The College of Natural Sciences, which oversees the assessment process for students in all colleges and schools, offers additional information about testing times, registering for tests and required scores.

If you have further questions, please email readiness@utlists.utexas.edu or call (512) 471-3796.

Placement Tests and Credit By Exam

Student Testing Services (STS) within the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides opportunities for students to earn credit by exam. Credit by exam means that students may "test out" of college courses.

You may register for a test online at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/ctl/regi/. There is a non-refundable test registration fee of $20 (Beginning June 1, 2017, the registration fee will be $25), and the remainder of the test fee will be billed after you take the test.

Many tests can only be taken once, so you should consider when the best time is to take each test. Tests are offered at scheduled times before each registration period. To learn more about what tests you should plan to take and when you can take them, visit Student Testing Services or call 512-232-2662.

ALEKS Chemistry Assessment

All students registering for CH301 are required to meet a minimum score of 85 on the ALEKS online chemistry assessment. If you are unsure whether or not you will take CH301 your first semester, the College of Natural Sciences recommends that you do NOT purchase the ALEKS chemistry assessment until after orientation. No refunds will be issued. You will have an opportunity to meet with your academic advisor at orientation and determine your course schedule. For more information, visit cns.utexas.edu/chemistry-assessment.

Spatial Visualization Assessment

All incoming engineering students are required to take a free, online Spatial Visualization Assessment prior to orientation. For more information, visit engr.utexas.edu/future/undergraduates/visualization.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

If your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) indicates that your TSI status is “Barred” or “Unknown,” you should contact the TSI Office at (512) 232-7146 as soon as possible to arrange to take the TSI Assessment before you arrive at orientation. If you do not take the TSI Assessment before orientation, your registration time will be delayed.

Testing Accommodations

If you need special assistance during orientation testing, contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 512-471-6259, then call Student Testing Services at 512-232-2662. You should submit your request no later than two weeks prior to your session.

 

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.

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.

 

Pack

Bring the following to orientation: 

  • Walking shoes
  • An umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack/tote bag
  • Spending money
  • Laptop or tablet (You are not required to bring a computer, but it is strongly recommended. *Make sure to keep a close eye on all electronics.)

If you are staying overnight on campus during orientation, you should also pack:

  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Shower shoes
  • Snacks (All residence hall rooms contain a microwave and mini fridge/freezer for food prep and storage.)
  • You do NOT need to bring sheets, blankets or pillows.

You should also bring documentation of any scores you’ve earned on tests not previously sent to the university.

 

Get the UT Orientation app

Download the UT Orientation app for info on preparing for orientation and campus resources. Once you download the app, you will need to download the guide for the specific orientation program you will be attending (e.g. Transfer Orientation, Spring Orientation, August Orientation). During orientation you can access the up-to-the-minute schedule via the app!

 

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:

  • Housing and dining accommodations
  • Interpreting or captioning services
  • Placement exam accommodations
  • 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 attend an International Briefing and Check-In (IBC) session. International students must also satisfy additional immunization requirements. Learn more about requirements for international students.