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. We expect you to stay for the duration of your session and attend all the programs we've planned for you, including evening programs.
Here's a brief overview of what you can expect during your session:
You will check in early on the morning of the first day of your session. You will receive detailed check-in and parking instructions via email prior to your session.
For Transfer Orientation (June/July session), student veterans will attend the Student Veteran Pre-Orientation Program in the morning after checking in with New Student Services.
You will attend a 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.
You will also have a 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.
You'll have the opportunity to attend many programs that will introduce you to the resources available on campus, such as a session on the transition to college academics or a campus safety program. You can also take a campus tour.
Evening Social Activities
In the evening, you can connect with other new Longhorns at fun social activities, such as a video game station or comedy show.
Student ID Distribution
You’ll have the opportunity to visit the ID Center in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) to pick up your student ID. You must show a valid, non-expired, official, government-issued photo ID. High school ID cards do not meet this requirement.
The student ID card costs $10. You will be billed via the university’s online system.
UT EID Upgrade
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 orientaion, 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, visit the ID Center in the FAC to sign the Electronic Agreement Form.
If you are younger than 18, you must be accompanied by your legal guardian, who must also present a valid, non-expired, official government-issued photo ID. If your legal guardian cannot be present, you can fill out the Electronic Agreement Form beforehand, have it notarized and bring it to orientation. To do so, visit utexas.edu/eid and click "Upgrade My UT EID." Enter your EID and password, click "Continue" and then "Download Form."
Students who attend Spring Orientation register for classes on Jan. 9, 2018. Some colleges host their own registration session, while others have their students meet in the FAC. Either way, there will be advisors and Orientation Advisors on hand to help with any questions or issues that arise.
If you're attending a June/July session, you'll have until midnight on the last day of your session to register for classes. You won't be able to make changes to your schedule until the add/drop period in August.
Course schedules may be available prior to the start of orientation.
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.
New Student Services DOES NOT provide on-campus housing for Spring Orientation 2018. If you have a confirmed housing contract for the spring 2018 semester, contact Housing and Food Service for more information on arranging housing. The Austin Visitor Center's websitehas a comprehensive list of accommodations in the area.
June and July Orientation
If you stayed in the residence hall during orientation, you must return your key to the front desk and check out. If you do not return your room key, you will be charged $75 for a lock change and you will receive a registration bar that will prevent you from adding and dropping classes.