Frequently Asked Questions

Is orientation mandatory?

Orientation provides you vital information and ensures you meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. Freshman Orientation offers priority registration, with earliest access to classes. The only way to register for classes before August 18th (the day after the last orientation) is to attend freshman orientation. Classes fill up quickly, so it is to your advantage to attend orientation.

How do I register for classes if I am unable to attend freshman orientation?

If you are unable to attend any of the seven orientations, then you will have to wait to register for classes until August 18th, 2015. It is your responsibility to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Make every effort to take advantage of the benefits of orientation. Contact New Student Programs at 972-883-6171 if you have any questions.

What is the agenda for orientation?

Freshman Orientation begins with check-in starting at 9:30 a.m. in the ATC Main Auditorium(ATC 1.102)on the first day. You will hear from university administrators and students regarding what to expect from UT Dallas and hear important information regarding class registration. The first day concludes at 6:30 p.m. Students who have registered for an overnight stay will be able to check in at this time. The beginning of the second day will vary depending on your assigned advising time, but will conclude before 6 p.m.

Where can I find information about International Student Orientation?

International students are required to attend International Student Orientation, which is offered by the Office of International Student Services, and strongly encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation. Visit the International Student Services Web site for more information, call 972-883-4189 or e-mail at

Do my parents need to attend?

Parents are encouraged to attend orientation with their student. Programs are offered for both students and parents concurrently. Special programs are offered for parents while students meet their advisors and register for classes. Registration is available online for students and parents. Parents must be registered to attend with their student.

How do I add another guest to an orientation?

Another guest can be added to the student's orientation by registering them here. A student can register up to 3 guests for their freshman orientation.

I will be entering UT Dallas in the summer. Which orientation session should I go to?

You are encouraged to attend one of the seven freshman orientations which are designed and geared toward your needs. Each orientation session goes over the exact same information. If you have questions, please contact New Student Programs at 972-883-6171.

How do I get to UT Dallas?

See directions to UT Dallas. For a detailed map of campus, see the campus map.

A UT Dallas parking pass will be sent to you in a confirmation email after you have registered for Freshman Orientation. Please print the parking pass and bring it with you to orientation.

How much does orientation cost?

Orientation fees for students is $75 and $30 per family member. Registration and payment are accepted online.

What is your refund policy?

No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 5:00PM on Thursday, May 7, 2015. If you are no longer able to attend Freshman Orientation at UT Dallas, you can let us know by emailing You cannot cancel your orientation registration if you are already enrolled in classes.

Can I switch orientation sessions?

If you wish to change orientation sessions after you have registered to attend, a $20 non-refundable processing/administrative fee applies to any changes. The Overnight Option cannot be changed within 4 weeks of your orientation. Please note: All changes are subject to approval and orientation sessions that have already reached capacity cannot be chosen. Click here to switch orientation sessions. You will receive a confirmation email within 5 business days.

What do I need to bring to orientation?

Bring a copy of your test scores (such as AP, IB, CLEP) and transcripts with you, if possible. Scores are posted in early July. For those attending the June orientation sessions, be sure to bring a list of all the tests you have completed. Since every student's situation is different your academic advisor will help you determine your fall schedule based on the exams you have taken. Students who have taken the math placement exam or the computer science placement exam should bring their score printout. Please note, AP/IB scores in Math will not exempt you from taking the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.

If you are staying overnight at orientation you will need to bring items for your stay. You can find a list of items to bring on the Overnight FAQ page.

What are the dates for Comet Camp, Success Camp and the Student Leader Program?

Check the following Web pages for specific details about these programs.

When can I meet with an advisor?

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor during the second day of Freshman Orientation.

What about on-campus housing?

Check the housing Web page for details. Contact the Residential Life office at 972-883-5561 for information about living on campus. Eligibility for campus housing is tied to admission and enrollment, so apply early.

All freshmen who choose to live on campus are required to live in the residence halls.

How can I apply for financial aid?

Visit the Applying for Financial Aid Web site or contact the Financial Aid Office at 972-883-2941 for details regarding financial aid, short-term loans and the installment payment plan.

How can I apply for a UT Dallas scholarship?

See information at the Office of Undergraduate Studies Web site, or call 972-883-6805. All entering freshmen are considered for scholarships, but you must have applied and been accepted to the University to be eligible for scholarships.

The Financial Aid Office has a list of available scholarships at UT Dallas.

Where can I stay during orientation?

Students and family members have the option of an overnight stay on campus for some orientation sessions. Several hotels near UT Dallas offer overnight accommodations as well.

Updated: May 15, 2015