Freshman Orientation

What do I need to do before Freshman Orientation?
Before Freshman Orientation, you MUST resolve any outstanding items on your To Do List or holds for residency, required vaccinations (including meningitis), or other required documents. For detailed information about remaining To Do Items or Holds on your account, check your Student Center by logging into the Galaxy Portal and following the links to Orion.

Students that are registered to attend orientation will be sent an email regarding items to complete prior to attending orientation including Placement Tests, and the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module. All correspondence will be sent to your UT Dallas student email address. To login to your UT Dallas email please set up your NetID. If you are unable to access your email account you may contact the Help Desk.

Is orientation mandatory?
Yes. The only way to register for classes before August 14, 2017 is to attend orientation.

How do I register for classes if I am unable to attend orientation?
If you are unable to attend a Freshman Orientation it is your responsibility to schedule an appointment with your advisor. You must also complete the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module and Freshman Orientation Supplement Module. The earliest day you could register for fall classes would be Monday, August 14.

What is the agenda?
If you are registered to attend orientation an email regarding Freshman Orientation will be sent to your UT Dallas student email address. To login to your UT Dallas email please set up your NetID. If you are unable to access your email account you may contact the Help Desk.

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 by 5:30 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.

Does my family need to attend?
Parents and family are encouraged to attend with their student. Programs are offered for both students and family concurrently. Special programs are offered for family members while students meet their advisors and register for classes. There is an option to add up to three family members during the Freshman Orientation registration process. Family members can also be added later by modifying your orientation registration in Orion. Family members must be registered to attend with their student. Guest registration cannot be added within two weeks of the student's orientation date.

How much does orientation cost?
The orientation fee for students is $75. The fee for each family member is $30. Registration and payment are accepted online.

What is your refund policy?
No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. If you would like to cancel your orientation registration without a refund, please follow this link.

Can I change my intended major?
You may register for Freshman Orientation under your admitted major. If you intend to have a different major, please contact the Office of Admission and Enrollment for more information.

Can I modify my orientation registration?
Yes. You can switch sessions, add the overnight option, and add guests by modifying your order in Orion and paying the applicable fees. You cannot modify your registration within two weeks of your session. If the session you are registered for has reached capacity, you must contact the Office of New Student Programs to get approval before modifying your order.

What if the session I want is not available?
When a session reaches capcity it will no longer appear in the system. However, as students move sessions or cancel, seats will become available automatically. To see if a seat for your desired session has become available, attempt to modify your orientation session in Orion. A $20 non-refundable processing/administrative fee will apply if you switch into a different session.

What do I need to bring?
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. AP/IB scores in Math will not exempt you from taking the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.

When can I meet with an advisor?
You will have a scheduled appointment with your academic advisor on the second day of Freshman Orientation if you have attended all of the programming on the first day.

Where can I stay during orientation?
Students and family members are encouraged to stay overnight on campus for orientation sessions held in June and July. You may add the overnight option during the Freshman Orientation registration process. The overnight option can also be added later by modifying your orientation registration in Orion. Several hotels near UT Dallas offer overnight accommodation as well.

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 orientation. Please print the parking pass, and place it on your dash when you arrive on campus for orientation. Parking policies are enforced year-round, and you must park in the lot and color space designated on your parking pass.






Overnight Option

photo of the residence hall

Who may stay overnight on campus?
The Orientation Overnight option is designed for both out-of-town and local students and families who are attending Freshman Orientation in June and July. Students and family members that are registered for orientation may stay on campus overnight. There are also several hotels near UT Dallas that offer overnight accommodations.

For how many nights is lodging available?
Accommodations are for one night, between day one and day two of orientation.

What is the cost?
The cost for a student to stay overnight is $45. The cost for a family to stay overnight is $120. The family will have a three-bedroom suite where family member(s) and the student may stay. The maximum occupancy for a family suite is three people.

Where will students and families be staying?
Students and families will stay on campus in our freshman residence hall.

What should I bring if I am staying overnight?
Bring toiletries, towels, bedding  (sleeping bag, pillow), and a change of clothes. The beds are XL twin.

Will students be sharing rooms?
Every student will have his or her own bedroom in a three-bedroom suite with a common living room and sink area. There are private toilet and shower areas in each suite, and each suite is all male or all female.

Families staying overnight will have an entire three-bedroom suite in a residence hall. This suite will have a common area, a shared bathroom with separate shower and toilet, and three bedrooms each with a twin bed. The maximum occupancy for a family suite is three people.

What are the times for checking in and out of the Residence Hall?
Check-in for the overnight option will begin at 6:30 p.m., at the conclusion of the first day of programming. Check-out will be between 7-9 a.m. on Day Two of orientation. The Dining Hall will open for breakfast at 7 a.m.

Will the students be supervised?
Orientation Leaders will be staying with our new students in the Residence Hall, but all students staying overnight are responsible for themselves and must abide by the UT Dallas Student Code of Conduct.

What will students staying overnight do in the evening?
Orientation Leaders will provide social activities in the residence hall that evening.

Additional Information

What about on-campus housing?
Visit the University Housing website for details. Contact Residential Life 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?
The primary way to apply for financial aid is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A slideshow covering frequently asked questions can be found here. Visit the Applying for Financial Aid webpage or contact the Financial Aid Office at 972-883-2941 for questions regarding financial aid.

How can I pay tuition?
The Bursars Office is responsible for billing and payments of tuition and fees. Students can use EZPay to manage their tuition finances and make payments. The payment options website also has information regarding short-term loans, and installment payment plans. A slideshow of information covering frequently asked questions can be found here. Contact the Bursars Office at 972-883-2612 for questions regarding tuition and fees.

How can I update my preferred name?
The University recognizes that many community members use names other than their primary/legal names to identify themselves. To find out more information about updating your preferred name visit the Registar FAQ page, or email [email protected] More information about the Registrar can be found here.

How can I apply for a UT Dallas scholarship?
Learn more at the Office of Undergraduate Education website. All entering freshmen are considered for scholarships, but you must have applied and been accepted to the University to be eligible. The Financial Aid Office has a list of available scholarships at UT Dallas.

Where can I find information about International Student Orientation?
International Student Orientation is hosted by the International Center. However, international freshmen are strongly encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation. At Freshman Orientation, international students can attend an hour-long session hosted by the International Center, after which the International Student Orientation hold will be removed. The location and timing of this session will be listed on the Freshman Orientation agenda. Contact [email protected] if you have more questions about the International Student Orientation hold.

First semester, International undergraduate students at UT Dallas, who hold an F-1 or J-1 visa will be charged a $50 international student orientation fee. Students who only attend a Freshman Orientation and NOT International Student Orientation are eligible for a waiver of the $50 fee. The online waiver must be submitted 1 week before Census Day of the student’s starting semester.

Still Need Help?

Please contact New Student Programs for more information.

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