Freshman Orientation is an exciting first step to becoming part of the UT Dallas community. This two-day program gives an overview of opportunities and resources available to you on campus.
During Freshman Orientation you will have the chance to:
- Meet other students and make new friends
- Meet with academic advisors and discuss classes and majors
- Complete course selections and registration
- Learn about academic expectations
- Learn about the University’s services and resources
- Familiarize yourself with the UT Dallas campus
- Meet with administrators
Freshman Orientation Registration
The Freshman Orientation office is currently closed. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected].
Freshman Orientation will be an all virtual experience for students entering in fall 2020. Follow the steps below to register for a virtual Freshman Orientation session. If you are already registered for Freshman Orientation, please check your UT Dallas student email account for details regarding the new virtual format.
- Go to the Galaxy Portal and log in with your NetID and password
- Under Orion Self-Service, click on Applicant Center
- Click on Freshman Orientation Center. The next screen will show the Freshman Orientation FAQ page, please review these. On the left, click the Freshman Orientation Center tab.
- Click on the Register for Freshman Orientation link
- Follow the on-screen instructions to select from available dates, add guests, and submit payment; your Freshman Orientation registration request will be cancelled if correct payment is not immediately received.
Freshman Orientation Steps to Complete
Step 1: Sign up for your virtual orientation session date using the steps above. If you have already registered for a Freshman Orientation, more details have been sent to your UT Dallas student email account regarding your virtual session.
Step 2: Login to eLearning to complete the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module and the Freshman Orientation Online Module. Please complete both assessments with scores of 100%.
Step 3: Attend your virtual session with your Orientation Leader via Microsoft Teams. You will get an email to your UT Dallas student email account with information on how to use Microsoft Teams prior to your virtual orientation session. Your virtual session will start at 10:00 a.m. CDT on your sessions date. This will be a two-hour meeting with an Orientation Leader where you meet other freshmen, learn about UT Dallas resources, and can ask questions of a current, upper-level student. Depending upon your major, an afternoon meeting with your school of study to learn more about fall class registration may also be part of your orientation schedule. Family members and guests will be sent optional virtual programming about one week prior to the student's scheduled orientation date.
Step 4: Register for fall classes! Once you complete the eLearning modules and attend your virtual session, your academic advisor will contact you to register for your fall classes.
Before you attend your virtual session you must complete the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module and the Freshman Orientation Online in eLearning. The module will cover important information about UT Dallas. If you recently accepted your offer of admission, it can take 7-10 days before you have access to eLearning. Follow these steps to access the modules:
1. Log into the UT Dallas eLearning site with your NetID and password.
2. Under My Organizations select Freshman Orientation
3. Select the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module and follow the prompts, complete this assessment with a score of 100%. Select The Freshman Orientation Online Module review this orientation slideshow, and complete the ending assessment with a score of 100%.
Click on a school of study to show a list of available majors.
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science →
Naveen Jindal School of Management →
Health Care Management
Human Resource Management
Information Technology and Systems
Supply Chain Management
School of Arts and Humanities →
Latin American Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication →
Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences →
Child Learning and Development
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences →
Geospatial Information Sciences
International Political Economy
School of Interdisciplinary Studies →
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics →
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.
All incoming freshmen are required to take a math placement exam in order to enroll in any Mathematics course at UT Dallas. Please go to the Undergraduate Education Math Placement website for more information.
Students with majors in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Natural Science and Math, or the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication may need to or want to take Computer Science courses. Please read this information about Computer Science placement testing.
Any student enrolling in a Spanish, French, or German course at UT Dallas needs to visit the School of Arts and Humanities' Language Placement website for more information.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
If you have received an automated email regarding the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), there is a possibility you will need to comply with the State of Texas TSI mandate. TSI does not affect your admission to UT Dallas, but it can affect course placement and registration. If necessary, you will need to take the TSI Assessment. The test can be taken at UTD prior to your orientation once you graduate high school or the morning of the second day of your freshman orientation. An email will be sent one month prior to orientation with detailed information on how to register for testing. You can find more information about the Texas Success Initiative here.
You will be able to register for classes during Freshman Orientation. The more familiar you are with the courses being offered, the easier and smoother the advising and registration process. We recommend that you review the UT Dallas class schedule on the Course Lookup website before your scheduled orientation.