Freshman Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions

Freshman Orientation Registration

Is orientation mandatory?

Yes. The only way to register for classes before August 13, 2018 is to attend orientation.

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 3, 2018. If you would like to cancel your orientation registration, please follow this link.

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 the overnight option within two weeks of your orientation session, you cannot add guests or switch sessions within two business days of your orientation session.

What if the session I want is not available?

When a session reaches capacity 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.

Does my family need to attend?

Parents and family are encouraged to attend with their student. It is $30 per guest to attend orientation. Students may add up to three family members during the Freshman Orientation Registration process. Family members must be registered to attend orientation with their student. If you are already registered to attend a Freshman Orientation and would like to add family members to your registration, you may modify your order in Orion.

Freshman Orientation Details

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.

What is the agenda?

If you are registered to attend orientation, you will be able to find details regarding your orientation in the Orientation Center in Orion. An email regarding Freshman Orientation will also 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.

The first day of your orientation session will begin at 9:30 a.m. 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.

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.

Where can I stay during orientation?

Students and family members are encouraged to stay overnight on campus for orientation sessions held in June. 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. Please note, you cannot modify the overnight option in your registration within two (2) weeks of your orientation. Several hotels near UT Dallas offer overnight accommodation as well.

Staying Overnight at Freshman Orientation

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 May and June. 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.

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. Please note, none of the rooms in the Residence Hall come equipped with linens. Guests must bring their own bedding (linens/sleeping bag, and pillow).

Will I lose my overnight option if I switch sessions within two weeks of my orientation?

Yes. The Overnight Option closes two weeks prior to each session. If you are signed up to stay overnight at Freshman Orientation, and decide to switch into a session that is within the next two weeks, you will forfeit your overnight option without a refund.

For how many nights is lodging available?

Accommodations are for one night, between day one and day two of orientation.

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. Students can also bring a swimsuit, there will be a student pool party (weather permitting).

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 5:30 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. Guests that stay overnight will be provided breakfast in the Dining Hall from 7-8:30 a.m. on the second day of orientation.

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. The Student Union and Activities Advisory Board will also host an event for students staying overnight.

Family Orientation

Does my family need to attend?

Parents and family are encouraged to attend with their student. It is $30 per guest to attend orientation. Students may add up to three family members during the Freshman Orientation Registration process. Family members must be registered to attend orientation with their student. If you are already registered to attend a Freshman Orientation and would like to add family members to your registration, you may modify your order in Orion.

What programs are offered for family members?

Programs are offered for both students and family concurrently. Special programs are offered for family members while students meet with their advisors and register for classes. Programs include presentations from the Dean of Students, Chief of Police, the Career Center, the Student Success Center, and a Student Panel. Family members will also have the opportunity to meet with University Administrators and ask questions during the afternoon on Day 1 of Freshman Orientation.

Can my family stay on campus at Freshman Orientation?

Yes. Your family can stay on campus at orientations held in June. You can add the overnight option to your registration in Orion. Families staying overnight will have a three-bedroom suite in a residence hall. The maximum occupancy for a family suite is three people.

What level of involvement can my family have?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is Federal legislation designed to protect the privacy of your education records. Students can grant their parents/legal guardians access to their student records by completing the Parents Certification of Dependency form found through the Office of the Registrar Resources Page. If you have questions regarding FERPA please contact the Office of the Registrar at 972-883-2342.

Class Registration

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.

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 13, 2018.

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.

What will prevent me from registering for classes?

All incoming students are required to meet with an Academic Advisor to register for classes. You also may have holds on your student account that will prevent you from registering for classes. Holds can take several business days to resolve. Aim to have all holds removed one week prior to attending Freshman Orientation. To view a list of your holds check your student account in Galaxy. You can find a list of common holds incoming freshmen may have on their student account in the section below.

Holds on your Student Account

Freshman Orientation

You must complete the Pre-Orientation Online Module in eLearning, and attend all parts of Freshman Orientation to have this hold removed.

Cannot Register Online

This hold will be discussed with your academic advisor at Freshman Orientation and be removed at that time.

TB Test

TB Screening is required for all persons born outside of the United States. You can contact the Student Health Center to schedule a Tuberculosis Screening. This hold can take several days to resolve, please do so as soon as possible.

International Hold

All F-1 and J-1 students have this hold. International freshmen students can attend a special one-hour session at Freshman Orientation to resolve this hold. Contact [email protected] if you have more questions about the International Student Orientation hold.

Additional Questions

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.

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 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 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.

I want to live on campus, how do I apply?

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.

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.

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