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All new undergraduate students are required to attend an orientation. Each program is designed for your specific needs.

Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is required for all new undergraduate students graduating from high school in the past calendar year. If you are an incoming freshman, attending orientation is one of the first steps to getting started at UT Dallas!

Transfer Orientation

Students transferring from another college or university are required to attend Transfer Orientation. View a list of important items to complete prior to coming to campus.

Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation is an optional program for new graduate students.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is required if you are an F-1 or J-1 visa holder, enrolling at UT Dallas for the first time.

International undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation or Transfer Orientation. A special meeting at these orientations will fulfill your International Student Orientation requirement.

Resources for New Students

If you have not applied to UT Dallas, please visit the Office of Admissions and Enrollment. If you have been admitted, please refer to the "Steps After Admission" page for freshmen students or transfer students for more information.

New students who are veterans, current military members, military spouses and dependents, and ROTC cadets should visit the Military and Veteran Center for additional resources.

Incoming students planning to enroll in any mathematics, computer science or foreign language may be required to take a placement test.

2019 Orientation Slideshow

Download a copy of the Orientation slideshow.

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Contact Us

Student Transition Programs
Student Services Addition (SSA) 14.431
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
972-883-6171 (office)
972-883-6183 (fax)

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Dan Long
Director for Student Transition Programs
[email protected]

Kellie Hanford
Assistant Director, Student Transition Programs
Transfer and Transition Programs
[email protected]

Alex Ewing
Assistant Director, Student Programs
Freshman and Family Programs
[email protected]

Karen McAlister
Program Coordinator, Student Transition Programs
Transfer and Transition Programs
[email protected]

Brianna Nichols
Program Coordinator, Student Programs
Freshman and Family Programs
[email protected]

Shelly Cowen
Administrative Assistant, Student Transition Programs
[email protected]

Lynda Le
Administrative Assistant, Student Transition Programs
[email protected]

Campus Emergencies

For emergencies, contact the UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222.

Disability Services

For persons with disabilities, please call 972-883-6171 or visit the Student AccessAbility website for information. TX Relay: 1-800-RELAYTX.