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Student Transition Programs

Student Transition Programs welcomes all new undergraduate students and their families to the University! We provide programming, services and involvement opportunities specific to first-year students, transfer students, sophomores, juniors and seniors.


The Sophomore Year Experience includes programming and activities designed especially to help students through their second year as a Comet.


The Junior Year Experience program provides opportunities that empower juniors with tools to refine their leadership skills and prepare for their chosen career path.


The Senior Year Experience is designed to help seniors celebrate their successes and feel better prepared to take the next steps toward achieving their life goals after college.

Transfer Services

Transfer students have different needs than freshmen, and Transfer Student Services is here to help them successfully transition to their new home at the University, with support for both new and returning transfer students.


Student Transition Programs offers orientations throughout the year for incoming students:

International Student Orientation is offered by the International Center.

Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Leader program maintains the standards of excellence of and connects new students to UT Dallas by providing memorable first-year experiences, an inclusive welcoming environment, social programming, leadership opportunities and a sense of personal involvement in the campus community. Through insightful leadership and the cultivation of spirit and tradition, the Orientation Leader program is the catalyst for new student development and success. If you are interested in applying for the Orientation Leader program, please visit us on Facebook.

Comet Camp

The three days of Comet Camp are a time for meeting new friends, learning about UT Dallas, reflecting on the journey ahead, and most importantly, having fun.

Summer Success Series

The Summer Success Series is designed to help you succeed in college academics and ease your first-day-of-school jitters. Participate in refresher courses in calculus or chemistry hosted by the Success Center, and take personalized campus tours from an Orientation Leader so you can find your classes before the first day.

Road Warriors

Road Warriors is a program just for commuter students. We host events to get you involved on campus and target your needs as a student who commutes to campus.

Comet Families

Comet Families is an avenue for family members and parents of UT Dallas students to get information about campus, find out about special events and obtain resources about issues facing their college student.

Family Day

Family Day is Comet Families' largest event, and a tradition that brings students and their families together for a full day of fun. Meet other families, enjoy a catered lunch and find out what's happening on campus.

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
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Assistant Director, Student Transition Programs
Transfer and Transition Programs
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Alex Ewing
Assistant Director, Student Programs
Freshman and Family Programs
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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]

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.