Experiential Orientation: Frequently Asked Questions

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Registration and Cost

How do I register for an experiential orientation program?

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can register for an experiential orientation program after completing registration for Freshman Orientation or Transfer Orientation.

I am a transfer student. Can I participate in TEXPO?

TEXPO is open to both freshman and transfer students. 

What is included in the fee?

The cost covers all lodging, transportation, activities and meals during the program. Please refer to the program webpage for more detailed information.

What if I can no longer attend?

If you need to cancel your reservation, please refer to the cancellation and refund policy for Orientation.

Do I need to register for a TEXPO program in the same week as my scheduled Orientation?

No. You may register for whichever TEXPO program fits best in your schedule. However, we encourage you to select the same week as your orientation to maximize your experience!

Do you accept walk-ins for an experiential orientation program?

As a result of the activities planned and capacity of our programs, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins.

Traveling and Housing

Am I required to stay overnight?

As part of registering for TEXPO, you are registered for Early Move-in for orientation. Therefore, it is expected that you will stay the night in the residence halls the night of your TEXPO session. When you check-in for TEXPO, you will be given access to the room you will stay in for all of orientation.

Where will I be staying?

Participants will be housed in the same residence hall on campus that they will stay in throughout their orientation session. This will be coordinated through New Student Services and is included in the cost of your chosen experiential orientation program.

Are meals provided?

All meals and snacks will be included during TEXPO. This includes meals both on and off campus. Accommodations for dietary restrictions can be made as needed.


What is the difference between each experiential orientation program?

Each program features activities to fit a variety of students' interests. Longhorn Adventure is a more active program that has featured paddle boarding and rock climbing in past years, while Longhorn Local includes visiting local spots and attractions that help make Austin unique. Both programs aim to provide opportunities for students to build relationships with their peers.

May I participate in more than one program?

Unfortunately, incoming students are not able to participate in more than one program. The programs are run at the same time. However, orientation provides students with the chance to connect with campus organizations for future involvement.

Is my family allowed to attend the program with me? 

TEXPO programs are for incoming students only. We encourage family members to attend a Family Orientation session. You can find out more information about Family Orientation on our website.

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