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.

Do I have to register for an experiential orientation program immediately after I complete my registration for Orientation?

No, you will be able to complete registration for TEXPO at a later date. Registration is available in the registration status page.

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

TEXPO is open to both freshman and transfer students. Please note, some days of TEXPO overlap with mandatory transfer orientation and transfer students should NOT register for a TEXPO session that coincides with their registered orientation session.

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.

When do I have to pay?

You must pay for the program upon registration, unless you qualify for deferment. You will see a notification in the registration system if your charge has been deferred.

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. We encourage you to register for whichever TEXPO program fits best in your schedule.

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?

Students are expected to stay in the residence halls on Wednesday evening. Housing expenses are included in the cost of your chosen experiential orientation program.

Where will I be staying?

Participants will be housed in a residence hall on campus, during the program. 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.

Before Arriving On Campus

How will I know what to bring?

Information about what to pack will be provided prior to your departure for TEXPO.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact New Student Services at nss@austin.texas.edu or (512) 471-3304 with any questions.

General

What is the difference between each experiential orientation program?

Each program has varying activities which you may select based on your personal interests. While each program has a different focus, they all aim to provide opportunities for students to build relationships with their peers.

Is there something for me?

Yes! Whether it is something you have been interested in previously or you are seeking out a new opportunity, this is a great way to learn about your new home city, Austin, TX.

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? 

Longhorn Explore and Discover programs are for incoming students only. We encourage family members to attend a Family Orientation session hosted by Texas Parents. You can find out more information about Family Orientation at parents.utexas.edu/FamilyOrientation.

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