Experiential Orientation (TEXPO)

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Experiential Orientation (TEXPO)

Welcome to Texas Experiential Orientation (TEXPO)

New Student Services has partnered with programs across campus to provide students with a unique opportunity designed to expand on the orientation experience and help participants build a community on campus and assist with their transition to The University of Texas at Austin. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with a small group of other incoming students and current campus leaders. Students will choose one of our two-day programs packed with fun and engaging activities to introduce them to the city of Austin, TX.

Experiential Orientation is optional and in addition to the required freshman and transfer orientation programs. Freshman students may participate the same week as their scheduled orientation session. Transfer students must sign up for a week different than their scheduled orientation session. You can see the full schedule below.

Program 1: Longhorn Discover

Longhorn Discover is an experiential orientation program open to 30 incoming students each session. Participants will be introduced to life in Austin -- one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Participants will experience life beyond campus by enjoying local foods and exploring city landmarks, including Zilker Park and the Congress Avenue Bats. While learning about life in Austin, students will form strong bonds with their peers, easing the transition to their new “home”. Program Dates for Longhorn Discover: Summer 2022 are listed below.

        Longhorn Discover Program Dates        

June 22-23

June 29-30

July 13-14

July 20-21

Learn more by viewing the schedule at-a-glance for Longhorn Discover.

Program 2: Longhorn Explore

New Student Services has partnered with Recreational Sports to host an experiential orientation program open to 12 incoming students each session. Participants will have the opportunity to experience Austin outdoors through an afternoon of paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake, a picturesque reservoir on the Colorado River located in the heart of downtown Austin. All students are welcome, regardless of previous outdoor experience. While exploring the great outdoors, students will build a strong sense of community amongst their peers and learn about similar involvement opportunities available to them when the semester begins. Program Dates for Longhorn Explore: Summer 2022 are listed below.

        Longhorn Explore Program Dates        

June 22-23

June 29-30

July 13-14

July 20-21

Learn more by viewing the schedule at-a-glance for Longhorn Explore.