Session Changes and Attendance FAQ

Can I switch orientation sessions?
Switching orientation sessions is not recommended. Orientation space is limited, so it is important to try to attend the session you signed up for to participate in. If you need to change your session, you must do so before the registration close date. More information on this process can be found below for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

What if I can’t attend any of the orientation sessions or my school/college indicates “full” on the registration page for May/June/July?
If you are admitted for the fall term and are unable to participate in any of the May/June/July sessions, there will be an August Orientation session held before classes begin. If all May/June/July orientation sessions are full for your college, you will automatically see the option to register for August Orientation within the registration portal. Please note: Registration for August Orientation will open for all students after the final May/June/July orientation session.

All colleges will be participating in the August Orientation session so you will be able to interact with your college, academic advisor, meet other new students, and register for classes during August Orientation, consistent with May/June/July sessions. August Orientation will take place August 19-21, 2024. 

While August Orientation will be hosted 100% virtually, students will have the opportunity to connect with campus and fellow Longhorns in-person at Longhorn Welcome.

Can I get on a waitlist for a session?
Sessions do not have waitlists. If the session you wish to participate in is full, you should register for a different session that you can attend. You can continue to check the orientation registration system to see if a space opens up in your desired session, but New Student Services cannot place you in a session that is full. Sessions must maintain caps in order to ensure that all students have quality time allotted during college and advising meetings in preparing to successfully register for their classes.

What if I miss or do not complete all requirements during my orientation session?
If you register for a May/June/July session, but fail to participate, you will need to go back into the orientation registration system and register for either a later session that is still available or August Orientation. Your payment for the May/June/July session will transfer to the August Session but will not be refunded. If you miss your May/June/July session and do not register for August Orientation, you will not be able to register for classes at your designated access time. You will need to contact New Student Services to make arrangements and discuss the steps you need to take to be able to register.

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