Spring Welcome 2024

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Whether you are coming to the Forty Acres for the first time this spring or coming back after a (hopefully) relaxing winter break, join us for Spring Welcome, a series of events to welcome you to UT Austin and help you transition to your new university.

Events are created for all students to meet their peers, gain valuable resources, support overall well-being and celebrate UT traditions!

2024 Spring Welcome Schedule

Welcome Bash

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

11 a.m.-1 p.m. - WCP Ballroom

We are excited to welcome all students back to the first day of the spring
term! Grab school supplies, breakfast, and take your first-day of school pic!


Tuesday, January 16, 2024 

3-5 p.m. - Belmont 222

Come join the Center for Students in Recovery as we celebrate Dry January and sober connection! Tea and non-alcoholic drinks provided.

Transfer Traditions Trivia

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

5-6:30 p.m. - GRE Games Room

How well do you know your UT Traditions?! We invite all transfer and non-
traditional students to stop by to compete for prizes, connect with student groups and eat an Austin-favorite, Amy’s Ice Cream.

Women's Basketball: UT vs. KU

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

7 p.m. (Gates open: 6 p.m.) - Moody Center

Come cheer on your Longhorns against the Kansas Jayhawks! Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas to stay cozy on the first day back to school!

Big Ticket is required or purchase here https://bit.ly/3RRpcZD

Get Hooked on RecSports

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Gregory Gym

Join RecSports inside Gregory Gym to learn about how you can move, play, explore, and learn while on the Forty Acres. Whether it's your first semester on campus or your last, there's something for you!

Additionally, you can take advantage of free access all day to the Climbing Wall at Gregory Gym, or hop into our studios for a group exercise class when you claim your five free TeXercise class tickets.

Free t-shirts at Gregory Gym Plaza while supplies last. 

Whatever you decide to do, all you'll need is your UT student ID or My RecSports QR code on your mobile device.

LEADing Longhorns

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 

11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Longhorn Leadership Lab (WCP 2.122)

Choose your own leadership adventure and explore all the Longhorn Leadership Lab has to offer through a variety of fun activities. Snacks and beverages will be provided while supplies last.

Spring Career Launch

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 

4-5 p.m. - Texas Career Engagement FAC 2.236 

Meet the career coaches of Texas Career Engagement to learn about how you can begin exploring careers, gaining skills, and becoming career ready. We’ll discuss how to get involved in on and off-campus experiences, and how to utilize campus resources to start your career journey.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

7:30-9 p.m. - WCP Ballroom

Illuminate your semester with Binglow, the sensational monthly Bingo experience! Exciting rounds, fabulous prizes, and tons of fun await. Come in your neon finest!

New Year Wellness Check

Thursday, January 18, 2024

11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Jester Concourse

Boost your wellness this New Year with University Housing and Dining and Healthyhorns! Swing by to pick up meal prep kits, swag and information on how to care for your physical and mental health.

Planner Party

Thursday, January 18, 2024

5:30-8 p.m. - Texas Union 3.502 Santa Rita Suite

Come meet other Longhorns, decorate your planners and plan your semester. Supplies and planners will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Film Screening: Five Nights at Freddy’s

Thursday, January 18, 2024 

6-9 p.m. - Texas Union Theater

Join us for Showtime’s first film screening of 2024 to find out what actually happened at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria!

Café Connection

Friday, January 19, 2024

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Littlefield Patio Cafe

Take a stroll with us to find the best treats that the Forty Acres has to offer! We will start at the Littlefield Patio Café for iced coffee, journey to Lucky Lab Coffee Co (on campus) for a sweet treat, and then end our tour with Texas EX-presso. Guided conversations along the way and a chance to win your own Fuji Film Polaroid Camera! Feel free to join anytime on our tour- we will update on social media and group messaging.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP at  https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byj0BsCjnV9rd9s.

Fidget Friday

Friday, January 19, 2024

12:30-2 p.m. - Jester Concourse

Join Longhorn TIES Neurodivergent Support and Living the Longhorn Life for a come-and-go event with fidget giveaways and opportunities to learn about neurodivergent resources on campus!

Neurodiversity Welcome Mixer

Friday, January 19, 2024

3:30–5 p.m. - SSB G1.310 (Glenn Maloney Room) 

Stop by the Neurodiversity Mixer during Spring Welcome! This come-and-go social event will be open to the UT community of neurodivergent students, faculty, staff and friends. Bring your friends for an afternoon of snacks, vision boards, crafts, fidgets, games and more.

Cupcakes and Karaoke

Friday, January 19, 2024

7-9 p.m. - Texas Union 3.502 Santa Rita Suite

Sing your heart out and enjoy sweet treats at Cupcakes and Karaoke! If singing's not your thing, we'll have board games, coloring pages and other events and activities to enjoy as you make new friends.

i heART Austin

Saturday, January 20, 2024

11 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Start at West Mall Bus Stop (outside University Co-Op)

Meet us at the West Mall bus stop for a trip to Austin’s East Side. Enjoy a walking tour of the neighborhood’s cultural and historic art murals, then end the excursion with a sweet treat and warm beverage from small, local business, Easy Tiger.

RSVP:  https://utexas.campuslabs.com/engage/event/9637554