Spring Orientation Information

Spring Orientation is required for incoming freshman and transfer students admitted to The University of Texas at Austin for the spring semester. Our goal is to provide you with the resources you need to succeed academically and find your place in the UT Austin community.

Spring Orientation will take place before classes start for the spring term. All required programming will take place virtually. Optional social opportunities will take place virtually and on-campus. Please make plans accordingly so that you can participate in both required and optional programming throughout your session to get the most out of your orientation experience.

More information on 2025 Spring Orientation will be available in Fall 2024.

You can view the 2024 Schedule-at-a-Glance here.

Spring Orientation is comprised of two parts: pre-orientation Canvas modules (more info below) and your two-day virtual session. There are optional in-person social opportunities also available during your Spring Orientation programming, as well as in-person experiences that will be part of Spring Welcome.


Preparing for Orientation

Review the pre-orientation checklist to make sure you are prepared for Spring Orientation


DUO Two-Factor Authentication

For security purposes, the university requires that you setup Duo Authentication in order to utilize all UT accounts such as MyStatus, MyUT, UTexas Zoom, Canvas and the orientation registration system. If you are receiving an error message that says "you are not enrolled due to the Multi-factor Duo Authentication", you must set up Duo authentication.

Canvas Modules

You will need to complete Canvas modules as part of your orientation session. Modules will be available five days prior to your virtual orientation experience on January 3. 

You will log into Canvas (http://canvas.utexas.edu) using your UT EID and password, and DUO authentication. The modules will take 1-2 hours to complete. Once your session begins, the Canvas modules will update to include links to the live programming.

Student ID and Upgrade Information

New students are required to upgrade their UT EIDs. Upgrading your EID allows you to activate your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) and to conduct other important university business.

You can upgrade your EID and submit your photo for you ID card here: it.utexas.edu/idcenter


Additional Activities

Spring Family Orientation

Encourage your family to register for Spring Online Family Orientation. Spring Family Orientation is optional and will be completely virtual. The robust programming is designed to introduce you to the university, as well as resources and tools to help you help your student successfully transition to UT.

Spring Welcome

You have more opportunities to get connected during Spring Welcome. Spring Welcome is a series of events and programs to welcome you to UT Austin that takes place after your orientation session. 

Spring Camp Texas

Attend Spring Camp Texas, a one-day extended orientation program coordinated by Texas Exes. From personal chats with UT professors to learning Texas traditions and making friends, campers leave knowing what it means to be a true Longhorn. Visit texasexes.org/spring-camp-texas for more information.


Other Resources

On-Campus Housing

If you have a confirmed housing contract for the spring semester, or would like to inquire about one, please contact University Housing and Dining for more information. 

Off-Campus Housing

If you would like to search for available units near UT-Austin, please visit our  Off-Campus Housing Marketplace where you will be able to filter by rent, bedrooms, bathrooms, style, and amenities.

More information and resources related to living off-campus can also be found at our Off-Campus Living Resources Website.