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 be on Monday, January 10, and Tuesday, January 11, before classes start for the spring semester. All required programming will take place virtually and optional programming will be held online and in-person, on-campus at UT Austin. 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.

In-person experiences will also be available as part of Spring Welcome.

Registration is now CLOSED.

Registration for Spring Orientation closed on Jan. 4 at 11:59 p.m. 

2022 Spring Orientation Schedule-at-a-glance:

View the 2022 Spring Orientation Schedule At-A-Glance here.

Day One

Longhorn State of Mind Show

Watch the Longhorn State of Mind show before the start of Orientation to hear a Texas-sized welcome to The University of Texas at Austin. Learn about the experiences of current students and how they embody the university's core values.

Orientation Welcome

Your day will begin with a meet and greet with your fellow peers. Orientation Advisors (OAs) will provide a general overview of what to expect and share tips on how to best navigate a successful orientation experience.

College Meeting

Next you will attend your College Meeting with your college or school, where you’ll learn more about college requirements and expectations, degree plans, and how to use the course registration system. 

Academic Advising

Then you will have a pre-scheduled meeting with an academic advisor who will go over the course schedule with you, talk about your degree plan and help you map out a sample schedule of classes. Your academic advising time will be emailed to you right before orientation starts.

First Generation Student Welcome

If you identify as a first-generation student (neither parent/guardian has obtained a 4yr degree), then consider joining this welcome session to meet current and new First-Gen Longhorns. 

Campus Tours

Led by your OAs, campus tours hoted virtually and in-person will give you a taste of what life is like on the 40 Acres.

On-Campus & Off-Campus Student Mixer

If you are looking to connect with other students who will be living in your residence hall or in your local neighborhood, then consider joining one of these mixers. Helpful resources for living on or off campus will be shared.

Discover UT Sessions

You'll have the opportunity to attend various sessions where you will be introduced to several resources available on campus.


Discover the traditions that strengthen our community and bind us together as Longhorns!

Class Registration Prep

Learn where to go to access the course (class) schedule and how to enter unique numbers and search for classes. Follow along as Orientation Advisors (OAs) review class descriptions, identify flags and class type, and tools you can use to build your class schedule. 

Social Programs

End Day 1 of Orientation by attending either a virtual Game Night or an in-person event on campus and have fun with fellow incoming Longhorns.

Day Two

Welcome to the Forty Acres: Meet, Greet and Eat!

Join us on campus for this optional social event where you can pick up UT Swag and meet other Longhorns.

Course Registration Support

Every college will host its own course registration support session where there will be academic advisors on hand to help with any questions or issues that arise. 

Be sure to access your Registration Information Sheet prior to your orientation session to ensure there are no bars that will prevent you from registering for classes.

Preparing for Orientation

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

Transfer Pre-Orientation Checklist

Freshman Pre-Orientation Checklist

Canvas Modules

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

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.

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

Family Spring Orientation

Encourage your family to register for Spring Online Family Orientation coordinated by Texas Parents. Spring Online Family Orientation will be completely virtual and introduce them to the university, as well as resources and tools to help them help you successfully transition to UT. Visit parents.utexas.edu/FamilyOrientation for information.

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.