Post-Orientation Checklist

Orientation is over. Now what? Use this checklist to make sure you're prepared and ready to go once classes begin. 


Pay your tuition


Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS)

Check your RIS to make sure you don’t have any holds that will prevent you from being able to register for classes during the add/drop period.


Complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates Modules

AlcoholEdu and the Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates modules are mandatory online educational programs that all incoming students (including transfer students) must complete. The program’s goals are to ensure that UT Austin students have information to make well-informed decisions about substance use and are empowered to prevent sexual assault and interpersonal violence.

You will receive an email with a link in August to the program website, where you will log in with your UT EID and password to complete the program, which has two parts. If you do not complete both Parts 1 and 2 by the deadlines, you will not be able to see your grades online for that semester. For more information, visit the Healthyhorns website.


Get ready for Mooov-In or secure off-campus housing

If you're living on campus, review the Mooov-In website from University Housing and Dining for complete information about Mooov-In for the fall, and read through the Residence Hall Safety Page and Manual.

For students who plan to live off campus, the Off-Campus Living Resources website has helpful information.


Obtain a parking permit (if applicable)

Parking and Transportation Services provides information on the different kinds of permits available and how you can purchase one.


Familiarize yourself with public transportation

There are many university buses that travel to and from campus, as well as city buses that travel all over the city. UT students, faculty, and staff may ride CapMetro mainline buses free by swiping a valid UT photo ID upon entering the bus.


Find your fit with HornsLink.

UT Austin has over 1000 different student organizations! Login to your HornsLink account with your UT EID to discover which organization is right for you, plus find out about events happening on campus. 


Familiarize yourself with health services.

  • University Health Services provides: general medicine and urgent care clinics (schedule appointments), women’s health, immunizations, physical therapy, nutrition services, lab and radiology services and more.      
  • The Counseling and Mental Health Center provides counseling, psychiatric services and operates a 24/7 Crisis Line.
  • If you have health insurance or a prescription card, make sure you have them with you on campus! If you don’t have health insurance, learn more about the Student Health Insurance Plan, an affordable health plan approved by the UT System, which includes limited pediatric dental/vision coverage for those under age 19.  An optional dental plan is available for those 19 and older.  
  • The Center for Students in Recovery provides a supportive community where students in recovery and in hope of recovery can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience free from alcohol and other drugs.


Be proactive about campus safety

  • Sign up for Campus Text Alerts to receive text messages during emergency situations that may effect the university. 
  • Complete the emergency contact form online.
  • Download the LiveSafe App. UTPD uses this free mobile app to give the UT community and guests immediate access to police dispatch. UTPD hopes the app will encourage users to engage and share important, potentially life-saving information, to prevent crime and enable better incident response.
  • Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number and register your bike and other property with UTPD.
  • Review the Campus Safety page for more information.


Get to know resources offered by Dean of Students (DOS)

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to helping all UT students – undergraduate, graduate, and professional – reach their fullest potential. Our office provides robust student support services along with opportunities for leadership experience, a variety of student work environments, engaging programming, and specialized resources.

The Office of the Dean of Students includes eight specialized units: Legal Services for Students, Sorority and Fraternity Life, Student Activities, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Student Emergency Services, Student Governance Organizations, Texas Leadership Education and Development, and Veteran and Military Affiliated Services.


Register with Disability & Access (if applicable)

Learn more about how to register with Disability & Access (D&A) and the accommodations and services they provide.


Map out your classes

Visit and mark where all your classes are. This will make it easier to find your way around once classes begin! 


Research options for purchasing textbooks

You may want to wait until classes begin to purchase books, but you can start looking into where to purchase them now. There are many online and in-store options, including the University Co-op, which has a tool on their website to help you compare options. You can also look into e-books or renting. 


Participate in Longhorn Welcome/Spring Welcome

Longhorn Welcome is UT Austin's official welcome week to new students and starts the week before classes begin for the fall semester. Visit for more details. 

If you are joining the UT Austin community in the spring, Spring Welcome is for you! Join us for a series of events designed specifically to welcome you to UT Austin and help you transition to your new university.


Additional Resources 

You can find more information about campus and academic resources under the Resources tab of our website.