More detailed information about your orientation session will be emailed to you closer to your session.

Your orientation program has been designed to be as informational and helpful as possible. Our goal is to provide you with the resources you need to succeed academically and find your place in the UT Austin community.

Transfer students can complete orientation virtually during any of the three June/July sessions, or can choose to attend in-person during the third session. August Orientation will take place virtually. All programming options will feature a day and a half of programming culminating in registering for your first semester of classes at UT Austin.

Participating in orientation is required. You are also required to participate throughout the duration of your session, unless an emergency arises. Please do not register for an orientation date if you know you will be unable to be available for the required time frame. Incoming students should plan to be attending orientation between 8 a.m. on Day 1 and 2:30 p.m. on the final day. 

All orientation programs listed on the live schedule will take place in Central Standard Time. While we will not be able to provide all live content during ideal hours across time zones, we are understanding in the challenges this may create. New Student Orientation information will include both self-paced Canvas modules and live material. 

Here's a brief overview of what you can expect during your session:

College Meeting

You will participate in a virtual 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

You will also have a virtual 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. Meeting with an academic advisor is required for course registration. 


Campus Resources

There will be many opportunities to hear about programs, services, and resources throughout orientation. Check out the Discover UT Resource Presentations or participate in one of the involvement events.


Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

You can check your TSI status on your Registration Information Sheet (RIS). If you are exempt it will say "Exempt" or "Complete" on your RIS and there is no further action needed from you. If not, you will need to provide documentation of your exemption or present passing scores from the TSI Assessment before you can register for courses. For more information, email the TSI Office at


Assessment, Placement Tests and College Credit

Depending on your college, you may be required to take placement tests or assessments, including assessments for math and chemistry. Visit our FAQ page to learn more about Assessment and Placement Test requirements for Orientation.

Students may also find they have already earned course credit at UT Austin by taking exams (Advanced Placement, SAT Subject Tests, SAT/ACT Writing Scores, International Baccalaureate, CLEP, etc.). Credit by exam information, including a list of accepted exams and scores, testing schedules for exams offered on campus, and the ability to contact Student Testing Services staff can be found at

Make sure you have any test scores (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) and transcripts for college-level courses sent directly to UT Austin. It's helpful to gather all test scores and transcripts for completed college-level courses and have them with you during your advising appointment at orientation. Your advisor can still work with you to plan out your course selections even if some of your scores are still pending.

You can estimate your progress toward your degree using the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) 2.0 tool. You will be able to discuss your audit results during your meeting with an academic advisor at orientation.

Course Registration

Be sure to access your Registration Information Sheet no later than two weeks prior to your orientation session to ensure there are no holds that will prevent you from registering.

Course registration will take place on Day 2 of each June/July Transfer session at 1 p.m. (you will have until 11:59 p.m. CST to register).

You won't be able to make changes to your schedule until the add/drop period later in the summer. Course schedules may be available prior to the start of orientation.