Cometline To Success

A world of opportunities are available during your freshman year. To help you make the most of it, fill out the checklist below and track your progress.


Get into UT Dallas.
Meet with academic advisor during Freshman Orientation for major and/or core curriculum information and for registration.
Refer to the Academic Calendar and your academic advisor for dates and time limits for dropping or adding classes.
Begin working with advisor toward career and job exploration.
Undeclared students begin work toward major discovery.
Meet with advisor concerning any problems or issues.
For assistance in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills visit the Student Success Center.
Meet with pre-professional advisors if pre-health or pre-law.
Meet with advisor to set spring course schedule and register.
Begin to identify faculty with similar interests.
Meet with advisor for summer and/or fall registration and for off-campus summer course approval.
Schedule a McDermott Library tour.
Students with a documented disability needing academic accommodations, contact the Office of Student AccessAbility.

Career Development

Set up a CometCareers account and post a resume.
Explore interests, abilities, and skills through academic courses.
Take online career assessments or use career planning software provided by Career Center.
Participate in workshops for career decision making.
Schedule an appointment with a Career Center Counselor to explore majors and career titles.
Explore part-time and summer work opportunities.
Attend career seminars. "How To Write A Professional Resume" and "How To Interview" are just two of the many seminars offered. See the Comet Calendar for a list of upcoming seminars.
Build rapport with professors.
Talk to people in careers of particular interest and inquire about daily activity.
Determine ability to pass a drug test.
Get professional business attire for future career events and interviews.

Leadership and Involvement

Attend Freshman Orientation, Comet Camp and Success Camp.
Attend Convocation.
Invite family to attend Family Day.
Join Road Warriors or the Residence Hall Association.
Attend at least one campus program or event each month.
Participate in varsity athletics, intramurals or club sports.
Participate in Summer Reading Program activities.
Participate in at least one multicultural event.
Attend at least one leadership development workshop, retreat, or program.
Consider applying for leadership positions such as Orientation Leaders, Peer Advisors, Student Ambassadors or First-Year Leaders for your sophomore year.
Consider running for freshmen seats in Student Government.
Become a member of a student organization(s).
Participate in at least one volunteer opportunity.
Go on an Alternative Spring Break trip.
Enter for a chance to attend an Experience Dallas event.
Visit the Comet Center to purchase discount tickets to off-campus movies, museums, and other activities.
Stay in the know with Radio UTD, The UTD Mercury, UTD TV and the Comet Calendar.

Taking Care of Business

Use the FAFSA4caster to explore financial aid options and get an early estimate of aid you may be eligible to receive.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January.
Check the UT Dallas Scholarships website for institutional scholarships you may be eligible to receive.
Research potential third-party scholarships.
Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor.
Create a personal budget.
Don’t succumb to credit card offers just because someone is giving away free stuff. Do your research and get educated.
Decide whether you will renew or apply for housing next semester.
Decide if you want to buy a meal plan as a sophomore.
Don’t forget to pick up your free DART pass.

Health and Wellness

Make an appointment with the Student Health Center for care and treatment for acute illnesses, special health needs and minor injures. Office visits are FREE, with minimal charges for lab, procedures and medications.
Get your free flu shot during the Fall Flu Shot Session.
Participate in Student Wellness Center programs.
Become familiar with and learn from the Party Foul program.
Schedule an appointment with the Student Counseling Center for assistance in achieving emotional well-being necessary to success. The center also offers a personal development library with books, brochures, video and audio resources on topics related to personal growth.
Take advantage of Activity Center facilities and programs.

Study Abroad

Participate in Education Abroad events such as International Education Week, the Education Abroad Fair or a general information session.
Visit the International Center to learn about your options for studying abroad.
Meet with your academic advisor and professors to discuss the inclusion of education abroad into your curriculum.
Increase your foreign language skills, as appropriate to your education abroad goals.
Apply to your chosen program.