Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is an exciting first step to becoming part of the UT Dallas community. This two-day program gives an overview of opportunities and resources available to you on campus.

During Freshman Orientation you will have the chance to:

  • Meet other students and make new friends
  • Meet with academic advisors and discuss classes and majors
  • Complete course selections and registration
  • Learn about academic expectations
  • Learn about the University’s services and resources
  • Familiarize yourself with the UT Dallas campus
  • Meet with administrators

Prior to attending Freshmen Orientation, you MUST resolve any outstanding admission and registration requirements. Outstanding items on your To Do List or holds for residency, required vaccinations, or other required documents, will prevent you from registering for classes at orientation.

For detailed information about remaining To Do Items or Holds on your account, check your Student Center by logging into the Galaxy Portal and following the links to Orion.

Freshman Orientation Registration

If you have been admitted under one major and wish to change into a new major, then select your new intended major here, and you will complete the process at orientation.

If you decide to change your major after you have already registered for Freshman Orientation, this may require you to switch into a different Freshman Orientation session. Learn more about the undergraduate majors offered at UT Dallas.

*Please check your schedule for any conflicts before you register for Freshman Orientation. Keep in mind that some high school graduation ceremonies may conflict (ex: Plano ISD graduations will be held on Thursday, June 9).

Click on a school of study to show a list of available majors. Select your major to see available dates and register for Freshman Orientation:

Sessions will reach capacity quickly and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. We do not accept student walk-in registrations on the day of Freshman Orientation for June and July sessions.

If you wish to change orientation sessions after you have registered to attend, a $20 non-refundable processing/administrative fee applies to any changes and/or cancellations.

Class Registration

You will be able to register for classes during Freshman Orientation. The more familiar you are with the courses being offered, the easier and smoother the advising and registration process. We recommend that you review the UT Dallas class schedule on the Course Lookup website before your scheduled orientation.

Placement Tests

All incoming freshmen are required to take a math placement exam in order to enroll in any Mathematics course at UT Dallas. Please go to the Undergraduate Education Math Placement website for more information.

Students with majors in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Natural Science and Math, or Arts and Technology may need to or want to take Computer Science courses. Please read this information about Computer Science placement testing.

Any student enrolling in a Spanish, French, or German course at UT Dallas needs to visit the School of Arts and Humanities' Language Placement website for more information.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

If you have received an automated email regarding the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), there is a possibility you will need to comply with the State of Texas TSI mandate. TSI does not affect your admission to UT Dallas, but it can affect course placement and registration. If necessary, you will need to take the TSI Assessment. The test can be taken at UTD prior to your orientation once you graduate high school or the morning of the second day of your freshman orientation. An email will be sent one month prior to orientation with detailed information on how to register for testing. You can find more information about the Texas Success Initiative here.

Overnight Option

Students and family members that are registered for Freshman Orientation in June or July may stay on campus overnight. Learn more »

Pre-Orientation Online Module

Before you attend Freshman Orientation, you must complete the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module in eLearning. The module will cover important information about UT Dallas. You will receive details about how to access and complete the module in your Freshman Orientation confirmation email.

The slideshow below (pdf) contains information from the module if you would like to view it outside of eLearning.

Pre-Orientation Module