Freshman Orientation

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

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.

2015 Freshman Orientation Dates

Students and guests will still be able to register on-site the morning of Sunday, August 16 from 9:00AM - 10:00AM in the lobby of the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building (ATC). Payments will be accepted by cash or check only.

Students can only be added to sessions listed above. 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.

Please review your schedule before registering for Freshman Orientation. 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.

Overnight Option

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

Orientation Slideshows

Please click below to access PDF presentations from Freshman Orientation 2015.

Freshman Orientation Slideshow