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Student Transition Programs

Student Transition Programs strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, families, and guests as we provide the framework for students to learn and develop, regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. We would like to share the statement below from our Multicultural Center which reflects the values and principles that are the core of our mission.

We stand in solidarity with our Black and African American community- especially during these troubling times as hatred, inequity, oppression, and marginalization has been heightened. Our office respects the profound ways that our community members of various cultures, backgrounds, and identities enrich our university community. We value the contributions you have made and we now challenge you to lean on each other, as we extend our support to you during these painful times.

Please remember we are all here for you.

Below are resources where you can learn more about diversity and inclusion on our campus, as well as assistance if you are struggling.

The Student Transition Programs office is currently working remotely. Staff can be reached directly via email listed to the right. If you have questions regarding Transfer Orientation, Freshman Orientation, or Comet Camp please follow the links and email those programs directly.

Student Transition Programs welcomes all new undergraduate students and their families to the University! We provide programming, services and involvement opportunities specific to first-year students, transfer students, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Sophomore

The Sophomore Year Experience includes programming and activities designed especially to help students through their second year as a Comet.

Junior

The Junior Year Experience program provides opportunities that empower juniors with tools to refine their leadership skills and prepare for their chosen career path.

Senior

The Senior Year Experience is designed to help seniors celebrate their successes and feel better prepared to take the next steps toward achieving their life goals after college.

Transfer Services

Transfer students have different needs than freshmen, and Transfer Student Services is here to help them successfully transition to their new home at the University, with support for both new and returning transfer students.

Orientations

Student Transition Programs offers orientations throughout the year for incoming students:

International Student Orientation is offered by the International Center.

Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Leader program maintains the standards of excellence of and connects new students to UT Dallas by providing memorable first-year experiences, an inclusive welcoming environment, social programming, leadership opportunities and a sense of personal involvement in the campus community. Through insightful leadership and the cultivation of spirit and tradition, the Orientation Leader program is the catalyst for new student development and success. If you are interested in applying for the Orientation Leader program, please visit us on Facebook.

Comet Camp

The three days of Comet Camp are a time for meeting new friends, learning about UT Dallas, reflecting on the journey ahead, and most importantly, having fun.

Road Warriors

Road Warriors is a program just for commuter students. We host events to get you involved on campus and target your needs as a student who commutes to campus.

Comet Families

Comet Families is an avenue for family members and parents of UT Dallas students to get information about campus, find out about special events and obtain resources about issues facing their college student.

Family Day

Family Day is Comet Families' largest event, and a tradition that brings students and their families together for a full day of fun. Meet other families, enjoy a catered lunch and find out what's happening on campus.

Contact Us

Student Transition Programs
Student Services Addition (SSA) 14.431
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
972-883-6171 (office)
972-883-6183 (fax)

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Staff

Dan Long
Director
Student Transition Programs
[email protected]
972-883-6171

Tayler Atkins
Assistant Director
Student Transition Programs
Transfer and Transition Programs
[email protected]
972-883-6147

Alex Ewing
Assistant Director
Student Transition Programs
Freshman and Family Programs
[email protected]
972-883-6395

Karen McAlister
Program Coordinator
Student Transition Programs
Transfer and Transition Programs
[email protected]
972-883-2082

Brianna Nichols
Program Coordinator
Student Transition Programs
Freshman and Family Programs
[email protected]
972-883-6148

Joanne Acevedo
Administrative Assistant II
Student Transition Programs
[email protected]
972-883-6172

Vacant
Administrative Assistant
Student Transition Programs
972-883-6171

Campus Emergencies

For emergencies, contact the UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222.

Disability Services

For persons with disabilities, please call 972-883-6171 or visit the Student AccessAbility website for information. TX Relay: 1-800-RELAYTX.