Freshman Orientation

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.

Freshman Orientation Registration

The Freshman Orientation office is currently working remotely. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected].

Freshman Orientation for students in the following schools has ended: ATEC, EPPS, IDS, JSOM, NSM, UNDECLARED. If you are a student in one of those schools please follow these steps to satisfy your orientation requirement and register for fall classes.

If you are an A&H, BBS, or ECS student your orientation will be on July 23. You have until July 20 at 11:59PM to register for this orientation session. Follow the steps below to register for a virtual Freshman Orientation session. If you are already registered for Freshman Orientation, please check your UT Dallas student email account for details regarding the new virtual format.

  • Go to the Galaxy Portal and log in with your NetID and password
  • Under Orion Self-Service, click on Applicant Center
  • Click on Freshman Orientation Center. The next screen will show the Freshman Orientation FAQ page, please review these. On the left, click the Freshman Orientation Center tab.
  • Click on the Register for Freshman Orientation link
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to select from available dates, add guests, and submit payment; your Freshman Orientation registration request will be cancelled if correct payment is not immediately received.

Freshman Orientation Steps to Complete

Step 1: Sign up for your virtual orientation session date using the steps above. 

Step 2: Login to eLearning to complete the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module and the Freshman Orientation Online Module. Please complete both assessments with scores of 100%.

Step 3: Register for fall classes! Once you register for an orientation session, and complete the eLearning modules, you will be eligible to register for fall classes. Your academic advisor will contact you to register for your fall classes.

Step 4: Attend your virtual session with your Orientation Leader via Microsoft Teams. You will get an email to your UT Dallas student email account with information on how to use Microsoft Teams prior to your virtual orientation session. Your virtual session will start at 10:00 a.m. CDT on your sessions date. This will be a two-hour meeting with an Orientation Leader where you meet other freshmen, learn about UT Dallas resources, and can ask questions of a current, upper-level student. Family members and guests will be sent optional virtual programming about one week prior to the student's scheduled orientation date.

Orientation Online Modules

To be eligible to register for fall classes you must complete the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module and the Freshman Orientation Online in eLearning. The modules will cover important information about UT Dallas. If you recently accepted your offer of admission, it can take 7-10 days before you have access to eLearning. Follow these steps to access the modules:

1. Log into the UT Dallas eLearning site with your NetID and password.

2. Under My Organizations select Freshman Orientation

3. Select the Freshman Pre-Orientation Online Module and follow the prompts, complete this assessment with a score of 100%. Select The Freshman Orientation Online Module review this orientation slideshow, and complete the ending assessment with a score of 100%.

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Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science 

Biomedical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
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Software Engineering

Naveen Jindal School of Management 

Business Administration
Global Business
Health Care Management
Human Resource Management
Information Technology and Systems
Supply Chain Management

School of Arts and Humanities 

Latin American Studies
Visual and Performing Arts

School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication 

Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences 

Child Learning and Development
Cognitive Science
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences 

Geospatial Information Sciences
International Political Economy
Political Science
Public Affairs
Public Policy

School of Interdisciplinary Studies 

American Studies
Healthcare Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

Actuarial Science
Data Science
Molecular Biology



Before Freshman Orientation, you MUST resolve any outstanding items on your To Do List or holds for residency, required vaccinations (including meningitis), or other required documents. 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.

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 the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication 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.

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.