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

Freshman Orientation Registration

Students entering in fall 2020 will be able to register for Freshman Orientation in late January 2020.

2020 Freshman Orientations

Thursday, May 28 – Friday, May 29
Thursday, June 4 – Friday, June 5
Monday, June 8 – Tuesday, June 9
Thursday, June 11 – Friday, June 12
Thursday, June 18 – Friday, June 19
Monday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 23
Thursday, June 25 – Friday, June 26
Thursday, July 9 – Friday, July 10
Thursday, August 6 – Friday, August 7

There is not an in person orientation event for freshmen students entering in spring 2020. Please contact [email protected] to be added to the online orientation modules.

New students entering in spring 2020 can attend the optional program, Welcome Wednesday on January 8, 2020 from 5:30-7:30PM in SSA 14.245. Questions? Contact Transfer and Transition at 972-883-6170. Please RSVP for Welcome Wednesday to [email protected].

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. If you recently accepted your offer of admission, it can take 7-10 days before you have access to eLearning.

If you do not attend a Freshman Orientation a supplement module will be added to your eLearning account. You must complete both modules with a score of 100 for your hold to be removed. If both of those modules are complete, your orientation hold will be removed.

Click on a school of study to show a list of available majors.

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science 

Biomedical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering

Naveen Jindal School of Management 

Business Administration
Global Business
Health Care 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.

Overnight Option

Students and family members that are registered for Freshman Orientation in May or June are encouraged to stay on campus overnight. Please note, guests staying overnight will need to bring their own bedding, and toiletries. Learn more »

Orientation Slideshows

Click here to download a copy of the 2019 Orientation slideshow.

Click here to view a presentation from the Bursar's Office regarding tuition, fees, and your student account.