New Student Orientation

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After celebrating and accepting your offer of admission, you must prepare for orientation and registration. New student orientation is mandatory for engineering students and a great opportunity to meet fellow students, get to know The University of Texas at Austin and the Forty Acres and familiarize yourself with Cockrell School of Engineering resources and services.

To start your four-year journey as a Texas Engineer, the Cockrell School has developed a checklist of things to complete before, during and after summer orientation. Since you will be registering for fall classes at orientation, the sooner you can attend, the better.


Before Orientation

We recommend completing the following before UT Orientation in order to have a successful start to your academic career.

  • All incoming first-year engineering students are required to purchase the Math Readiness Package as preparation for the in-person UTMA that is taken at orientation. The Math Readiness Package is extremely important as it plays a major role in your preparation for the UTMA. Learn more about the UTMA Math Readiness Package. All engineering students must take the UT Math assessment (UTMA) during orientation for proper course placement. The UTMA is administered by the Math Department in the College of Natural Sciences and is a requirement to register for Math courses at UT. The UTMA is not to be used to demonstrate Calculus Readiness for admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering. The UTMA score will determine which Math course a student will be eligible to enroll in at the time of course registration.
  • All incoming engineering students are required to take the free, online Spatial Visualization Assessment prior to orientation. Learn more about the online Spatial Visualization Assessment (approximate time: 30 minutes).
  • Gather all test scores (AP and IB) and transcripts for completed college level courses. Bring them to your orientation session to use in academic advising. Official score reports and transcripts are helpful, but not required. An accurate, self-compiled list is acceptable, but remember to include tests you took early in high school.
  • Submit Emergency Contact Information. Log on to the My Status page to update this information.
  • Watch the New Student Services pre-orientation videos.

During Orientation

During UT Orientation, incoming students will make new friends, navigate campus and register for fall classes.

  • Be prepared to walk a lot. It will be hot, so we recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing comfortable clothes.
  • On the first day of orientation, all engineering students will complete the in-person UT Math assessment. This will help you choose the best fall semester math class with your academic advisor on the second day (approximate time: 1 hour).
  • Changes to your major or college should be discussed with your advisor on the second day of orientation. In many cases, changing your major requires an application and a series of required courses you must take in preparation. Your advisor can provide additional information on the various internal transfer processes, depending on your major(s) of interest.
  • You will be able to select a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) during orientation.
  • You will learn about resources, student support services and other opportunities available to you at UT Austin and in the Cockrell School.

After Orientation

After you attend UT Orientation, there will be a few final things to accomplish before fall classes begin.