Freshmen Orientation Information

All freshmen, including international freshman students, are required to participate in one of the six Orientation sessions. We encourage you to attend the earliest possible Orientation session.


  • Session I: June 11–12 (Thursday–Friday)
  • Session II: June 18–19 (Thursday–Friday)
  • Session III:  June 25–26 (Thursday–Friday)
  • Session IV: July 9–10 (Thursday–Friday)
  • Session V: July 14–15 (Tuesday–Wednesday)
  • Session VI: Aug. 19–20 (Wednesday–Thursday)

Session VI is generally reserved for out-of-state, international, and CAMP students. All other students should register for Sessions I-V, or contact the Orientation Office for an exemption.

If you have been accepted to the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), you will attend Orientation VI as a part of Enrichment Week. If you have questions, please contact Esther Q. Yacono, the CAMP director, at 512-448-8625 or


Online registration for Orientation begins Tuesday, April 1, 2015. To register, log in to myHilltop and register through CollegiateLink.

Before you can register for Orientation, you must pay your nonrefundable $150 enrollment deposit. If you pay your enrollment deposit online, please allow one business day before registering for Orientation. This ensures that your deposit is processed and that you can successfully access the online Orientation registration form.

If you have further questions, please contact the Orientation Office at 512-448-8584 or 800-775-6755.


An Orientation fee of $250 will be added to your account. This fee covers all Orientation costs, including meals, student housing and other services.


All freshmen will meet individually with an academic counselor. The counselor will discuss individual degree requirements, course options and major selection. You will register for fall classes during this individual session.


Some students will be required to complete placement tests in English or math to finalize course placement. Students who must take these tests will be notified prior to registration. Students with Advanced Placement test scores or dual enrollment coursework should discuss their placement and credits with their academic counselor.

International students attending Session VI on Aug. 19–20 should plan to arrive by Monday, Aug. 17, to ensure enough time to address any specific needs or concerns you may have.



You may check in from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on day one of your Orientation session. Check-in will take place in the following locations: Sessions I–IV, Dujarié Hall; Session V, Basil Moreau Hall; Session VI, Ragsdale Center, second floor. Student check-out is on day two at 4 p.m.


Airport shuttle service can be provided at 8 and 9 a.m. the morning of check-in. Return transportation can  be provided at 4 and 5 p.m. on day two of Orientation Sessions I–V. Please email your flight information to or call 512-448-8584 to arrange your shuttle service. Taxi service is available at the airport.


Students participating in Orientation Sessions I–V are required to stay on campus for the one night of Orientation. If you are registered for Session VI, you will move into your permanent residence hall on Aug. 18 between 9 and 4 p.m. or commute to Orientation if living off campus. Parents who wish to join their son or daughter for Orientation are encouraged to make reservations at an Austin-area hotel.View a list of nearby hotels (PDF).

What to bring

You should plan to bring extra-long twin sheets and a blanket or a sleeping bag, a pillow, towels, casual clothing, an alarm clock and any other personal items needed for the one-night stay (Sessions I–V). Please also remember to bring a picture ID, your username and password for your computer account, proof of health insurance and your immunization records. The immunization records should include your bacterial meningitis vaccination.