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.
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION SPRING 2016
Freshman (domestic and international) will attend Spring New Student Orientation on Friday, Jan. 8, from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., along with spring Transfer students. Additionally, all spring incoming students will participate in the Medallion Ceremony and Legacy Walk traditions as a part of Orientation. International students must also attend the International Student Check in on Thursday, Jan. 7.
TO SIGN UP FOR ORIENTATION
Online sign up for Orientation begins Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. To sign-up, log in to myHilltop and click the link for Orientation sign up.
Before you can sign up 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 and other services.
ADVISING AND REGISTRATION
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.
PLACEMENT TESTING IN ENGLISH AND MATH
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 should plan to arrive by Wednesday, Jan. 6, to ensure enough time for testing proior to Orientation and to address any specific needs or concerns.
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION — SPRING SESSION
Students and guests should check in from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ragsdale Center, second floor.
Students who will be living on campus may move-in prior to Orientation on Thursday, Jan. 7 (Wednesday, Jan. 6 for International students). 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 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.