Freshman Student Orientation

Freshman 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.

If you have been accepted to the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), your Orientation session is held in August. You do not have to sign up for any of these Orientation sessions. The CAMP office will send you information in mid-July about CAMP Orientation. If you have questions, please contact Esther Q. Yacono, the CAMP director, at 512-448-8625 or


Session I: June 12–13
Session II: June 19–20
Session III: June 26–27
Session IV: July 10–11
Session V: July 15–16
Session VI: Aug. 20–21


Online registration for Freshman Orientation begins Tuesday, April 15, 2014. To register, log in to myHilltop and register through Ennect. 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 $200 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. 20–21 should plan to arrive by Sunday, Aug. 17, to ensure enough time to address any specific needs or concerns you may have.


Check-in: You may check in from 8 to 9 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.

Transportation: Airport shuttle service will be provided at 8 and 9 a.m. the morning of check-in. Return transportation will be provided at 4 and 5 p.m. on day two of Orientation Sessions I–V. Please call 512-448-8584 to reserve your shuttle space. Taxi service is available at the airport.

Housing: 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. 19 between 2 and 5 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. A list of hotels can be found at (need to insert web address).

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.

To view the student Orientation schedule, please click here.