Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pre-Orientation Online?
It is the first part to completing the two part orientation program. In order to proceed onto the second part the Pre-Orientation Online must be completed.
Do I have to come to Orientation?
Yes, Orientation is mandatory. If you do not attend Orientation, you will not be able to register for classes.
Why should I attend Orientation?
As a new student, Orientation gives you a distinct advantage by providing you with numerous opportunities to interact with other new students, meet current students who "know the ropes," and meet experienced faculty and staff. At Orientation, you will also receive individualized assistance to get to know the campus and have your questions answered while getting exposure to all the resources available to you.
What do I need to do before Orientation?
Orientation is the last step in becoming a UTB student. It is your responsibility to assure that all your Admissions and Testing requirements have been met. A student will not be allowed to register for Orientation if there are pending issues with The Office of Admissions (956-882-8295) or Testing Office (956-882-8875).
Do I need to meet with an advisor before Orientation?
No, during on-campus orientation a student will meet with an advisor and will then be allowed to register for classes.
What happens if I didn't complete my pre-orientation online
If you do not complete your Pre-Orientation Online, you will NOT be allowed to attend on-campus Orientation.
What are the dates for On-campus Orientation?
Fall Start Term: Please refer to the list of dates on the FRESHMEN page of this website.
Spring Start Term: Dates for spring start students will be published in October 2013.
Scheduled Orientation Dates
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION?
Orientation is a two part process. Once you have completed your Admissions requirements and submitted your Intention to Attend to the Admissions Office, you will receive an email from the Orientation office with information on how to proceed with the first part, Pre-Orientation Online. Once you completed Pre-Orientation Online you will then be allowed to register for the second part, the on-campus orientation.
When can I register for classes?
During Orientation, we provide students with a one-on-one appointment with an Academic Advisor. After their appointment, students will then be lead to a lab where they will register for classes.
Registration for classes is done exclusively during Orientation, so please keep in mind that the earlier you attend, the better your chances are of getting your first choice in classes and class times.
How much does it cost?
$50 per student, but this fee is included in your tuition. For more information about the Orientation Fee, please visit our Fees link.
Do I have to stay for the entire Orientation?
Yes. If you leave orientation early, you will not receive credit and will have to pay a "no show/rescheduling" fee of $15
Do I need to pack a lunch?
No need to, a delicious lunch will be provided to you.
I was a dual-enrollment student in high school; do I still have to attend Orientation?
Yes. Since you are technically going to be attending as a first-time students, you will need to attend Orientation as well. Students who have completed the Math and Science Academy and Brownsville Early College High School Program do not have to attend.
Can my parents attend Orientation?
Family members are welcome to attend Orientation. Basic information regarding university policy, housing, financial aid and student services will be covered. The Family Support Network Orientation is an all day even and it is held during the Summer Orientations. Please note that family members will not be accompanying the students throughout the day. Students and family members will be in separate information sessions.
You will have the opportunity to register a family member when you register for Orientation. Family fee is $10 per person.
How early should I arrive to Orientation?
Your on-campus orientation starts at 8 a.m. We recommend you arrive around 7:30 a.m. because there is a required sign-in process. Don't worry, juice and doughnuts will be waiting for you!
Is there housing available for orientation?
Yes, students and their parents/family support network may stay at our housing facility (Casa Bella). You may arrive the day before and stay the second night. Costs for the students are: 1st night is free for the student; the second night stay will be $30. You may elect to pay a linen fee of $8 (includes sheet, pillow, wash cloths). The family members pay $30 per room for each night they stay (maximum 2 persons per room). Family members may also elect to pay the linen fee. The maximum stay is for 2 nights. There are no meals included with your stay
Do transfer, returning or undergraduate students need to attend?
- All Transfer students must attend Orientation. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable credit hours must attend Freshman Orientation. Transfer students with more than 24 transferrable will complete their mandatory orientation online.
- Returning students with more than three semesters absent and less than 24 college credits must attend.
- All new incoming undergraduate students, who have not been UTB students before, must also attend.
I missed my on-campus Orientation date; can I attend the next one?
Yes, but only if space is available. However, there is a "no show/rescheduling" fee of $15 to register for the next available Orientation. Like your Orientation fee, the $15 fee will be added to your tuition. To register for a different Orientation date, you must contact our office at (956) 882-5141. You will be assigned a rescheduled date based on availability of space.
I am trying to register for classes but I am blocked, why?
There could be several reasons you could be blocked. Did you complete all of your admissions requirements for UTB? Did you leave Orientation early and not receive credit for it? Do you owe any tuition or university fees? To find out more about your block, please contact the Admissions Office.