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The Top 10 Things a New Student Needs to Do before School Starts!

  1. Take the THEA. THEA test scores (or proof of exemption) are not required for Admission, but are required in order to enroll in classes. For more information, see

    • Admissions Phone: 817-272-6287 (for general THEA questions)
    • Testing Services Phone: 817-272-2362 (to schedule a test date)
  2. Complete your admissions file. Make sure all final transcripts (high school and college) and all other documents have been sent to the UTA Admissions Office, First Floor Davis Hall. Phone: 817-272-6287.
  3. Read the catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog is your guide to the University. New students receive a coupon for a free catalog which can be picked up in the Registrar's Office, First Floor Davis Hall, then read pages 22-42, and the pages pertaining to the major of your choice. Or, you may see the entire catalog on line at:
  4. Placement.
    • You must take the Math Placement Test (MPT) and/or Calculus Readiness Test (CRT) in order to be able to take college level math at UTA. It is offered in Room 478 Pickard Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone: 817-272-3262.
    • Make sure Testing Services has any AP or CLEP test scores and complete the "Petition to Record Credit by Examination" form. Assessment Services, Second Floor Davis Hall. Phone 817-272-2362.

    Steps 1 - 4 should be done before you meet with an academic advisor!

  5. Advising. Meet with your academic advisor to get approval to register.
  6. Register. Pick the days and times for your classes using the online schedule of classes at and register yourself in those classes online at Make sure to order a parking pass when you register, if you will need one.
  7. Pay. Verify your financial aid (if you applied and qualified) and pay your bill.
    • Financial Aid Office, Second Floor Davis Hall. Phone: 817-272-3561
    • Bursar's Office (you pay in person here), First Floor Davis Hall. Phone: 817-272-2172
  8. Identify Yourself. Get your Student ID in the Mav Express Office, University Center, 300 West First Street. Phone: 817-272-2645
  9. Buy Your Textbooks. Take a copy of your class schedule to the UTA Bookstore, 400 South Pecan Street and they can help you select the correct books. Phone: 817-272-2785. Or, buy your books online at
  10. Activate Your E-Mail. All students are automatically assigned a UTA e-mail account. Many official communications are sent to this address, whether or not you check it! You may not set your account to automatically forward to another e-mail account. Instructions are available on the MavMail website.