Coronavirus Information

UTA continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This page provides important information about how the pandemic affects New Maverick Orientation and UTA's new students.

Message to our new Mavericks

Updated January 19, 2021

As 2021 begins, the arrival of COVID vaccines provides hope that the pandemic will arrive in the months to come. With that in mind, UTA is planning to offer a combination of face-to-face and virtual orientations in summer 2021. The face-to-face orientation sessions will be offered with reduced numbers of students and guests, and depending on public health guidelines, they may be converted to online orientations in the future.

This page is designed to answer the questions we are hearing most often from our new students. You will receive updates to this information through your email and on this website as more information becomes available or as details may change.

If you have other questions not answered here, please contact our team at orientation@uta.edu or by phone at (817) 272-3213.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the logistics of welcoming our new students and guests to UTA as circumstances change during the pandemic. We are committed to creating a positive, supportive, and exciting experience to support your transition to UTA.

Stay safe, stay well, and go Mavericks!

Office of Maverick Orientation and Transition Programs
Division of Student Affairs
The University of Texas at Arlington

NEW MAVERICK ORIENTATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

With COVID vaccines becoming available, it is possible that face-to-face interactions will be safer by June, July, or August. The face-to-face orientation experience allows us to better acquaint new students and their guests to our campus, and our goal is always to offer the best transition experience to our orientation participants.

However, we recognize that social distancing guidelines and event capacities will likely still be in effect to some degree this summer. As a result, our face-to-face sessions will be offered to a reduced number of students and guests. Additionally, UTA will always follow public health guidelines related to face-to-face gatherings, and we may alter the modality or capacities of our sessions as we near the end of the spring semester.
 
Follow the "Register" link at the top of the page, and follow the instructions to log into the orientation registration portal. From there, select your orientation date, complete the registration process, and pay your orientation fee. 

Orientation is offered on a variety of dates for different types of students. The orientation registration portal will determine which orientation dates you are eligible for, and you may choose any of those dates.

You will complete online orientation in two steps:

  1. You will complete online pre-orientation modules after registering for an orientation date. Completion of these modules will allow you to enroll in classes prior to participating in your selected orientation date.

  2. You will then participate in face-to-face or virtual presentations on the date you selected to complete orientation.

We encourage you to bring a guest if you are attending one of the face-to-face orientation sessions. However, we are limiting guests to no more than one per student this summer.
If you are attending a virtual orientation session, no guest fees will be charged. Please invite your parents and guests to join you for your virtual sessions, and encourage them to participate in other programming offered by UTA's Parent and Family Center this summer. 
First, regardless of which orientation modality you choose, you will complete a set of online pre-orientation modules after registering for an orientation date. Completion of these modules will allow you to enroll in classes prior to participating in orientation session.

Face-to-face orientations will consist of a mixture of large group and small group sessions. During these orientations, you will get a true taste of what being a UTA student will be like. You will be able to visit university offices, connect with other students, and enjoy the amenities of our campus community. Safe social distancing and mask-wearing practices will be enforced at all sessions. The typical capacity of face-to-face sessions will be 150-225 students, plus guests. However, as we follow the University's event capacity guidelines, we may never have all of our orientation participants in one space at one time. More details about how those sessions will be conducted will be determined at the end of the spring semester.

Virtual orientation will consist of online presentations on the date you selected to complete orientation. The presentations will mirror the sessions you would have enjoyed during an on-campus orientation. These sessions will be live, so there is an opportunity to ask questions and connect with others. Our goal is to make our virtual orientation as close to the real thing as possible. Virtual orientations will be offered less frequently than face-to-face orientations and will have capacities of 350-400 students.
We encourage you to choose the modality that fits best with your safety preferences and learning style.
Regardless of what type of orientation modality you choose, you should plan to complete academic advising PRIOR to orientation. Some advising options may be available during face-to-face orientations, but students often feel rushed during advising appointments that occur at orientation. Academic advising is not offered during virtual orientation sessions.

Freshmen will receive information from the University Advising Center, including steps to prepare for your advising session and setting up an advising appointment. Be sure to respond to those emails appropriately to make academic advising as smooth as possible.

Transfer students (domestic and international students) need to schedule an academic advising appointment with the department of their major prior to completing orientation.
International graduate students will meet with an academic advisor during a departmental orientation session. Contact the department of your academic degree program to learn more about your departmental orientation.