Frequently Asked Questions

This page offers answers to the most frequently asked questions about New Maverick Orientation. As information about the program changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can learn more about those changes here.


With COVID vaccines readily available, and after hosting in person orientations throughout summer 2021 without community spread, we feel confident the face-to-face orientation experience allows us to better acquaint new students and their guests to our campus. Our goal is always to offer the best transition experience to our orientation participants and a face-to-face program allows for that.

Yes, all new students are required to participate in New Maverick Orientation. The information presented and the connections made during orientation are vital to your transition to UTA.
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.

Prior to attending your Orientation sessions, new students should complete the pre-orientation modules. The modules provide a foundation for you as you come to campus to learn more about your transition to UTA. In addition, once you complete the modules and meet with an academic advisor, you are able to enroll in your courses prior to attending your orientation session.  

Orientation consists of a mixture of large group and small group sessions. During these orientations, you will get a taste of student life at UTA. You will be able to visit university offices, connect with other students, and enjoy the amenities of our campus community.

The Transfer Express 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.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor 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 transfer express 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.

Orientation is offered on various 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 (The pre-orientation modules will be available in early-April).

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

The orientation fees vary slightly by the type of program you may attend.

First-year Students (summer 2-day sessions)

All first-year students (domestic or international) will attend a 2-day freshman orientation and will be charged a fee of $160 at the time of registration. An overnight stay is required for all orientation participants. This experience will include an overnight stay in a residence hall, dinner, breakfast, and fun activities to help you meet new people and make new friends.

First-year Students (winter 1 day sessions for spring admits)

First year students entering UTA in the spring will attend a 1-day session and will be charged a fee of $60.

Transfer and International Graduate Students

Transfer (domestic or international) and international graduate students will attend a 1-day orientation and will be charged a fee of $60. This fee will be the same regardless of attending orientation virtually or face-to-face.

Parents and Guests

All students are encouraged to have a parent or family member attend their orientation session. and will be charged $35 for their guest.

Transfer students who are on active duty or are veterans from service in the US Armed Forces are eligible to attend a Veteran Orientation. The Veteran Orientation is similar in many ways to a Transfer Orientation session, but it includes additional information about veterans benefits and resources. Additionally, active duty or veteran students are able to attend a Veteran Orientation at no cost as one of UTA's ways of saying thank you for your service (Veteran students who attend a traditional transfer orientation will still be responsible for paying the $60 orientation fee).

First-year students who are on active duty or are veterans from service in the US Armed Forces may not be able to select a Veteran Orientation through the orientation registration system. A student who is less than a year removed from completing high school will be better served by completing a freshman orientation session. However, adult students who are classified as first-year students would benefit from attending veteran orientation. Contact our office if you want to attend a veteran orientation, but cannot select that option when choosing your orientation date. Your request will be reviewed within 2 business days.

Students who are receiving benefits from a family member who served in the US Armed Forces should attend an orientation session associated with their admission status (freshman or transfer).

YES! We have a great program planned for your parents and family, including all of the topics that are important to them: college finances, safety and wellbeing, and getting involved in our Parent and Family Association. Students are limited to 2 guests. 

Financial constraints will not prohibit you from attending orientation. Rather than paying the fees at the time of registration, students may request to defer their orientation fees. If you request a fee deferral, the fees will be posted to your student account in MyMav and would be due along with your tuition and fees for your first semester. To request a fee deferral, complete the Fee Deferral Request Form.