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...

Message to our new Mavericks

Updated February 15, 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

UTA will is planning to offer both face-to-face and virtual orientations in summer 2021. You have the choice of attending the session that best fits your schedule and comfort level. The face-to-face orientation is HIGHLY encouraged, and UTA will provide that experience in the safest manner possible. Our safety plan for face-to-face orientations will be shared on our website in April, and it will explain how the program is designed to occur under the local and federal guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.

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 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. A safety plan for New Maverick Orientation will be released on this website in April to explain how we will ensure that our face-to-face orientations are as safe as possible for attendees.
 


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. 

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 explained in a safety plan we will release in April.

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.

You should choose the modality that fits best with your schedule, comfort level, and learning style, but we highly encourage you to attend a face-to-face orientation.

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.

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 (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

All first-year students (domestic or international) will attend a 2-day freshman orientation and will be charged a fee of $120 at the time of registration. Students who participate in the face-to-face orientation sessions may choose to participate in an optional on-campus overnight experience. 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. This overnight experience costs $45 to cover the cost of double-occupancy housing (students would share a room with another student), meals, and supplies.

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. Students attending a virtual orientation may register a guest at no additional cost, while students attending a face-to-face session 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 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.This programming will be offered face-to-face and virtually in coordination with each orientation session throughout the summer.

We strongly encourage you to bring a guest if you are attending one of the face-to-face orientation sessions, but during summer 2021, we are limiting guests to no more than one per student.

If you are attending a virtual orientation session, you should still register your guest to make sure they receive important information about the content planned for their orientation. Please invite your parents and guests to join you for your virtual orientation, and encourage them to participate in the programming offered by UTA's Parent and Family Center. 


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.