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Preparing for Orientation

One-Day Programs

Orientation for most transfer students is a one-day program, held in November and January for students entering in spring, from April to July for students entering in summer, and from April to August for students entering in fall. Family members and guests are welcome to attend and discover ways to support their student during their time at UT.


Orientation check-in begins at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (January) or Eastern Daylight Time (May-August) in the Student Union.

Schedule Highlights

7–7:45 a.m. Check-in
8 a.m. Welcome and sessions begin
12:15 p.m. Lunch (included in student and guest fees)
1:15 p.m. Additional orientation sessions
5 p.m. Advising and course registration conclude

Transfer & Adult Overnight Session

Transfer and adult students who want a more in-depth orientation can register for a two-day orientation session to spend some additional time on campus and stay overnight in a residence hall.

This two-day session includes an additional small group meeting led by current students, dinner on campus, and more information on how to get involved. Students can expect to leave with newly formed relationships with other incoming transfer students as well as returning students and staff.

Students, as well as family and guests who have reserved overnight accommodations on campus, should plan to bring full-size sheets and a pillow, blanket, washcloth, and towel. Student rooms are on a different floor from guest rooms, so pack separately. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. in the Fred Brown Residence Hall lobby.

Overnight accommodations for family members and guests are not included in the orientation program fee. See the dates and cost page for details.