After Orientation, the first day of classes will be here before you know it! To help you get ready, we’ve listed some important dates and items to mark on your calendar and take care of before your first semester at UTSA starts.
After You Attend/Complete Your Orientation
Meet with your Academic Advisor
If you didn’t have a chance to meet with your Advisor at Orientation, or if you’ve taken Online Orientation, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Advisor. You will not be able to register for classes otherwise.
Register For Your Classes
If you didn’t have a chance to register at Orientation, be sure to sign up for classes on ASAP. View this video from Academic Advising for instruction.
Submit Final Transcripts
Don’t forget to submit your final transcripts (high school, dual credit, or college) to the One Stop Enrollment Center, as applicable. Until we receive all final transcripts, you’ll have a hold on your account preventing future registration. If you’re a freshman, your Financial Aid also can’t disburse until we receive your final high school transcript.
Order Your Parking Permit
Parking permits are required on UTSA campuses. You can order them through UTSA’s myParking portal on ASAP. There are a variety of permits you can choose from to suit your needs. To learn more about the permit types, visit our parking permits webpage.
Pay Tuition and Fees
The tuition and fee payment deadline is before the start of the semester. You must pay by then or you will be charged a $100 late fee. Eventually if you will also risk getting charged a second late fee and being dropped from your registered classes.
Buy or Rent Your Textbooks at the Rowdy Campus Store
The Rowdy Campus Store is the only official UTSA-affiliated bookstore. As such, the staff work closely with UTSA professors to ensure that required class materials are in stock. If you’re taking classes on the Main Campus, you’ll purchase or rent your books through the Main Campus location; if your classes are Downtown, you’ll get your books at the Downtown Campus location.
Check Your Preferred Email Account
Be sure to regularly check your preferred email account, as it’s where we’ll send official messages about financial aid, payment deadlines and registration. You can change it to a different email anytime on ASAP.
Sign Up For Housing & Meal Plan
A meal plan is required if you’re living on campus and have less than 48 completed credit hours. View Meal Plans for selection options.
Get Your UTSA Card
Your UTSACard is your university ID. It grants you access to your selected meal plan, dining dollars, rowdy dollars, residence halls, athletic events and more. You should have received your UTSACard at your Orientation experience. However, if you didn’t get your card, you can visit the Campus Services office at your earliest convenience. Be sure to bring a government issued photo ID (like your driver’s license) and your Banner ID number. If you lost your card, visit the Campus Services office for a replacement. Please note, you will be charged a $10 replacement fee.
Complete Your Required Prevention Trainings
Incoming students are required to complete Prevention Trainings (accessible on ASAP) for Alcohol Education, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Part 1 is due by the first day of classes.
Sign Your Family up for the Family Association
Encourage your family to stay connected by becoming a member of the UTSA Family Association. They distribute a monthly e-newsletter, provide scholarships to new students, and host UTSA Family Weekend.
Attend Roadrunner Days
If your starting during the Fall semester, be sure to save the date for Roadrunner Days, a series of special events that are designed to welcome you to UTSA. One of those events is Convocation, which is required for all freshmen to attend.
Tips for your First Semester
- Attend your first day of classes
- Print your class schedule in ASAP for room numbers and instructor names
- Print a campus map so you can find your buildings
- Connect with your FYE Peer Mentor & AI Course
- Log in to Blackboard Learn to access course information from your professors
- Get academic support (tutoring, etc) at the Tómas Rivera Center
- Get involved on-campus on RowdyLink
- Stay healthy at the Campus Rec
- Attend and support UTSA athletic events
- It’s never too early to discuss your spring courses; make an appointment with your academic advisor
- Get to know when you have to register for next semester’s classes
- Get familiar with your final exam schedule
- Check out all the technical resources available to you via OIT Student Services
- Check out all the campus services (parking, transportation, dining, meal plans, vending, etc.) available to you