Family Orientation

Family Orientation

Family Orientation is a separate experience designed specifically for family members of incoming UTSA students. Parents, family members, and guests are encouraged to attend Family Orientation to gain more information on how to support their student. The program gives family members an introduction to UTSA by focusing on academic success, student life, and Roadrunner spirit and traditions.

What To Expect at Orientation

Family Orientation is a two day program (for fall term) or one day program (for spring and summer terms). It is a separate experience for family members that runs concurrently with student Orientation. Family Orientation participants will have the opportunity to listen to, meet and speak with staff from various student service areas and network with other new UTSA families, staff, faculty, and students.

Fall Orientation 2 day
Spring Orientation 1 day
Summer Orientation 1 day
Housing is not provided for Family Orientation participants for two-day or one-day programs. To view a list of nearby hotels, please visit here.

for 1-Day Program:

For our one-day Family Orientation, participants will receive a light continental breakfast and lunch as part of the program.

for 2-Day Program:

For our two-day Family Orientation participants, meals are not provided. However, we do host various receptions and a complimentary, light breakfast during the orientation program.

Day 1- Heavy hor d’oeuvres at the Family Orientation Welcome Reception

Day 2- Light, complimentary breakfast at the Roadrunner Café
Dessert Mix and Mingle hosted by the University Center

for 1-Day Program:

Check-In followed by various department sessions. After lunch, student participants will have a scheduled advising appointment and have time to complete other business on campus.

Please be aware that the orientation experience includes EXTENSIVE WALKING. Please plan accordingly as the university does NOT provide any mobility assistance equipment.

View an Example One-Day Schedule

for 2-Day Program:

Day 1: Check-in starts early afternoon, followed by a welcome session and evening programming

Day 2: Program starts at 8am and ends at 5pm

Please be aware that the orientation experience includes EXTENSIVE WALKING. Please plan accordingly as the university does NOT provide any mobility assistance equipment.

See the Fall 2018 Schedule

for For all programs:

A temporary orientation parking permit is required and must be displayed to park on campus during orientation. Below is more information on parking for orientation:

    • The temporary permit can be found in your confirmation letter after you register in ASAP
    • Follow all parking policies listed on this permit, failure to do so will result in a parking citation
    • The temporary permit will be marked with the dates that the permit is valid
    • The temporary permit is good for unmarked spaces only in the designated parking lot listed [ex: Brackenridge Rd Lot 1, BK 1 or Resident Lot 1, R1]. DO NOT park in Faculty/Staff or 24 HR RESERVED spaces. DO NOT park in fire lanes, reserved spaces, service areas, loading zones, University Vehicle spaces or restricted areas
    • The permit must be visible on your dashboard at all times to avoid receiving a citation. Pay-by the hour parking is available in the Bauerle Road or Ximenes Garages. Any vehicle parked in violation of UTSA parking regulations will be cited. If you receive a citation at orientation, you will need to file an appeal with Campus Services.
    • Specific information about ADA parking on campus can be found here.
→ How to Reserve Your Spot

Reservations for all Family Orientation programs are required and can be made by your student through their ASAP account. Families and Guests can only attend an orientation program for the term that their student was admitted/accepted. Space is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All Family Orientation charges are added to your student’s tuition and fees bill.

The Family Orientation Fee is $60 per person for two day programs, and $40 for one day programs. Children, age 9 and under, are free of charge. All orientation fees are placed onto your student’s tuition and fees bill.

Family Association

UTSA’s Family Association is the official membership organization for families of current students. The association:

  • keeps families informed about what is happening on campus and how they can support their student.
  •  is a place where families can get to know one another and create a network for themselves.
  •  creates opportunities for families to engage with the University’s administration, faculty, staff, and President.
  • understands that college completion is a victory for the entire family.

The university understands the importance of family engagement to the success of your student and the Family Association makes that engagement meaningful.