Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation

As the excitement of college starts to settle in, many students may find they have lingering questions regarding academics, student services, housing and residence life, financial aid and much more. The new student orientation experience will answer many of these questions and prepare you for your first semester at UTSA.

Sign Up for Freshmen Orientation

You must be admitted to UTSA as an incoming freshmen or transfer and have had activated your myUTSA ID in order to sign up for your Orientation date.

When Freshmen Orientation Sign Up Opens

Dates are available on a first come first served basis. The programs that are specific to you and your major will appear in your ASAP reservation system. You may not see all program options.

Admitted for Fall Term Orientation Sign Up opens in March
Admitted for Spring Term Orientation Sign Up opens in September
Admitted for Summer Term Orientation Sign Up opens in March
  1. Log into your ASAP account, click the “Future Roadrunner” tab and click “Sign Up for Orientation”
  2. Follow the onscreen step-by-step instructions, which includes:
    • Select your Orientation Date
    • Confirming your Orientation Housing option
    • Adding Family Orientation, if your family members wish to attend
    • Paying your Orientation Fee
  3. Print your confirmation and parking permit when you reach your confirmation page
Fall Freshmen Orientation Fee $219*
Spring Freshmen Orientation Fee $75**
Summer Freshmen Orientation Fee $75**

*Fall students must make $50 non-refundable pre-payment when they sign up for Orientation. The remaining balance will be placed on your Student Tuition and Fees. Please note the fall term student orientation fee includes the orientation fee and orientation housing charge.

**Spring and Summer students must make $25 non-refundable pre-payment when they sign up for Orientation. The remaining balance will be placed on your Student Tuition and Fees.

If you need to cancel or make changes to your current orientation reservation, you must log back in to ASAP eleven (11) days prior to your program date and make the changes yourself. Your pre-payment is non-refundable, even if you no longer plan to attend UTSA.

Before You Attend Orientation

Before you attend Orientation, you must be Rowdy Ready. Your Rowdy Ready status includes required items that must be complete prior to attending orientation such as:

You can view your personalized Rowdy Ready status by logging into your ASAP account and clicking the “Future Roadrunner” tab.

Rowdy Ready Details

What To Expect at Orientation

Fall Freshmen Orientation experience is a three-day, 2-night program, designed to introduce our incoming freshman to the UTSA community and get prepared for their first semester at UTSA. Freshman Spring and Summer programs are one-day programs.

Fall Orientation 3-day, 2-night program
Spring Orientation 1-day program
Summer Orientation 1-day program

for 1-Day Program:

Orientation students participating in a One-Day program, are not required to stay on campus and housing is not provided.

for 3-Day Program:

Student orientation housing is a requirement of the Three-Day new student orientation program and is included for all orientation students. Specific information about Three-Day programs housing is included below.

Housing Location Chaparral Village, UTSA Main Campus
Lodging No linens provided. Residence Hall Room 2 or 4-bedroom, semi-private bathroom, fully furnished, No television provided.
Housing Assignment Will room with same gendered roommate(s).
Arrival Date Day 1 after orientation check-in is complete
Departure Date Day 3 by 6:00 p.m.

for 1-Day Program:

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

for 3-Day Program:

For our three-Day participants must plan for a total of six* meals during their orientation experience; one lunch is included in the orientation fee while the remaining five meals are not. Participants are highly encouraged to add an Orientation Meal Package to their student account during the reservation process. Each meal card costs $26 per card and includes enough money to get all your meals at a variety of dining venues on-campus during your orientation experience (considering an average cost of on-campus meals).

Meals to Plan for During a Three-Day Orientation*

  • Day 1 – Dinner
  • Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 3 – Breakfast & Lunch

*As a reminder, due to the orientation schedule, all students are required to eat on campus. Students should be prepared to pay for their meals during orientation. Only one lunch will be covered in the orientation fee.

for 1-Day Program:

  • Check-In followed by various department sessions. After lunch, 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 3-Day Program:

  • Day 1: Check-in starts early afternoon, followed by a welcome session and evening programming
  • Day 2: All day and evening programming
  • Day 3: Program 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.

Download the Fall 2017 Schedule

for both 1-Day and 3-Day programs, the expectations are:

  • Participants must be available during this entire time and attend all sessions and activities, including those that take place in the evening
  • Failure to comply will result in students not being able to register for classes

for both 1-Day and 3-Day programs:

  • All Paperwork required at check-in. Check your Orientation Confirmation Packet.
  • Your Temporary Parking Permit (for Student/Family Vehicles) – if you plan to drive, display permit on your dashboard. Available in your confirmation packet.
  • Campus Map & Directions – link available in your confirmation packet.
  • Completed Meningitis Vaccine Requirement Form and Completed Student Health Form
  • Copies of your High School Transcripts
  • Copies of your AP Testing Scores
  • Valid Government Photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, state issued ID, or current passport)
  • Money – For meals not provided, snacks, vending machines, UTSA gear, and bookstore
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Combat the Texas Heat/Weather with Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat and other weather appropriate items

In addition, our 3-day program attendees should also bring:

  • Clothing
    • Three-days / two-nights worth of casual / weather appropriate clothing
    • Most students wear informal / casual / comfortable clothing that is appropriate for weather
    • UTSA gear is always good!
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Comfortable walking shoes- significant outdoor walking will be required; sandals alone are not recommended.
  • Sweater or light jacket for meeting rooms
  • Smart Phone, Tablet or Laptop – Students are expected to prepare a course schedule as a part of the orientation experience.
  • Overnight Supplies
    • Sheets / Bedding (fit for twin-extra-long sized)/Blanket/Comforter -OR- Sleeping Bag
    • Pillow
    • Towels (shower)
    • Toiletries (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.)
    • Something to Sleep In
    • Alarm clock

UTSA is not held responsible for any loss or damage to your personal property, therefore, plan accordingly.

for both 1-Day and 3-Day 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.

Online Orientation Option

Freshmen students who cannot attend an on-campus Orientation program will have the opportunity to participate in an Online Orientation experience after the on-campus experiences have concluded.


Contact our Office of Orientation and Family Programs.

Phone 210-458-4724
Office Main Campus, Multidisciplinary Studies (MS) Bldg, Room 2.01.10