What to Bring to Orientation

What to Bring to Orientation


In response to the continued developments of COVID-19 and to support the health and wellbeing of our university community, spring Orientation programs will be offered in an online delivery format. Sign ups begin in late September. We are excited to also offer Online Family Orientation and a Virtual Resource Fair. For questions, please email orientation@utsa.edu.

Orientation is never too far away so don’t forget to pack! You won’t want to leave home without the following items which are essential to having a good time and getting the most out of your Orientation experience!

Freshmen Two-Day Orientation Program:

  • Orientation Confirmation Page on your phone or printed.
  • Your temporary parking permit (for student/family vehicles) – if you plan to drive, display a temporary permit on your dashboard. These permits are available on your confirmation page.
  • Valid Government Photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, state issued ID, or current passport)
  • Money for meals that aren’t provided, snacks, vending machines, UTSA gear and the bookstore
  • Comfortable walking shoes- significant outdoor walking will be required; sandals alone are not recommended.
  • Sweater or light jacket for cool meeting rooms
  • Smartphone, tablet or laptop – students are expected to prepare a course schedule as a part of the Orientation experience.
  • If Staying on Campus:

  • Overnight supplies
  • Sheets/bedding (fit for twin-extra-long sized)/blanket/comforter -OR- Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Clothing for two-days and one-night. Most students wear informal, casual or comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the warm weather. UTSA gear is always good!
  • Towels (for shower use)
  • Toiletries (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.)
  • Alarm clock

One-Day Orientation Program:

Students attending an in-person Orientation experience should bring the following:

  • Your Temporary Parking Permit (for student/family vehicles) – if you plan to drive, display your permit on your dashboard. Permits are available on your confirmation page.
  • Campus map and directions – link available on your confirmation page.
  • Any documentation required (completed Meningitis Vaccine requirement form, school transcripts, copies of your AP testing scores, etc.)
  • 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
  • Combat the Texas heat/weather with sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and any other weather-appropriate items

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