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, all in-person Orientation programs scheduled for summer will be moved to an online delivery format. Students who are signed up for an in-person orientation will be automatically moved to an online orientation. Those who paid a deposit will have it automatically applied to their online orientation fee. Please note if your family signed up for a Family Orientation, we do not have an online option at this time and you will not be charged for this program. For questions, please email orientation@utsa.edu. We will continue to update this page regarding orientation as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.