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Freshman | Fall Orientation What to Expect at Orientation

Roadrunner Roundup—Spirit, Pride & Tradition

  • Designed to meet the needs of all incoming freshman and freshman transfer students and introduce them to the UTSA community
  • Three-day, two-evening program
  • Timing for the program:
    • Day 1 : Check-In Time : 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      • Progarm Start Time : Day 1 at 3:30 p.m.
    • Day 2 : All Day & Evening Programming
    • Day 3 : Program Ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Participants must be available during this entire time
  • All freshman and freshman transfer students are required to attend all orientation sessions, including those that take place in the evening, stay on-campus overnight in university housing, and all meals must be eaten on campus due to the full orientation schedule. Failure to comply will result in students not being able to register for classes.

Schedule at a Glance

  • Download the Fall 2014 Roadrunner Roundup Schedule at a Glance

Students will receive a detailed schedule at their orientation program. This schedule is subject to change without notice.

Day 1

Show your spirit by bringing your community service project donation with you to check-in.

Class of 2018 Community Service Project: School Supply Drive
Join your fellow Roadrunners and help to give back and "Stuff the Bus"; the UTSA Class of 2018's service project will be a School Supply Drive.

Day 2

Show your PRIDE by wearing your UTSA gear—hats, t-shirts, pants, backpacks—show them off.

Day 3

Now that YOU are a part of the TRADITION—wear your blue or orange this day or stop by the University Bookstore for some new UTSA apparel.

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

Online Orientation- Fall Orientation for Freshman

Freshman students who cannot attend an on-campus orientation program will have the opportunity to participate in an online orientation experience.

  • The online orientation is filled with valuable information about UTSA services, resources, academic policies and much more!
  • Online orientation will only become available in mid-August, after all on-campus orientations are complete and prior to classes beginning for the Fall semester.
  • No exceptions will be made for completing online orientation prior to this time.
  • Students will register for the online orientation program in ASAP and complete the modules in Blackboard Learn.
  • The online orientation DOES NOT include academic advising therefore students must contact their academic advising center to schedule an advising appointment.
  • Please note that course registration can only happen AFTER you successfully complete all online orientation modules and your orientation hold is lifted.

UTSA Assessments Taken During Orientation

Quantitative Literacy Assessment Test (QLAT)

The QLAT is a requirement for all students entering UTSA and is part of the Qualitative Literacy Program (QLP).

  • It will be taken during Orientation

    Note: Online Orientation students will need to contact Testing Services directly to take the exam on their own; the QLAT is not available through online orientation.

  • This exam will not be used for math placement but for course enrichment purpose
  • REQUIRED of all majors
  • Exam time is 30 minutes
  • Multiple choice format
 The ENGAGE Assessment
  • Administered by computer after QLAT
  • REQUIRED of all majors
  • 30 minutes (may vary depending on student)
  • Information is sent to student and advisor for use throughout the year to enhance learning
  • Clear, immediate feedback connecting to academic resources

For more information, contact Testing Services at 210-458-4125

What to Bring

Directions and Parking

Driving Directions from Downtown San Antonio

  • From I-10 West, exit Loop 1604 West
  • From Loop 1604, exit John Peace Blvd / La Cantera
  • Go through the first stop light (John Peace Blvd / La Cantera)
  • Take a left at the second stop light, onto the UTSA campus (Walter Brennan / Chase Hill Blvd)
  • Turn right into Chaparral Village Parking Lot, Resident Lot 2 (R2)
  • Park in any unmarked parking space and display your temporary permit


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]
    • 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 Bosque Street Garage (located on the opposite / south side of campus)


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 UTSA Parking and Transportation.

Orientation Housing

Student Orientation Housing Information

Student orientation housing is a requirement of the new student orientation program and is included for all orientation students.  The below information is included in the confirmation letter available to students at the end of their reservation process.

Location: Chaparral Village, UTSA Main Campus
Lodging:  No linens provided.  Apartment-style 4-bedroom suite, private bedroom, semi-private bathroom, shared living room, fully furnished, kitchenette with microwave. No television provided.
Housing Assignment: Will room with one or more same gendered roommates
Arrival Date: Day 1 between 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Departure Date: Day 3 before 6:00 p.m.


Orientation Meals

Meals at Orientation

Orientation Meals* to Plan for:
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. No meals are covered in the orientation fee.


Family and Guests

Family and guests that wish to attend the Family Orientation program need their student to register them in advance. Family Orientation is a separate program for guests that runs concurrently with Roadrunner Roundup (new student orientation). Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Student Orientation program is a closed program for pre-registered new students only. Guests cannot attend sessions with students.

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