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Family and Guests | UTSA Family Orientation - Fall 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.

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 UTSA tuition and fees bill.


Family/Guest Fees

Family/Guest Fees: Fall 2017
Family Orientation Fee $60 per person*

*Children, age 9 and under, are free of charge
All orientation fees are placed onto your student's tuition and fees bill


What to Expect

Family Orientation is a two day program and is typically offered once a week during June, July, and early August. Family Orientation is a separate experience for family members that runs concurrently with New Student Orientation.

Family Orientation participants will have the opportunity to listen to, meet and speak with staff from various student service areas. Family Orientation participants will also have the opportunity to network with other new UTSA families, staff, faculty, and students. Participants are provided with publications aimed at helping them learn about the college transition process their students will undertake.

Meals at Orientation

Family Orientation participants will have the opportunity to dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres at our Family Orientation Welcome Reception, however, no other meals are provided. Guests can choose to add an optional orientation meal package on-site at family orientation check-in. The package would be added to your student’s tuition and fees bill. Learn more about your student's orientation meals.

Schedule at a Glance

Family Orientation participants will receive a detailed schedule at their Family Orientation session. This schedule is subject to change without notice.

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.

My Student’s Orientation

View your student’s new student orientation schedule. Please note the new student orientation schedule is subject to change without notice and serves as a basic sample schedule.

Family Orientation Sessions for Spanish Speakers

Family Orientation participants will have the choice to attend Family Orientation sessions in Spanish. If you have a family member who is more comfortable communicating in Spanish, please sign up for the June 19-21 New Student Orientation Program or the July 17-19 New Student Orientation Program, if available.

Directions & Parking for Orientation

View information for orientation Directions & Parking.


Family Orientation Housing Accommodations (optional)

Orientation Housing

During Orientation, we offer optional on campus Family Orientation Housing at UTSA's Alvarez Hall for two nights. Reservations made during Student Orientation Sign Up. Please note:

  • Families will not be staying in the same housing accommodations as their students
  • No linens are provided
  • Fully-furnished private room joined by a bathroom .
  • There is no kitchenette, microwave or television provided
  • Guests can expect to share the bathroom with one or more same gendered roommates
  • Availability is limited
  • Family Orientation housing fees:
  • Family Orientation housing fees:
    • $60 for 1-2 guests
    • $72 for 3 guests
    • $84 for 4 guests

What if the Family Program is full?

If the Family Orientation program that you wanted to attend is full, you can keep yourself connected to UTSA by becoming a member of the Family Association. Stay connected and up-to-date on UTSA activities for your student all semester long.