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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
    • UTSA Students* : Ten Programs Offered (June-Aug) : 3-Days in length Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays
    • CAP Students* : One Program Offered (June) : 3- Days in length Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday
  • Timing for the program:
    • Day 1 : Check-In Time : 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
      • Program Start Time : Day 1 at 1:45 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.
  • Students needing to test (TSI Assessments or Math Placement exams) must register in advance for their test through the Testing Services office prior to attending orientation.  Testing cannot take place during orientation hours. While it is recommended that students test up to a month in advance, testing is available the morning prior to your orientation program for those who have registered in advance for testing. Visit the Testing Services website for details.

* 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.

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 2019 Community Service Project: School Supply Drive
Join your fellow Roadrunners and help to give back and "Stuff the Bus"; the UTSA Class of 2019'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. Don't have any UTSA gear? No problem, stop by the University Bookstore before check-in for some new UTSA apparel.

Day 3

Now that YOU are a part of the TRADITION, wear your Class of 2019 t-shirt on day 3 (provided to you at orientation)! Don't forget to stop by the University Bookstore for some new UTSA apparel before you depart Roadrunner country!

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 Freshmen

Freshmen 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.
  • Students must successfully pass ALL orientation modules in Blackboard Learn with a 90% or better for their orientation hold to be lifted.
  • The online orientation DOES NOT include academic advising therefore students must contact their academic advising center to schedule an advising appointment.
  • Online orientation DOES NOT include testing therefore students must contact Testing Services to complete testing.
  • Log in to your ASAP account to review and take care of any other possible university holds you may have.
    • ASAP Main Screen > Student Services > Student Records > View Holds
  • 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).

  • The QLAT will be taken during orientation, but students may choose to take it in advance (to complete in advance, visit ASAP for a complete list of dates and times available)

    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

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

Testing Accommodations

If you need disability related accommodations for testing, contact Student Disability Services for registration procedures at least 3-4 weeks in advance of your testing date.


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: Laurel 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 at 12:00 p.m.
Departure Date: Day 3 before 6:00 p.m.


Orientation Meals

Meals at Orientation

Participants must plan for a total of six* meals during their orientation experience; one meal 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 $25 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).  

Benefits of an Orientation Meal Package
Save time! Due to the orientation schedule, all students are required to eat on campus, the card allows you to eat at any of our on-campus dining facilities with ease.

Save money!  You will not be charged tax for meals purchased with your meal card.

It’s Easy!  You will be distributed a card at check in, no need to find cash.

*Note: Student and Family Orientations will have different meal times, therefore meal package(s) cannot be shared; students may register for their card during the reservation process and guests can register for their card on-site at family check-in.


Meals to Plan for During 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 meal will be covered in the orientation fee.


Family and Guests

Family and guests who wish to attend the optional Family Orientation program need their student to register them in advance. Family Orientation is a separate program 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.