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Freshman | Fall Orientation

What to Expect at Orientation

New Student Orientation—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* : Nine Programs Offered (June-July) : 3-Days in length typically Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays
  • Timing for the program:
    • Day 1 : Check-In Time : 1:30 p.m.
    • Day 2 : All Day & Evening Programming
    • Day 3 : Program Ends at 5:00 p.m.
  • Participants must be available during this entire time
  • Freshmen 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.

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.

Schedule at a Glance

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

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 or Resident Lot 1, R1]
    • 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 Bauerle Road 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 Business Auxiliary Services.

Arrival at Orientation

Fall Freshmen students arriving for orientation check-in & orientation housing move-in:

  • Time of arrival is designated on the Orientation Confirmation Packet.
  • Park in Resident Lot 1, 2 or 3; place Temporary Orientation Parking Permit on dashboard.
  • Safely secure and leave luggage inside vehicle.
  • Keep items of personal value on your person.
  • Items Needed for Check-In: your Orientation Confirmation Packet, your government issued ID and any other documentation you need to turn in, Class of 2021 Service Project Item - perishable food item(s) for the UTSA Food Pantry (optional)
  • Take the orientation check in shuttle to the front of the Convocation Center
  • New Student Orientation Check-In is located in the H-E-B University Center
    • Check-in to both orientation & orientation housing; once you finish the check in process, you are ready to move in to your orientation housing unit (unit # is located on key card envelope).
  • Take the orientation shuttle back to Chaparral Village, grab your luggage from your vehicle & move in to your orientation housing unit.
  • Take care of any on-campus UTSA business (visit various offices) & grab a snack
  • Meet back up with the orientation groups at 4:30pm outside at Chaparral Village

Class of 2021 Community Service Project: UTSA Food Pantry Drive

Do you know that an estimated 49 million Americans are food insecure? And that Texas is the most food insecure state in the nation? In partnership with UTSA and the San Antonio Food Bank, the UTSA Class of 2021 is participating in an initiative to help their fellow Roadrunners stock the UTSA Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable food item(s) donations with you to Orientation check-in to be participate.

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. 

Location: Chaparral Village, UTSA Main Campus
Lodging:  No linens provided.  Residence Hall Room 2-bedroom, semi-private bathroom, fully furnished, No television provided.
Housing Assignment: Will room with one same gendered roommate
Arrival Date: Day 1 after orientation check-in is complete
Departure Date: Day 3 by 6:00 p.m.

Orientation Meals

Meals at Orientation

Participants must plan for a total of six* meals during their orientation experience; one lunch 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 $26 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 lunch 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 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.

CAP Students (Requires Pre-Admission to UT Austin)

CAP Student Requirements

UTSA students who are provisionally admitted to the University of Texas at Austin’s Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) are responsible for reviewing UT Austin’s expectations for the program.

CAP Student Orientation

CAP students are required to attend UTSA Orientation just like all new students.

  • CAP students will register for orientation and attend the same orientation program dates, times and schedules as other freshmen

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 in August, click here for details.