(June 5, 2017) – More than 5,000 incoming University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) students and their families will flock to Main Campus this summer to get #RowdyReady for the fall semester. 2017 Fall Orientation, which runs through August 2, helps the new Roadrunners transition to college life at UTSA.
Orientation is divided into nine, three-day sessions. Each week, hundreds of students and their families will experience staying in on-campus university housing. Orientation Leaders will guide them every step of the way, as they attend information sessions and participate in traditions that introduce them to the UTSA community.
UTSA junior kinesiology major Jeffrey Hooks will work at Orientation for the second year, this time serving as a Team Leader.
“We are one of the first faces they see at UTSA,” said Hooks. “Being involved in the lives of all the students that you encounter and knowing each one of them has great potential to change the world is something that I love.”
The new students will learn about UTSA’s top-tier academic and research programs, campus services and traditions. They’ll go on campus tours, attend advising sessions and hear the many ways they can get involved on campus. Families will attend their own programs to help them adjust to having college-bound children.
“It's important for families to attend Orientation because there are specific sessions catered to their needs,” said Isabella Beltri, who is starting her third year as an Orientation Leader. “Plus, the family side of Orientation makes it fun. There are also Spanish Orientation sessions for parents who primarily speak Spanish.”
New this year, students and their family members will attend some of the information sessions together, such as the workshop that previews advising and one that offers tips on how to pay for college. Students will also get a Class Pass, an opportunity to have a genuine UTSA classroom experience in their academic area of interest. On advising day, students will have options to work out at Campus Rec, learn about Greek Life or complete a service project.
Orientation is also an opportunity to get to make new friends. The new ’Runners will attend the 2021 Block Party and participate in the Roadrunner Walk. The latter introduces new students to UTSA traditions.
“I hope students will walk away feeling motivated. I hope they realize that UTSA has a plethora of resources to succeed, whether it be through campus services, student organizations or even in the classroom,” said Hooks. “I also hope that students will walk away with pride for their school. UTSA is growing and expanding rapidly, and has achieved many great things within the short time it has been established. That's something we should all be proud of.”
Beltri echoes that excitement.
“I could go on for hours on how much I love UTSA, and I hope by the end of this experience that they learn to love the campus and culture as much as I do.”
Learn more about UTSA Orientation.
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.Convocation Center, Main Campus
Celebrate Texas' diversity with authentic ethnic cuisine, music, dance, arts and crafts from the many countries that make up the rich heritage of Texas.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Kids from kindergarten through high school will immerse in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities.Applied Engineering and Technology (AET 0.102), Main Campus and Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 3.328), Downtown Campus
Novice and experienced boys and girls in grades 1-8 will be divided up by age and ability to gain the most skills and knowledge for their level of play.Park West Athletics Complex