(June 18, 2018) -- This summer, the UTSA Main Campus will be charged with a surge of energy. Thousands of new students will join the Roadrunner family at Freshman Orientation, held over nine weekly, three-day sessions.
Orientation, a milestone in each new student’s journey, helps ’Runners become Rowdy Ready for the fall. It’s an exciting experience that lets freshmen and transfer students see what it means to be a Roadrunner, meet other incoming students and meet their academic advisors.
Orientation leaves an impression on UTSA students—one that still shows even after years have passed.
“I’ll never forget my Orientation experience. It introduced me to the person who later became my best friend,” said Taylor Waits, now a senior communication major who represents the student body as Ms. UTSA.
At Orientation, freshmen will go on campus tours, get their UTSA ID card and register for fall classes. They’ll preview their first year at UTSA while their families attend concurrent programs to help them adjust to having college-bound children.
New to Freshmen Orientation this year is Rowdy Rally, an event that will be held on the second night to give Roadrunners a chance to show off their school spirit and learn about UTSA Athletics. At Rowdy Rally, they’ll meet Rowdy, learn the fight song and show off their school pride.
Also new at Orientation this year, every Roadrunner will receive an orange feather to symbolize how, despite coming from different backgrounds, they are all birds of a feather and are welcome at UTSA. All different. All Roadrunners.
While new UTSA freshmen are required to take Orientation in-person, transfer students have the option of taking Orientation online or attending a one-day session over the summer. Students who take Orientation online will receive their feather when they pick up their Orientation t-shirt and backpack from the Orientation and Family Programs Office (MS 2.01.10 on the Main Campus).
“My Orientation experience was eye opening,” said Allyson Petersen, a junior at UTSA studying history. “It gave me a sense of relief and comfort knowing that I had been adopted into this new family at UTSA. From the first day I stepped on campus for Orientation, I knew this was home.”
Learn more about UTSA Orientation.
This comprehensive music experience for middle and high school students focuses on developing the musician and the campers playing techniques. Campers will perform with one of UTSA’s concert bands and attend classes that include rehearsals, sectional and master classes and performing soundtrack music.Arts Building, Main Campus
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 and Downtown Campuses
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
Emerging and fluent writers can practice and refine their writing skills, share with others and grow as artisans and thinkers. Each day, students will investigate the art of writing, apply the craft to their own writing, and celebrate what they have done with fellow campers.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 3.324), Downtown Campus
UTSA Men's Basketball coaching staff and players host shoot, skills, day, elite and parent/child camps and clinics.Convocation Center, Main Campus
Camps is full for this summer. This exciting and interactive camp is designed for high school students. The camp will have interactive workshops, hands-on challenges, tours, panels and friendly competitions.Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building, Main Campus
This unique camp gives rising junior and senior high school students the opportunity to understand how the ever-changing American criminal justice system works. Students will learn a basic understanding of crime and justice and the roles of the police, courts and corrections.Durango Building, Downtown Campus