(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.
The Department of Social Work introduces new students to the Master of Social Work program.Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.Various residence halls, Main Campus
After a full day of moving, UTSA students and their families are invited to the party featuring food, swag, dancing and a special performance from the Spirit of San Antonio marching band.Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
This come and go session allows Roadrunners and their families to explore all the great things the UTSA Libraries offers to help students succeed. Join a group on a quest through the library for a chance at prizes and enjoy some ice cream.John Peace Library, Main Campus
Fast Action Trivia is a game where participants interact with fellow Roadrunners to test their brain skills while learning some interesting things about UTSA and have a chance to win actual cash money!Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition is a fun, engaging opportunity for Roadrunners to learn about the facilities, recreation programs and wellness services offered at the Main and Downtown Campuses while also enjoying tons of games and activities with new and old friends.Recreation and Wellness Center Texas Room (RWC 2.214) and San Antonio Room (RWC 2.218), Main Campus
The UTSA Ambassadors are here to help students find their classes before the first day of school! Bring your class schedule to the UTSA Ambassadors table in the Student Union Ski Lodge (near Chili’s Too!), and they will help you navigate the campus to find your classes.Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus