The University of Texas at Tyler Graduate School

Getting Settled Post-Admission

Graduate Admissions

So you just received your acceptance letter – congratulations! Now what? Your next steps are outlined below. Some are required, some are optional, but all will help make your time at successful and exciting!

Activate your Patriots Account

You will now need to activate your official Patriot account. Your Patriot account is used to log into your Patriot Email, myUTTyler and Canvas, along with other campus resources. Patriot Email system serves as the official electronic communication source for corresponding with students.

To activate your Patriots account, go to myUTTyler. Log in using your student ID number and the temporary password provided when you applied. Click the "Student Home Page" tab and follow the activation instructions. Once you've activated your Patriot account you will no longer use the temporary applicant password. If you need assistance activating your Patriot account, contact and provide your name, student ID number and date of birth.

Receive a Form I-20

Newly admitted international students should email the Office of International Programs (OIP) at to complete the I-20 process.

Apply for Financial Support

The University of Texas at Tyler is proud to provide financial assistance to as many qualified, admitted students as possible. Please refer to our Financial Support page for details about graduate scholarships.

Admitted domestic graduate students can apply for federal financial aid by submitting the FAFSA. Once you have submitted the FAFSA, you will need to indicate your expected enrollment for the upcoming terms. This information will be used to calculate your estimated Cost of Attendance for the approaching academic year. To indicate your expected enrollment:

  1. Log into your myUTTyler account and navigate to your Student Center  
  2. Click on “View Financial Aid”
  3. Select the appropriate aid year
  4. Click on Expected Enrollment
  5. Select your planned level of enrollment for both the Fall and Spring semester sections (and Summer if applicable). The chart above the enrollment blocks will help you in your selection for the correct enrollment based on how many credit hours you plan to enroll for the specified semester.
  6. Check the box for "I understand that this form may only be submitted once and that all provided information is complete and correct."
  7. Click Submit

Questions about this process can be directed toward the Office of Financial Aid at or 903-566-7180.


Find a Place to Live

Choosing to live on campus at The University of Texas at Tyler will make your college experience even more well-rounded, convenient and fun. If preferred, students are welcome to live off campus, though cannot guarantee the quality or performance of unaffiliated housing.

Consult Your Academic Advisor

Your academic advisor can help guide you through your degree plan to make sure that you are on the right track to graduation. You can find the contact information for your program’s advisor by selecting your major from our list of graduate programs.

Enroll in Courses

Students can enroll in courses through their myUTTyler account. The Office of the Registrar offers step-by-step registration tutorials on their website. Bills are posted a few weeks before the start of each semester, and you can pay through myUTTyler or our Cashiers Office. Don't forget — you must read and accept the terms of the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement located in your “To Do List” in your myUTTyler Student Center before your financial support will be packaged!

Buy Your Books

After enrolling, you can click the “Order Your Textbooks” button located on the right side of your myUTTyler Student Center to find out which books you need. Textbooks can be purchased or rented from the Campus Bookstore.

Get Involved

Joining a student organization can help ease homesickness, make friends, and get connected. The Graduate Student Association, for example, focuses on professional development, advocacy, volunteerism, and social collaboration for graduate students. We encourage you to browse a full list of student organizations on the Student Engagement page.

Work On Campus

The Office of Career Success offers students the opportunity to apply for on campus jobs through Handshake. Available positions across campus will be posted there.