UT Tyler

UT Tyler New Patriot Orientation

Freshman Students

What is Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Orientation is an informative and fun two-day program that provides incoming students with excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends and learn what it takes to be successful at UT Tyler. Students learn about academic resources, how to navigate campus and what UT Tyler expects of our students.  At orientation, students will be assigned to a advising appointment in which you will need to attend to register for classes.

When is Freshman New Patriot Orientation for summer 2019?

For freshmen beginning classes during spring 2019 semester, New Patriot Orientation for students will be:
Jan. 11

Incoming freshmen beginning classes during the fall 2019 semester should attend one of the following orientation sessions.

Session 1: Thursday, June 6 – Friday, June 7

Session 2: Thursday, June 13 – Friday, June 14

Session 3: Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21

Session 4: Thursday, July 11 – Friday, July 12

Session 5: Thursday, July 18 – Friday, July 19

Session 6: Thursday, July 25 – Friday, July 26

Registration is first come, first served. This year, all majors will be advising at all orientations. Please be sure to put in the correct major when you are registering so that you are advised correctly during orientation. Putting the wrong major can potentially keep you from registering for courses at orientation. 

Registration for summer Freshman New Patriot Orientation will open mid-spring, and we will send an email out to the student's patriot account when registration opens.

What if I cannot make it to any of these orientations?

As a part of your commitment to attending UT Tyler, you are required to complete New Patriot Orientation. We do not allow for work or vacations to be an excuse for not completing this component. We will do our best to be flexible and accommodate as we can. If the dates are full and we are unable to accommodate you, we will offer an online option. The online option is a last resort, and choosing this option will keep you from registering for courses until after our 6th orientation session is over. 

How do I register for Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Students will be added to a "Pre-Orientation Session" on Canvas that they must complete in order to get a registration link. Once your registration form has been submitted all confirmation emails will be sent to your Patriots email account. 

Where will I stay during Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Summer Sessions Only:

A room in Ornelas Hall will be assigned to each student upon checking in. Students wishing to room with a friend who is also an incoming freshman can email orientation@uttyler.edu and request to room together. They must make the request at least 1 week prior to orientation. 

You must turn in your bacterial meningitis records prior to staying overnight in Ornelas Hall, as that is a requirement for being in the residence halls.

Parents/family members and other guests will not be allowed to stay on campus, and will need to make arrangements for their stay in Tyler. For a full listing of hotels in Tyler, please visit the Tyler Texas lodging webpage.

Please note: All guests 17 and under attending orientation with an incoming freshman must be accompanied by an adult.

What should I bring to orientation?

Students will receive an email 1 week prior to orientation regarding what to bring, but generally speaking, this is what we encourage you to pack:

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag or twin sheets with a blanket
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (i.e. soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
  • Shower shoes
  • Phone charger
  • Light jacket for sitting in presentations
  • Spending money for snacks (campus retailers will be open)
  • Any admissions/financial aid documents you have not yet submitted ( bacterial meningitis records, test scores, high school & dual credit transcripts)

How much does Freshman New Patriot Orientation cost?

The cost of Freshman New Patriot Orientation is assessed on your fall 2019 student bill. All incoming freshmen will be charged a one-time New Student Programs fee of $125. This fee covers orientation (materials, meals, and housing) and programming intended to support freshman students during your first year.

The non-refundable fee for parents/family members and guests attending Freshman New Patriot Orientation is $60 per adult and $30 for family members and guests 16 and under. To submit payment for parent/family members and guest fees, contact Student Business Services at 903.566.7227. Payment can be paid over the phone using a debit or credit card, or by mailing a check or money order to the following address.

New Student Programs
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799

What if I already have college credits?

All incoming students who graduate high school in 2019 need to attend orientation. All first time- full time college students are required to complete orientation, regardless of their number of dual credit hours. If you are a student who graduated before 2019 and are transferring in from another college or university, you will need to attend freshman orientation if you have less than 30 credit hours. 

What if I am a CAP Student?

CAP students will be advised within the colleges this year. When you go to register, choose the major that you will be pursuing, and your advisor will advise you as a CAP student under that major. If you major is not available here at UT Tyler, you will be advised by the College of Arts and Sciences.

What if I am an International Student?

International Students will complete online Pre-Orientation (New Patriot Orientation 2019) in Canvas just as our non-international students do. At the end of the Pre-Orientation session, you will be prompted to sign up for Transfer/ International Orientation on August 22nd. We have you attending on August 22nd due to travel conflicts and the need to receive more information from the Office of International Programs which we have built into the August 22nd date. We highly encourage these students not to attend any sooner orientation dates for these reasons.

After completing the Pre-Orientation session in Canvas and registering for orientation, International Students need to contact their college's advisor to set up a time to be advised via Zoom Conference. You will be allowed to be enrolled in courses after June 7th.

If you have any questions about paperwork or any other International Student requirements, please visit the Office of International Program's page: https://uttyler.edu/oip/international-student-orientation.php .

Please contact us at orientation@uttyler.edu with any further questions and concerns.

What is the purpose of Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

New Patriot Orientation will:

  • Inform new students of campus policies and procedures.
  • Prepare students to make reasoned and well-informed choices.
  • Get students advised and registered for courses.
  • Foster a sense of community by connecting incoming students to current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide academic and student engagement resources to support students' transition to UT Tyler.

What is the Freshman New Patriot Orientation schedule?

All registered students will receive an email the week prior to their orientation session. This email will include check-in times, campus map and information on where to go once you arrive on campus. Students and guests should plan to be at orientation from 8:00 am Day 1 until 5:00 pm on Day 2. As a part of our paperless initiative, we will be utilizing an app for our orientation schedule, and you will receive information about how to download it prior to attending your session.

Orientation is MANDATORY for all first time-full time college students with less than 30 credit hours (not including dual credit). The student needs to prepare to be involved in the entire orientation session to receive credit for attending.

 What should I wear to New Patriot Orientation?

Be prepared to travel to different places around our beautiful campus. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for being outside at times. Suggested attire might be sneakers, shorts or loose pants, and a short-sleeved shirt. The buildings can be cold so we also suggest bringing a jacket.

Can parents and family members attend Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Yes! We encourage students to invite their parents/family members to attend New Patriot Orientation. The orientation schedule will feature presentations geared towards parents/family members.

Please make sure you register and pay for your parents/family members and guests by contacting Student Business Services at 903.566.7227.

Do I need to attend the entirety of Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Freshman New Patriot Orientation is mandatory for all first time- full time students with less than 30 credit hours (not including dual credit).  It is important to attend all of the services that are provided at the program. 

Will I register for my classes at Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Advising and registration will take place as part of the orientation schedule.  On day 1 you will be advised and register for classes as a group.  On day 2, you will have an individual appointment with your advisor on or after orientation.  In order to have an individual appointment, the following questionnaire must be completed:  Please click-here to complete the questionnaire.  

Bring the following to your orientation advising sessions. You will need these items for your advising sessions.

  • Your UT Tyler username and password (write these down in case you forget or have your password saved on your home computer)
  • List of your AP, IB, and dual credit courses (make sure to list the specific course – not history but GOVT 2306: Texas Politics, not English but ENGL 1301: Grammar and Composition I)
  • Test Scores – TSI, ACT, SAT, AP, and/or IB
  • Unofficial high school transcript (this allows us to see exactly what courses you’ve taken)
  • Unofficial transcript from the community college or university for your dual credit grades
  • Send your current Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record (if not already sent to UT Tyler)
  • Completed Financial Agreement Form in myUTTyler (we cannot get you registered for classes if you do not have this done)

How do I change my Freshman New Patriot Orientation session?

Students can change their orientation session by emailing orientation@uttyler.edu (from their patriot account). Staff will review request and notify you when the change has been made. 

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