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UT Tyler New Patriot Orientation

Freshman Students

What is New Patriot Orientation?
Orientation is an informative and fun 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.

When is New Patriot Orientation?
Orientation for students entering in fall 2015 is during the summer. 

2015 Summer Orientation Dates
June 11-12
June 25-26
July 9-10
July 23-24

How do I register for New Patriot Orientation?
Students and guests may register online.

All students will receive an email and postcard invitation to sign up for orientation.

Where will I stay during New Patriot Orientation?
Students attending New Patriot Orientation will stay on campus at Ornelas Hall, and will need to bring a pillow, towels, toiletries, a sleeping bag or twin sheets with a blanket, and a swim suit for the pool party. 

Parents and other guests will need to make arrangements for their stay in Tyler. For a full listing of hotels in Tyler, please visit

How much does New Patriot Orientation cost?
The cost of orientation is assessed on your student bill. All incoming freshmen will be charged a one-time New Student Programs fee of $75. This fee covers orientation, as well the costs of programming intended to support freshman students during their first year.

The fee for guests attending New Patriot Orientation is $40 per person and $20 for guests 16 and under. To submit payment for 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 in a check or money order to the following address.

Enrollment Services Center

3900 University Blvd. 

Tyler, TX 75799

What will I do at New Patriot Orientation?
New Patriot Orientation will:

  • Inform new students of campus policies and procedures.
  • Help with the academic and social transition to UT Tyler.
  • Prepare students to make reasoned and well-informed choices.
  • Foster a sense of community by acclimating future Patriots to the UT Tyler campus and surrounding community.

What is the New Patriot Orientation schedule?   
All registered students will receive an email the week prior to their orientation. This email will include a detailed schedule, campus map and information on where to go once you arrive on campus.

A tentative schedule of orientation activities may be viewed online. Please note that an official printed schedule be provided during check-in. 

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 family members attend New Patriot Orientation?
Yes! Please make sure you register your guests. 

Do I need to attend all the New Patriot Orientation activities?
Yes. If you attend orientation it is important to attend all of the activities offered.

Will I register for my classes at New Patriot Orientation?
Advising and registration is offered before students attend orientation. In fact, all new students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to attending orientation. To set up your advising and registration appointment please call the Academic Advising Center at 903.565.5718.