Transfer Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is required to attend New Student Orientation?

    All new students admitted to UTRGV are required to attend an orientation session.  Students who do not attend and complete a session will not be allowed to register for classes.
  • Why is orientation necessary?

    UTRGV is committed to your success and believes that NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION establishes the foundation for this.  Studies have shown that students attending orientation programs have higher GPA's and retention rates than those who do not.

  • Can I meet with an academic advisor before orientation?

    Academic Advisors are available to new students only during scheduled orientation times.

  • Do I have to attend the entire program?

    Yes, you are expected to attend all sessions at orientation in order to register for classes.

  • What if I am unable to attend any of the orientation sessions?

    Please call 956-665-2506 or 956-882-7624 to discuss orientation options.

  • Can I just show up to orientation without making a reservation?

    Spacing is limited for each orientation session so we may not be able to accommodate you.  We highly encourage all students to reserve in advance to secure a spot. 

  • How do I register for an Orientation session?

    Registration for New Student Orientation is done online at You will need your UTRGV username and password to log in.

  • Can I change to a session that is already closed?

    No.  Space is limited for each session.  You may change sessions without penalty provided space is available. 

  • How do I cancel my NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION reservation?

    You can cancel and reschedule your reservation at

  • When will I receive confirmation of my orientation reservation?

    Orientation confirmations are sent shortly after you reserve online to your UTRGV student email.

  • What do I do if I have not received my confirmation material?

    If you do not receive your confirmation email, contact us at or call 956-665-2506 or 956-882-7624.

  • What is the schedule for the orientation program?

    New student orientation is a full day program from 8am – 5 pm.  You will get your V OneCard (student ID), hear from our student services areas, student organizations, be provided information about advisement, register for courses, get your class schedule, become familiar with our Vaquero spirit and traditions, and meet new friends!  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

  • Where and when do I check-in?

    In your confirmation email, you will receive information about where and when to check-in and if you provided a cell phone number and opted in to text messaging, you will also receive a check in location reminder a few days prior to your orientation date.

  • Who should I contact if I have a disability?

    If you have a disability and require an accommodation (i.e. sign language interpreter services, information in alternate format, and other), please indicate this during the reservation process or contact us at or call 956-665-2506 or 956-882-7624.

  • What should I bring to orientation?

    The first TWO items must be submitted before your orientation session.

    1. Submit Proof of Bacterial      Meningitis Vaccination:
      • All new       students under the age of 22 are required to submit evidence of receiving       the bacterial meningitis vaccination (administered within the past five       years) before you can enroll. Students will not be allowed to register       without providing proof of meningitis vaccination or exemption.
    2. Submit your TSI Scores.
    3. Bring Two Forms of Valid Identification      with You:
      • Examples       of what to bring: Driver’s License, Military ID, State issued ID card       and/or a Passport/VISA, original Social Security Number card, original       Voter Registration card, a credit card and/or an Employee ID/Badge.
    4. Wear Comfortable Shoes:
      • You will       be doing a lot of walking around the UTRGV campus so be as comfortable as       possible; do not forget to bring your best smile too!
  • Where should I park for orientation?

    Your reservation confirmation will include parking information and if you provided a cell phone number and opted in to text messaging, you will also receive a parking and check in location reminder a few days prior to your orientation date.

  • Are family members required to attend?

    UTRGV offers a Family Orientation.  When students register for orientation, they will have the option to add the names of two family members that will join them. Please note that family members must attend on the same day the student registers to attend orientation. There is no fee to attend, but there is a limit of two family members per student. In order to focus on the presentations, we advise that you leave small children at home. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

  • Is there a fee for attending a New Student Orientation?

    There is a $75.00 non-refundable fee for New Student Orientation. You do not have to pay the fee before you attend orientation, however, you can either pay it online in ASSIST before the event, in person at the Bursar’s Office, allow your financial aid to pay for the fee, or have it applied to your tuition and fee billing statement.

  • Can you waive the New Student Orientation fee?

    No, there is no waiver for the New Student Orientation fee.

  • When do classes start?

    For a list of important dates, please go to and under Resources click on Arcademic Calendar.

  • Who do I contact about my financial aid?

    For questions about financial aid, please contact or 888-882-4026.

  • Who do I contact about housing and dining information?

    For questions about student housing and residence life, please contact or 956-665-3439 (Edinburg) and 956-882-7191 (Brownsville).

  • Is there any way to see if I have any holds prior to attending New Student Orientation?

    Yes. You can check your holds on You will need your UTRGV username and password to login.