First Flight Week

First Flight is UNT's official welcome program. This week is designed to help new students begin their college experience on the right foot. From programs that prepare you for the upcoming educational opportunities to programs where you get to let loose and meet fellow peers, there is something for everyone!

First Flight Week 2016

Sunday, August 21 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

All new freshman students are required to participate in First Flight Week. On Mean Green Move-In Day (Sunday, August 21) you will move in to your residence hall home and check in for First Flight Week from 9:00am - 4:00pm at your residence hall. Participation in First Flight Week is required and attendance will be taken at all First Flight events. 


First Flight Week check-in will be available from 9:00am - 4:00pm at all your residence hall. Please make sure you are checking in at the front desk of your hall for your residence hall room key, and also for First Flight attendance. Additional information will be emailed to you to your UNT email address in early August.

Commuter Students

Commuter students can check in for First Flight on Sunday, August 21 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm at the UNT Coliseum, Gate A.

Late Check-In

Late check-in will be available in the Orientation and Transition Programs office (University Union, Suite 377) Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8:00am - noon.



Housing is not provided during First Flight Week. Freshman students living on campus are expected to move in to their fall residence hall home on Sunday, August 21 on Mean Green Move-In Day (link). Commuter students will be expected to commute to campus each day from their home location.


All UNT students are expected to make their own parking and transportation arrangements. Parking rules and regulations will be in affect during First Flight Week. If you plan to park on campus, it is recommended that you purchase a campus parking permit. Information about permits can be found on the UNT Parking & Transportation website (link).


Students driving to campus should refer to the Google Maps for driving directions. The office of Orientation and Transition Programs does not provide shuttles to and from the airport. Students flying into either DFW or Love Field airport are encouraged to make alternative arrangements.


Meal plans begin on Monday, August 22. Lunch and dinner will be provided on campus on Sunday, August 21, but after that date students are expected to use their campus meal plan. If you are a commuter student, or don't have a meal plan, please ask your First Flight Leader for meal tickets.

The following dining halls will be open during First Flight Week:

Disability Accommodations

Students who intend to register with the Office of Disability Accommodation (ODA) under the terms of ADA/504, or who request accommodations during First Flight Week should contact ODA two weeks prior to First Flight week by calling 940-565-4323, TTY callers 1-800-RELAY TX. Visit the ODA website at

First Flight Expectations

TIME Speaker Kick-Off Event

The official kick-off to First Flight Week is the TIME Speaker. All freshman students are expected to be at the UNT Coliseum at 4:30pm on Sunday, August 21 for a BBQ dinner and opening program of welcome week.


Small Group Meetings

Similar to orientation, students are assigned to a small group during First Flight Week. Small group leaders are also known as First Flight Leaders. Small groups meet throughout the week to help build connections among students, introduce new material, and reflect on experiences throughout the week.


University 101, Student Life Time, and Library Presentation

Students will attend University 101, Student Life Time, and the Library Presentation with their First Flight Leader. Each group will have a designated time to attend each event scheduled Monday - Wednesday.


Special Interest Sessions

Students must attend 1 Special Interest Session during First Flight Week. These sessions allow you to get to know the academic leaders on campus and learn something cool along the way!


College Day

Feeling a connection to your college or school is critical to your success. On College Day you will get to know academic leaders and some of the key resources from your college.


New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation serves as your official academic kick-off to the upcoming year. This event will include all of the President's cabinet members, deans, and other faculty and staff. It will culminate with the official pinning of new students with an eagle lapel pin to be work at graduation.


First Flight Programs

In order for students to make First Flight their own, by the end of the week you must attend a total of 7 First Flight Programs in the following categories:

My Prep

Being prepared for college level work is your first step to a successful year. What you may need in terms of preparation will vary by student. Throughout the week you must attend 3 programs in this category.

My Life

On a campus UNT’s size, opportunities to engage in campus life are abundant. Take time this week to connect with your peers, figure out ways you want to be involved on campus, and immerse yourself in the spirit and traditions! Throughout the week you must attend 2 programs in this category.

My Health and Wellness

Cultivating a lifestyle that embraces ideas of health and wellness are keys to your happiness and success in college. Throughout the week you must attend 1 program in this category.

My Future

Although graduation is still 4 years away, the actions you make today will impact your future. Throughout the week you must attend 1 program in this category.

Find a list of programs and their descriptions on our Guidebook app!

First Flight Schedule

During First Flight Week, stop by the office of Orientation and Transition Programs, Union 377, to pick up a program book OR download our guide on the Guidebook App. If you have a smart phone, download the free app titled "Guidebook" in your App Store. In the app, search for our program guide titled: UNT First Flight Week 2016 (available now!).

You can also download a pdf of the First Flight program book here. Printed copies will be available to all new freshman on move-in day.

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, August 21

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM First Flight Check In various locations
4:30 PM First Flight BBQ UNT Coliseum
5:00 PM First Flight Opening Ceremonies UNT Coliseum
5:15 PM TIME Speaker UNT Coliseum
6:30 PM Small Group Meeting 1 various campus locations


Monday, August 22

9:00 AM University 101/ Library Presentation/ Student Life Time Rotation follow your schedule track
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Small Group Meeting 2/ Lunch follow your schedule track
throughout the day First Flight Programs and Special Interest Sessions See the Guidebook app.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner Meet your small group!


Tuesday, August 23

9:00 AM University 101/ Library Presentation/ Student Life Time Rotation follow your schedule track
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Small Group Meeting 3/ Lunch follow your schedule track
throughout the day First Flight Programs and Special Interest Sessions See the Guidebook app.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner Meet your small group!


Wednesday, August 24

9:00 AM University 101/ Library Presentation/ Student Life Time Rotation follow your schedule track
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Small Group Meeting 4/ Lunch follow your schedule track
throughout the day First Flight Programs and Special Interest Sessions See the Guidebook app.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner Meet your small group!


Thursday, August 25

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM College Day See the Guidebook app.
12:00 PM Lunch Meet your First Flight Leader after College Day!
throughout the day First Flight Programs See the Guidebook app.
2:30 PM Small Group Meeting 5 various campus locations
4:00 PM New Student Convocation UNT Coliseum


Friday, August 26

throughout the day First Flight Programs and Special Interest Sessions See the Guidebook app.


Saturday, August 27

throughout the day First Flight Programs See the Guidebook app.


Sunday, August 28

throughout the day First Flight Programs See the Guidebook app.



First Flight Week Frequently Asked Questions

These frequently asked questions are for First Flight only. Spring Soar (spring semester welcome week) is not a required program.

Is First Flight mandatory?

Yes, First Flight is a required program for all new freshmen as it is an integral part to your transition to the University. First Flight is UNT’s official welcome week program.  Attendance will be taken at all First Flight events throughout the week.

When does First Flight begin?

All new freshmen must check in for First Flight on Sunday, August 21 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on campus. Once you check in, regardless of if you live on campus or will be commuting to campus, you should plan to spend the week at UNT. Commuter students will need to commute back and forth each day to First Flight events.

What is required of me to attend First Flight?

First Flight consists of a series of events all geared toward starting your first semester on the right foot. Ultimately, by the end of First Flight, we want you to feel prepared, have a sense of what a healthy college lifestyle looks like, feel connected to the university community, and already be thinking about your future! Click here to see the full schedule.

Why is First Flight required?

The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you’ll be making every day of your undergraduate career—whether to attend class or not, whether to meet with your academic adviser or not, or whether to get involved in student activities. Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending First Flight will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with the UNT and build a sense of community…before your first semester starts. First Flight is the University’s way of ensuring you have a purposeful start to your college journey.

What if I need an exemption?

We understand that some students may have conflicts during First Flight and may wish to be excused from some or all programming. On occasion, Orientation and Transition Programs may grant exemptions to students who demonstrate conflicts that are deemed sufficient to warrant an exemption. Requests for exemptions are due by August 1. Fill out the online form below to submit your exemption. You will receive a response from an Orientation and Transition Programs staff member before First Flight Week begins on if your exemption was approved.
Examples of potentially warranted exemptions include, but are not limited to, medical need, dependent child care, severe illness, unexpected family emergencies, or active military duty.

First Flight Week Exemption Request

Is there a Make-Up Policy?

Yes. If you miss any part of First Flight you will be required to meet with a staff member from the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs in addition to completing make-up activities. Specific information will be sent to your UNT email account following First Flight week, should you not attend.

Does First Flight conflict with Eagle Camp?

No. First Flight does not conflict with Eagle Camp. Eagle Camp is scheduled for Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14, 2016 (before First Flight Week).

When do I move in?

Sunday, August 21. Visit the Housing and Residence Life website for more information about Mean Green Move In Day.


First Flight Leaders

What is a First Flight Leader (FFL)?

First Flight Leaders are mentors or guides to new freshman during First Flight Week. All FFL’s will be expected to facilitate small group meetings with a group of 10-15 new students, encourage participation in campus events during First Flight, and serve as a positive role model of a successful student at UNT. 


Join The First Flight Leader Team!

Leaders for First Flight 2016 have been selected. Thank you for your interest in this leadership position.

Mandatory Training

First Flight Leaders are expected to attend a mandatory training session on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9am - 3pm.

Time Commitment

First Flight Leaders should plan to spend First Flight Week on campus. Below are the scheduled times First Flight Leaders will leader their group of new students. Please note this schedule is subject to change. 

Sunday, August 21 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, August 22 8:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday, August 23 8:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday, August 24 8:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday, August 25 8:00am - 5:00pm


Frequently Asked Questions

When are First Flight Leader interviews?

information coming soon!

When is First Flight Leader training?

Summer training will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Plan to arrive on campus for the fall semester prior to that Saturday.

Do I need to attend all programs during First Flight Week?

We are asking that First Flight Leaders are available Sunday, August 21 - Thursday, August 25, 2016. The FFL team will have responsibilities throughout First Flight Week so we ask that you keep those dates available.

Is the First Flight Leader a paid position?

Unfortunately, no. We anticipate hiring 250 leaders on the team in a volunteer capacity. While this position is not paid, you will receive invaluable training and make connections with other students and staff on campus opening the doors to future opportunities.

If I want to be a part of the RLA team (Housing and Residence Life), can I apply to be a FFL?

Yes. Always check with your supervisor first, but Housing and Orientation and Transition Programs will be working with both schedules to accommodate these very important leadership positions.

Additional questions?

Contact Stephanie Brown, Director of Orientation and Transition Programs, at 

Spring Soar 2017

Tuesday, January 17 - Saturday, January 21, 2017

Spring Soar is UNT's welcome week program for students beginning their college career in the spring semester. Spring Soar is a week of events hosted on campus designed to help you with your transition to UNT.

The Spring Soar 2017 schedule will be available December 2016.

Share your Spring Soar photos with @UNT_OTP on Twitter!

Orientation and Transition Programs will be giving away prizes all week to students that tweet their photos attending Spring Soar events using the hashtag #SpringSoar2016. Make sure to follow us to get up to date information about all that is going on during Spring Soar!