Orientation & Transitioning


Orientation is your first step in successfully transitioning to UNT. All new undergraduate students are required to attend an orientation session. For freshmen, orientation is a 3-day experience designed to help students and families become acclimated to the university. For transfer students, orientation is a 1-day experience with the same goal.

About Orientation

During orientation, you will have the chance to meet with faculty and staff from your respective college or school, new classmates, and current students. Orientation is a time for you to learn about campus resources, receive academic advising in preparation for registering for classes, and learn about UNT's traditions! You will leave orientation with a class schedule for the upcoming semester.

New graduate students can learn more about your orientation options by clicking here.

How to Register for Orientation

To register for an orientation session, log in at http://my.unt.edu with your EUID and password. Once logged in, click Student Center, then Register for Orientation. Register early as sessions fill up quickly. If you have questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Additional Resources

Pre-Orientation Homework

Prior to attending orientation, all new freshman are asked to complete pre-orientation homework to explore personal traits, interests and skills, and select a major. Although we realize some of you have already selected a major, this process can also help confirm your choice.

Pre-Orientation Homework will be available to new freshman students beginning May 1. 

Log on to Blackboard Learn at learn.unt.edu with your EUID (example: abc1234) and password. On the top menu bar, select "organizations" and then your pre-orientation homework should be visible. Your homework is due before your orientation session.

Students are uploaded to the Pre-Orientation Homework site on a weekly basis beginning Friday, May 1.


ENGAGE is an assessment that measures personal and academic skills necessary for success in college. All freshman students need to complete this survey PRIOR to checking in for orientation. This survey is a simple way for us to understand how you are feeling about starting college at UNT this fall. As you respond to the survey, be honest; there are no right or wrong responses. To complete ENGAGE, click here.

Texas Success Initiative — State Requirements

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state statute requiring all undergraduate students - new students, transfer students, and international students - who enter a Texas public institution of higher education to either: (A) Demonstrate readiness for college level reading, writing, and mathematics before enrolling in college level academic coursework by achieving the statutory threshold(s) on the state approved readiness assessment or (B) Meet one of the conditions for exemption from the testing requirement. Students must satisfy all TSI requirements before receiving a baccalaureate degree. Students who do not meet TSI requirements must complete developmental coursework to attain TSI compliance.

All first-year and transfer students coming into the University of North Texas must have completed TSI testing or have a documented exemption before registering for classes. Your registration will be delayed if TSI status cannot be determined before your orientation session.

Exemptions: Students are exempt from readiness testing if any of these exemption categories apply. If you are TSI Exempt, please send appropriate documentation to the Learning Center.

If Not Exempt: UNT only accepts scores from the TSI Assessment for assessment purposes. The state-approved TSI Assessment measures college-level readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing. Minimum score thresholds required to demonstrate college readiness in each subject area.

Learning Center
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305038
Denton, TX 76203-5217
Phone: 940.369.7006 
Fax: 940.369.8394
E-mail: academic.readiness@unt.edu

Placement Testing

Math Placement

The Department of Mathematics will not place students into courses at or above the level of Calculus I (Math 1710) without prerequisite credit. Some examples of prerequisite credit include: scores of 3 or better on the Calculus AB or BC Advanced Placement Exam, a score of 5 or better on the higher-level IB mathematics exam, and dual credit in mathematics courses with Texas Common Course Numbers: Math 2312 or 2412.  If you would like to take Calculus I as your initial course and do not have prior prerequisite credit, you will be required to take the placement assessment. If your major requires Calculus I, then you are strongly encouraged to take the placement assessment.

Visit the Math Department website for more information about Math Placement.

Math Courses by Major (pdf)


Foreign Language Placement and Exam for Credit

Students taking the Foreign Language Placement Exam may earn up to 12 hours of foreign language credit. The exam may be taken only once per language. Many degrees at UNT require some level of proficiency in a foreign language. Review your degree requirements at catalog.unt.edu to see if a foreign language is required. 

Exams for placement and/or credit are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

The foreign language placement/credit exam will be available each orientation session. For more information, contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures at 940-565-2404.

Music Meeting During Orientation

All students who are not music majors but are interested in being involved with the College of Music during their time at UNT should plan to attend the music session during orientation to find out more about music minors, music classes for non music majors, auditioning for any of the performance groups, and the possibility of taking private lessons for the fall semester. We will also have information on applying and auditioning to be a music major available at this meeting. This session will be the morning of day 3. Students who have successfully auditioned for the College of Music do not attend this session.

Anyone considering auditioning for a band, choir, or orchestra should also attend this session at this time. The information session will be available each orientation session. You will receive a schedule with specific times and locations at check in.

AP Music Theory credit is not accepted at UNT; however, there are opportunities just prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters to receive credit by exam for Theory 1, 2, and Aural Skills 1 and 2. Click here for more information.

About Freshman Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of North Texas, and welcome to the Class of 2019!

We are proud that you have chosen to become a member of our growing UNT family! In order to assist you with your transition to UNT, all new students are required to attend an orientation session. Orientation is a 3-day experience designed to help students and families become acclimated to the university.

During orientation, you will have the chance to meet with faculty and staff, meet your new classmates, connect with current students, learn about university resources, and receive academic advising in preparation for registering for classes. You will leave orientation understanding our university's spirit and traditions, as well as what to expect as you embark on your college experience.


Freshman Orientation Dates

Summer/Fall 2015

Freshman 1 Monday, June 15 - Wednesday, June 17 - session closed due to capacity
Freshman 2 Sunday, June 21 - Tuesday, June 23 - session closed due to capacity
Freshman 3 Wednesday, June 24 - Friday, June 26 - session closed due to capacity
Freshman 4 Monday, July 6 - Wednesday, July 8 - session closed due to capacity
Freshman 5 Sunday, July 12 - Tuesday, July 14
Freshman 6 Wednesday, July 15 - Friday, July 17
Freshman 7   Monday, July 27 - Wednesday, July 29
Freshman 8* Tuesday, August 18 - Wednesday, August 19

*Freshman 8 is reserved for out-of-state students and will be open to all students beginning July 1. Out-of-state students should call the office of Orientation and Transition Programs at 940-565-4198 to register for this session prior to July 1. Out-of-state students, however, still have the option to attend earlier orientation sessions.

Attending orientation secures your commitment to UNT and your opportunity to register for classes. We encourage you to register for orientation as soon as possible.


How to Register for Orientation

To register for an orientation session, log in at my.unt.edu with your EUID and password. Once logged in, click Student Center, then Register for Orientation. Register early as sessions fill up quickly.


Orientation Fee

The fee for Freshman Orientation is $180 before May 1. After May 1, the fee increases to $200.

The Orientation Fee includes lodging, meals (dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 3), materials, t-shirt, staffing, administrative costs, and year-long orientation activities.

NOTE: Orientation Fees are non-refundable.  To view our policy, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Orientation Housing

Part of the orientation experience is staying in the residence halls. Orientation participants in sessions 1-7 will reside in Maple Hall (1621 W. Maple Street) and assigned a roommate. Students attending orientation are required to spend both nights in the residence hall. Housing is not provided during session 8.


Parking & Transportation

Individuals attending orientation should park in the "R" lot #27 at the corner of Avenue D and Maple Street. We recommend that you place your orientation confirmation card in the dashboard of your car to show proof of orientation registration. If you have misplaced your confirmation card, please print the confirmation email that will be sent the week leading up to your orientation session. 

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.


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 their orientation session, should check the appropriate boxes on their orientation registration materials. In addition, please contact ODA two weeks prior to your orientation date by calling 940-565-4323, TTY callers 1-800-RELAY TX. Visit the ODA website at www.unt.edu/oda.


Additional Resources

About Transfer Orientation

In order to assist you with your transition to UNT, all new students are required to attend an orientation session. For transfer students, orientation is a 1-day experience. All students are required to participate in all orientation activities. Plan to be on campus until 5:00 PM.

Orientation Dates

Summer/Fall 2015

The sessions listed below are for new transfer students, and freshman students who plan to enroll in summer school at UNT.

Orientation Session Date
Early Eagle/Summer 1  Friday, May 8 - session closed due to capacity
Drive-In 1/Summer 2 Friday, June 5
Drive-In 2/Summer 3/Eagle Experience  Thursday, July 9
Drive-In 3**  Friday, July 24
Drive-In 4 Friday, July 31
Drive-In 5 Friday, August 7
Drive-In 6 Thursday, August 13
Late Orientation* Friday, August 21

Late Orientation is reserved for out-of-state students and will be open to all students beginning July 1. Out-of-state students should call the office of Orientation and Transition Programs at 940-565-4198 to register for this session prior to July 1.

*Late class registration fee required

**College of Music advising is not available during Transfer Drive-In 3.

Eagle Experience 

Dates: Wednesday, July 8 - Thursday, July 9 (session combines with Drive-In 2/Summer 3)

Time: Check in begins at 3:00 PM at Maple Hall. Students should plan to stay the night at Maple Hall on Wednesday night.

Location: Maple Hall (1621 Maple Street)

Fee: $95 (housing, meals, materials, t-shirt)

Eagle Experience is an overnight orientation for transfer students with 30 or less credit hours. This special orientation session gives students the opportunity to connect with campus and meet fellow transfer students. Students at this session will be paired with a small group leader, participate in campus programming, and have the opportunity to receive a personal campus tour. By signing up to attend this session, you will arrive on campus on Wednesday, July 8 afternoon and stay the night in the residence hall. On Thursday, July 9, you will join the other students who are signing up for Transfer Drive-In 2/Summer 3 for advising and course registration. Questions about this session? Call our office at 940-565-4198 for more information.


Orientation Fee

The fee for Transfer Orientation is $58 before May 1. After May 1, the fee increases to $75.

This fee includes all materials, meals, a t-shirt, staffing, administrative costs, and year-long orientation activities.

NOTE: Orientation Fees are non-refundable.  To view our policy, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


How to Register for Orientation

To register for an orientation session, log in at http://my.unt.edu with your EUID and password. Once logged in, click Student Center, then Register for Orientation. Register early as sessions fill up quickly.

Parking During Orientation

Parking during orientation will be available on campus in P-lots 40, 54, and 55.  Please make sure not to park in reserved or metered parking. Click here for the orientation map (pdf).

Schedule at a Glance

Room locations below are specfic to Spring Orientation.

Time Event Location
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Orientation Check-In Auditorium Building (1401 W. Hickory Street)
9:00 AM Orientation Welcome Auditorium Building
10:00 AM College and School Meetings various campus locations
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Business Leadership Building, Atrium
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

College Success Sessions


1:45 PM College and School Meetings continued various campus locations
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Course Registration computer lab locations (see flip chart)


About Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation is a special program that runs concurrently with Freshman Orientation and Transfer Orientation. The program is optional, but highly encouraged. Through this program, parents have the opportunity to learn about the many offices, services, academic programs UNT has to offer.

While you and your student will have separate itineraries, you will be together several times throughout the experience. Due to the nature of our programs, parents will not be able to attend college meetings, advising sessions, and actual registration. Parents will, however, be able to join their student after registration to help take care of payment if necessary.

What Parents are Saying about the Program

"We thoroughly enjoyed the parent orientation last week; your team did an excellent job. It was informative and we feel a part of UNT now. Our son, had a great time also, he was ready to come 'yesterday'. The weekend validated his decision to attend UNT."

Parents listening to presentation on the first day of Parent Orientation.

"I was impressed with the 'care' factor from all of the faculty and staff we met. We feel as though we are leaving our daughter in excellent hands. Everyone seemed interested in the success of my student and your support of her is impressive! Go Mean Green! We are so thrilled with the large available resources for the students."

"Having all of the information readily available was wonderful, but more importantly, I so appreciate how EVERYONE working on the orientation was so helpful and willing to find answers to my questions."

Orientación familiar

La Orientación Familiar es un programa creada con el propósito de brindarles a las familias información acerca de la universidad. Para obtener más información sobre la orientación familiar, oprima el botón Orientación Familiar.

Area Hotels

Hotel Location Discount
Denton Hampton Inn & Suites 1513 Centre Place Drive, Denton TX UNT Friends and Family Rate ($89 for standard room; $99 for suite)


Register for Parent Orientation

Summer Freshman Parent Orientation  Summer Transfer Parent Orientation Orientacion Familiar

Frequently Asked Questions

See Parent Orientation FAQ (pdf).

Vaccination Statement

Students must have had the bacterial meningitis vaccination and submitted their paperwork to the Admissions Office for processing at least 10 days prior to the 1st class day. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed to move in to their residence hall.

Browse our list of Frequently Asked Questions or select a category below.

Orientation Details

What is orientation and why is it mandatory?

Orientation is a program all undergraduate students must attend prior to enrolling in classes at the University of North Texas. Orientation is the first step to a successful experience at UNT. You will become familiar with academic and other important resources, while receiving academic advising and registering for classes. Orientation is also an opportunity to build relationships with Orientation Leaders, other new students, and various faculty and administrators.

When is orientation?

Orientation for students beginning classes in the fall occurs throughout the summer, from May to August. For students starting school in the spring, orientation occurs in December and January. Students beginning classes in the summer will attend orientation during the summer. Please refer to the Orientation homepage and Orientation brochures for exact dates. If you cannot attend any of the orientations listed, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs at (940) 565-4198.

Are there vaccinations I must turn in prior to orientation?

No, but if you are taking classes on campus and are under the age of 22, you must provide proof of evidence for the meningitis vaccination:

All new students, including transfer students, under the age of 22 must show evidence of receipt of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination (meningococcal meningitis vaccine) dose or booster in the last five years and at least ten days prior to the start of the semester in which the student initially enrolls. For more information on this vaccination, how to submit proof of evidence, and the exemptions, go to healthcenter.unt.edu/immunization-requirements.

Do I need to attend all the Orientation activities?

Yes, students are required to attend all activities and presentations at Orientation. Attendance is crucial in ensuring a successful orientation and to ensure a good start at UNT.

When do I get my UNT ID card?

You will have your UNT ID card made during orientation. Specific times in the orientation schedule have been created for you to have your ID made. Your first ID card is included in your university fees. Lost cards can be replaced for an additional $10.

What do I do after orientation, before I come to school?

After attending orientation, you will want to make sure you have completed your housing and financial aid processes. You will also want to consider purchasing your textbooks.

I am a second Bachelors student; do I need to attend orientation?

Students seeking a second Bachelors degree (post-bacc students) are not required to attend orientation, unless their college/school requires it. Please call the office of Orientation and Transition Programs at 940-565-4198 to see if your college/school requires orientation. The fee for orientation will be waived for post-bacc students.  

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Cost & Payment Options

When do I pay for orientation?

You must provide payment with your reservation in order to secure a spot in an orientation session. Payment can be received in the form of an e-check or credit card. Your space will not be reserved until payment is received.

What does my Orientation fee cover?

Your fee is used for program implementation and staffing, orientation publications, room & board (for freshman), and facilities used during orientation. The fee also provides for year-round orientation programming for all new students.

What if I cannot pay for my orientation?

Financial constraints will not prohibit you from attending orientation. The office of Orientation and Transition Programs offers fee deferments to students who have applied for financial aid and have met certain eligibility requirements. To request a Fee Deferment Form, contact freshman@unt.edu

If I have paid and registered for my orientation session and decide not to attend UNT, is my fee refundable?

All orientation fees are non-refundable, including Parent Orientation fees. If you have an extenuating circumstance, you will need to contact the office of Orientation and Transition Programs at (940) 565-4198.


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How to Register for Orientation

When will I receive materials and be able to register for orientation?

Brochures with specific information regarding orientation are mailed to all ACCEPTED students on the following schedule: Fall admission — brochures will begin to be mailed in February; Spring admission — brochures will begin to be mailed in October; and Summer admission — brochures will be available in February.

When should I register for orientation?

Because all orientation sessions are capped and space is awarded on a first come, first served basis, we strongly encourage you to register for orientation as soon as it becomes available to you.

How do I register for orientation?

Students are required to register for orientation online. To register for an orientation session, logon to MyUNT with your EUID and password and click, "register for orientation." If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the office of Orientation and Transition Programs at (940) 565-4198 for assistance.

Will I get confirmation once I have registered for orientation?

Yes, confirmation cards, with your assigned orientation date, are mailed out on a regular basis. Students should receive a confirmation card a week after registering online. If you do not receive a confirmation card and your orientation date is approaching please call us at (940) 565-4198 to confirm your registration.

Confirmation emails are also sent to a student UNT accounts prior to their orientation session.

Can I change my orientation session?

Yes, if space is available. Please call the office of Orientation and Transition Programs at (940) 565-4198.

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Academic Advising & Course Registration

Will I be academically advised during orientation?

Yes. Academic advisors help all students evaluate previous coursework and plan for their major course of study in order to meet their educational goals. Family members are not allowed to sit in on this session due to facility constraints. However, students are encouraged to consult with family members, if necessary, before registering for classes.

Will I learn how to register for classes and when do I register for my classes?

Yes, you will learn how to register online for classes and will have the opportunity to do so with the help of the Orientation Leader staff at the conclusion of your orientation session.

How and when will I pay for classes?

Your bill will then be available to view and pay in your student center on MyUNT after you have registered for classes.

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounting and Cashiering Services website.

Can I see my class schedule any time?

Yes, you can view your class schedule on MyUNT. To login to MyUNT you will need your EUID and password. If you don't know your EUID or password just click on "What is my EUID?" and it will just take a few minutes to get it all set up before you can log in.

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Where should I call to arrange accommodations for a disability?

Please contact the Office of Disability Accommodation at (940) 565-4323 or TTY (940) 369-8652 at least TWO WEEKS prior to your orientation session.  In addition, please complete the Orientation Accommodation Request Form (pdf).

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Transfer Students

I am a transfer student and already attended a 4-year institution before. Why do I need to attend orientation?

We respect your college experience and understand that you are likely able to navigate a university catalog and schedule of classes. Orientation is designed to acquaint you with UNT's approach to academic success as well as the resources unique to this university.

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Summer Students

If I started school in the summer, do I need to attend another orientation for the fall?

No. You will be considered a continuing student and will follow the regular registration schedule to register for fall classes.

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International Students

I am an international student; do I need to attend orientation?

Yes, international students will attend an international student orientation AND a university orientation. For more information regarding international student orientation, contact the International Office at (940) 565-2197 or www.international.unt.edu/.

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Parent Orientation

Can family members attend Orientation?

Yes. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend the Parent Orientation program that runs concurrently with new student or transfer orientation. Parent Orientation is designed specifically for parents, guardians, and spouses of new students. No programming exists for children; however, they are allowed to attend with you if necessary. Parent and family member registration materials are included in the freshman orientation booklet and the transfer orientation brochure. A nominal fee is assessed for parent orientation programming.

To register, click here

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University of North Texas at Dallas Orientation

I will be attending the Dallas campus. Where do I go for orientation?

Students attending the Dallas campus will be attending orientation at that location. For information on orientation registration for the Dallas campus, please visit the Dallas Campus Orientation website.

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What is an Orientation Leader?

Orientation Leaders are peer mentors who are selected and trained by the University of North Texas to assist with new student transition to UNT.  Orientation Leaders are hired during the fall semester and go through intensive training during the spring and summer.  This unique leadership experience is a great way for students to challenge themselves and evolve into well-rounded student leaders.

Parent Orientation Leaders

Parent Orientation Leaders are student leaders who assist with the Parent Orientation program. This leadership opportunity is open to undergraduate students on the UNT campus. Applications are being accepted now through Monday, April 6. 

Application Steps:

1. Complete the official application (online)

2. Complete the online application through the Career Center. Search for Eagle Network job posting #117401

Additional Information

Parent Orientation Leader job description (pdf)