2021 Freshman Orientation - Safety Plan Program Format
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:00 | Written for: Orientation and Transition Programs - Freshman Orientation
Welcome class of 2025!
We are so excited to welcome you to the Mean Green Family and to the University of North Texas community! Our team is working hard to prepare for your summer orientation experience, and we know you likely have questions about what to expect at orientation.
In response to COVID-19, UNT is offering new students the option to choose between a virtual or in-person orientation experience. For freshmen, both programs are scheduled over the course of 2 days.
Students choosing the virtual orientation format will participate in Zoom sessions during their orientation experience. Students will meet with a small group, attend large group sessions, and meet with an academic advisor all through Zoom at designated times during orientation. A complete schedule will be sent to you leading up to your program. You should plan to participate in virtual orientation from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST both days.
Students participating in the in-person orientation program will attend all sessions on the UNT Denton campus. Our university events and safety committee has outlined some expectations and guidelines for program implementation in response to COVID-19 and here is what you should expect:
All individuals participating in an in-person orientation program must have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the first day of the program or have documentation that they tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of the start of their program. Students will be required to submit documentation in advance of their orientation session.
In addition, all individuals participating in an in-person freshman orientation program will be required to get a COVID-19 test at the start of the program. Our Student Health and Wellness Center will provide this test for free when you arrive to orientation and you will receive your results in approximately 15 minutes. You will not leave your car to receive this test. Students will be sent detailed information about this test closer to their orientation date.
To be exempt from the testing requirement, you can voluntarily provide proof that you are fully vaccinated. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the 2nd dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Orientation participants who do not voluntarily provide proof of vaccination will be required to get a COVID-19 test at the start of the program.
Parents and guests participating in the Parent and Family Orientation program are also required to provide documentation of a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the program. Documents must be shown at check-in. If a guest does not have a record of a negative COVID-19 test, they will be required to get a COVID-19 test at the start of the program through a similar process as students. Pre-registration is required for parents and families, and no walk-ins will be accepted. Register now on our Freshman Parent and Family Orientation page.
Students will be assigned a specific check-in time between 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on the first day of orientation. You will be asked to arrive as close to your assigned check-in time as possible to help us avoid large crowds.
We encourage non-vaccinated individuals to wear masks for the duration of the program. One will be provided if needed.
All participants will be assigned a small group leader and will participate in small group meetings with 10-15 other students.
Students attending the in-person freshman orientation will stay overnight in one of our campus residence halls. Roommates will be assigned by student small groups.
We will not accept walk-ins for any of our programs this summer due to the safety measures in place. All participants must be pre-registered for orientation. This includes our Parent and Family Orientation program.
There is an additional programming fee for in-person freshman orientation sessions. When you sign up for orientation, all freshmen pay $105. Students attending the in-person orientation will be assessed an additional $75 fee to their student account to pay for the in-person program components, including your room and meals. Information about this additional fee was on the MyUNT portal when you signed up for orientation, and it is also explained on our Freshman Orientation webpage.
To help answer questions that you may have, we organized a Q&A webinar about summer orientation.