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Orientation and Transition Programs


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 19 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. 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.

When do I move in? 

Sunday, August 19. Visit the Housing and Residence Life website for more information about Mean Green Move In Day.