Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Updates

We are excited to be able to offer students the option of an in-person or virtual orientation experience for 2021! In order to do so, we need to make sure we are being as safe as possible and following university guidelines for program implementation. Please browse our Frequently Asked Questions below for important details about your orientation. Please note that these details could change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and its impacts.

If you have additional questions about orientation, we encourage you to contact us.

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Browse our list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding your orientation.

 

Orientation Details

  • How do I register for orientation?

    Registration for orientation is available through the MyUNT portal at my.unt.edu. Click Advising & Orientation and then Register for Orientation. As orientation sessions reach capacity, they are removed from the site and no longer available for registration. 

    If you need to change your orientation date, email us at freshman@unt.edu or transfer@unt.edu with your student ID number and the date you wish to change to. As long as the session you wish to change to has not reached registration capacity, we will change your orientation session.

    In response to COVID-19, we will not be accepting 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.

  • What is my orientation date?

    For the most up-to-date list of available orientation sessions, log on to your MyUNT student portal. Only sessions with open spaces will be available. Each orientation session has a registration capacity.

    Freshmen

    Each freshman orientation is scheduled over two days for both in-person and virtual sessions. Both options incorporate experiences that encourage students to make connections with their peers as well as meet with faculty and staff, learn about university resources, and receive academic advising in preparation for registering for classes.

    Transfers

    Transfer students have the option of an in-person or virtual session. Transfer students attending an in-person orientation will participate in a welcome session, meet with an advisor, and should leave with their class schedule all in the same day. Virtual transfer orientations span a week to outline when orientation tasks should be completed and do not require logging in for orientation each day.

  • Is there a specific time the virtual orientations will be accessible to me?
    Freshmen

    Freshmen 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.

    Transfers

    The time period for your Virtual Orientation spans a week to outline when your orientation tasks should be completed. You are NOT required to log in for orientation each day. Transfer students will receive an email to their UNT email with information on how to access the virtual orientation. You will receive this email the week of your scheduled orientation session.

  • Will freshmen be provided housing during the in-person orientation?

    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.

    If you need to request an exemption from the housing requirement or roommate assignment for your in-person orientation, please complete the form below.

    Housing Exemption Request Form

  • Can I come to campus outside of my orientation date?

    UNT is currently serving students and guests remotely and in person. View our updated hours of operation on our About Us page.

  • Will we be required to test before coming to an in-person orientation?

    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.

    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 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.

    View the latest updates at the top of the page.

  • If I have already received a vaccine for COVID-19, am I still required to provide the test result for in-person orientation?

    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.

    Information about the document upload process will be sent to you three days prior to the orientation session.

    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. Our Student Health and Wellness Center will provide this test for free when you arrive to orientation and you will receive your test 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.

    Failure to comply with UNT COVID-19 Safety Protocol, failure to show proper documentation, or a positive COVID-19 test will result in the need to reschedule your orientation session.

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    Cost & Payment Options

  • When do I pay for orientation?

    You must provide payment with your reservation to secure a spot in an orientation session. Payment can be made online through your my.unt.edu portal or in the Orientation and Transition Programs office (Union 377). Your space will not be reserved until payment is received. Walk-ins are not permitted.

  • What does my orientation fee cover?

    Your fee is used for program implementation and staffing, orientation publications, all orientation materials (bag, t-shirt, pen, etc.) and facilities used during orientation. The fee also provides for year-round orientation programming for all new students. Students that choose to attend an in-person orientation will have an additional fee posted to their student account after the orientation date. The additional fee covers the costs of meals, rooms, materials and staffing.

  • What if I cannot pay for my orientation?

    Financial constraints will not prohibit you from attending orientation. Students who have applied for financial aid can elect to have their full orientation fee deferred to their student account. To receive a fee deferment for your full orientation fee, complete the form below.

    Fee Deferment Request Form

  • Is there a cost difference for the in-person and virtual orientations?

    Yes. We have reduced our orientation fee for the virtual orientation experience. We know that during this time of uncertainty finances are a great concern. While making the decision to move our programs online, we evaluated our program budget and reviewed the fees that students pay for orientation.

    Summer/Fall 2021
    Freshman
    Freshman Orientation Fee (in-person sessions)  $180 - you will be charged $105 when you sign up for orientation and an additional $75 after your orientation
    Virtual Freshman Orientation Fee $105
    Summer/Transfer
    Transfer Orientation Fee (in-person sessions)  $63 - you will be charged $45 when you sign up for orientation and an additional $18 after your orientation
    Virtual Transfer Orientation Fee $45
  • If I can no longer make my orientation date, am I able to reschedule?

    If you missed your orientation date or need to reschedule, please email us at freshman@unt.edu or transfer@unt.edu with your student ID number and the date you would like to reschedule to. Please refer to the Freshman Orientation page or Transfer Orientation page to see the remaining sessions.

  • If I paid and registered for orientation but decide not to attend UNT, can I cancel my orientation?

    A student can cancel their orientation registration at least 5 business days prior to their scheduled orientation date and receive a full refund. For more information about how to cancel your orientation registration and/or request a refund, please visit our Register for Orientation page.

    If you missed your orientation date or need to reschedule, please email us at freshman@unt.edu or transfer@unt.edu with your student ID number and the date you would like to reschedule to.

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    Academic Advising and Course Registration

  • When will I meet with my advisor?

    Students will have a academic advising session during their orientation date and will be provided more information about their advising appointment during their college/school meetings. Transfer students attending a virtual session are the only exception to this and will be provided information about scheduling an appointment in their confirmation email. All students will receive their confirmation email during the week leading up to the orientation date.

  • What should I do if I want to change my major?

    The confirmation email you receive prior to your orientation session will have a survey for you to complete, asking you to confirm your major. It is common for students to apply to the university intending to major in something and then change their minds prior to or during orientation. The major confirmation survey will help us share information with the colleges and schools to prepare for your academic advising session. 

    Please note, you must be auditioned and accepted into the College of Music before changing your major to Music. 

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    Parent & Family Orientation

  • What will the orientation be like for family members and guests?
    Freshmen

    At this time, we are planning to offer some in-person Freshman Parent & Family Orientation experiences for Summer/Fall 2021 but it is not guaranteed that a student will be able to bring a guest to orientation. Freshmen Parent & Family Orientations will be scheduled during Day 1 of the freshman's orientation. COVID-19 safety restrictions limit the number of guests we can accommodate at each session. As such, students are limited to up to two paid guests at orientation. Guests include, but are not limited to, adults, children, and/or infants. Each guest is $57.00.

    Pre-registration is required for parents and families, and no walk-ins will be accepted.

    Please note that this could change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and its impacts. For updates, please visit our Freshman Parent Orientation page.

    Transfers

    Due to restrictions in place for COVID-19, guests are not permitted at Transfer Orientation programs. Parents and family members have the opportunity to purchase an orientation packet of materials to help support student transition to UNT. Packets include our Parent Handbook, Seasons of Adjustment calendar, Mean Green Family decal, t-shirt, bag, and more! Visit our Transfer Parent Orientation page for more information.

  • Will housing be provided for family members and guests?

    We will not be providing housing for family members and guests participating in the Freshmen Parent & Family Orientations. We recommend searching for the many options around the UNT campus using the Discover Denton local area guide.

  • Will parents participating in the Freshmen Parent & Family Orientations be required to test before coming to campus?

    Parents and guests participating in the Parent and Family Orientation program are 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 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.

    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.


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