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Orientation FAQs

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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 30, you must provide proof of evidence for the meningitis vaccination:

Effective January 1, 2010, a bacterial meningitis vaccination is required by Texas state law for any student new on campus who is residing in on-campus housing for the Spring 2010 semester or a later semester. It is also recommended that all other students consider receiving the bacterial meningitis vaccination. Additional information on this requirement, including proof and other issues relating to possible exemptions, is available at the immunization section of the UNT Health Center's website.

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 are not required to attend orientation. You need to apply for admission through the Graduate School and contact your academic department for advising.

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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 freshmen), 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 deferment to students who have applied for financial aid and have met certain eligibility requirements. To request a Fee Deferment Form, contact Robin.Spicer@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, login at http://my.unt.edu 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 mailing in their registration forms or 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 e-mails are also sent to a student's UNT account 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 at my.unt.edu. To log in to my.unt.edu 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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Accommodations

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 transfer orientation brochure. A nominal fee is assessed for parent orientation programming.

To register, freshman parents should use this form. Transfer/summer parents should use this form.

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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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