Five Key Steps to Take
Now that you have been admitted, here are some suggestions to help you prepare
1) Frequently Visit Your MyStatus Page
MyStatus—where you checked your application status and received your admissions decision—is your official campus resource. All university communications will be on your dashboard. Check it often to make sure that you see any and all important notifications!
MyStatus will also inform you about important next steps to move forward with your enrollment at UT Austin, like how to:
- Accept your admission: This is the first step in moving forward with your enrollment including New Student Orientation and On-Campus Housing.
- Make plans to attend New Student Orientation: Orientation is mandatory for all entering freshman and highly recommended for external transfer students. If personal obligations require specific orientation dates, you should sign up for a session as soon as possible. Sessions fill quickly on a first-come, first-served basis.
Specific links for remote Orientation will be sent to your email.
Please be sure to create your UT email address and update your contact information using the MyStatus page.
- Check your housing status: A complete admissions application is required to apply for housing. Students must accept their admission before receiving a housing contract.
- Check your financial aid status: You can check your MyStatus page for details.
Wondering about academic advisor assignments?
On your way into Natural Sciences, you may be asking: “Who is my advisor?” Advisor assignments are typically made during the first two weeks of your first semester in the College of Natural Sciences. You will also meet remotely with an academic advisor during Orientation to discuss your first semester courses and registration.
2) Prepare for Orientation
- Download the Zoom app. Instructions for Zoom at UT.
- Download the Duo app to help you access resources at UT Austin.
- Look up your Degree Plan.
- Complete your pre-advising worksheet that is included in your Advising appointment email,
- Explore this CNS Website.
- Check Course Prerequisites.
- Review your Incoming Credit (dual, transfer, AP/IB).
- Explore your options for a BS vs. BSA degree, and watch the short informational video.
- View the Course Schedule. Students can view course availability, prerequisites and flags in the course schedule.
- Await word about readiness assessments. You will receive information from CNS about your College Readiness requirements.
Please do not take any readiness assessments until we notify you of the requirements specific to your incoming class!
3) Register for Courses During New Student Orientation
Many freshman courses will appear to be closed: Don't worry!
- You will be able to register for courses that you need.
- Flexibility with your schedule options is highly encouraged.
- We have reserved seats especially for you, which will open prior to your registration.
Find out more information about how to register for classes by visiting the Student Registration page.
Registration Requirements and Steps
- In order to register for classes, you must first meet remotely with your academic advisor to clear your advising registration hold.
- All entering freshmen and external transfer students will meet with an academic advisor remotely and register for classes at New Student Orientation.
4) Pay Your Tuition
How do you pay for classes? Visit the registrar's Paying Tuition and Fees web page.
If you intend to utilize your Federal Financial Aid package, you must confirm your enrollment. Please make sure that you complete this step to avoid registration issues.
5) Get to Know Us Before Classes Begin
- Familiarize yourself with the Campus Layout and Building Abbreviations. Google maps is still a work in progress; we recommend using the UT Campus Map App.
- Plan to participate in Reading Round-Up, if you're an entering first-year student. This is a great chance to talk in depth with a faculty member! Registration opens in June.
- Familiarize yourself with Quest and Canvas. These online platforms will introduce you to your instructors, teach you how to navigate your courses and provide support when you have questions. You will access Quest this summer for your College Readiness packages and Canvas will be used for CNS Orientation.
- Pay a virtual visit to campus and Austin. In addition to downloading the campus map app, you can practice getting to know your way around from anywhere with a virtual tour of campus.
- Identify any student organizations you are interested in learning more about when you arrive on campus.
Information for Admitted Students
For newly admitted students, check out the Info for Admitted Students to UT Austin for a pre-orientation checklist with to-do tasks, deadlines and more in one place.