Family Orientation

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Welcome, Class of 2025, to the Longhorn family! 

UT Austin respects the important role our students’ parents/families have played in their journeys to becoming Longhorns and recognizes that there is still exciting work ahead. 

As your student sets out to change the world in the coming undergraduate years through academic and non-academic endeavors, it is important for you to become informed and connected in a way that will reinforce a sense of family support while your Longhorn is at UT and you are back at home, regardless of home’s proximity to campus.

The Texas Parents department has developed multiple tools to help you do just that including a March-August monthly series of eNewsletters called Next Steps, a mailed New Parent Guide and a robust Online Family Orientation program (separate from your student’s orientation program). Each tool builds upon the other to offer content that helps you help your student successfully transition to from high school to the first day of the fall semester.

As social distancing and on-campus space density recommendations continue, our priority remains the health and safety of our community. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Family Orientation will be conducted fully online for summer 2021. Online Family Orientation is a robust series of pre-recorded content from university leadership, faculty, students, staff and parent volunteers released over a four-week period, This format offers flexibility with work and home obligations while giving families information that helps them help their student make a successful transition to the start of the fall semester. 

What's Next:
Register for Online Family Orientation! Learn more about the registration process here