August Family Orientation

August Family Orientation takes place on Wednesday, August 21.

Online registration closed on Thursday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. (CT). You can still register on the morning-of the program at our Same-Day registration tables in the Student Activity Center. 

Transfer Family Orientation is a separate program from Transfer Student Orientation that introduces you to the university and to its resources. Upon arrival, you and your student will be directed to separate check-in locations. Students will check-in at Jester Residence Hall and families will check-in at the Student Activity Center.

While Family Orientation is optional, we strongly encourage you to attend. You’ll go home feeling more connected to the university and equipped with conversation topics to better support your student as they acclimates to UT Austin.

Below is the abbreviated schedule for the August Family Orientation.




8:00-9:30 a.m.

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Check-In and Longhorn Neighborhood Resource Fair

Welcome Session

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

College Meetings*

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Campus Resource Presentations

Siblings & Children

August Family Orientation is designed for parents and other adult family members; however, younger siblings and relatives may attend. Childcare is not available and children will attend the same programming as adults. Sibling attendees ages 11-18 will have the opportunity to participate in a separate "Future Longhorn" session during the Family Orientation program.


Registration Need-to-Knows:

  • Your incoming student should not register for or attend August Family Orientation as he or she will be attending a separate student orientation concurrently.
  • August Family Orientation and August Student Orientation have separate registration and payment systems.
  • Some college/schools are not participating in August Family Orientation. Due to size and staffing constraints, these colleges/schools prioritize meeting with students during Orientation and are unable to meet with the families. Specific college/schools that will not be participating will be listed when registration opens.
  • The lunch is provided for Family Orientation attendees only. Students will not attend the lunch and are encouraged to eat lunch with fellow Student Orientation attendees. Be sure your student has money to purchase lunch.


Same-Day Registration

If you are unable to register online, you can register on the morning of the program at the Same-Day Registration table during Check-In at Gregory Gym (GRE). Charges can be paid with cash, check or credit card and are as follows:

  • $45 per attendee (ages 11 and older)
  • Children under age 10 are complimentary, but registration is required


Change or Cancel Your Registration

Online registration charges are non-refundable. If you need to change or cancel an existing registration (including adding or removing a registrant), please reply to your registration confirmation email with your desired change.


Parking is not included in the cost of registration and is a separate process facilitated by the Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) office.