Family Orientation Schedule

Registration is now open!

This one-day, in-person, program introduces you to university leadership, professional staff, parent volunteers and current students who will share important information and advice. Upon arrival, you and your student will be directed to separate check-in locations. At the end of the day, you’ll reconnect to enjoy a barbecue dinner (vegetarian option available). Afterwards, you’ll send your Longhorn on their way to complete Freshman Student Orientation.

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 your family continues preparation for the transition in August.

Session Dates

Family Orientation takes place on Monday, the first day of your student's three-day orientation with the exception of Session 5, which will take place on Wednesday, July 6. Click here for more information about college/school presentations by session date. 

Session 1: June 6                Session 4: June 27         Session 7: July 18
Session 2: June 13 Session 5: July 6  
Session 3: June 20 Session 6: July 11  


7-9 a.m.                          Check-in, Longhorn Neighborhood
9:15-9:45 a.m. Welcome Session
10-10:45 a.m. Breakout Choice Session #1
11-11:45 a.m. Breakout Choice Session #2
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1-1:30 p.m. Afternoon Kick-off Session
1:45-3 p.m. College and School Meetings
3:15-4 p.m. Breakout Choice Session #3
4:15-5 p.m. Breakout Choice Session #4
5-6:30 p.m. Come-and-Go BBQ Dinner Buffet with Students and Scholarship Drawing


Registration is now open and is strongly encouraged. The attendance charge covers all-day programming and staffing expenses as well as dinner. Charges can be paid by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) and are as follows:

  • $40 per guest
  • Children 5 years of age and younger are free

You will need your student's UT EID to register. When you register online, you will immediately receive a confirmation email of your session date and payment. Approximately one week before your session, you will receive a reminder email that contains schedule, location and parking information.

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. Charges can be paid with cash, check or credit card and are as follows:

  • $45 per guest
  • Children 5 years of age and younger are free

Change or Cancel Your Registration

All registration charges are non-refundable. If you need to change or cancel an existing registration (including adding or removing a registrant, changing your meal preference or changing your session), 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. PTS will begin sharing parking information closer to the time of Orientation. 

Overnight Accommodations

Students attending Freshman Orientation are required to stay in the Residence Halls.

If your family plans to stay overnight during your student's three-day program, the Texas Parents office is coordinating Family Orientation guest rates at various hotels in the general campus/downtown area. All rates are based on availability and may vary due to other events taking place in Austin.

Gregory Gym Concourse during Family Orientation

Longhorn parents and their families attending Family Orientation at Gregory Gym


Texas Parents 

2101 Speedway Stop D7500
Gregory Gym 1.107
Austin, Texas 78712

Phone: 512-471-2353