Spring Family Orientation

Monday, January 13, 2020

As the parent or family member of a student, you play a crucial role in your student’s successful transition to UT Austin. Spring Family Orientation is a half-day program that introduces you to the resources unique to UT Austin and provides expectations for your student’s experience.

Spring Family Orientation takes place while your student attends their Spring Student Orientation program. Upon arrival, students and families will be directed to separate check-in locations, both located in the William C. Powers, Jr. (WCP) Building, fomerly the Student Activity Center. You will not reconnect with your student during Spring Family Orientation. Although Spring Family Orientation is only a half-day program, you will not be permitted to participate in the remaining Spring Student Orientation programming.

While Spring Family Orientation is optional, we strongly encourage you to attend. You’ll go home feeling more connected to the university and equipped with conversational topics to connect more deeply with your student as your family continues preparation for the transition this semester.

Register now!

Online Registration will close on Wednesday, January 8.

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.

Change or Cancel Your Registration

Registration charges are non-refundable and non-transferable. 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.

Same-Day Registration

If you are unable to register online, you can register on the morning of the program for $5 more. Look for the Same-Day Registration table during Check-In at the William C. Powers (WCP) building. Charges can be paid with cash, check or credit card.

  • $25 per adult (ages 11 and older)
  • Children age 10 and under are complimentary, but registration is required

Abbreviated Schedule

Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Check-in
8:00 a.m. Longhorn Neighborhood Resource Fair
9:30 a.m. Welcome Session
10:40 a.m. Student Panel
11:10 p.m. Student Transition and Campus Resources
12:45 p.m. Lunch and Texas Parents Membership
1:30 p.m. Dining Tour, optional


Parking is not included in the cost of registration and is a separate process facilitated by the Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) office. The nearest on-campus parking garage is Brazos Garage and the daily rate will apply.

Siblings & Children

Spring Family Orientation is designed for parents and other adult family members; however, younger siblings and relatives may attend. Childcare is not available.