Welcome Freshmen! New Student Orientation is your first step to becoming a full-fledged Falcon. Orientation helps incoming students have a smooth transition to UT Permian Basin. Students will learn about academic programs, resources, expectations, and traditions. Yes, all first year students are required to complete orientation . Once students complete the orientation program they will be advised and enrolled for courses.

2021 Freshman Orientation dates:

Freshmen have the option to attend a one-day in person session or a one-day live online session. Regardless of session type, all freshmen will need to complete pre-orientation online modules before their session date.

  • June 7 (in person)
  • June 14 (in person)
  • June 15 (live online)
  • June 21 (in person)
  • June 22 (live online)
  • July 12 (in person)
  • July 13 (in person)
  • July 19 (in person)

Before Orientation

All students are required to register for orientation. Please note you must be admitted to UTPB to register for orientation. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis once registration opens. Admitted students are encouraged to register quickly to guarantee their session.

Steps to register:

  1. Students must claim their new FalconID prior to registering for SOAR. Claim your FalconID online. Please note you will need your ten-digit student ID number to claim your FalconID.
  2. Students must know their Texas Success Initiative (TSI) status. Students will fall into one of the following categories:
    • Exempt
    • Not exempt but have taken the required tests
    • Not exempt and have not yet completed the required tests Find more TSI Information, including how to find your TSI status and exemptions
  3. Students must know about their bacterial meningitis vaccination. Students will fall into one of the following categories:
    • Yes I have submitted proof
    • I have received the vaccination but have not submitted proof
    • I have not received the vaccination
    • I am exempt from this requirement Find more Bacterial Meningitis information, including exemptions and where to send evidence of vaccination
  4. Registration
    • All admitted students will receive an email invitation with a direct link to register for orientation once registration opens.

New Student Orientation FAQs

  • When will I receive an invitation to orientation? Freshmen will receive their invitation to orientation after they have been admitted to the university and registration is available.
  • Am I required to attend orientation? It is mandatory for freshmen to complete orientation.
  • When is orientation? Orientation occurs at various times throughout the year. Students entering in the summer or fall semesters will complete a summer an orientation program in May through August. Students entering in the spring semester will complete an orientation program in January.
  • How much does orientation cost? All incoming freshmen will be charged a $130 orientation fee. The cost of orientation is assessed in your first semester bill.
  • What will I do during orientation? Students will learn about campus policies and procedures, academic programs, and resources. Freshman orientation also includes academic advising. In addition, orientation provides an opportunity for you to meet other incoming students and current students.
  • Can family members participate in orientation? Yes! We encourage family members to join in. We have a family orientation program that runs concurrently with our student program. Please make sure you register guests with you.
  • Will I register for my classes during orientation? Students attending in person will meet with an advisor and register for classes during orientation. Students attending a live online program will discuss the advising process during orientation and then schedule an appointment to be advised within a week of their session.
  • Do I need to have completed the TSI requirements prior to orientation? Since registration occurs during or shortly after orientation it is important to have your TSI requirements completed prior to orientation. Students who have not completed their TSI requirements will be limited during class registration. If you are unsure of your TSI status, please contact the Registrar's Office at (432) 552.2635. You can schedule your test date online. Contact the Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department at 432.552.2360 for questions about TSI testing and fees.
  • Is payment for classes required during orientation? You cannot pay for classes until bills post. Please contact the Accounting Office at (432) 552-2706 for additional information.

Orientation & Enrollment Forum Summaries

We are offering online live chats to help address your orientation questions along with having representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Accounting, Academic Advising, and Residence Life & Dining Services.

Check your email for announcement of future forums and check back here for the summary notes after each forum.