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New Student Orientation is your first step to becoming a full-fledged Falcon. In order to have the best possible experience, below you will find information regarding fees, FAQs, what to do before and after orientation, and family/guest details. This will ensure you are fully prepared for our program.

If you have questions regarding our orientation program, please contact us at (432) 552-2651 or orientation@utpb.edu 

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? Transfer students 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 transfer students 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 transfers will be charged a $75 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.
  • Can family members participate in orientation? Yes! We encourage family members to join in-person sessions. Please make sure you register guests with you.
  • Will I register for my classes during orientation? As a transfer student you have the benefit of being able to register for classes before you complete orientation. We do recommend the sooner you enroll the better options you will have. Simply email advising@utpb.edu to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
  • Do I need to have completed the TSI requirements prior to orientation? TSI requirements need to be completed prior to registration for classes. If you plan on being advised and registered for classes during orientation, TSI requirements need to be completed prior to orientation. 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) 552-2630 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 Office of Accounting 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.