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UT Tyler New Patriot Orientation

Freshman Students

What is New Patriot Orientation?
Orientation is an informative and fun program that provides incoming students with excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends, and learn what it takes to be successful at UT Tyler. Students learn about academic resources, how to navigate campus, and what UT Tyler expects of our students.

When is New Patriot Orientation?

Summer 2014 (for students entering in summer or fall):

     Session 1: June 12-13

     Session 2: June 26-27

     Session 3: July 10-11

     Session 4: July 24-25 

How do I register for New Patriot Orientation?

Registration is currently open. Students and guests can register together here. All admitted freshmen will receive a brochure in the mail letting them know about the orientation program and how to sign up. 

Where will I stay during New Patriot Orientation?
Students attending one of our summer orientations will stay at one of the UT Tyler on-campus housing facilities, and will need to bring a pillow, pillow case, bath towel, hand towel, toiletries, and a sleeping bag or twin sheets with a blanket.

Parents and other guests will need to make arrangements for their stay in Tyler. A list of hotels that offer reduced rates for UT Tyler/orientation guests is included below: 

Courtyard by Marriott
7424 S. Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703

Hampton Inn
3130 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX 75701

Holiday Inn Express
2421 East Southeast Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701

Residence Inn
3303 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX 75701

How much does New Patriot Orientation cost?
Students: The cost of orientation is assessed on your student bill. All incoming freshmen will be charged a one-time New Student Programs fee of $75. This fee covers orientation, as well the costs of programming intended to support freshman students during their first year.

Guests: The cost for our summer orientation program is $40 per guest ($20 for guests 16 and under). This fee covers materials, three meals, giveaways, and administrative costs. This fee is refundable up to 5 business days prior to the selected orientation session.

What will I do at New Patriot Orientation?
New Patriot Orientation will:
Inform new students of campus policies and procedures.
Help with the academic and social transition to UT Tyler.
Prepare students to make reasoned and well-informed choices and,
Foster a sense of community by acclimating future Patriots to the UT Tyler campus and surrounding community.

What is the New Patriot Orientation schedule?   

All registered students will receive an email the week prior to the orientation. This email will include a detailed schedule, campus map and information on where to go once you arrive on campus. 

An overview of the schedule is included below. 

Day 1

Check-in 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Opening session 11:40 a.m.
Lunch 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon sessions 1:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Resource fair 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Student tour 7:15 p.m.
Student activities 8:30 p.m.

Day 2

Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Mock Class 8:45 a.m.
Morning sessions 9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:45 a.m.
Meet your college 1:00 p.m.
Closing session 2:15 p.m.


What should I wear to New Patriot Orientation?
Be prepared to travel to different places around our beautiful campus. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for being outside at times. Suggested attire might be sneakers, shorts or loose pants, and a short-sleeved shirt. The buildings can be cold so we also suggest bringing a jacket. 

Can family members attend New Patriot Orientation?
Yes! We encourage family members to come and enjoy our orientation sessions designed for parents. Parent sessions will run concurrently with student sessions, and at times we will offer joint programming.

Do I need to attend all the New Patriot Orientation activities?
Yes. If you attend orientation it is important to attend all of the activities offered.

Will I register for my classes at New Patriot Orientation?
Advising and registration is offered before students attend orientation. In fact, all new students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to attending orientation. To set up your advising and registration appointment please call the Academic Advising Center at 903.565.5718.