The Texas 20 photo was taken using a technology called Gigapan, which let’s you zoom in and see the picture in incredible detail. Check it out!
Becoming a Longhorn means that the “Eyes of Texas” are now upon you. It is now your turn to seize the opportunity, to make a difference and turn the Tower orange in the future to celebrate your achievements. Watch the winning videos from Gone to Texas 2016.
You may be worried about the transition to college, and that’s normal. I hope I can reassure you that you’ll find a safe and welcoming place with plenty of helpful resources, beloved traditions, intriguing opportunities and knowledgeable Longhorns that bring out the best of UT Austin.
To get your semester off to great start, don’t miss Longhorn Welcome — a series of free events from August 19-September 4. It all starts on August 19 with Mooov-In, where students, faculty and staff continue a 23-year tradition of welcoming and helping move 7,400+ new and returning students into our 14 on campus residence halls. The welcome continues with a series of nine other Signature Events, wrapping up on September 4 with our first home football game, Texas vs. Notre Dame. It’s a great way to have fun, meet new people and find ways to get involved.
Dozens of other Longhorn Welcome events will take place across campus, including those hosted by your college or school. You can find the complete schedule at longhornwelcome.utexas.edu/events.
Fill up your calendar with lots of Longhorn Welcome events and jump right in to campus life. I know I speak for all our staff when I say we look forward to welcoming you back and supporting you during your college journey.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
The University of Texas at Austin
1. Kick it off with Mooov-In. Make sure you’re prepared by reading all the important details from the Division of Housing and Food Service. Welcome to your new home!
2. Get the scoop on the Signature Events. My recommendation is to go to all 10!
3. Check the Gone to Texas schedule. The event begins with activities in your specific college or school, so make sure you know where to be and when.
4. Don’t miss ALL the events happening at Horns Up Night: the Texas Kickoff Rally with Coach Strong, the Texas ’20 Class Photo, and the Texas Exes Orange and White Welcome. Three events for the price of one! (And by price, I mean free.)
5. Keep a lookout for @gregfenves. He’ll be at some of the events so say hello (and ask for a pic)!
6. Early birds get the free stuff! Many of the events are giving away free food or t-shirts, but only for the Longhorns who get there early.
7. View the complete list of events and plan out your schedule ahead of time. In addition to the Signature Events, there are dozens of other programs and events planned to help you learn about resources and connect with your new Longhorn family. Click here to view them all. You can add them right onto your calendar!
8. Join the #longhornwelcome conversation. Tweet and snap it up and show us your selfies from all the events! Check out the “Connect with UT” page for a list of accounts you should follow so you’re in the know this fall. And don’t forget to follow me @TexasMascot!
Our new Longhorns definitely got into the Longhorn State of Mind, but to get there y’all had to journey through what we like to call the “Seven Stages of Orientation.” From nerves to excitement and everything in between, here is what the emotional journey of orientation looked like in summer 2016.
Being a little nervous before the big day is only natural! But y’all made an awesome impression on your new classmates and your new home.
Actually so nervous for orientation tomorrow #UTOrientation
— Sabrina K (@Nina_Ruiz24) July 5, 2016
— samuel (@samgarza95) July 5, 2016
— Haley. (@Hartsfielddd23) July 2, 2016
After the initial nerves came the excitement. Finally, #UT20 and our new transfer students were on the Forty Acres and ready to experience everything orientation had to offer.
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I’M LOVING #UTORIENTATION
— mini miggy (@BroMiguelito) July 11, 2016
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— HGIC (@KirkleyAllison) July 6, 2016
The University of Texas at Austin? More like the University of Texas at Awesome!
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— Yajahira (@its_yayaaa) July 13, 2016
Did we mention that UT is a pretty large campus? We’ve got to fit all 50,000 of our students somewhere! We probably should have warned you all about the hills. Lots and lots of hills. But all that walking was totally worth it…right?
*gets winded walking to the BMC* #UTOrientation
— Marcus Sloan (@marcussloan1) July 8, 2016
— Ambs (@amberc68) July 7, 2016
I took a 10 min nap, and it honestly felt like I got 8 hours of sleep! #UtOrientation got me drained on the 1st day it’s ok I’m enjoying it❣
— Pray For Jen (@taniapuente02) July 7, 2016
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At orientation every day is leg day #UTOrientation
— strabry shrode cake (@SpeedofShrode) June 28, 2016
After being surrounded by your fellow longhorns for three days straight, it’s hard not to get your horns up! Some of you were truly moved by the stories of your classmates, and your burnt orange pride was almost impossible to contain.
UT is without a doubt the greatest school in the world #UT20
— Grayson (@gthompson121) July 13, 2016
tonight has made me really proud to be going to UT for the next four years #UT20 (-‘:
— mo (^: (@monicajuliannne) June 29, 2016
— Kaelyn (@_kaelyn_j) June 15, 2016
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— Shelby Brooks (@shelbycbrooks) June 15, 2016
Once you have been on the Forty Acres it is pretty hard to leave them behind. The second y’all left you were ready to come back to your new home!
— B Nguyen (@yoboi_b) July 9, 2016
— Pikachu (@andreaaaahh) June 23, 2016
@UTAustin orientation makes me feel like I’m at home 💕🐂
— Mrs. Rhino (@nguyenchauu) July 11, 2016
— katherine newton (@_katherine_n) June 29, 2016
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Okay, so maybe this stage wasn’t experienced by everyone, but for many of you orientation was the perfect opportunity to try and catch ‘em all at UT’s best Poke stops.
— Allyson (@allysonrtodd) July 13, 2016
My roommate and I have been playing PokemonGo since we met each other
Needless to say, it’s been a great time 😎 #UTOrientation
— larayne (@the_raynee) July 13, 2016
— mom friend™ (@MariTheMusical) July 11, 2016
so whose starting the Pokemon Go club with me at UT? 🤔 #UT20
— (≖︿≖✿) (@lamiejaymi) July 11, 2016
In 2004 the UT Austin Senate of College Councils established the Student Honor Code: “As a student of The University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity.”
Six weeks. Six weeks of check-in lines, campus tours in the blazing Texas heat, college meetings, advising appointments, dodgeball games, afternoons in the Longhorn Lounge, dinners at JCL, hilarious shows, dance parties and late nights spent talking with classmates and Orientation Advisors. Six weeks of fun and learning as we welcomed new Longhorns to the Forty Acres.
We made a lot of memories this summer: mostly sweet, some a little wet (thanks Tropical Storm Bill), but we shared them together as Longhorns. Here are the 10 most memorable moments from UT Orientation.
The Tuesday night of the second session of Freshman Orientation, Tropical Storm reared its ugly head and the university closed at 5 p.m. But during orientation, the show must go on! With a few last-minute modifications, we still had a fun (and in the end, not very stormy) night with #UT19.
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We got to hang out with Hook ‘Em every Tuesday in the Longhorn Lounge. One day he busted out his impressive piano-playing skills. Hook ‘Em’s got talent – who knew?
From hula skirts to shiny canoe arms, our Orientation Advisors cracked us up all summer with their wacky getups.
The albino squirrel was popping up on all over campus…he was even in Burdine 106 a few nights! 😉 All the new Longhorns are in for a lucky semester.
— Haley (@haleyburdeos) June 23, 2015
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We loved hearing everyone as they learned the UT cheers each week and shouted them at the top of their lungs. Y’all are ready for DKR!
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No matter the time of day, y’all were ready to show off your moves.
We’ll never forget the weekly whip lessons in the Longhorn Lounge. If you still don’t know how to do it, find OA (and whip guru) Josh Sherden in the fall! He’ll get you up to speed.
On June 22, the Tower shined bright with a burnt-orange glow to celebrate former Texas golfer Jordan Spieth’s historic win at the U.S. Open. It was a special treat for students in #UT19 who were here for orientation!
— Jacqueline Morales (@_Jacquelinemoni) June 23, 2015
That Hook ‘Em. Between his dance skills and his virtuoso piano abilities, he’s the most well-rounded mascot you’ll ever meet. He also gives great hugs and takes perfect selfies, and isn’t afraid to hop on the dodgeball court and show everyone how it’s done. Orientation wouldn’t have been the same without him!
By far, the best part of orientation was seeing all the new Longhorns find their #LonghornStateofMind! We can’t wait to see you back here in the fall…and we know you can’t wait to get back to your new home!
— Courtney Brown (@courtneybro96) July 1, 2015
I love this place and never want to leave🐂 #LonghornStateofMind
— Sumedhaॐ (@sumedhanag) June 29, 2015
Being in a #LonghornStateofMind couldn't have me any more excited for August!🐂😁
— Kelsey Massey.✨ (@ItsKelseyMassey) June 29, 2015
— Jasmine Peralez (@JazzyPeralez) June 10, 2015