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2024 Signature Events



Aug. 23-24, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. | UFCU Disch-Falk Field

New and returning Longhorns are welcomed to the Forty Acres during this two-day event. Students pick up their room key and parking pass information at centralized check-in and settle into 14 on-campus residence halls and Dobie Twenty21. 

Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Aug. 24 | 2-6 p.m. | University Union

Once you’re moved in, Longhorn Welcome continues with Beat The Heat! Join us in the Texas Union for FREE food, games, giveaways and fun! It's a fantastic way to enjoy yourself before classes start and make new friends! 

Bevos Quest

Bevo's Quest

Aug. 25 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | East Mall

Compete with friends in this team-based scavenger hunt that can help you learn more about campus resources and key spots at The University of Texas at Austin. Prizes will be handed out to winning teams. Learn more on Hornslink! 

UT Soccer vs Iowa

UT Soccer vs. Iowa

Aug. 25 | 1 p.m. | Mike A. Myers Soccer Field

More info coming soon!

Gone to Texas

Gone to Texas

Aug. 25 | 8:30 p.m. | Main Mall 

Join President Hartzell for Gone to Texas, the formal kickoff to your journey at The University of Texas at Austin. Newstudents, transfer students and graduate students: get ready to join our Texas-sized welcome party!

Orange and White Welcome

Orange and White Welcome

Aug. 26 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Celebrate your first class day with the Texas Exes! Enjoy free food, prizes and carnival games, sign the #UT28 official class banner and more! Student Members can also pick up their member packets. Free t-shirt for the first 100 students! 

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Presidential Pop-Up Party

Aug. 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Main Mall

Beat the heat and celebrate the first day of class. Cold treats, photo ops, and a few surprises await you! Wear burnt orange and show your Longhorn pride. 

Longhorn Live

Longhorn LIVE

Aug. 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Gregory Gym Plaza

We’re doing it LIVE! Join us for a night of excitement and spirit with live student performances, and activities with student organizations. Stop by for an airbrush tattoo, photo opportunities, free snacks and giveaways!  

Back2School Bash

Back2School Bash

Aug. 28 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center

E+E will kick off the new school year at the WCP Student Center Patio! We’ll welcome students to campus with free food, fun activities and games for an exciting start to the new academic year. 

Class Photo

Class Photo

Aug. 28 | 5:30 p.m. | Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium

Be part of the Tradition! You are invited to take part in the official photo for the Class of ’28! Join your fellow classmates for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Campbell-Williams Field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to commemorate the start of your Longhorn journey. 

Forty Acres showdown

Forty Acres Showdown

Aug. 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Union Ballroom

Saddle up and put your boots on! Join your Residence area for some friendly competition to win the Hook ‘em House Cup. Stick around for snacks, line dancing, and live music. 

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Longhorn Friday

Aug. 30 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Gregory Gym Plaza

August 30 is National College Colors Day! Join President Hartzell and friends as we rep burnt orange on the first Longhorn Friday of the semester. Enjoy free cold brew, burnt orange giveaways and more. 

Vaquero Night

Vaquero Night

Aug. 30 | 7-9 p.m. | Jester Corner (21st and Speedway)

Join us for a lively celebration of the rich Vaquero tradition. Enjoy an evening filled with refreshments, music and more as you step into the vibrant history of Texas and its cowboy roots.

Longhorn Welcome Sensory Guide

This guide is designed to help our students navigate Longhorn Welcome by letting them know what to expect at each Signature Event.