We understand that you may have lots of questions about Orientation. You're not alone. We hope the answers we've provided below will help.
We are excited to offer new students an orientation experience that promotes the academic, social and personal success of all new Mocs! New Student Orientation will provide you and your family with everything you need to be successful at UTC!
- What is Orientation?
Orientation is a required program for students (optional for parents) that helps them get ready for the start of school. At Orientation, we will cover the topics that will help you prepare for and successfully navigate your first year at UTC. You will also finalize your course schedule at Orientation. More importantly, Orientation is when you first get to experience what it’s like to be a UTC student! You will meet other incoming and returning students, meet faculty and staff from across campus, take a campus/housing tour, and register for your first semester of classes.
- Do I need to register for New Student Orientation?
Do I need to be accepted to UTC before I register for New Student Orientation?
Yes! All undergraduate freshmen, transfer and new-to-UTC-post baccalaureate students starting their journey at UTC in a fall or spring term must register for Orientation.
Do my parents need to come to orientation?
Yes. Only undergraduate students that have been accepted for a fall or spring semester can register for New Student Orientation. If you need to apply or check your status, please email the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
How do I know that my registration is complete and that my spot is reserved?
We strongly encourage parents, guardians, significant others, and/or other family members to attend orientation. Students may register up to two guests. So much information is new and sometimes confusing; it can be helpful to have family members attend and discuss what you learn.
Is there a fee for New Student Orientation?
After you sign up and pay for a session, an email confirming your reservation and payment of orientation fees will be mailed to your UTC email account unless you specify that you want it sent to another email address in the Orientation registration. In that case, it will be sent to both accounts.
What forms of payment do you accept for orientation?
Yes, there is a fee for Orientation. For fall, the fee is $100 for freshmen ($50 for guests) and $50 for transfer students ($25 for guests).
What does my New Student Orientation fee cover?
Visa or MasterCard, debit or credit cards can all be processed online. We can take checks by mail or in person.
What if I am having trouble accessing the Orientation registration portal?
Your fee covers all expenses of the program including most meals, printed materials, mailings and overnight accommodations (for freshmen).
How do I cancel my Orientation?
Please email us or call our office at (423) 425-5220.
What if I cannot pay for Orientation at this time?
We hope you reconsider canceling, but we understand things come up. Please email us and we will assist you with the cancellation.
Is the Orientation fee refundable?
If you are currently unable to pay for your session, please email us directly and can discuss how to we can assist.
What is the schedule for Orientation?
Yes, Orientation fees are refundable until June 1 (minus a $10 refund fee).
Do I have to stay for the entire Orientation session?
We are working on the final schedule, but here are sample schedules from past years.
Is there a deadline to register for Orientation?
Yes, if you leave you will miss something important! It is mandatory that students attend their session in its entirety. It’s in your best interest to attend all presentations.
What should I bring to Orientation?
There is no deadline to register for Orientation; however, we do encourage students to register for a session as soon as possible as dates do fill up.
What should I wear to Orientation?
Freshmen that stay overnight should bring comfortable clothes/shoes, linens for overnight stay (extra-long twin), toiletry items (towel, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste), spending money, Umbrella, and something blue and gold to wear!
What should I pack for the overnight portion of Orientation?
We encourage you to dress comfortably and wear comfortable footwear as you will be walking around the campus throughout the day. We highly encourage you to show your UTC spirit by wearing UTC gear or at least wear something blue and gold! Be sure to check the weather in case rain is expected during your time at Orientation.
How many guests can I bring?
You should pack either a sleeping bag or twin XL sheets for the bed. You should also pack toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.).
What if I want to change my Orientation session date?
You may bring up to two guests with you to your Orientation session date.
I have a disability, what should I do?
You can change your Orientation anytime from now till 3 business days before the session. If you need to change your session date after the cutoff, there may be a small fee assessed.
If I have questions about Financial Aid, Housing, etc, will I be able to ask those during Orientation?
We want to make Orientation accessible for all our students and guests. Please disclose any accommodations needed for your session in the Orientation registration. You can do this in the registration under the “Questionnaire” section. If you need to discuss accommodations needed during the academic school year, please contact the Disability Resource Center by email or call 423-425-4006.
What is my next step after registering for Orientation?
Absolutely! All offices will be open during Orientation from 8 am-5 pm. Additionally, many offices will be set up with tables throughout the duration of Orientation.
Can I get my ID made before Orientation?
After registering for Orientation, be sure to check your UTC student email for a confirmation email. As we get closer to your session dates, you will want to regularly check your email for updates regarding Orientation and other enrollment steps such as parking, immunizations and Mocs Card.
You can submit your photo online ahead of time and then pick up your Mocs Card ID when you come to Orientation. For the online photo submission, click here.