Admitted! What's Next?

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Congratulations on your admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering's Class of 2022 at UT Austin! After celebrating and accepting your offer of admission, you must prepare for orientation and registration.

To start your four-year journey as a Longhorn engineer, the Cockrell School has developed a checklist of things to complete before, during and after summer orientation. Attending an orientation session is mandatory for engineering students. Since you will be registering for fall classes at orientation, the sooner you can attend, the better. Register online for UT Orientation now.

Before Orientation

Please accomplish these items before UT Orientation in order to have a successful start to your academic career. Learn more.

  1. All incoming first-year Engineering students are required to purchase the Math Readiness Package as preparation for the in-person UTMA that is taken at Orientation. The Math Readiness Package is extremely important as it plays a major role in your preparation for the UTMA. Learn more about the UTMA Math Readiness Package. All engineering students must take the UT Math assessment (UTMA) during orientation for proper course placement. The UTMA is administered by the Math Department in the College of Natural Sciences and is a requirement to register for Math courses at UT. The UTMA is not to be used to demonstrate Calculus Readiness for admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering. The UTMA score will determine which Math course a student will be eligible to enroll in at the time of course registration.
  2. All incoming engineering students are required to take the free, online Spatial Visualization Assessment prior to orientation. Learn more about the online Spatial Visualization Assessment (approximate time: 30 minutes).
  3. Gather all test scores (AP and IB) and transcripts for completed college level courses. Bring them to your orientation session to use in academic advising. Official score reports and transcripts are helpful, but not required. An accurate, self-compiled list is acceptable, but remember to include tests you took early in high school.
  4. Submit Emergency Contact Information. Log on to the My Status page to update this information.
  5. Watch the New Student Services pre-orientation videos.

During Orientation

During UT Orientation, incoming students will make new friends, navigate campus and register for fall classes. Learn more.

  1. Be prepared to walk a lot! It will be hot, so we recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing comfortable clothes.
  2. On Day One of orientation, all engineering students will complete the in-person UT Math assessment. This will help you choose the best fall semester math class with your academic advisor on the second day (approximate time: 1 hour).
  3. Changes to your major or college should be discussed with your advisor on Day Two of orientation. In many cases, changing your major requires an application and a series of required courses you must take in preparation. Your advisor can provide additional information on the various internal transfer processes, depending on your major(s) of interest.
  4. You will learn about resources, student support services and other opportunities. Learn more about the special programs and services offered by the Cockrell School.

After Orientation

After you attend UT Orientation, there will be a few final things to accomplish before fall classes begin. Learn more.

  1. Chemistry testing is required for most engineering students. Students NOT required to take the Chemistry test are those admitted to Electrical and Computer Engineering, and students who already earned college level credit (AP, IB, dual credit). Learn more about the online ALEKS Chemistry assessment (approximate time: 1.5 hours).
  2. Set up a UT e-mail account. Use this account and check it frequently, so that you do not miss important information. Remember to make it professional and personally identifiable (i.e. JoeLopez or Katie.Adams). Learn more about getting started with technology at UT.
  3. A laptop computer is required for your major. Aerospace & Computational EngineeringBiomedical EngineeringChemical Engineering, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringMechanical Engineering & Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering all have specific requirements. Please visit the department web sites to learn more. 
  4. Sign up for the Emergency Text Messaging service to receive campus emergency notifications.
  5. Confirm that final high school transcripts have been submitted.
  6. Pay final tuition and fee bills. Students who forget to pay will be dropped from ALL registered courses. ALL students should check their "What I Owe" page to verify that all payments have been received--particularly if you are relying on a third party to pay for your education.  
  7. If desired, students may adjust their class schedules online through the add/drop period.


Engineering Student Services

Contact Engineering Student Services (ESS) for answers about policies, procedures, support services and programs.

Location: Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), 2.848 
Street Address: 2501 Speedway
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m

Spatial Visualization

Research has shown that students with developed spatial visualization skills (the ability to see and think in 3-D) are more successful in engineering, chemistry and calculus courses. People can develop these skills over time with specific training and practice. Read more about spatial visualization training and assessments.

New Student FAQ

Learn more about next steps and find answers for questions about being a new student on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Do I Need to Buy a Laptop?

Please review the laptop requirements specific to your major. 

Aerospace Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil, Architectural and Environment Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

Many of the engineering buildings have computer labs, in addition to the residence halls labs and numerous computer labs across campus. UT Austin offers educational discounts on laptops and reduced prices on software through the Campus Computer Store. The university also offers free wireless access throughout campus.