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Welcome new Texas Science students!

CNS New Student Orientation is required for all new students majoring in an area within the College of Natural Sciences (CNS). At Orientation you can expect to:

  • Receive introductory academic advising to help you navigate degree plans
  • Learn how to sign up for classes
  • Familiarize yourself with the college’s requirements and expectations
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1. Before Orientation

  1. Check your UT Email.
    Orientation materials will be sent to you via email from New Student Services (NSS) around a week in advance of your scheduled orientation session. Check and update your University email address.

  2. Review the Orientation Schedule.
    Know when your mandatory advising appointment will take place.
  3. Prior to orientation, complete the following:

    • Complete UT's Pre-Orientation Checklist.
    • Complete Math Readiness Package. *Please contact your academic advisor if you are a Transfer student without calculus credit.
    • Please refer to your welcome email from CNS College Readiness for specific details.
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2. During Orientation

  1. Attend Virtual Orientation
    Complete the virtual tasks in the Orientation Schedule.
  2. Attend your Advising Appointment
    Advising is mandatory for all incoming CNS students and will occur within the first 2 days of your orientation. Details for your advising appointment will be sent to you via email a few days before your session. Review this list of Zoom etiquette before logging in.
    Please login five minutes before your scheduled time.
  3. Questions?
    After your advising appointment, you will have the email of an academic advisor to ask questions.

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3. After Orientation

  1. Complete Assessments
    Complete any necessary Math or Chemistry assessments, learn more about assessments at our College Readiness page. We recommend students wait until meeting with their advisor to purchase the ALEKS Chemistry Assessment as refunds are not an option for the ALEKs preparation package.
  2. What's Next?