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New Student Orientation: Academic Advising & First Semester Course Planning


The Academic Advising Center supports undecided/exploring students and prehealth/prelaw students in identifying paths for academic exploration, in developing a plan for their first semester, and navigating their personal journey of learning at the university. We are excited to meet with you as you explore majors at the U! 

Steps for New Student Orientation 

Below are the steps you will take to prepare for your first semester at the University of Utah!

Attending New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. If you are not yet registered for New Student Orientation, register as soon as possible!

  • If you have a major or college you are considering, select this when you register.
  • If you are undecided and exploring many different majors, select "undecided" when you register.

If you are having difficulties finding a date that fits with your schedule, please contact the Office of Orientation at orientation@utah.eduor 801-581-7069 to discuss your options.


As a new student, you have been issued a University Network ID (UNID) and email (UMail) account to use throughout your time at the U. All communication from the university will be sent through UMail. It is very important to have access to your UMail account and to check it often!

About two weeks before your New Student Orientation dates, you should receive an email from the Office of Orientation and Transition with steps for math placement, writing self placement, and steps to create a FERPA pin


All incoming students are required to send final transcripts for credits earned. Students often need to send final transcripts because grades were not yet submitted for their final high school credits, concurrent enrollment credits, or transfer credits. 

High school students 

  • high school transcripts — once all final high school grades are submitted, send official transcripts from your high school.
  • concurrent enrollment transcripts — if you have taken college-level classes while in high school or before attending the University of Utah, you must request official college or university transcripts to be sent to the Office of Admissions. Students should request transcripts from the college or university that granted this credit (for example—SLCC, Weber State, Utah Valley University, Utah State University, etc.)

Transfer students

  • final university transcripts — once grades are submitted from your last semester, send official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities you have previously attended.
  • advanced placement scores — if you submitted any AP scores to a previous university and would like these credits to be processed and considered, you must request AP scores be sent by the College Board directly to the University of Utah.

Learn more about earned credits

No need to have all the answers now! Orientation will be your opportunity to connect with your college community, start building meaningful relationships, and feel prepared and excited for your first semester at the U!

What to expect? During orientation, you’ll have a chance to learn which classes to take, what is required for a degree classes, who is here to support you, where to go with questions, how to get connected on campus, and so much more!

Know that you are not expected to come to orientation having all the answers—university staff will be there to help you get started at the U and provide answers to the questions you have and answers to the questions you might not have thought of yet!

Academic advising will be included within orientation this summer. The afternoon of your New Student Orientation, you will be able to speak with an advisor to discuss questions and create a plan for first semester classes.

Advisors will review degree requirements, discuss previously earned credits such as AP, IB, and concurrent enrollment credits, and will introduce you to major exploration resources. There are many choices when developing your first college class schedule (and when exploring majors!). During your New Student Orientation, our academic advisors will help you navigate it all.

Curious about what majors are offered at the U? begin exploring your options!



Want to Prepare for Orientation? Start now!

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Last Updated: 5/20/22