Office of New Student and Family Programs News

UT Wins Awards for Orientation and Parent Programs

UT has been recognized as a leader in the areas of orientation and parent programs by the National Orientation Directors Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention and the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals.

Help New Students by Wearing “Ask Me” Buttons during Welcome Week


Faculty and staff can help new students make the transition to life at UT a little easier during Welcome Week, August 16 through 22, by wearing an “Ask Me” button. The Office of New Student and Family Programs is launching the “Ask Me” button initiative this semester as a way to help new students feel comfortable asking faculty and staff questions as they join the UT family.

Class of 2018 Orientation Sessions Kick Off Next Week

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek (third from left) and Assistant Vice Chancellor Melissa Shivers (second from right) pose with orientation leaders during the summer of 2013.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs has been hard at work preparing to welcome 4,100 members of the Class of 2018 for orientation. The first session begins Monday. Twelve one-and-a-half day sessions will run from June to July. Twenty-six orientation leaders will meet new students, parents, and other family members.

Office of New Student and Family Programs

IIn support of becoming a Top 25 university, the Division of Student Life is combining the offices of the Parents Association and Student Orientation to create one office to serve students and their families. The Office of New Student and Family Programs will align goals related to ensuring student transitions to UT as well as parental involvement.