All freshmen, including international freshman students, are required to participate in one of the six Orientation sessions. We encourage you to sign-up and attend the earliest possible Orientation session. There is an optional separate, but concurrent Parent and Family Orientation.
Online sign-up for Orientation begins April 1. To sign-up, log in to myHilltop and access the form through CollegiateLink.
Before you can sign-up for Orientation, you must pay your nonrefundable $150 enrollment deposit. If you pay your enrollment deposit online, please allow one business day before signing-up for Orientation. This ensures that your deposit is processed and that you can successfully access the online Orientation sign-up form.
International Student Check-in: Tuesday, Aug. 23
Move-in Weekend Events: Friday, Aug. 26–Sunday, Aug. 28
School Starts: Monday, Aug. 29
You may check in from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on day one of your Orientation session. Parent and Family Orientation check-in will occur in the same location and time.
Orientation check-in will take place in the following locations:
Student check-out is on day two at 4 p.m. for Sessions 1–5.
Be prepared to stay at all of Orientation.
Schedules will be available through the mobile app closer to the Orientation session.
All freshmen will meet individually with an academic counselor. The counselor will discuss individual degree requirements, course options and major selection.
You will register for fall classes during this individual session.
Placement testing gives the university the information needed to place you into the appropriate writing and math courses. All incoming students will take math placement, and some students may need additional writing testing. Discuss your specific placement and any required testing with your academic counselor.
The ALEKS math placement test is a part of Hillstart, the online pre-orientation, and should be completed by Friday, July 1, or one week prior to orientation, whichever date comes first.
The ALEKS math placement test is an opportunity to ensure that you are placed into an appropriate first math course and to brush up on skills, if necessary, to achieve the best placement. Along with your initial placement, this assessment will create an individualized study plan, provide targeted tutorials, and allow you to retest to place into a higher-level course, if desired.
The exam is an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills, including your understanding of thesis statements (or controlling ideas), paragraphing, sentence structure, use of personal experience as evidence, and revision and proofreading techniques. Preparing for the writing placement exam may lead to a better performance and more class options. Your score will determine placement in a college credit writing course or a course that does not count for college credit and is considered developmental.
You will have the opportunity to take a free placement exam for Chinese, French, German, or Spanish during your scheduled orientation.
All students who have previous experience in any of the languages above should take this exam, which will determine the appropriate class and level for you. There is no preparation required for this exam. It is in your best interest to take the placement exam as it may decrease the number of credits you need for the general education language requirement or for a major or minor in a language.
Contact natacham [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Modern%20Language%20Placement) (Natacha Martin), Assistant to the Dean, School of Humanities, with questions about Modern Language Placement.
The university also accepts Credit by Exam for CLEP (French, German, Spanish), AP, IB.
There is an Orientation fee of $250 that covers all Orientation costs, including meals, student housing and other services.
There is fee of $50 for each guest, ages 15 and older, who attend Parent and Family Orientation.
All fees will be added to your student account following Orientation attendance.
If you have received enough in financial aid to cover all expenses in full, your aid can be used to cover these fees as long as you have allowed your aid to be applied toward non-direct expenses. For other students, these fees will be folded into your remaining balance for the term where they can be paid in full or financed using the university’s monthly payment plan.
Students participating in Orientation Sessions 1–5 are required to stay on campus for the one night of Orientation. If you are registered for Session 6, you will move into your permanent residence hall on Tuesday, Aug. 23 between 9 and 4 p.m. or commute to Orientation if living off campus.
Parents who wish to join their student for Orientation are encouraged to make reservations at an Austin-area hotel. View a list of nearby hotels (PDF).
Airport shuttle service can be provided at 8 and 9 a.m. the morning of check-in.
Return transportation can be provided at 4 and 5 p.m. on day two of Orientation Sessions 1–5.
Please email your flight information at least 48 hours in advance to orientme [at] stedwards.edu or call 512-448-8584 to arrange your shuttle service.
Taxi service is available at the airport. Estimated taxi fare ranges $25–$42, depending on traffic.
Students are not permitted to leave campus during Orientation, so no additional transportation is needed.