All transfer students (domestic and international) must attend one of the two Transfer Orientation sessions. There is an optional, concurrent Transfer Parent and Family Orientation.
Online sign-up for Orientation begins April 1. To sign-up, log in to myHilltop and access the form through Collegiate Link.
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.
Students and guests should check in from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ragsdale Center, third floor.
Orientation is 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. The exact ending time will vary depending on the student's classification, testing needs and advising appointment time (if needed). Most students will be finished by 3:30 p.m.
Schedules will be available through the mobile app closer to the Orientation session.
Transfer students who wish to enroll in classes prior to the Transfer Orientation sessions may do so by calling one of the numbers listed below, based on major or status. To take advantage of this earlier registration opportunity, transfer students must first complete the steps for enrollment outlined in their acceptance packet. Most of these steps can also be completed on myHilltop.
Upon completion, students can call to schedule their advising and registration appointment. If you are not sure what school your major is in, please contact your Admission Counselor or visit Undergraduate Majors and Minors.
Transfer students who are unable to participate in the early registration period must come to Orientation in order to meet with an advisor and register for classes. Note: there are other topics covered at Orientation, so transfer students who are already registered should still sign up and attend.
IMPORTANT: Advising and evaluation of credit will be based on the official transcripts received. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm the arrival of transcripts prior to advising and registration.
Your advisor will determine whether the math placement test is required or recommended during the transfer credit evaluation, prior to your meeting to pre-register. You will receive instructions about the placement test when setting up the pre-registration appointment, and will need to have completed their initial ALEKS assessment online in order to keep their advising appointment.
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.
Learn more about the ALEKS, including how to prepare.
Placement testing before classes begin may be required for students with no prior college-level credit in English. Discuss your specific placement and any required testing with your advisor.
You will have the opportunity to take a free placement exam for Chinese, French, German, or Spanish during your scheduled orientation. Additionally, you can sign up for an testing time directly with the School of Humanities.
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 or to sign up for a testing time outside of your scheduled orientation.
The university also accepts Credit by Exam for CLEP (French, German, Spanish), AP, IB.
The following fees cover all Orientation costs, including meals and other services:
All fees will be added to your account following Orientation attendance. Since Orientation is mandatory, the student fees will automatically be applied.
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.
As Transfer Orientation is not overnight, housing is not provided.
Students who will be living on campus may move-in prior to Transfer Orientation Session 2, Sunday, Aug. 21 or on new student move-in day, Friday, Aug. 26.
Parents and families 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).