Your Educational Journey Continues on the Hilltop

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 February 1, 2017 in your Hillstart course.  Once deposited, look for your Hillstart invititation in your St. Edward's email.

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.

Transfer Orientation and Other Important Dates

Transfer Orientation

  • Transfer Session 1: Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Transfer Session 2: Monday, Aug. 21

International Student Check-in: Tuesday, Aug. 23

New Student Move-in: Thursday, Aug. 24

Anchors and Move-in Weekend Events: Thursday, Aug. 24–Sunday, Aug. 27**
Comprised of mandatory and optional new student-focused Extended Orientation and Welcome Days events. Families are invited to join events Aug. 24–25 and are asked to leave by 1 p.m. on Aug. 25.

School Starts: Monday, Aug. 28

Transfer Orientation Check-in and Schedule

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 Student Advising and Course Registration

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 in Hillstart. Upon completion, students can call to schedule their advising and registration appointment in April. If you are not sure what school your major is in, please contact your Admission Counselor or visit Undergraduate Majors and Minors.

  • Majors in the School of Behavioral & Social Sciences: 512-448-8550 or lindseyt [at] (subject: transfer%20student%20advising)
  • Majors in the School of Humanities: 512-448-8620 or jordanw [at] (subject: transfer%20student%20advising)
  • Majors in the School of Natural Sciences: 512-637-1953 or mikelg [at] (subject: transfer%20student%20advising)
  • Majors in the Bill Munday School of Business: 512-428-1287 or donnasg [at] (subject: transfer%20student%20advising)
  • Majors in the School of Education: 512-637-1991 or kristyb [at] (subject: transfer%20student%20advising)
  • Undeclared majors: 512-448-8660 or ace [at] (subject: transfer%20student%20advising)
  • International students: 512-448-8660 or ace [at] (subject: transfer%20student%20advising)

Transfer students who are unable to participate in the early registration period will meet with an advisor and register for classes in the afternoon at Transfer Orientation. 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.

Placement Testing

Math Placement

Your advisor will determine whether the ALEKS 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 through Hillstart, and will need to have completed their initial ALEKS assessment online in order to keep their advising appointment. 

  • Transfer students are required to take the assessment if they have not yet satisfied the general education math requirement. 
  • Transfer students are recommended to take the assessment if they have satisfied the general education math requirement but do not have credit for Calculus I, even if they have satisfied the math requirement of their current, intended major. 
  • Transfer students are exempted from the assessment if they have credit for Calculus I or higher.

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.

Writing Placement

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. The writing placement test is available on Hillstart.

Modern Language Placement

You will have the opportunity to take a free placement exam for Chinese, French, German, or Spanish on Hillstart or 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] (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.​

Learn more about and register for CLEP


What to Bring to Transfer Orientation

You should bring:

  • picture ID
  • SEU username and password
  • proof of health insurance
  • immunization records, including your bacterial meningitis vaccination (if not already submitted)

Transfer Orientation Fees

The following fees cover all Orientation costs, including meals and other services:

  • Transfer and Exchange students: $50
  • Guests: $40 for each guest, ages 15 and older, who attend Orientation

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.

Transfer Orientation Housing

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. 20 or on new student move-in day, Thursday, Aug. 24.

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).