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Student Programs

In support of the mission of The University of Texas at Dallas and the Division of Student Affairs, Student Programs facilitates the transition of new students and their families into the institution. Through a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, we provide the framework for new students to learn and develop as they adjust to the expectations, standards, and academic rigors of the university while fostering pride in the UT Dallas community.

Student Programs offers many ways for UT Dallas students to get involved and build their leadership skills. For more specific information about each program we offer, please click on the links below.


Student Programs offer orientations throughout the year for incoming students:

International Student Orientation is offered by the International Center.

Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Leader Program maintains the standards of excellence of and connects new students to the University of Texas at Dallas by providing memorable first-year experiences, an inclusive welcoming environment, social programming, leadership opportunities, and a sense of personal involvement in the campus community. Through insightful leadership and the cultivation of spirit and tradition, the Orientation Leader Program is the catalyst for new student development and success. If you are interested in applying for the Orientation Leader Program please visit us on Facebook.

Comet Camp

The three days of Comet Camp are a time for meeting new friends, learning about UT Dallas, reflecting on the journey ahead, and most importantly, having fun.

Summer Success Series

The Summer Success Series is designed to help you succeed in college academics, and ease your first-day-of-school jitters. Participate in refresher courses in calculus or chemistry hosted by the Success Center, and take personalized campus tours so you can find your classes before the first day from an Orientation Leader.

Road Warriors

Road Warriors is a program just for commuter students! We host events to get you involved on campus and target your special needs as a student who commutes to campus.

Comet Families

Comet Families is an avenue for family members and parents of UT Dallas students to get information on the campus, find out about special events, and get resources on issues facing their college student.

Family Day

Family Day is Comet Families largest event, and a UT Dallas tradition that brings students and their families together for a full day of fun. Meet other families, enjoy a catered lunch, and find out what's happening on campus!

Contact Us

Student Programs
Student Services Addition (SSA) 14.431
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
972-883-6171 (office)
972-883-6183 (fax)
[email protected]

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Dan Long
Director for Student Programs

Alex Ewing
Assistant Director, Student Programs
Freshman and Family Programs

Brianna Nichols
Program Coordinator, Student Programs
Freshman and Family Programs

Campus Emergencies

For emergencies, contact the UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222.

Disability Services

For persons with disabilities, please call 972-883-6171 or visit the Student AccessAbility website for more information. TX Relay: 1-800-RELAYTX.