New Student Orientation

Academic and Student Affairs


The School of Health Professions welcomes and congratulates you on your admission to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program aimed at providing you with an introduction to life on campus, in the classroom, and at UTMB. All new students are required to participate in NSO either onsite or if you are a distance student, the online orientation program. A companion Proud Parent program is available for parents that will be traveling to Galveston with you for NSO.

New Student Orientation is designed to help answer questions you may have, and provide you with information about campus resources, programs and services. You will also get the opportunity to build a network of resources that can help you start your UTMB journey on the right path.

What to expect at orientation

  • Information about the University and the school will be provided.
  • Key University and school officers will be introduced.
  • Special attention will be given to the student’s academic program, including academic advisement.
  • Information about various UTMB services will be provided. Representatives of the areas will be introduced, and they will provide information about the services offered.
  • Representatives from the Student Health Service will discuss available health services and the health requirements that must be completed prior to registration.
  • Students will have the opportunity to meet other new students, as well as faculty and staff in their areas of study.

UTMB Orientation Schedule

Here is a general outline of events and information for new incoming students.

All Schools Orientation Day

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), All School Orientation has moved online.

Virtual Proud Parent Town Hall

2021 Dates - To be advised. For more information, visit

Welcome Back Week - Hosted by Student Life (held in the Fall)

2021 Dates - To be advised

First Day of Class

2021 Fall Semester - Monday, August 30, 2021

SHP Orientation Schedule

Orientation Events

Fall 2021 – Orientation Week – August 23 - 27, 2021

Orientation events have moved online/virtual with the exception of student ID photos and badge distribution as a result of COVID-19.

University Online Orientation

Each new student is required to complete on-line orientation.

The purpose of this required New Student Online Orientation program is to provide information and tools for each student's success from the point of program entry to degree completion. All accepted students should have received an email with instructions and the access link from Enrollment Services/Student Life. Students are encouraged to use this online orientation as a resource throughout your career here at UTMB.

Student ID Photos

2021 Dates - To be advised

Badge Distribution

2021 Dates - To be advised

Department Orientation Sessions

Students should receive program-specific schedules regarding virtual orientation sessions directly from their departments and are encouraged to continue to monitor their UTMB student email for updates.

Student Curbside Parking and Hangtags

Fall 2021 Information - Coming Soon. In the meantime, please visit Student Parking / UTMB Auxiliary Enterprises for more information.

New Student Resources

Staying informed with Social Media

The SHP Office of Academic and Student Affairs is committed to making the best use of all available technology and innovation. This includes using social media to improve communication and interaction with the students we serve. We are working towards minimizing the amount of emails students, faculty, and staff receive from our office. To meet that goal, we limit email announcements of non-essential and/or non-emergency content and use social media as another tool of communication.

To stay informed, follow us on the following social media forums

We have created a Facebook Group for New Students

Become a member and start posting some new student discussions and make new friends before you arrive!

New Student Housing & Roomate Forum

Students have asked for an online platform to find housing opportunities in Galveston, and Student Life listened! We created a Student Housing & Roommate Forum for UTMB students seeking roommates and/or housing. It will act as an online bulletin board for students to connect with each other, as well as find housing opportunities posted by the Galveston community. Feel free to join, post, and share with anyone that you think might benefit from the group.

Join the Student Housing & Roommate Forum Facebook Group today!

Contact Us

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1036
O: SHP/SON 4.224
P: 409-772-9411
F: 409-772-1550

Site managed by the School of Health Professions • Last Updated: 05-MAY-2021