SHP New Student Orientation

School of Health Professions
New Student Orientation


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.

Welcome Weekend and New Student Orientation are 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.

Orientation Schedules

All Students
  • Welcome Weekend
    Saturday, August 18, 2018
    Moody Gardens Convention Center
    * hosted by Student Life
  • UTMB Annual Proud Parents Welcome Event
    Saturday, August 18, 2018
    Galveston Island Convention Center
    * Sponsored by the Office of the Provost - This event is for parents of incoming UTMB students only
  • All Schools Orientation Day
    Monday, August 20, 2018
    William C. Levin Hall, UTMB Campus
School of Health Professions

Download: Orientation Schedule

  • August 20 - 24, 2018
    • Attendance for All Schools Orientation and School of Health Professions orientation events is mandatory for incoming SHP campus students unless excused in writing by your Department Chair.
    • Online/Distance students should check with their individual departments to verify what events they are required to attend.
  • First day of Class
    2018 - 2019 Fall Academic Year

    Monday, August 27, 2018

Shuttle Parking for Orientation Week

It is highly recommended that students who do not have student parking secured utilize the shuttle lot to avoid parking tickets. Note: this lot is reserved for new students during orientation week only.

Parking will be available at a shuttle lot which is located at located at 4th Street and Winnie Street, off of Seawall Boulevard and Holiday Drive (directly north of the Walgreens). Please note that this lot has motion sensor entry arms - your car will need to pull up the arms to be let in and no badge is required. From there the shuttle buses will transport students to campus where they should exit the shuttle at the Levin Hall drop off. Students utilizing the Shuttle Lot should allow for extra time to reach campus. The buses will run in the afternoon to return students to their vehicles.

Orientation Shuttle Schedule - The shuttles will run from the Shuttle Lot to the Levin Hall Drop Off/Pick Up spot during the dates and times provided on the shuttle schedule.

Download: Shuttle Schedule Info (pdf)

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

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We have created a Facebook event for orientation:

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

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