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 Orientation & Transition Announcements


Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

In recognition of Indigenous People’s Day and Native American Heritage Month, the University of Utah crafted a Land Acknowledgement and charted a committed toformally launch an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement. 

"The University of Utah has both historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous peoples. Given that the Salt Lake Valley has always been a gathering place for Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous peoples. The University of Utah recognizes the enduring relationships between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government. Today, approximately 60,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native peoples live in Utah. As a state institution, the University of Utah is committed to serving Native communities throughout Utah in partnership with Native Nations and our Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities."

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Published: October 12, 2020

U Campus Remains in Orange Status

With Salt Lake City’s announcement that the city will transition to a Yellow restrictions status on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, we want to give our campus an update on what that means for us.

The University of Utah will continue in its current Orange restrictions status at least through Oct. 10, the last day of our planned two-week “circuit breaker” shift to online-only classes.

Throughout this period, our emergency management, facilities, and academic leadership teams will continue to review and provide information about appropriate policies and protocols that will guide our operations at the University of Utah.

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Published: September 4, 2020

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission at the University of Utah


Students, staff and faculty have responded with remarkable understanding, patience and flexibility to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting changes to our campus operations. With the arrival of the Fall 2020 Semester, it will take all of us, working together, to reduce health risks and ensure that this academic year is successful.

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Published: August 23, 2020



The Ute Indian Tribe and Relationship to the University of Utah

Ute TribeThe University of Utah is one of several higher education intuitions with a relationship with a Native American Tribe in the United States—Ute Indian Tribe. The Ute Indian Tribe is one of three federally recognized Ute Tribes in the state of Utah. The Ute Indian Tribe comprises of three distinctive bands: the Uintah, the Whiteriver and the Uncompahgre. The Uintah and Ouray Reservation at Fort Duchesne is 150 miles east of Salt Lake City and is the second-largest Indian Reservation in the U.S. covering over 4.5 million acres; the reservation is also known as the Uintah Basin. The State of Utah takes its name from the native Ute Tribes.

The Tribe gives University Athletics permission to use the Tribe’s name through a memo of understanding (MOU) signed by tribal and university leaders. In the spring of 2020, a five-year renewal of the memo was signed. The university also supports campus events to raise awareness of American Indian culture, from the annual campus powwow to Native American Month. In addition, the university also actively supports Ute Indian students, and other federally recognized American Indian students who are attending the university.

The Ute Indian histories and the Ute Indian Tribe’s cultural and economic contributions to the state are meaningful to all of our experiences in the state of Utah. We want to encourage you to check out the Ute Proud education campaign ( which shares more about the Ute Indian Tribe and also provides a code of conduct that educates sports fans about inappropriate behaviors that dishonor the Ute and other Native American populations. As Ute fans, we bear special responsibility to the Ute Indian Tribe, the school’s and state’s namesake. Be inspired to find out more about Ute Proud. Our “Go Utes!” should reflect real understanding and deep respect for Utah’s peoples. Welcome to the University of Utah and joining a legacy of honor and respect.

Published: September 4, 2020

A message from our office..

The Office of Orientation & Transition strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for our University of Utah community, which includes new and current students. We strongly condemn recent violent acts of police brutality and the unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Bernardo Palacios-Carbaja, and so many more. We unequivocally denounce the culture of white supremacy that breeds racial injustices.

Our office strives to embody four core values. One core value is to advocate for social justice. We recognize that we have not embodied this value to its broadest extent. This ends here. We can do better. We must do better. We will do better. We are working to determine concrete steps as we embrace our roles as engaged agents of anti-racism. We will continue to share this journey and welcome ideas from our campus community.

We stand in solidarity with black and brown communities, our students, and campus partners who share the desire to dismantle systems of power that produce systemic and institutionalized racism.

Black Lives Matter.

Published: June 17, 2020 @ 12:01pm

Course Registration - July 6, 2020

The University of Utah has made an official announcement concerning course registration for fall 2020. As of Monday, June 15th all course registration will be paused until Monday, July 6th. The University does not make this decision lightly as we know it impacts all incoming and current students. 

As you may know, the University of Utah plans to return to campus in fall 2020 with a mix of online and in-person instruction. As we navigate this change, it has become apparent that the ways in which we structure our courses must be reimagined. We are committed to providing an exceptional and safe experience for all students.

New students registering for fall 2020 will not be able to do so until July 6th. The Office of Orientation & Transition will continue to facilitate the virtual New Student Orientation experience outlined on our website. Students will be able to use Schedule Builder to add classes to their CIS shopping cart in preparation for July 6th. Please refer to your Virtual Orientation Canvas course for an overview of this process.

We will continue to provide updates on this procedural change as we receive them from the Office of the Registrar. We understand that this change can be overwhelming. The Office of Orientation & Transition will continue to support our incoming students as they prepare for the fall.

Published: June 15, 2020 @ 3:55pm

To the Class of 2024:

Welcome to the University of Utah! We are so excited for you to join us on campus this fall. The University of Utah is a vibrant and unique institution with limitless room for you to learn, grow, and become who you have always wanted to be. Right now, our campus is quiet, but remains resilient in the face of uncertainty. The novel coronavirus has impacted our campus community in many ways. The safety of our students and campus community remains our top priority. As such, New Student Orientation (NSO) will be transitioning to a fully online experience

The updated cost of New Student Orientation is $30. As you have already registered for NSO and paid the original $60 fee, you will be automatically refunded $30 to your original payment method. Due to the large number of refunds being issued you may not see your refund for a few weeks, if you do not receive a refund by the end of April please contact us and we will assist.New Student Orientation as a virtual experience might seem overwhelming as a first-step. Rest assured, the Office of Orientation & Transition is here to support and guide you through the process. While our office is currently operating remotely, we are happy to assist via email regarding any questions and concerns. You can reach us at

Stay safe and be well. 

Published: April 15, 2020 @ 10:00am

The Office of Orientation & Transition

The Office of Orientation & Transition will be available in-office, over the phone, and by email Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm (MST) with limited staff. 

Office phone numer: (801) 581-7069


Published: August 18, 2020 @ 2:51pm

Last Updated: 5/26/21