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Congratulations on your admission to The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy! New Student Orientation (NSO), as the name implies, serves to orient you to the college and the profession of pharmacy.  It will be your first thorough introduction to the curriculum, faculty, and other aspects of the college and profession.  We believe you will find its content to be extremely valuable in preparing you for your tenure in the college.  NSO events will begin on Sunday, August 23 and conclude on Friday, August 28.  For a full schedule go to New Student Orientation Schedule  A few highlights are included below.

Sunday, August 23

The college will host a “Get Acquainted Mixer” for you to meet your classmates, upperclassman, faculty, and staff.  The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Texas Union Underground. Family members are welcome to attend this event.

Monday, August 24

This is a very full day.  All new students should arrive in the 2nd Floor Foyer (South Pharmacy Building) at 8:30 a.m to begin the orientation process.  Please see the New Student Orientation Schedule for details.

White Coat CeremonyAs incoming students continue to participate in orientation activities for them, family, and friends are invited to join in the celebration with the Family Orientation Program which begins at 2 p.m. in Flawn Academic Center (FAC 21).  This program provides family and friends an overview of the pharmacy curriculum and gives them a sense of your next four years.

The day culminates with the White Coat Ceremony, scheduled for 4 p.m. in Texas Union Ballroom 3.202.  You are the featured attraction at this event where you will officially step into the profession of pharmacy as you “don your new white lab coat“. Please dress professionally for the daytime events on August 24th.  Following the White Coat Ceremony, the college’s Alumni Association will host a brief reception for you, your family, and friends to celebrate this important milestone.

Tuesday, August 25

Gone To Texas PhotoYou will have an opportunity to learn about many pharmacy professional organizations and hear from student and practitioner leaders.  Student organizations representatives will be featuring and selling items (t-shirts, pins, etc.) so bring cash and/or your checkbook as you will not want to miss out on these items.

Only one evening event is planned during orientation and it’s one you won’t want to miss.  On the eve of the first day of fall classes, the university sponsors a campus-wide celebration of new starts with “Gone to Texas” The college kicks off Gone to Texas with a free BBQ dinner for incoming students beginning at 7 p.m. in the Texas Union’s Santa Rita Room.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet and mingle with new classmates, new graduate students, upperclassmen, and faculty.  Following dinner, we will walk together to the university-wide Gone to Texas celebration on the plaza of the Main Building.

This and That

The attire for most of orientation is business casual; however, please dress professionally for the daytime events on August 24th.  Appropriate attire for women would be a dress or a blouse with skirt/slacks.  Suggested wear for men is a shirt, tie, and slacks.  A coat or suit is unnecessary for men or women.

During Monday morning activities, incoming class members will have your picture taken to incorporate into a class composite handout.  This will be distributed to faculty and staff to make it easier for us to get to know you.

Project Collaborate and Know Your Medicine Initiatives Introduction

On Wednesday afternoon, Project Collaborate and Know Your Medicine initiatives will be introduced.  Project Collaborate is a college-wide initiative to provide free health screenings to the underserved populations in cities across Texas.  The collaboration has brought together the entire College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and dozens of businesses and community organizations, with the shared mission of educating and empowering patients in the community about their health.  Not only do we make an impact on the community, but students are also given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, working directly with patients at any of the 20+ Project Collaborate events scheduled throughout the school year.

Know Your Medicine is a community service outreach initiative started by the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy students and faculty from the Austin, San Antonio, Rio Grande Valley and El Paso regions. The mission of Know Your Medicine (KYM) is to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of Texas residents through the promotion of health screenings, medication safety and optimal medication management. Our ultimate goal is to improve health outcomes in our communities.

Incoming P1s will be trained to conduct screenings for glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat% and body mass index.  The on-site training consists of two parts: the formal presentation and demonstration, as well as the hands-on practice, where students will be able to practice their technique on each other.  After completing this training, they will be authorized under Project Collaborate to conduct screenings on real patients out in the community. Training will occur during the first two weeks of the semester.

Lab Coats, Calculators, and Required Paperwork

Members of UT’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy (UT-APhA-ASP) have provided you with information concerning the purchase of your lab coat, college patch, and clicker.    Everyone must purchase a lab coat,  patch, and clicker as they are required for several classes.  (Exception: El Paso and Pan Am students who have already received lab coats in their home region need only purchase the patch.)  If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact Rock Suddhi at RSUDDHI93@GMAIL.COM.

Scientific calculators (PDF) may be ordered through Kappa Epsilon.

There are several documents that the college needs to receive from you prior to the start of the fall semester.  Please click on the Required Paperwork link, complete and submit these documents as instructed.  Information regarding Criminal Background Checks and the College’s Drug Screen Policy are available through the NSO website.  In addition, certain training modules need to be completed by August 1, 2015. Instructions for completing the Compliance Modules can be found on this website.

The New Student Orientation program was developed with YOU in mind.  We hope you utilize this program to its fullest potential!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of our team in the Student Affairs Office, Greg Caldera (, David Ocean (, Cheryl Dickens ( and Anda Wynn ( or at (512) 471-1737.

Welcome to the College!

Diane B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., R.Ph., FASHP

Clinical Professor
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs