The Orbit initiative represents The University of Texas at Dallas’ commitment to all new students — first-year students, transfer students, graduate students and international students — supporting new Comets as they connect, explore and find their place on campus.

Orbit aims to create a community in which new students are actively involved and feel a greater sense of belonging at UT Dallas, increasing students’ knowledge of university resources, helping them develop meaningful connections with faculty and fellow Comets, and encouraging them to participate in academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.


New Student Engagement Board

A product of the Orbit initiative, the New Student Engagement Board exists to improve communication and facilitate collaboration between UT Dallas’ administrative offices and academic units so as to foster a culture of success for all new Comets. NSEB brings together university administrators, faculty, and students to share best practices in student engagement, strengthen cross-campus partnerships, discuss solutions to administrative challenges, and ensure that events and programs taking place across campus are both widely shared and not duplicative.