Freshman Enrollment Tips And FAQ - University of Houston
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Below you can find key step-by-step guidance to use as a resource both before and after your scheduled online meetings with Honors College advisors for first semester enrollment.

Students are encouraged to use this guide to add intended fall semester classes PRIOR to scheduled online orientation advising/enrollment meetings — this will save you a lot of time at your advising session!

The information below is extensive — but will also answer many frequently asked questions and assist you in planning your first-semester course schedule. Click the topics below for more!

Freshman Enrollment

  • Online Orientation and Enrollment Meetings

    Students will receive an email from the Honors College outlining the steps to take for their online orientation and enrollment. This will include online modules that must be viewed prior to enrollment, as well as signing up via the Navigate app for a scheduled group enrollment meeting that will take place on Microsoft Teams. You are of course welcome to download and familiarize yourself with these apps right now.
  • Honors Flowcharts/Degree Plans

    The Honors College has specific flowcharts/degree plans designed for every major. Each flowchart includes all of your degree requirements for the next four years, as well as indications of which Honors courses are required/recommended in order for you to fulfill the Honors Core Curriculum requirements and reach the expected 36+ Honors hours needed to graduate with University Honors.  

    ** See also “Honors Classes in Your Major/Pre-Reqs” below for more information on using these flowcharts.

    Honors advisors are available every semester to assist you in making appropriate progress through this flowchart  though for freshman orientation we’re of course focusing on your first semester

    No matter what your major, you’ll notice that the first semester will always contain these classes:

    • HUMAN SITUATION  required of all Honors students
    • A MATH course  because if you’re a STEM major, you’ll need it as a pre-req for later classes, and if you’re a non-STEM major it’s best to complete your Math core while you still remember your high school math. 
    • Course(s) in your major necessary for staying on track in your major
    • Core Curriculum course(s)  if needed  in order to reach 15-18 hours for the semester

    See below for instructions and guidelines for enrolling correctly in all of the above  though first verifying your transfer credits (also below) is an important next step.

  • Verifying Transfer Credits

    If you are bringing in any AP/Dual/IB or other forms of transfer credit to UH, it’s important to verify exactly what requirements those credits will count towards before you begin selecting classes for your fall schedule.

    The easiest way to do this is via a Transfer Credit Report in your myUH Student Center as follows:

    Transfer Credit Report

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    Student Course Credit 

    In the “Equivalent Course” column above, you can see exactly what UH classes your posted credits will count towards. These are important to keep in mind as you make decisions whether to use these credits (or not) throughout your degree plan. 

    Important for STEM majors: It is strongly recommended that you do not use AP credit for BIOL 1306 (Biology for Science Majors) and CHEM 1311 (Fundamentals of Chemistry). Taking these classes at the university level tends to provide a stronger foundation for success as students continue through their degree plans. 

    Similarly, for pre-med students: While some medical schools allow AP/transfer for certain pre-requisites, using these credits for science pre-reqs will likely make your med school application less competitive. In addition, some medical schools don’t accept science AP credits at all. Therefore, we strongly encourage pre-med students to not use AP/transfer credits for science pre-reqs. Again, these prior credits are not “wasted” credits  instead, they should give you a strong foundation to now do well and demonstrate you are a competitive candidate with your university-level classes.  We also highly recommend Honors BIOL 1306 for pre-med students.

     

    WHAT IF MY PRIOR/TRANSFER CREDITS HAVE NOT POSTED YET?

    Some credits will not officially be posted until later in the summer. In this case, you will want to consult the CREDIT BY EXAM BROCHURE which outlines what scores can count for which course credits. 

    Here is an example:

     

    Above, you’ll see that a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry exam gives you credit for CHEM 1311.

    Or, here is another example:

     

    Above, you can see that that a 4 on the AP Language and Composition exam will get you credit for both ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302  and if you look a little further above that, you’ll see a 3 on the same exam will get you credit for ENGL 1301 only. 
    (NOTE: This will be important to remember with Human Situation registration later.) 

    What if the course credit(s) I’m waiting for will alter my first semester schedule? Or, what if I’m still waiting to hear back on certain scores?

    If the course credit is for a pre-req for another course, you will have to wait until that credit comes in before you can enroll in the next course.

    If this course is also a pre-requisite for required courses in your major (for example, PSYC 2301 for PSYC majors, or many majors require MATH 2312/Pre-Calculus to enroll in CHEM 1311), we recommend you still enroll in this pre-requisite course at UH for now, if only to secure yourself a spot in it. You can always drop this pre-requisite course later in the summer and replace it with the subsequent course once that prior credit does indeed come in.

    If the credit is for a non-major-specific class (such as a core requirement that is not a pre-req), this is less time-sensitive, and you can simply enroll in a different core class/category until the final determination is made for the core class/category in question. See the “Core Curriculum Classes” section below for a full list of core categories and classes.

     

    ** See also the “Classes in Your Major/Pre-Reqs" section below for more on how you can use your flowcharts to determine which courses are pre-requisites in your degree plan.

    ** Remember also our previous recommendation above that pre-med students not use AP/transfer credits for medical school pre-requisites.

    Feel free to also follow up with an advisor for further clarification with your transfer credits.

  • Human Situation Registration

    The Human Situation is a two-semester course sequence required of all University Honors students. You can find out more about the content of Human Situation here. You can also find out more about registration and credits you’ll receive for Human Situation here.

    Here is the quick version for your fall semester: Human Situation (Antiquity) is comprised of both a 3-hour Lecture section (which, depending on your prior credit, will count as either ENGL 1304 or an Elective credit) as well as a 3-hour Discussion section that fulfills everyone’s language, philosophy and culture core requirement.

    For the purposes of this first semester of Human Situation enrollment, there are two primary questions to answer before anything else:

             Do you still need ENGL 1302 (Comp II) credit?

             Or, do you already have ENGL 1302 (Comp II) credit?

    If you still need ENGL 1302 credit, use FORM A to register for Human Situation. 

    If you already have ENGL 1302 credit, use FORM B to register for Human Situation.

     

    Click here for a downloadable PDF of both Human Situation Registration Forms
    (with Form A on page 1 and Form B on page 2).

    In both forms, you will notice that there are two Teams for Human Situation: Team Alpha (whose lectures are MWF 11-12) and Team Omega (whose lectures are MWF 12-1). 

    So, whichever form you are using based on the instructions above, first select a lecture time that works for you (either Team Alpha’s MWF 11-12 or Team Omega’s MWF 12-1), and then simply find a discussion section that corresponds with the same Team (HON 2301).

    IF YOU’RE USING FORM A, your lecture registration will be ENGL 1370 to receive Comp II credit: