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Orientation for Admitted Students

So, you're officially a Cougar! You’ve worked hard to get here, and your time at the University of Houston is about to start. Orientation will prepare you to succeed at UH. The orientation you attend depends on the semester you’ll start at the University of Houston and whether you’re a first-year or transfer student. At Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, connect with other new Coogs, introduce you to UH traditions, and acquaint you with campus resources. We can’t wait to see you on campus!

Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is exactly what is sounds like; an Orientation specifically designed for new college students. We'll give you all the information you need to feel confident when you step on campus for your first day of class. Yes, it's mandatory (but it's also fun!).

Summer & Fall 2020 Freshman Orientation Dates

Registration for Summer/Fall 2020 Freshman Orientation will open in mid-February 2020.

Session Dates Status
Freshman Orientation 1 May 27 - 28, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 2 June 4 - 5, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 3 June 8 - 9, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 4 June 14 -15, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 5 June 18 - 19, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 6 June 25 - 26, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 7 July 14 - 15, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 8 July 19 - 20, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 9 July 23 - 24, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Freshman Orientation 10 July 28 - 29, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.

  • What You'll Do

     Here's a sneak peek at what you'll do: 

    • Mingle with your future classmates
    • Experience the rich traditions & history of UH
    • Gain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed at the University
    • Learn more about how to pay for college
    • Engage with various student support services we have on campus
    • Meet with your academic advisor
    • Complete a class schedule in your chosen major
    • Leave confident that you’re ready for your first day at UH

    Sample Schedule for Freshman Orientation*

    *This is not a final, comprehensive schedule and should not be used as such.

  • How to Register

    Registration for Summer/Fall 2020 Freshman Orientation will open in mid-February 2020. You need to register online through your myUH self-service account to reserve a spot. Once a date fills up, you can no longer sign up for that date. There are no waiting lists for orientation dates.

    Register Online: Go to accessuh.uh.edu and log in with your myUH ID. Then, click on "Student Admissions." Next, click on "New Student Orientation." Here are further step-by-step instructions.

    Register In-Office: You can also register by visiting our office. We're located in the Welcome Center at 4400 University Drive.

    Step-by-step instructions on how to register for Orientation.

  • Freshman Orientation Fee

    The fee for Freshman Orientation is $150 and includes programing, overnight accomodations, a t-shirt, lunch, a parking permit, a folder, and other materials.

    We don't offer fre waivers for Orientation; however, qualifed students can request a Fee Deferment. Fee Deferments must be arranged prior or at the time of registering for your Orientation date.

    Orientation fees are non-refundable. To view our policy, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • What to Bring

    Here's what to bring with you:
    • Twin-sized sheets, blanket, and pillow
    • Towels
    • Toiletries (soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
    • Medication
    • Government-issued photo ID
    • Final transcripts from your high school and/or former college(s) if you haven't submitted them to UH already
    • Casual clothes (including clothes for your second day of Orientation)
    • Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes
    • Water bottle
    • Umbrella or raincoat
    • A jacket or sweater (some meeting rooms will be chilly)

Transfer Orientation

Transfer Orientation is a program for all new transfer students that'll gve you a sense of what the University of Houston is all about. We'll give you all the information you need to feel confident when you step on campus for your first day of class at UH. Yes, it's mandatory (but it's also fun!).

Summer & Fall 2020 Transfer Orientation Dates

Registration for Summer/Fall 2020 Transfer Orientation will open in mid-February 2020.

Session Dates Status
Transfer Orientation 1 May 21, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Transfer Orientation 2 May 29, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Transfer Orientation 3 June 12, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Transfer Orientation 4 June 24, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Transfer Orientation 5 July 22, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.
Transfer Orientation 6 July 31, 2020 Registration opens Feb. 2020.

  • What You'll Do

    At Transfer Orientation, you'll:

    • Mingle with your future classmates
    • Experience the rich traditions & history of UH
    • Gain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed at the University
    • Learn more about how to pay for college
    • Engage with various student support services we have on campus
    • Meet with your academic advisor
    • Complete a class schedule in your chosen major
    • Leave confident that you’re ready for your first day at UH

    Sample Schedule for Transfer Orientation*

    *This is not a final, comprehensive schedule and should not be used as such.

  • How to Register

    Registration for Summer/Fall 2020 Freshman Orientation will open in mid-February 2020. You need to register online through your myUH self-service account to reserve a spot. Once a date fills up, you can no longer sign up for that date. There are no waiting lists for orientation dates.

    Register Online: Go to accessuh.uh.edu and log in with your myUH ID. Then, click on "Student Admissions." Next, click on "New Student Orientation." Here are further step-by-step instructions.

    Register In-Office: You can also register by visiting our office. We're located in the Welcome Center at 4400 University Drive.

    Step-by-step instructions on how to register for Orientation.

  • Transfer Orientation Fee

    The fee for Transfer Orientation is $75 and includes programing, a t-shirt, lunch, a parking permit, a folder, and other materials.

    We don't offer fee waivers for Orientation; however, qualifed students can request a Fee Deferment. Fee Deferments must be arranged prior or at the time of registering for your Orientation date.

    Orientation fees are non-refundable. To view our policy, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • What to Bring

    Here's what to bring with you:
    • Government-issued photo ID
    • Final transcripts from your high school and/or former college(s) if you haven't submitted them to UH already
    • Casual clothes
    • Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes
    • Water bottle
    • Umbrella or raincoat
    • A jacket or sweater (some meeting rooms will be chilly)

Family & Guest Orientation

Transitioning to college is a big step—one that can be overwhelming and confusing for students. That’s why we want to make sure you have all the information about the University of Houston at your disposal. That way, you can help your student navigate this life-changing process. Learn more about everything UH has to offer you and your student at Family & Guest Orientation.

  • What You'll Do

    You'll get the opportunity to learn about resources available on campus, hear from your student’s academic college, learn more about financial aid, and meet other families & guests joining the Cougar Family!

    You'll also:

    • Learn how to support your student to be successful at the University of Houston
    • Gain insight about campus resources & services
    • Discover how to become involved as a UH family member
    • Meet administrators, staff, faculty, and other UH families

    Sample Schedule for Family & Guest Freshman Orientation*   |  Sample Schedule for Family & Guest Transfer Orientation*

    *This is not a final, comprehensive schedule and should not be used as such.

  • How to Register

    Registration for Spring Orientation will open for both students and parents in mid-February 2020.
  • Family & Guest Orientation Fee

    The guest fee per adult guest (18+) is $60 at Freshman Orientation and $40 at Transfer Orientation. The fee includes programming, lunch, a parking permit, and other materials. It does not include housing. The fee can be paid online in advance or on-site the morning of the orientation.

    There is no fee for children under 18. However, all guests under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guests under 18 will not be able to attend Family & Guest Orientation without a parent or guardian. 

    Orientation fees are non-refundable. To view our policy, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns related to New Student Orientation, please contact us at orientation@uh.edu or (713) 743-1010, option 4. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Meet O-Team

The Orientation Team (O-Team for short) are your new best friends. Think of them as a family made up of a diverse and unique group of current UH students who serve as leaders across campus. They'll work with you and your family to introduce you to the University of Houston, and all the academic, social, and cultural aspects of becoming a Cougar.