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Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), New Student Orientation is moving online. For more information about the Coronavirus, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Any student wishing to change their term or defer their admission should complete the Change of Term Request Form.

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. Virtual Orientation will prepare you to succeed at UH. The Virtual 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. During Virtual Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, connect with other new Coogs, be introduced to UH traditions, and get acquainted with campus resources. We can’t wait to see you!

Spring 2021 admitted students will be able to register for Virtual Orientation on Wednesday, October 28. Virtual Orientation sessions will take place in December 2020 and January 2021. You must register and virtually attend a virtual orientation session in order to register for Spring 2021 courses.


Virtual 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!).

  • What You'll Do

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

    • Mingle with your future classmates
    • Gain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed at the University
    • Learn more about how to pay for college
    • Hear about various student support services we have on campus
    • Schedule a time to meet with your academic advisor
    • Feel confident that you’re ready for your first day at UH
  • Virtual Orientation Fee

    The fee for Virtual Orientation is $60 and includes access to the online orientation modules, academic advising and course registration assistance, subscription to the New Coog Transition Series, and much more.

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

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

Family & Guest Virtual 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 Virtual Orientation.

  • What You'll Do

    You'll get the opportunity to learn about resources available on campus, 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


All videos in our Virtual Orientation are closed captioned for students with accessibility needs. If you need further assistance or have questions about the orientation experience, don’t hesitate to contact us at orientation@uh.edu.


  • How do I cancel or reschedule an orientation?

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to log in to your myUH self-service portal to manage your orientation schedule.

  • What are the fees?

    Fees are all-inclusive and non-refundable. Payment made for New Student Orientation is due before you can view and select an orientation date through the myUH portal.

    Orientation Fees

    • Virtual Orientation is $60
  • How do I make payment for an orientation?

    Use these step-by-step instructions to log in to your myUH self-service portal to complete the payment process.

  • What if I cannot make payment for an orientation?

    We do offer an orientation fee deferment to those who meet criteria as listed in our Orientation Fee Deferment section. An orientation fee deferment will not remove or waive your orientation fee and you will still be required to pay for orientation at a later date. Complete and submit an Orientation Fee Deferment Form online to request a fee deferment.

  • How do I remove the hold for orientation?

    You must complete your vitual orientation to have your hold released for orientation. We cannot release your hold without you completing the mandatory orientation unless you qualify for an Exemption.

  • How do I add a guest?

    Your guest will need to register online. Registration will open in mid-October.

  • Is there a fee for guests?

    Yes, there is a $20 fee for guests to subscribe to the Virtual Parent Series. The preferred payment method is credit or debit card (Visa and MasterCard only).

  • Can I receive a refund if I decide not to attend UH?

    In order to receive a refund, you must fill out the refund form before your Virtual Orientation open date. Any refund request made after your Virtual Orientation open date will be denied as you were able to utilize the service.


  • Exemptions

    An exemption is defined as a justifiable excuse, with documentation, to not complete the virtual orientation program. All incoming students are required to complete virtual orientation unless the student has an approved exemption request by the Office of Prospective and New Student Programs. Please see below for information on requesting an exemption.

    Exemptions from an virtual orientation:

    Students can request an exemption from completing the in-person New Student Orientation under certain circumstances. All exemptions will be reviewed and granted on a case-by-case basis. To request an exemption, at least one of the following must apply:

    1. Student has paid and attended a New Student Orientation within the last 12 months.
    2. Student will be a non-degree seeking student AND is not planning to transition to degree seeking student.
    3. Student has been admitted as a post-baccalaureate student in the College of Education.

    All students interested in requesting an exemption must submit an Orientation Exemptions Request form.

  • Fee Deferment

    A fee deferment may be provided to students who demonstrate need for orientation and cannot pay for the program before their requested orientation date. All students who request a fee deferment must meet BOTH of the following criteria:

    1. Student has an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 0-2000 according to their on-file FAFSA application.
    2. Student has an incoming PELL or TEXAS Grant for the intended semester of enrollment.

    All students interested in requesting a fee deferment for their requested orientation date must complete and submit an Orientation Fee Deferment Form online.* Any student that registers for orientation will be required to pay the orientation fee whether the fee was deferred or the student attended a previous orientation from another term. Additionally, the orientation fee payment is still required if you do not enroll in the university after registering for orientation.

    NOTE: A Fee Deferment is not a Fee Waiver. Students will still be required to pay for orientation once they receive their financial aid package. If payment is not made, a financial delinquency hold will be placed on the student’s account.

    *We reserve the right to deny a student’s request for a fee deferment without sufficient proof of need.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns related to Virtual Orientation that weren't answered above, please contact us at orientation@uh.edu or (713) 743-1010, option 4. We look forward to seeing you!

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.