New Student Orientation Family and Guest Schedule - University of Houston
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Day 1

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Orientation Check-In - Student Center South - Heights Room
    Grab your nametag and some new UH Cougar swag. Be sure to wear your nametag at all times--it's your ticket to all meals and activities.
  • Cougar Connection - Student Center South - Ballroom
    Learn about campus departments that provide services, programs, and resources to support you during your college career.
  • Bacterial Meningitis - Bayou City Room
    If your student has a Bacterial Meningitis hold on their account, they may submit documentation to have this hold released. This hold will prevent your student from enrolling in courses.
  • Change Your Major - Space City Room
    If your student is thinking about changing their major, they may speak with an Admissions staff member to learn if they meet the requirements. You must meet the admissions requirements to successfully change your major. This is your student’s only opportunity to have their major changed.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Welcome to the University of Houston! - Houston Room
    Our Orientation Team leaders and university administrators will give you a big welcome and provide an overview of our two-day program.
  • Academic Success - Houston Room
    Our Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Student Success will share how your student can be academically successful as they transition to UH.
  • Cub Camp - Houston Room
    Learn about Cub Camp, UH's extended orientation, this summer to learn more about UH and bond with the Class of 2026!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Family & Guest Orientation Welcome with the Dean of Students Office - Houston Room
    Let's review the family schedule and important information for your student's transition to Cougar Family. The Dean of Students Office shares how to be involved and discusses resources for Parents & Families.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

  • Coog Way of Life - Houston Room
    Becoming a University of Houston Cougar means getting involved—learn from the experts about how to find your place on campus and leave your legacy.
  • Cougar Services - Houston Room
    Learn some need-to-know information from vital campus services such as UH Parking & Transportation, UH Campus Store, Cougar Card Office, and UH Dining.
  • Cougar Pride and Traditions - Houston Room
    Join the Spirit of Houston and learn the fight song! UH Athletics will also share how your student can support fellow classmates on and off the field. We will also teach you about the traditions that we have on campus.

2:50 PM - 3:25 PM

  • Special Interest Workshops - Pick 1 of the Following
    • On-campus Student Housing & Residential Life - Houston Room
    • Commuter Student Services - Theater

3:25 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Student Support, Inclusion, & Safety - Ballroom
    Learn how UH is looking out for your student and the different resources we offer to keep them safe.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Cougar-to-Cougar Supporters Small Group - Various Locations
    A Parent Orientation Leader will lead you in discussion with other parents, family members, and guests about your student's transition into UH.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Coog Moms Mixer - Rockwell Pavillion
    Meet Coog Moms! They know transition can be a rough time and want to support you. Join them to play bingo and mingle with parents who know what it's like to send a Cougar off to college.

6:00 PM

  • Dinner on Your Own

Day 2

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Regional Parent Meet-up & Breakfast - Ballroom
    Find parents from the regions you live in and chat with them over breakfast. Our Parent Orientation Leaders will also be there to give you great conversation starters.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

  • Welcome Back! - Ballroom
    Parents & Family Members will learn what activities their students participated in yesterday and develop an understanding of the importance of their continued engagement on campus. At the conclusion of the welcome, they will be dismissed to their student's academic college.

9:15 AM - 10:10 AM

  • Academic Advising Explained - Various Academic Colleges
    During this session, family members will learn about the College Leadership's expectations for their student's chosen academic discipline. They will also learn about policies that may impact their student's timely degree completion and receive enrollment instructions.

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

  • Coog Talk - Ballroom
    Student leaders will teach you how to speak the language of a UH student. Learn how to increase communication with your student and grow in your understanding of UH terminology.

10:50 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

  • A Parent's Guide to College Transition with Mara Affre - Theater
    Join Mara Affre, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, as she shares tips to help you transition your student to UH.

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM

  • Lunch & Current Student Panel - Ballroom

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Financing Your Student's Education: UH in 4, Scholarships & Financial Aid & Student Business Services - Ballroom
    Learn about the University of Houston’s comprehensive plan for on-time graduation. Additionally, representatives from Scholarships and Financial Aid and Student Business Services will discuss everything you need to know about tuition and fees, how to make payments, deadlines, and financial resources including scholarships, grants, and loans.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Networking Sessions: Choose 2 of the following (each session 30 min each)
    • Student Health on Campus - Space City Room
      In this session guests will meet the Student Health Center, UH Wellness, and the Justin Dart Jr. Student Accessibility Center to learn about student health insurance, care on campus, accommodations, etc.
    • LAUNCH Tutoring, Coaching, and Workshops: The Formula for Student Success - Ballroom
      At the university level, the academic demands increase. Learn about how your student can receive course tutoring and academic support to navigate this new environment.
    • Career Services - Skyline Room
      Staff from the Career Services office will share information about how students can search for internships and on-campus employment. They will also learn how to use new software designed to make this process more efficient.

3:00 PM

  • Closing Remarks & Letter to my Student - Ballroom

New Student Orientation Parking

Plan to arrive between 8 and 9:30 a.m. to check into your room and get your orientation materials. Free orientation parking is available at Entrance 9 Lots 8A and 9C. Student Orientation Leaders will direct you to the bus shuttle and Cougar Village II for check-in.