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!
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!). Virtual Orientation is now open to all Summer and Fall 2020 admitted students.
**You must register for a Virtual Orientation through your AccessUH account. Instructions on how to register are here.**
New Student Orientation is mandatory and in order to release the hold on your account, all modules and quizzes must be completed. The orientation hold will be lifted immediately after completing Virtual Orientation. You’ll still be able to reach out to your academic advisor as soon as you complete the Academic Advising module (please do not reach out to your advisor before completing your orientation and following the instructions in the advising module).
Common issues with accessing Virtual Orientation:
- Pop-up Blockers – To access Virtual Orientation, you’ll need to disable you pop-up blockers. Check your system and browser settings if you click “Go to Online Orientation” and nothing happens.
- Registration not found – make sure you have registered for an orientation session and have received a confirmation email of your registration.
- Login id error – this means you may have clicked “Go to Online Orientation” too many times. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can reset your account.
- Runtime error – this is a technical issue that needs to be resolved by our UH IT team. Email us at email@example.com so we can troubleshoot for you.
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
How to Register
Registration for Virtual Orientation is open! You need to register online through your myUH self-service account to reserve a spot. Once a time period fills up, you can no longer sign up for that period.
Although the last date may appear as August 30th or 31st, please disregard that date. You will gain access for the orientation as soon as you register so you will have plenty of time to complete orientation, meet with an advisor, and register for classes before August.
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.
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.
Other Checklist Items
Make sure to review and complete the below items before starting virtual orientation, if necessary.
Changing Your Major
Are you considering a major change? You can do that before your Virtual Orientation, but you must meet the admissions requirements for that specific major. Please fill out this change your major form before starting orientation. It takes 3-5 business days to process your major change. For incoming freshman students, you can learn more about the admissions requirements for some of our majors by joining one of our Major Change 101 sessions. Transfer students can speak with The Transfer Advising Program (TAP) to meet with members of their staff about changing your major.
While you are awaiting a major change decision, you can complete all modules of the orientation except for academic advising. Once you have been notified of your major change decision, you can complete the advising module. You will only be able to complete Virtual Orientation and be advised for the major you have been accepted to.
Bacterial Meningitis Immunization
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)You won't be able to enroll in classes if your TSI requirements are not met before your orientation. You can check the “Holds” section (under Student Service Center) in your myUH account to see if this requirement has or has not been met. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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!
- 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
How to Register
Family and Guest Virtual Orientation registration is open and you can register here. You'll need to register online to subscribe to the orientation series. All sessions will be held live at the date and time shown. Additionally, all sessions will be recorded and available to subscribers if they join after an event date.
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 email@example.com.
How do I cancel or reschedule an orientation?
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.
- Virtual Orientation is $60
How do I make payment for an orientation?
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 May 1.
Is there a fee for guests?
Yes, there is a $20 fee for guests to subscribe to the Virtual Parent Series this summer. 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.
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:
- Student has paid and attended a New Student Orientation within the last 12 months.
- Student will be a non-degree seeking student AND is not planning to transition to degree seeking student.
- 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.
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:
- Student has an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 0-2000 according to their on-file FAFSA application.
- 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.
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.