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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. Let's talk about what's next.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is exactly what it 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. You'll learn more about life on campus, mingle with your future classmates, meet your academic advisor, and register for classes. Yes, it's mandatory (but it's also fun!). Please see the available dates for Spring Orientation listed below.

Spring 2020 Orientation Dates

Registration for Spring Orientation will open for both students and parents on October 14, 2019.

Session Dates Status
Orientation 1 December 17, 2019 Registration open.
Orientation 2 December 18, 2019 Registration open.
Orientation 3 January 6, 2020 Registration open.
Orientation 4 January 9, 2020 Registration open.
Orientation 5 January 10, 2020 Registration open.

*For Spring Orientation, there will not be an overnight stay or early check-in.*

**Orientation registration for Summer/Fall 2020 will open February 2020.**

Know Before You Go

What To Expect

We'll ease you into your new life at UH! Here's what you'll do at your NSO:

  • Experience some of our traditions
  • Gain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed at UH
  • 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

What To Bring

  • 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 comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • A jacket or sweater (some meeting rooms will be chilly)


Info for Family and Guests

Family members and guests are welcome to attend New Student Orientation. The guest fee per adult guest (18+) is $40 at New Student 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. The fee can be paid online in advance or on-site the morning of the orientation. This fee does not include housing.

Registration for Spring Orientation will open for both students and parents on October 14, 2019.

Meet the Staff

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.