Virtual 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. During Virtual Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor and schedule time to talk about classes, get acquainted with campus resources, learn more about how to pay for college, and gain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed at UH. We can’t wait to virtually meet you!
Follow the five steps below to ensure you are ready to start classes for the Spring 2021 semester:
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I cancel or reschedule an orientation?
What is the cost of Virtual Orientation and how do I make a payment?
Do you offer a fee waiver for orientation?
UH does not offer fee waivers for orientation, however, due to COVID-19, we are providing fee deferments to students who are experiencing financial hardship— no questions asked. A fee deferment will add the $60 orientation fee to the student’s tuition and fee bill instead of requiring the student to pay $60 before registering for orientation. This allows students to pay for orientation once they receive their financial aid package.
A fee deferment is not a fee waiver. Any student who attends 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 attending orientation. If payment is not made, a financial delinquency hold will be placed on the student’s account.
How do I schedule or reschedule my advising appointment?
You cannot register for an advising appointment without having attended your Virtual Orientation date. At Virtual Orientation, your college will discuss their process for academic advising. If you have already scheduled an appointment, reach out directly to the contact information provided along with your appointment information.
How do I remove the orientation holds on my account?
Incoming Freshman Students:
- New Student Orientation
- Freshman Orientation Advising
Incoming Transfer Students:
- Transfer Orientation
- Transfer Orientation Advising
The New Student Orientation hold and the Transfer Orientation hold will be removed from a student’s account immediately upon completing the Pre-Orientation Modules through your Access UH account.
The Freshman and Transfer Orientation Advising hold will be removed at the discretion of the college. Attend your Virtual Orientation to learn about your college’s advising process.
Can I receive a refund if I decide not to attend UH?
Virtual Orientation fees are non-refundable.
How do I change my major before attending orientation?
Follow the steps below to change your major before attending Virtual Orientation:
- Review the admissions requirements for the major you want to switch into:
- Complete the change of major form five business days before your Virtual Orientation (chart below).
- You will receive an email notification regarding the status of your major change before attending orientation.
Live, Virtual Orientation Date Deadline to Change Your Major December 10, 2020 Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at midnight December 15, 2020 Monday, December 7, 2020 at midnight January 6, 2021 Monday, December 28, 2020 at midnight January 8, 2021 Friday, December 31, 2020 at midnight January 12, 2021 Monday, January 4, 2020 at midnight
Can I change my major after attending orientation?
If you have already attended your Virtual Orientation, follow the instructions below based on which option applies to you:If you have not registered for classes: Complete the change of major form and select “have already attended orientation” as the option for Orientation session.If you have already registered for classes: Reach out directly to your academic advisor to change your major.
Family & Guest Virtual Orientation
Family & Guest Registration will open on December 1, 2020.
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. 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
Exemptions from Completing Virtual Orientation
All incoming students to the University of Houston for the Spring 2021 semester are required to attend virtual orientation. However, if a student meets one of the criteria below, they will be exempt from completing Spring 2021 virtual orientation:
- Student has paid and attended a New Student Orientation within the last 12 months.
- Student will be completing an online-only degree program.
- Student will be non-degree seeking AND is not planning to transition to a degree seeking student.
- Student has been admitted as a post-baccalaureate student in the College of Education.
Students who meet any of the above criteria can complete an exemption form. Staff will verify the exemption and remove both holds if criteria is met within 24 – 48 business hours. If exemption criteria is not met, the student will be notified within 24 – 48 business hours.
Exemptions from Completing the Live Component of Virtual Orientation
Academic advising arrangements will be available to students who are unable to attend the live component of virtual orientation before their intended semester of enrollment. All requests for this accommodation will be reviewed and granted with proof of the following circumstance:
- Student is or will be serving military orders during the entirety of the offered live virtual orientation dates, which prevents them from virtually attending any live component orientation date.
Due to COVID-19, we are providing fee deferments to students who are experiencing financial hardship— no questions asked. A fee deferment will add the $60 orientation fee to the student’s tuition and fee bill instead of requiring the student to pay $60 before registering for orientation. This allows students to pay for orientation once they receive their financial aid package. The tuition and fee bill deadline for Spring 2021 is January 12, 2021.
A fee deferment is not a fee waiver and UH does not offer fee waivers for orientation. Any student who attends 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 attending orientation. If payment is not made, a financial delinquency hold will be placed on the student’s account.
Virtual Orientation fees for both students and family & guests are non-refundable.
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.