So, you're officially a Cougar! You’ve worked hard to get here, and your academic career at the University of Houston starts this month.
Now that we've concluded our summer in-person orientation sessions, your next step to enroll in courses is to complete Virtual Transfer Orientation. Follow our step-by-step instructions on how to register for Virtual Orientation. The deadline to complete orientation is approaching, so take action today. The Virtual Orientation program introduces students to many resources, tips and information about UH and ends with course enrollment. Virtual Orientation modules open on Aug. 14, 2023 — once completed students are provided with instructions from their college related to course enrollment.
1. Register for Virtual Orientation
2. Complete your Pre-Orientation Modules
3. Complete your virtual modules and enroll in courses
Frequently Asked Questions
Complete Pre-Orientation Modules
- Orientation Advising
The pre-orientation hold will be removed when you complete the Pre-Orientation Modules. If you are already registered for orientation, use the instructions to access and complete your Pre-Orientation Modules. Make sure you have pop-up blockers disabled:
The New Student/Transfer Orientation hold will be removed from a student’s account within 24 hours of completing the Self-Paced Online Orientation Modules through your AccessUH account.
The New Student/Transfer Orientation Advising hold will be removed at the discretion of your academic college. Specific advising information will be provided in the Pre-Orientation Modules and the academic college meeting of your orientation.
Exemptions from Completing Orientation
All incoming students to the University of Houston are required to attend an orientation session. However, if a student meets one of the criteria below, they will be exempt from completing orientation:
- Student has paid and attended a New Student Orientation within the last 12 months.
- 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, if criteria is met, remove both holds within 24 – 48 business hours. If exemption criteria is not met, the student will be notified within 24 – 48 business hours.
UH does not offer fee waivers for orientation, however, a fee deferment may be provided to students who demonstrate financial need prior to orientation. A fee deferment adds the $75 orientation fee to a student’s tuition and fee bill instead of requiring them to pay $75 prior to registering for orientation. To be eligible for a fee deferment, a student must meet the following criteria. We reserve the right to deny a student’s request for a fee deferment without sufficient proof of need:
You have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of (EFC) of $0-$5846 according to your on-file FAFSA or TASFA application.
Payment is due by the tuition and fee bill deadline. 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 the student does 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.
If you meet the criteria listed above, you will automatically receive the option to defer your fee while registering for orientation.
Orientation Fees and Refunds
Additional Enrollment ResourcesLearn more information about payment options, financial aid and important enrollment details using the resources below.
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