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New Student 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. New Student Orientation will be a one-day experience for freshmen and transfer students and will prepare you to succeed at UH. During New Student 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 meet you!

Follow the five steps below to ensure you are ready to start classes for the Summer or Fall 2021 semester:

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Orientation Dates

Freshman Orientation
Currently, we are planning to offer both in-person and virtual live orientation sessions for freshmen.
Transfer Orientation
All live orientation sessions for transfer students will be conducted virtually.
Virtual Dates ($60): In-Person Dates ($90): Virtual Dates ($60):
May 27 (Summer and Fall Admits) July 15 May 20 (Summer and Fall Admits)
June 2 July 21 May 25 (Summer and Fall Admits)
June 8 July 23 June 4
June 11 July 27 June 15
June 17 July 29 June 24 (Summer and Fall Admits)
June 22 (Summer and Fall Admits) August 3 July 16
July 14 July 22
July 19 July 30
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Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation Details

  • How do I cancel or reschedule an orientation?

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to log in to your myUH self-service portal to manage your orientation schedule.

  • How do I remove the orientation holds on my account?

    Incoming Freshman Students:

    1. New Student Orientation
    2. Freshman Orientation Advising

    Incoming Transfer Students:

    1. Transfer Orientation
    2. 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.

  • Will overnight accommodations be provided for in-person orientation?

    No overnight accommodations will be provided by the University for in-person Orientation.

  • Can my family or guest members attend orientation?

    Yes! If you have a family or guest who wants to support you in your transition to UH, encourage them to register for Family & Guest Orientation. They will attend a live orientation session and also gain access to our exclusive Family & Guest orientation website. This website showcases supplemental live sessions hosted by campus resources throughout the summer. If you miss a live supplemental session, a recording will be uploaded to the website.

  • What happens to my in-person orientation if it cannot be conducted in-person?

    In the event that orientation session cannot be conducted in person, the session will occur on the same date in a virtual capacity. The additional $30 in-person fee will not be added to your account.


Cost & Payment Options

  • What is the cost of orientation and how do I register?

    At the time of registration, orientation is $60. Virtual Orientation is $60 for freshmen and transfer students. For freshmen who choose the in-person orientation option, an additional $30 charge will be added to your student account after attending your in-person orientation. Payment for orientation is due before you can view and select an orientation date through your myUH portal. Use these step-by-step instructions to register for orientation.

  • Do you offer a fee waiver for orientation?

    UH does not offer fee waivers for orientation, however, you may be eligible for a fee deferment. A fee deferment will add the $60 orientation fee to your tuition and fee bill instead of requiring you to pay $60 before registering for orientation. This allows you to pay for orientation once you receive your financial aid package by the tuition and fee bill deadline. To be eligible for a fee deferment, you must meet BOTH of the following criteria:

    1. You have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-$2000 according to their on-file FAFSA application.
    2. You have an incoming PELL or TEXAS grant for the intended semester of enrollment.

    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.

    If you meet the criteria listed above, please use this form to submit a request for a fee deferment.

  • Can I receive a refund if I decide not to attend UH?

    Virtual Orientation fees are non-refundable.



Major Change & Academic Advising

  • How do I schedule or reschedule my advising appointment?

    First, check the information provided in your college’s module in the Pre-Orientation Modules. You cannot register for an advising appointment without having attended your live orientation date. At your live orientation date, your college will discuss their process for academic advising in further detail.

    If you have already scheduled an appointment and need to reschedule, reach out directly to the contact information provided along with your appointment information.

  • How do I change my major before attending orientation?

    Follow the steps below to change your major before attending New Student Orientation:

    1. Review the admissions requirements for the major you want to switch into:
    1. Complete the change of major form five business days before your live orientation.
    1. You will receive an email notification regarding the status of your major change before attending orientation.
  • Can I change my major after attending orientation?

    If you have already attended your live orientation session, follow the instructions below based on which option applies to you:

    If you have not registered for classes: Complete the change of major form five business days before your live orientation.

    1. Freshman Change of Major Form
    2. Transfer Student Change of Major Form

    If you have already registered for classes: Reach out directly to your academic advisor to change your major.

Family & Guest 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 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!

Your registration fee covers a live virtual session (dates listed below) and access to our exclusive Family & Guest orientation website. This website showcases supplemental live sessions hosted by campus resources throughout the summer. If you miss a live supplemental session, a recording will be uploaded to the website.

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Freshman Orientation
At this time, we are planning to offer both in-person and virtual live orientation sessions for freshmen.
Transfer Orientation
All live orientation sessions for transfer students will be conducted virtually.
Virtual Dates ($20): In-Person Dates ($40): Virtual Dates ($20):
May 27 July 15 May 20
June 2 July 21 May 25
June 8 July 23 June 4
June 11 July 27 June 15
June 17 July 29 June 24
June 22 August 3 July 16
July 14   July 22
July 19   July 30
View sample schedule > View sample schedule > View sample schedule >

Registration is limited for in-person dates due to social distancing. In the event your student is attending an in-person session but family and guest registration is full, you can attend a virtual orientation on a different date.

Policies

  • Exemptions from Completing Virtual Orientation

    All incoming students to the University of Houston for the Summer and Fall 2021 semester are required to attend an live orientation session. However, if a student meets one of the criteria below, they will be exempt from completing Summer/Fall 2021 virtual orientation:

    1. Student has paid and attended a New Student Orientation within the last 12 months.
    2. Student will be non-degree seeking AND is not planning to transition to a degree seeking student.
    3. 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.

  • Fee Deferment

    UH does not offer fee waivers for orientation, however, a fee deferment may be provided to students who demonstrate need for orientation. A fee deferment add the $60 orientation fee to a student’s tuition and fee bill instead of requiring them to pay $60 prior to registering for orientation. To be eligible for a fee deferment, a student must meet BOTH of the following criteria. We reserve the right to deny a student’s request for a fee deferment without sufficient proof of need:

    1. You have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-$2000 according to their on-file FAFSA application.
    2. You have an incoming PELL or TEXAS grant for the intended semester of enrollment.

    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, please use this form to submit a request for a fee deferment.

  • Orientation Fees and Refunds

    At the time of registration, students will be charged a fee of $60. Orientation conducted in a virtual capacity is $60 for both freshman and transfer students.

    For freshman who wish to attend and register for an in-person event, the all-inclusive, non-refundable fee will be $90.00. You will be charged $60.00 at the time of registration and $30.00 will be added to your student account after successfully attending the in-person event. Any in-person event is subject to be switched to a virtual format should it be necessary and you will not be charged the additional $30.00.

    For family and guest members who choose a virtual orientation option, the orientation fee is $20. For in-person freshmen orientation sessions, the family and guest orientation fee is $40.

    All orientation fees for both students and family and guest members are non-refundable.

Accessibility

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 orientation@uh.edu.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns related to Virtual Orientation that weren't answered above, please contact us at orientation@uh.edu or (713) 743-1010, option 4. We look forward to seeing you!

Meet O-Team

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.