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|Orientation & Special Events|
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm
|(713) 221-8022 (office)|
|(713) 222-5350 (fax)|
All freshman orientation programs are closed. All freshman students that still need to complete their orientation and enrollment process MUST participate in Walk-In Orientation. Walk-In Orientation is held Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00am to 2:00pm (if you require placement testing) and 8:00am to 5:00pm (if you do not require placement testing). The last day for Walk-In Orientation is Friday, August 24, 2012. Please come prepared to spend the day completing your orientation and enrollment process (be advised that you may be required to return on another day depending on your needs that day). You must bring a valid photo ID with you and the $29.00 testing fee (if you require placement testing).
All incoming freshman students and freshman transfer students are REQUIRED to attend a freshman orientation program before their initial semester of enrollment begins. If you plan to begin classes in a fall semester, you are required to attend a two-day orientation program. If you plan to begin classes in a spring or summer semester, you are required to attend a one-day orientation program.
Keep in mind that orientation is designed to prepare you for your semester of classes so when you are choosing a program date, please make sure you can stay the duration of the program. If you do not stay, you risk the chance of delaying class registration or losing the chance to transition to UHD smoothly.
How to Register for Freshman Orientation
Enrollment in each orientation program is on a first come first serve basis so be sure to register as early as possible. You must log in to the orientation online reservation system in order to sign up for an orientation program. Please remember that registration for all orientation programs close one week before each scheduled orientation date; and all reschedules and changes must be made by the designated registration deadline for preparation purposes. NO WALK-INS ARE ACCEPTED AT ANY TIME!
YOU MUST BE ACCEPTED TO UHD BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ORIENTATION. Only accepted students will be allowed to use the online reservation system. If you are not able to log in to the online reservation system, please make sure you are accepted by checking student e-services (MY UHD) (www.uhd.edu/eservices) or by contacting the Office of Admissions at 713-221-8522. If you are still having trouble logging in, contact Orientation & Special Events at 713-221-8022 for assistance.
Once you register online, you will receive an email confirmation immediately to the email address you indicated on your reservation form (please make sure to click the submit button or else your registration will not be completed). A second confirmation email with logistical and program information will be sent to you one week before your scheduled program. If you requested a temporary parking pass on your registration form, you will receive it by mail (no extra charge) 5 to 7 business days before your program.
Orientation Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
UHD takes pride in assisting students with disabilities as they pursue their academic programs. The Office of Disability Services also assists students with disabilities during orientation but you must make arrangements in advance. If you will need support services during your orientation, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 713-226-5227 or the orientation office. We need to hear from you at least one week prior to your visit in order to have needed support services available when you arrive.
Orientation Fees and Payments
All incoming freshman will be automatically charged an $80.00 freshman orientation fee as part of the university's standard tuition and fees on their student account. Your freshman orientation fee will be added to your fee bill once you register for classes; therefore, you do not have to pay this fee before attending orientation. The orientation fee covers some meals and all other orientation materials (there are no discounts or refunds to this fee).
All other orientation payments (i.e. rescheduling, parent and family fees) must be paid online through the online orientation reservation system. You may choose to pay online by credit card or check the "bill me later" option and we will charge your fee(s) to your UHD student account.
Reschedules and Reservation Updates
If you need to reschedule your orientation program or add/cancel guests, you must do so online by the registration deadline of your scheduled orientation program. All programs will close one week before each program for preparation purposes (see registration deadlines). If you have to make changes to your reservation after the registration deadline, you must contact the orientation office by phone or email for assistance (no changes can be made online after the program has closed). All reschedules made after the program deadline will pay a $20 rescheduling fee for all orientation programs changed.
TSI – Texas Success Initiative & UHD Placement Testing
All incoming freshman students must register for orientation FIRST before attempting to take the TSI/UHD Placement exam! Once you have registered for orientation, your email confirmation will give you additional information regarding the exam or you can view the placement testing information under orientation resources.
All freshman students are required to test BEFORE their scheduled orientation program (there is no testing the day of orientation). If you do not test, you will not be able to attend your scheduled orientation program. You will meet with an academic advisor and register for your classes during your scheduled orientation program.
FRESHMAN STUDENTS – PLEASE READ!
In order to attend freshman orientation, you must have your TSI and/or UHD Placement Testing requirements completed. Failure to complete these requirements will require you to reschedule your intended orientation session. You can register for orientation without having the TSI/UHD Placement Testing requirements completed BUT must make sure they are completed before attending orientation.
If you think you are exempt from testing (or any sections of the exam), please complete the TSI/Placement Testing Exemption Request Form online before taking the exam/attending orientation.
Placement Testing Workshops/Placement Testing Guide
Placement workshops for the math portion of the ACCUPLACER exam are available at no additional cost. Please contact New Student Orientation for more information on how to sign up for the placement workshops and available workshop dates.
You can also download the Placement Testing Guide for additional information and tips on preparing for the test. GOOD LUCK!
Advanced Placement and CLEP Credit
UHD accepts up to 24 hours of credit by examination including AP and CLEP credit. Acceptable examinations and their approved credits are listed in the UHD catalog (www.uhd.edu/eservices). Official copies of your scores must be submitted to the Registrar's Office in order to receive credit(s).
Dual Credit and College-Level Courses
If you have completed dual credit or have previously taken courses for college credit, you may have your credits/courses evaluated if you wish to transfer them to UHD. Official copies of your transcripts must be submitted to Admissions in order to receive credit(s).
Advising and registering for classes is an important part of orientation. You will meet with academic advisers who will assist you with course selection before you register for classes. It is important that you follow your orientation schedule to ensure you do not miss any part of the program that will be crucial to your advising and registration process. This part of orientation helps you make the most academically of your freshman year.
As a new undergraduate student, you will enter University College. University College offers programs and services that will assist you in your academic progress until you declare a major. All students at UHD are encouraged to officially declare majors when they have completed 30-60 credit hours of college-level coursework.
Information on additional services and resources will be presented at Freshman Orientation!
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