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Freshman Orientation


Freshman Orientation

All incoming freshman students and freshman transfer students attending UHD for the first time are REQUIRED to attend a one-day orientation program before their initial semester of enrollment begins.

Sample Schedule – One-Day Freshman Orientation

Spring 2014 Freshman Orientation Dates:

Students will register for Freshman Orientation
at their scheduled
Freshman Admitted Student Day


Orientation Date


Registration Deadline

Cancellation/Updates Deadline


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 3, 2013

December 10, 2013


Friday, December 20, 2013
parent & family orientation available

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 6, 2013

December 13, 2013


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 18, 2013

January 2, 2014


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 18, 2013

January 2, 2014



How to Register for Freshman Orientation

All freshman students will be allowed to register for Freshman Orientation at their Freshman Admitted Student Day program. If you attend Freshman Admitted Student Day but do not register for Freshman Orientation at that time, you will be invited to attend Freshman Orientation via email.

YOU MUST HAVE ATTENDED A FRESHMAN ADMITTED STUDENT DAY IN ORDER TO ATTEND FRESHMAN ORIENTATION. Only students that have attended Freshman Admitted Student Day will be allowed to attended freshman orientation. For more information on Freshman Admitted Student Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at (713) 221-8522.

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 cancellations or updates (including reschedules) must be made by the designated cancellation/updates deadline for preparation purposes.  NO WALK-INS ARE ACCEPTED AT ANY TIME!


Once you register online, you will receive an email confirmation 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). If you requested a temporary parking pass on your registration form, you will receive it by regular mail or email (no extra charge) 5 to 7 business days before your scheduled 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 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) will also be automatically added to your student account. Please make sure that you make all cancellations and updated to your reservation by the designated deadline.


Reschedules and Reservation Updates

All programs will close one week before each program for preparation purposes (see registration deadlines). You cannot register for a program after the registration deadline. If you need to reschedule your orientation program or add/cancel guests, you must do so online by the cancellation/updates deadline of your scheduled orientation program.

If you have to make changes to your reservation after the cancellations/updates deadline, you must contact the orientation office by phone or email for assistance (no changes can be made online after that deadline). Reschedules made after that deadline will pay a $20 rescheduling fee for rescheduling.


What You Will Experience During Freshman Orientation

During your scheduled freshman orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Build friendships with other incoming students and meet current UHD students.
  • Attend open sessions about the Student Life Center, the WI Dykes Library, and much more.
  • Interact with student organizations and campus departments at the resource fair during lunch.
  • Learn about student life and campus traditions and share experiences with orientation leaders during Gator Talk sessions.
  • Learn about academic degrees and career options during the Academic College Meetings.
  • Participate in activities with faculty members and orientation leaders like the Mock Classroom Skit and Are You Smarter Than a Freshman.




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Last updated or reviewed on 11/6/13

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