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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. If you do not attend an orientation there will be a HOLD on your account! Alternatively, you can attend the 3-day Freshman Summer Success Program (FSSP) to complete this requirement.

One-Day Freshman Orientation

Summer 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, June 3, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

May 27, 2014

May 30, 2014


Thursday, June 19, 2014
Parent & family orientation available

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

June 12, 2014

June 15, 2014


 Monday June 30, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

June 23, 2014

June 26, 2014


Thursday, July 10, 2014
Designated for accepted Honor Students

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

July 3, 2014

July 6, 2014


Saturday, July 12, 2014
Parent & family orientation ***Parents/Families Only***

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

July 05, 2014

July 08, 2014


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

July 15, 2014

July 18, 2014


Friday, July 25, 2014
Designated for Summer Fast Track Institute 1

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

July 18, 2014

July 21, 2014


Thursday, July 31, 2014
parent & family orientation available

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

July 24, 2014

July 27, 2014


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

July 29, 2014

August 1, 2014


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

August 5, 2014

August 8, 2014


Friday, August 15, 2014
Designated for Summer Fast Track Institute 2

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

August 8, 2014

August 11, 2014


Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Parent & family orientation available

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

August 12, 2014

August 15, 2014


Friday, August 22, 2014
Designated Transfer Orientation

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

August 15, 2014

August 18, 2014


Freshman Summer Success Program
Welcome to the Freshman Summer Success Program at the University of Houston- Downtown! This 3-day extended orientation program emphasizes Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Integrity or the moral compass that drives our choices ultimately impacting the quality of our lives and the world in which we live.

3-day Extended Orientation -Freshman Summer Success Program (FSSP)
June 21, 2014 Kickoff and June 23 and June 25, 2014 (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday)
June 21, 2014 Kick-off and June 24 and June 26, 2014 (Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday)
July 12, 2014 Kick-off and July 14 and June 16, 2014 (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday)
July 12, 2014 Kick-off and July 15 and June 17, 2014 (Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday

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.

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. Students who have parents and family members that want to come with them to orientation are asked to register on the days where Parent and family orientation is available. Although parents/family members can come to any orientation day, there will be a specialized track and resources for parents/families on the specified dates. 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. 


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 a $80 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). Remember parents and family members must pay their fee before attending your scheduled orientation session.

All other orientation payments (i.e. rescheduling, family attempting to pay on-site 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/majors during the Academic College sessions.
  • Participate in activities with faculty members, staff and orientation leaders like the Simulated Classroom and UHD Unfiltered.
  • Learn how to be a successful Gator and represent Gator Nation with PRIDE!!!



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