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Congratulations, and welcome to the Hawk family! We're ready to help you prepare for your transition to University of Houston-Clear Lake, a place filled with professional and personal opportunities for you.

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First things first: expand the menus based on your level to check out next steps for advising, orientation and enrolling in classes. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 281-283-2500 or


Welcome to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a first-year student! All new undergraduate freshman students with 0-29 college credit hours or students entering college for the first time after high school graduation are required to attend Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR).

Sign-Up To Attend Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

All new undergraduate freshman students with 0-29 credit hours or students entering college for the first time must sign up for and complete the SOAR program to fulfil the university orientation requirement.

Admitted Semester: Summer or Fall 2023

Orientation registration opening soon via E-Services

Only need to attend one session, but must attend both days:

  • May 18 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and May 19 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • June 2 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and June 3 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • June 21 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and June 22 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • June 27 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and June 28 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • July 11 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and July 12 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • July 20 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and July 21 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • August 10 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and August 11 (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

During SOAR you will:

  • Review your degree plan and register for classes with your college academic advisors.
  • Engage with Orientation Leaders and fellow Hawks to build your UHCL community.
  • Learn campus resources, services and programs from engaging UHCL staff and faculty.
  • Develop UHCL pride through university traditions.
  • Understand college student expectations and university policies and procedures.
  • Explore the beautiful UHCL campus.

Learn more and register for Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR).

Register/Enroll for Classes

Students will have access to registration during and after attending SOAR. Open registration for courses begins in November for the spring semester and April for the summer and fall semesters. Check out dates and deadlines online.

Log in to E-Services to access registration. For detailed instructions, visit the E-Services How-to Guide for Adding Classes.


Please contact the Orientation and New Student Programs Office at (281) 283-2420 or if you have any questions or concerns related to Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR).

Transfer Students

Welcome to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a transfer student! New Incoming Transfer Students that have completed 30 or more college hours after high school graduation.

Complete the Two-Step Advising Process

Complete the Two-Step Advising Process. During Step 1 (Video Review), the Director of Transfer Advising will guide you through navigating E-Services, your online degree audit, your transfer credits, and how to enroll in your first semester at UHCL.

For next steps, visit the admitted transfer advising program webpage.

Preparing for Registration and Advising

  • Transferring credit - Each student that sends a college transcript/credit will receive an official course-by-course credit evaluation, which is usually completed at the time of admission. You can view your Transfer Credit Report in E-Services. For detailed instructions, visit the E-Services How-to Guide for for Viewing Transfer Credit Reports. If you have any pending college credit (including dual credit, AP, or CLEP), send your official final transcripts showing final grades/scores to the Office of Admissions.
  • Bacterial Meningitis Immunizations - If you are under age 22, you must get your bacterial meningitis vaccination and provide proof of vaccination
  • This hold will prevent you from being able to enroll in classes.

Register/Enroll in Classes

On the last slide of the instructional video, you will be presented with a QR code or link to complete a brief 7 question survey which will gather key information we need to best guide on your next step of the advising and registration process.

Once we receive your completed survey, the Transfer Advising team will adjust your Mandatory Advising Hold so that you can then enroll in your classes which is Step 2 of the Two-Step Process.

The sooner you enroll, the better chance you have at enrolling in the class times you want. Open registration for courses begins in November for the spring semester and April for the summer and fall semesters. Check out dates and deadlines online. Log in to E-Services to enroll.

For detailed instructions, visit the E-Services How-to Guide for Adding Classes.

Sign-up to Attend Transfer Student Orientation

Admitted Semester: Summer or Fall 2023

Orientation registration opening soon via E-Services

You will only need to attend one session:

  • May 30 (1-6 p.m.)
  • June 14 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • June 30 (1-6 p.m.)
  • July 15 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • July 24 (4-9 p.m.)
  • August 8 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Sign Up for Orientation Now, Participate in TSO Later

Log into E-Services to sign up for Orientation. Just locate the tile, titled "Orientation", then select "Transfer Student Orientation" and select your preferred date to participate. 

What is TSO and is it mandatory?

Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) is mandatory - During Transfer Student Orientation (TSO), you will learn about all aspects of campus life, learn more about UHCL student resources, hear from various support offices, tour campus, connect with professors, meet other incoming students and more before you begin classes. Sign up for TSO through E-Services.

Orientation is mandatory to complete, and is different from the mandatory transfer advising you completed in order to enroll in classes. We look forward to assisting you with your transition into UHCL at TSO!

Email Orientation and New Student Programs at or call at 281-283-2420 for questions.

Family and Guest Registration

Additional Information

Graduate Students

Graduate students are seeking a master's or doctorate degree after receiving a bachelor's degree. Academic advisors located within each college provide advising and information on degree requirements for graduate students.

Postbaccalaureate Students

Please use the Navigate App to schedule an appointment with your assigned college advisor.

International Students

The Office of International Admissions and Programs assists in your transition to UHCL, including questions about immigration, visas and more. 

Military and Veteran Students

In addition to the processes and resources outlined above for you as a freshman, transfer, or graduate student, UHCL's military and veteran services office can help you access benefits and other support.

Get Money for Your Education

Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code: 011711. The 2021-22 application is now available. For the best chance at getting aid, apply by the priority deadline of January 15.

Accepting Aid - After you apply, The Office of Student Financial Aid will process your application and let you know if you are offered aid, what type of aid you are offered, and how much. You can accept all, some or none of the aid you are offered. Financial aid is first applied to cover tuition and fees, and any remainder of funds is given to you as a refund. Review Financial Aid in E-Services. For detailed instructions, view the E-Services How-to guides for financial aid.

FAFSA Verification - It is very common for students to be selected for the financial aid verification process, but not every student is selected. If you are selected for verification, log in to E-Services to view your required documents and next steps. Check out Financial Aid FAQs for more information about verification.


Apply for UHCL Scholarships - UHCL offers scholarships based on need and academic achievement.

  • Freshman scholarships include the Hawk Advantage Scholarship, New Hawk Scholarship, and Mechanical Engineering Scholarship.
  • Transfer student scholarships include the Automatic Transfer Scholarship.
  • Graduate student scholarships include the Hawk Scholars Scholarship.

Most scholarships require you to have a FAFSA on file at UHCL to be eligible. Before applying through E-Services, it is important to review application criteria and apply before the final deadlines.

Live on Campus

Apply to live in on campus in one of two options:

Hunter Residence Hall

Our newest on-campus living community gives you a traditional college experience in a modern living space at the heart of campus. You have easy access to campus events and resources to live, learn and engage. Apply to Live in Hunter Residence Hall.

Student studying in a Hunter Residence Hall dorm room by a sunny window.

University Forest Apartments (UFA)

Enjoy apartment-style living with spacious individual rooms, community amenities, and resident events designed to bring the community together to mix and meet. More Info on UFA.

The University Forest Apartments complex and pool area.

Prepare for Your Semester

After you enroll in classes, get ready for a great semester with a few more steps.

  • Before Your First Day
  • Pay for Your Classes

    Tuition and fees payments are due before the start of the semester. Make sure you know your payment due dates to avoid late fees or being dropped from your classes, and explore payment plans. View tuition and fees due under "Finances" in E-Services. For more info, visit Student Business Services

  • Get Your Hawk ID Card

    Your Hawk ID card is needed to enter the Recreation and Wellness Center, print documents in the computer lab, and enter Hunter Residence Hall if you are a resident.

  • Buy a Parking Permit

    Parking permits are required for students to park on campus. You can choose from an annual permit or a semester permit.

  • Explore Campus

    Check out a campus map and familiarize yourself with campus buildings and parking lots to find your classes.

  • Get your Textbooks

    Visit the UHCL Campus Store in the Bayou Building or online to search for and purchase textbooks, snacks and UHCL gear.

  • Log in to Your Online Classes

    If you are taking online courses, log in to Blackboard using your student alias (HunterH1974) and password to access your classes online ahead of the first day of class. Visit Blackboard Student Support for more information. 

  • Check Important Dates

    Access the academic calendar for important semester dates and deadlines.

  • Enjoy Weeks of Welcome

    Join us as we kick off the start of the semester during Weeks of Welcome, a series of campus events to meet other students, learn about UHCL, grab some free prizes, play games and more.

Find Your Enrollment Counselor

Our admission counselors are ready to connect with you, one-on-one, in a virtual setting. Discuss next steps and get all your questions answered.

Contact a Counselor



  • Office of Admissions

    Phone: 281-283-2500
    Fax: 281-283-2522

    SSCB 1.101
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.