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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.

Orientation, Advising & Registration
Get Money for Your Education
Live on Campus
Prepare for Your Semester
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Orientation, Advising & Registration

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 admissions@uhcl.edu.

First-Year Students

Welcome to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a first-year student! All new incoming first-year undergraduate students with 0-29 college credit hours or students entering college for the first time after high school graduation.

Steps are recommended to be completed in the order listed below.

Complete Mandatory Online Pre-Orientation Modules

Orientation Launchpad is designed to help you acclimate as a new student and will lay the foundation as you begin your journey as a Hawk! Orientation Launchpad will guide you through the following 7 modules.

  1. Welcome to UHCL!
  2. Career & Finance
  3. Academic Support
  4. Campus Services
  5. Student Life
  6. Safety & Expectation
  7. Next Steps

Students are expected to complete each module before attending First-Year Student Orientation. The Orientation Launchpad is accessed through the "Orientation" tile in E-Services (your UHCL student portal).

If you need assistance logging into your E-Service account, please contact the Welcome Center at (281) 283-2722 or welcomecenter@uhcl.edu.

Schedule Advising and Registration Appointment

Advising and Registration:

This Summer and Fall 2024 semester, all newly admitted first-year students are asked to download the Navigate App to setup a mandatory advising appointment.

During this one-on-one advising and registration appointment, you will meet with your assigned academic advisor who specializes in your major. They will help you plan your first semester courses, review your academic degree plan, and give you a personalized introduction to your academic college.  The advising hold will be adjusted during your advising appointment to allow you to register.

Schedule your advising appointment through the Navigate App. Visit Navigate Student Resources for detailed instructions on how to locate your UHCL Username and set up your password.

Preparing for your Advising Appointment:

  • Complete mandatory online modules in Orientation Launchpad.
  • Bacterial Meningitis Immunizations - If you are under age 22, you must get your bacterial meningitis vaccination and provide proof of vaccination. This is required before you can register for courses at UHCL.
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) - Newly admitted students must show they are already proficient in reading, writing and math, or take the TSI Assessment before enrolling in college-level courses.
    • You may qualify for an exemption if you have completed college credit through dual credit, early college high school, AP or CLEP, or have any college credit in progress.
  • Complete the Advanced Math Placement Test, if applicable - This is used to determine the appropriate math courses in which to place you. The AMPT is advised if your degree plan requires MATH 2413, Calculus I or higher. If you already earned college math credit (including dual credit, AP, or CLEP), connect with your academic adviser before taking the AMPT.
  • Undecided with your major? – We are here to help! The Exploring Majors Office can help guide you through your career exploration and connect your professional goals with your academic major.

Register/Enroll for Classes:

After your advising session, don't forget to register. The sooner you enroll, the better chance you secure the course days and times that work best for you. Log in E-Services to enroll. For detailed instructions, visit the E-Services How-to Guide for Adding Classes.

Check out the UHCL Academic Calendar to learn information about registration dates and deadlines. 

If you experience issues scheduling your appointment, contact the front desk of the Advising Office for your academic program, or contact navigate@uhcl.edu if you are just unsure of how to log into Navigate. Please include your 7-digit ID number.

Sign up to Attend Mandatory First-Year Student Orientation

Admitted Semester: Summer or Fall 2024

At First-Year Student Orientation (FSO) you will learn about all aspects of campus life, learn more about UHCL student resources, receive guidance from various support offices, tour campus, connect with professors, meet other incoming students and more before you begin classes.

FSO Dates: One day event hosted at UHCL from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (CST)

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024
  • Monday, July 1, 2024
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2024

Sign up for Orientation Now!

Log into E-Services (your UHCL student portal) using your Student ID number and password. Locate and select the "Orientation" tile to sign up for FSO.

Remember:

  • FSO is different from your advising and course registration process.
  • You will be assessed a $60 Orientation Fee which will be applied to your first semester tuition/fees
  • Family and guests are welcome to join you for an additional cost of $40.

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


Admitted Semester: Spring 2025

Registration opens November 2024

First-Year Student Orientation and Registration (FSO) Spring 2025 dates to be announced

Note: You will not be able to sign up for orientation until the orientation for your admitted semester is open. Once registration for orientation is open, you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for orientation.

Transfer Students

Welcome to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a transfer student! All new incoming transfer undergraduate students that have completed 30 or more college hours after high school graduation.

Steps are recommended to be completed in the order listed below.

Complete Mandatory Online Pre-Orientation Modules

Orientation Launchpad is designed to help you acclimate as a new student and will lay the foundation as you begin your journey as a Hawk! Orientation Launchpad will guide you through the following 7 modules.

  1. Welcome to UHCL!
  2. Career & Finance
  3. Academic Support
  4. Campus Services
  5. Student Life
  6. Safety & Expectation
  7. Next Steps

Students are expected to complete each module before attending Transfer Student Orientation. The Orientation Launchpad is accessed through the "Orientation" tile in E-Services (your UHCL student portal).

If you need assistance logging into your E-Service account, please contact the Welcome Center at (281) 283-2722 or welcomecenter@uhcl.edu.

Complete the Two-Step Advising and Registration Process

Step 1

Access the Transfer Advising Instructional Video. (This is emailed to new transfer students 4 days after admissions is confirmed)

  • The 50-minute video covers topics such as how to access and understand your "My Advisement Report" (your online degree audit), and other important information you'll need to know as a new transfer student to successfully sign-up for classes.
  • At the end of the Instructional video, the last slide will present you with a QR code which will connect you to complete our brief survey which leads to Step 2.

Step 2

On the seven-question survey you will select one of three advising and registration options:

  • Email advising,
  • Individual (one-on-one) advising appointment in-person, or
  • Individual (one-on-one) advising appointment virtually over Zoom

This survey is what informs us how you want to proceed with advising and enrolling in classes. It also places you in que to have your advising hold released and notifies the transfer advisor to begin developing your degree plan, the Candidate Plan of Study. For next steps, visit the admitted transfer advising program webpage.

Check out the UHCL Academic Calendar to learn information about registration dates and deadlines.

Sign up to Attend Mandatory Transfer Student Orientation

Admitted Semester: Summer or Fall 2024

During Transfer Student Orientation (TSO), you will learn about all aspects of campus life, learn more about the UHCL student resources, hear from various support offices, tour campus, connect with professors, meet other incoming students and more before you begin classes.

 TSO Dates: Half day event hosted at UHCL.

  • Friday, May 31, 2024, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Monday, June 24, 2024, 3 pm – 8 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2024, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2024, 3 pm – 8 pm

Sign up for Orientation Now!

Log into E-Services (your UHCL student portal) using your Student ID number and password. Locate and select the “Orientation” tile to sign up for TSO.

Remember:

  • TSO is different from the mandatory transfer advising you complete in order to enroll in classes.
  • You will be assessed a $50 Orientation Fee which will be applied to your first semester tuition/fees
  • Family and guests are welcome to join you for an additional cost of $40.

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


Admitted Semester: Spring 2025

Registration opens November 2024

Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) 2025 dates to be announced

Note: You will not be able to sign up for orientation until the orientation for your admitted semester is open. Once registration for orientation is open, you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for orientation.

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 & Student Services 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 2024-25 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.

Scholarships

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

  • Freshman scholarships include the Hawk Advantage Scholarship, New Hawk Scholarship, and President's Excellence 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 Canvas using your student alias (HunterH1974) and password to access your classes online ahead of the first day of class. Visit Canvas 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

 

Contact

  • Office of Admissions

    Phone: 281-283-2500
    Fax: 281-283-2522
    Email: admissions@uhcl.edu

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

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