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Congratulations and welcome to the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL)! We welcome you to your first year at UHCL, and we're happy to offer you unique and specific orientation programs. At our programs, you'll find your way around campus and enjoy a fun, exciting transition to life as a Hawk.  

Our orientation programs are required for all of our incoming first-year, transfer and international students. We also encourage you to participate in our various New Student Programs to continue your engagement with our office year-round.

All of our programs are designed to help you make the most of your years at UHCL. Through engaging with our office, you will learn more about UHCL, connect with campus resources, and most of all, you’ll meet other students and find our Hawk pride and spirit! 

To give you information specific to your new student needs, pleases select the Orientation Program that matches your student classification.

Register for Orientation Today!

Registration is now open for all students and their families or guests.

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Our orientation programs are required for all of our incoming first-year, transfer and international students. We also encourage you to participate in our various New Student Programs to continue your engagement with our office year-round.

All of our programs are designed to help you make the most of your years at UHCL. Through engaging with our office, you will learn more about UHCL, connect with campus resources, and most of all, you’ll meet other students and find our Hawk pride and spirit! 

To give you information specific to your new student needs, pleases select the Orientation Program that matches your student classification.

Freshman Students

To be eligible for the freshman orienation process, at the time of their admission, freshman students either: 

  • Have between 0 - 29 credit hours, or
  • Are entering college for the first time.

The orientation process for incoming freshman students includes two required steps.  

Step 1: Attend a Registration Day 

At your Registration Day, you will meet with your academic advisor team, register for classes, connect with students and faculty, and learn about Financial Aid, Student Housing and more!  

Register By Phone:To register or speak with the admissions team by phone, please call 281-283-2500 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Step 2: Attend Lift-Off: New Student Orientation (NSO) 

At Lift-Off: New Student Orientation, you will meet fellow Hawks, connect with student leaders, engage with campus resources, explore campus with a tour and prepare for the upcoming semester!

Orientation for Freshman Students

Transfer Students

Students eligible to register for Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) must:

  • Have 30 or more credit hours

The orientation process for incoming Transfer Students includes attending a Transfer Student Orientation.

Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

At Transfer Student Orientation, you will meet UHCL faculty and staff, connect with other students, gain a broad overview of university policies and resources and explore campus with a campus tour. 

Orientation for Transfer Students

International Students

New International Student Orientation is your first chance to experience all that UHCL has to offer its students. Attendance is mandatory for all undergraduate international students and for all F-1 and J-1 international graduate students.

The orientation process for incoming International Students includes attending a New International Student Orientation.

New International Student Orientation (NISO)

During NISO, you will join other international students and receive valuable information to assist with your transition to UHCL and life in the United States.

Orientation for International Students

Graduate Students

Graduate students are seeking a master's or doctorate degree after receiving a bachelor's degree.

Orientation is only required for new international graduate students. All other incoming graduate students are welcome, but not required, to attend our optional Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) program.

Orientation for Graduate Students

Postbaccalaureate Students

Orientation is not required for postbaccalaureate students, but you are welcome to attend our optional Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) program.

Orientation for Postbaccalaureate Students

New Student Programs

Discover all UHCL has to offer. New Student Programs such as Hawk Launch and Weeks of Welcome (WOW) offer opportunities to continue developing, growing and having enriching, dynamic experiences.

 Explore Upcoming New Student Programs

For Parents and Families

Maximize your student's social and academic experience at University of Houston-Clear Lake by participating in the informational and fun events and programs that emphasize both academic and social opportunities.

Parent and Family Resources



Contact Us

Orientation and New Student Programs

Phone: 281-283-2420
Fax: 281-283-2425
Email: orientation@uhcl.edu

SSCB 1202
2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 257
Houston, TX 77058-1002

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

Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.