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First-Year Students

A SOAR Orientation group pic in Bayou Atrium I

Welcome New Freshman Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Houston-Clear Lake!

The Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP) Office is excited to welcome you to campus! You will be joining a vibrant and diverse community of students from across Texas and around the world. ONSP hosts various orientation and welcome programs to ease your transition and welcome you to UHCL.

Orientation is a mandatory two-step process for all new undergraduate students with 0-29 credit hours or students entering college for the first time.

Students who fail to attend the entire required programs will have a hold placed on their accounts and will not be able to enroll in classes the following semester.

Step 1: Attend a Registration Day

Attending a Registration Day is one of your first steps after you are admitted to the University of Houston-Clear Lake!

During the Registration Day you will:

  • Meet with your academic advisor team and register for classes
  • Connect with Academic Deans, Faculty and Orientation Leaders
  • Learn about Financial Aid, Student Housing and more
  • Register for the mandatory Lift-Off: New Student Orientation

Sign Up For Registration Day

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

During Lift-Off: New Student Orientation, you will join other freshman students. You will also will have the opportunity to meet other new students, connect with orientation leaders and learn about campus resources.

Specific presentations include:

  • Connecting Your First Year
  • College Finances 101
  • Backpack To Briefcase
  • Campus Tour
  • Small Group Icebreaker Activities
  • Special Interest Projects


You must be an admitted incoming freshman student to register for Lift-Off. Depending on which academic semester you are admitted for, we offer a specific Lift-Off Session for you. We will contact your UHCL student email when orientation registration opens for your admitted semester.

Remember, all new undergraduate freshman students with 0-29 credit hours or students entering college for the first time must complete the Lift-Off: NSO program to fulfill the university orientation requirement.

Orientation Dates

  • Admitted for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 Semester - Registration is now open!
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 – Friday, August 19, 2022 

    9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Location: UHCL Main Campus

    Must attend all two and a-half days of orientation! 

  • Admitted for Spring 2023 Semester - Registration Opens October 2022
  • January 2023

    Dates and Times TBD

Family and Guest Program and Resources

Congratulations to the parents, friends and family members of our incoming UHCL Hawks! You can play an active and supportive role as they transition to their academic and social life at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Our office offers various programs and resources to help better inform and prepare you to support your student.

  • Campus Resource Fair 
  • Campus Tour 
  • Coaching Your Student 
  • Wellness Panel 
  • College Finances 101 

Veteran and Adult-Learner Accommodations

If you are an incoming freshman student and are also a student veteran or adult learner, the traditional freshman orientation program might not meet your personal and academic needs. If you have any questions or concerns about your participation in the Lift-Off: NSO program, please contact Orientation and New Student Programs at 281-283-2420 or to talk about other options.

Special Accommodations

Any individual requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Orientation and New Student Programs at 281-283-2420 or at least one week prior to the event.


If you have any questions or concerns related to Lift-Off: New Student Orientation that weren’t answered above, please contact the Orientation and New Student Programs Office at (281) 283-2420 or We look forward to seeing you! 


  • Orientation and New Student Programs

    Phone: 281-283-2420
    Fax: 281-283-2425

    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.