First Year Students

Congratulations on joining UHCL! We are excited to present you with programs that will continue your successful transition to becoming a Hawk!

Student Orientation And Registration (SOAR)

Register for your SOAR session upon admission to UHCL. Space is limited per session.

SOAR sessions provide first year students, as well as their families and guests, a positive transition experience through educational and social programming.

By attending their SOAR session, students learn to:

  • Articulate university policies and procedures, including policies on academic honesty and Title IX.
  • Understand social expectations of a UHCL community member through peer mentor interactions.
  • Appreciate an atmosphere that values diversity and encourages respect for all individuals.
  • Identify university services and resources that assist in their successful transition.
  • Understand and appreciate the value of engaging in co-curricular opportunities.
  • Create spirit and pride for UHCL by understanding the history and traditions of the institution.
  • Understand academic requirements and expectations through academic advising and course registration.

SOAR Spring 2019 Sessions

  • Attendance: Mandatory for the entire 2-day session.
  • Guests: $20 nonrefundable fee
  • Lodging: Candlewood Suites is close to campus.
  • Park: Free in Lot D and Lot R, Campus Parking

    Parking Directions with Map

    Lot R is a small parking lot off University Drive and near the Bayou Building sculpture (Spiritus Mundi):

    1. From Entrance 1, take University Drive across the bridge.
    2. The first parking lot on your left is Lot R.
    3. If you go too far, you will pass the entrance to the Bayou Building. Please U-Turn and follow previous directions.

    Lot D is the largest parking lot off Bayou Road East:

    1. From Entrance 1, take University Drive across the bridge.
    2. Make a right on Bayou Road East.
    3. Go past the park and Nature Trail Entrance.
    4. On your left, you'll see multiple entrances to a very large parking Lot D.
    5. Go past the first one (employee parking only) and turn left in any of the other entrances.
    6. If you go too far, you will go to Middlebrook Drive (Entrance 3).
    UHCL Orientation Parking - free in Lot D and Lot R.
    During Orientation, attendees can park for free in Lot D (off SSCB) or Lot R (across from the Bayou Building).

You can reserve your space and pay for January's SOAR orientation session:

  SOAR:  Wed. - Thu., January 16 - 17
  • Wednesday, January 16, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    with friends and family programming

  • Thursday, January 17, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    students only


After Orientation

Expect to hear from UHCL in a variety of ways. The office of Orientation and New Student Programs provides various programs focused on helping in your successful transition to UHCL. You can also email us with questions you may have.

First Year Success Plan

The First Year Success Plan focuses on providing support, programs, and resources to our first time undergraduate freshmen and transfer sophomores in their first year at UHCL. First year success plan faculty and staff strive to accomplish strong engagement with you throughout your journey as well as ensure that your first year here is positive and successful.


Hunter the Hawk offers these words of wisdom:

  • Remember that you start every class with an A and it is yours to lose.
  • Attend class on a regular basis and be prepared.
  • Visit with professors and build positive relationships with them.
  • For every hour in class, try to spend three hours outside of class preparing and studying for that class.
  • Consider when you are most attentive and/or most interested in the material.
  • Review notes from class
  • Prep study sheets for midterms and/or finals.
  • Form a study group.
  • If there is a Supplemental Instruction (SI), attend the SI sessions.
  • Visit the tutors in the Student Success Center.
  • Improve your writing by visiting the Writing Center.
  • Math giving you trouble? Visit the Math Center.
  Social Engagement and Support

Hunter says:

  • Remain in contact with your orientation leader and small group throughout the year.
  • Plan a reunion at Welcome Back Bash.
  • Catch up at the Student Organizations Expo (held both semesters).
  • Join a student organization. There are at least 90 to choose from!
  • The diversity of UHCL is here to be celebrated!
  • Attend a Student Diversity program.
  • Visit the Art Gallery.
  • Pick a cultural arts event to attend with friends.
  • Check out the movie schedule for lots of great films (many are family friendly).
  • ONSP sends you monthly emails with information about upcoming events - be sure to read them!

There are specific services for

  • First-generation students
  • Veteran students
  • Students with disabilities
  • International students
  • Stop by ONSP and we can point you in the right direction to finding those resources and services.

Be like Hunter and soar:

  • Attend a SLICE workshop
  • Attend the Annual Leadership Retreat in October.
  • Don't miss the Annual Leadership Conference in November.
  • There are plenty of community service opportunities both on and off campus.
  • Did you love your orientation experience? Apply to be an orientation leader!
  • Attend a Student Government Association meeting and learn how to become a committee representative, director or even an executive council officer. 
  Career Development and Exploration

Hunter loves being a mascot:

  • Have you taken a personality inventory?
  • Do you know what you want from your future career?
  • Do you have a hobby that feels more like a career?
  • Attend job fairs.
  • Visit Career Services for one-on-one help with
  • Resume review
  • Mock interviewing
  • Individual career counseling
  Personal Wellness

How Hunter stays healthy:

  • Develop good habits. Manage your stress, eat right, workout and get enough sleep!
  • Visit the Counseling Services if you start to feel overwhelmed.
  • Participate in Campus Recreation events .
  • Play a quick game of ping pong in the student lounge (SSCB, first floor).
  • We are a safe campus but be smart and aware of your surroundings -
      • Walk in groups at night.
      • Call for a police escort if you don't feel comfortable getting to your car.
      • If you have something stolen or you see a crime happening, call UHCL PD at 281-283-2222.
      • Report any suspicious individuals immediately.
  • Check out this walking map of campus.
  • Remember to stay honest academically.
  • Abide by all university policies and procedures.
  • Be smart about your money and follow a balanced budget.
      • What are your expenses?
      • What is your income?
      • What bills do you pay?
  • Pay attention to all payment deadlines. Check your UHCL email regularly!
  • Financial aid is likely dependent on your good grades so keep that in mind.
  • Don't let your work schedule interfere with your academics.
  • Avoid underage drinking or binge drinking and/or any drug use.
  • Please visit the Health Center
      • If you're hurt or feeling sick
      • For a flu shot during flu season
      • To see a doctor and/or chiropractor

Transition to UHCL

Transition checklist

  • 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.