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First-Year Students

A SOAR Orientation group pic in Bayou Atrium I

Get Acquainted with UHCL

Congratulations on your acceptance to University of Houston-Clear Lake as first-year freshman! You will be joining a vibrant and diverse community of students from across Texas and around the world. Your next steps are to complete your mandatory orientation process to ease your transition to UHCL.

Step 1: Schedule Your Advising and Registration Session

This two-hour session includes a 30-minute individual advising appointment followed by a  personalized campus tour. After your advising session, an Orientation Leader will lead a tour to connect you to other campus resources based on your interests and needs.

To schedule your Advising and Registration Session, call the Freshman & Sophomore Advising Center at 281-283-3087.

Step 2: Sign up for SOAR (Aug. 19 - 21)

At this orientation session, Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Friday, Aug. 21, you will learn about all aspects of campus life, connect with your peers and set goals before you begin classes. A one-time, non-refundable orientation fee of $60 is due at the time of attendance. Guests are invited to attend the first day only for $20 per guest.

Transition ChecklistSign Up for SOAR

Orientation Preparation

To ensure you have the best possible SOAR experience, please review the following information so you'll be prepared before and after orientation:

  Before Orientation
  What to Bring
  • Your UHCL student ID number
  • Something to take notes with
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sweater or jacket
  After Orientation
  Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP) offers various programs focused on helping in your successful transition to UHCL. Programs include Weeks of Welcome and midterm and finals outreach. You can also email us with questions you may have.


Park free in Lot D and Lot R. See the Campus Parking page to learn more.

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).

Special Accommodations

Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate should contact Orientation and New Student Programs at 281-283-2420 or orientation@uhcl.edu at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.

  • 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.