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Graduate Students

Welcome New Graduate 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 provided by ONSP is not a university requirement for a majority of incoming graduate students. Orientation is only required for new international graduate students. If you are an international student, visit New International Student Orientation.

All other incoming graduate students are welcome to attend an optional Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) program. 

During TSO, you will receive a snapshot of UHCL resources, an overview of services, and an understanding of academic policies. You will also connect with faculty members, fellow students, and UHCL administrators. Specific presentations include: 

  • College Finances 101 
  • Meet Your College 
  • Title IX & Mental Health 
  • Campus Tour 
  • Hawk Talk Breakout Sessions

You must be an admitted incoming graduate student to register for TSO. Depending on which academic semester you are admitted for, we offer a specific TSO session. You will be notified to your UHCL student email when the orientation registration is open for your admitted semester. 

Orientation Dates

  • Admitted for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 Semester - Registration is now open!
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Location: UHCL Main Campus

  • Saturday, July 16, 2022

    8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Location: UHCL Main Campus

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

    Location: UHCL Main Campus

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

    Location: UHCL Main Campus

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

    Dates and Times TBD

Graduate Program-Specific Orientation

Although attending orientation provided by ONSP is not required for most incoming graduate students, please contact your academic advisor or graduate program for more information about program-specific orientation requirements.

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 Transfer 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.