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Orientation and New Student Programs

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL)! We welcome you to your first year at UHCL and are happy you are joining us!

Our mandatory orientation process is broken down into three simple steps to help you find your way around campus and ensure you have a fun, exciting transition to life as a Hawk. Completing the process in these three steps will ensure you are prepared for your first semester.


New Student Orientation Process

Step 1 – Complete Mandatory Orientation Launchpad Online Pre-Orientation Modules

Orientation Launchpad is designed to help you acclimate as a new student and will lay the foundation as you begin your journey as a Hawk! Orientation Launchpad will guide you through seven modules.

Students are expected to complete each module before attending their New Student Orientation program.

The Orientation Launchpad is accessed through the "Orientation" tile in E-Services (your UHCL student portal). If you need assistance logging into your E-Service account, please contact the Welcome Center at (281) 283-2722 or welcomecenter@mingfangyuan.com.

Orientation Launchpad will go live on May 15, 2024. This date will not impact your ability to schedule your advising appointment or register for orientation.

Step 2 – Schedule Advising & Registration Appointment

During this one-on-one advising and registration appointment, you will meet with your assigned academic advisor. They will help you plan your first semester courses, review your academic degree plan, and adjust the advising hold to allow you to register for classes.

Schedule your advising and registration appointment through the Navigate App. Visit Navigate Student Resources for detailed instructions on how to locate your UHCL Username and set up your password.

Step 3 – Sign Up To Attend Mandatory New Student Orientation

Completion of your mandatory New Student Orientation program is the final step for a successful transition to your first semester at UHCL. New Student Orientation programs differ based on your student type. Please review the following program requirements to determine which program is best for you.

Register for orientation through the "Orientation" tile in E-Services (your UHCL student portal).


First-Year Students

First-Year Students are required to attend a First-Year Student Orientation program.

To be eligible for the Freshman Orientation program, at the time of their admission, Freshman Students either:

  • Have between 0 - 29 credit hours, or
  • Entering or continuing college directly after high school graduation.

Learn more and register for First-Year Student Orientation.


Transfer Students

Transfer Students are required to attend a Transfer Student Orientation program.

To be eligible for the Transfer Orientation program, at the time of their admission, Transfer Students must:

  • Have 30 or more credit hours

Learn more and register for Transfer Student Orientation.


International Students

International Students are required to attend an International Student Orientation program. To be eligible for the New International Student Orientation program, at the time of their admission, International Students must:

  • Have 30 or more credit hours

International Graduate Students with an F-1 & J-1 visa status are required to attend an International Student Orientation program. Graduate students should also contact their academic advisor or graduate program for more information about program-specific orientation requirements.

Learn more and register for International Student Orientation.


Domestic Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Students

Domestic Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Students are welcome to attend a Transfer Student Orientation program; however, attendance at the program is not mandatory. Graduate students should also contact their academic advisor or graduate program for more information about program-specific orientation requirements.

Learn more and register for Transfer Student Orientation.

New Student Programs

Discover all UHCL has to offer by engaging with our various new student programs year-round. All of our programs are designed to help you make the most of your years at UHCL. Our new student programs include events such as Lunch With A Prof, Midterms & Finals Support, and much more. Join us to continue developing, growing, and having enriching dynamic experiences!

Explore upcoming New Student Programs.

Family and Guests

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

Learn more about Family and Guest Programs.

Contact Us

Orientation and New Student Programs

Phone: 281-283-2420
Fax: 281-283-2425
Email: orientation@mingfangyuan.com

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.