Freshman Students: Your Next Steps
Congratulations on your admission to UHD! We are excited for your upcoming arrival. Following these next steps will help ensure a successful transition to UHD.
- Step 1 - Get Connected with UHD
Familiarize yourself with your myUHD account. myUHD is your portal for accessing freshman orientation, financial aid, course registration, tuition payment, and grades. Also, set up your GatorMail email account to receive exclusive invitations to upcoming new student events, updates about your financial aid, and other university communications.
- Step 2 - Explore Scholarships and Financial Aid
UHD offers a variety of financial aid programs to help you cover the cost of your education. From scholarships and grants to work-study, and loans, there are options to meet your financial needs. The priority deadline for Financial Aid is April 1st of each year. UHD’s school code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application is 003612.
- Step 3 - Satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirement
Complete the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment or submit official scores to UHD. The TSI Assessment is designed to help UHD determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Exemptions are available if you meet the qualifications.
Please note: We recommend students submit their TSI scores prior to attending Gator Ready.
- Step 4 - Submit official college transcripts and/or Credit by Examination (AP/CLEP/IB) scores
If you are currently taking classes, your official transcript must be submitted to UHD. Faxes and scanned copies are not accepted. Transcripts can be mailed to the Ofﬁce of Admissions, One Main Street, GSB 308, Houston, TX 77002.
UHD accepts up to 24 hours of credit by examination. To obtain AP/CLEP credit, contact the College Board to request your score to be sent to UHD. Our school code is 6922. Your scores must meet the minimum acceptable AP/CLEP scores as listed in UHD Catalog.
- Step 5 - Submit Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
Texas Senate Bill 62 requires that students age 21 and younger entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas provide proof of immunization for bacterial meningitis. You must provide proof of vaccination or submit the proper exemption documentation before the start classes of your first semester at UHD. All students are required to satisfy bacterial meningitis requirements to register for classes at Gator Ready.
- Step 6 - Attend Orientation
All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation. These programs will introduce you to the wide variety of academic and social experiences available as you begin your transition to UHD. You will discover how to navigate campus, meet with an academic advisor and register for classes, learn how to be a successful college student, meet other new Gators and more. Your life as a Gator starts here! You will receive a link to sign up for Freshman Orientation in your email.
- Step 7 - Submit Official Final High School Transcript
The final high school transcript should have your school's official seal, the signature of a school official, graduation date, GPA, class rank and size, and high school coursework. Official transcripts can be mailed to the Office of Admissions, One Main Street, GSB 308, Houston, TX 77002. The transcript is usually sent directly from your high school Registrar upon your request.
- Step 8 - Purchase Parking Permit
- Step 9 - Secure Payment for Your Classes
- Step 10 - Participate in Welcome Week Activities
Welcome Week is a tradition that welcomes new and current students each fall and spring semester to the campus during the first week of classes. It gives you the opportunity to connect with other students while experiencing a schedule of fun and student-centered activities.