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​Freshman Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is Freshman Orientation required?
    All new students are required to attend Freshman Orientation. Freshman Orientation consists of two mandatory programs, Gator Ready and Gator Gateway, that will help you begin your transition to UHD and become acclimated to campus. You are required to attend both programs if you plan to enroll as a full-time student.

  2. What is the difference between Gator Ready and Gator Gateway?
    Gator Ready is a one-day program where you will finalize your enrollment at UHD. During the program, you will learn more about UHD and campus resources. You will have the opportunity to speak to an academic advisor and register for classes.

    Please note: We recommend students satisfy
    Bacterial Meningitis and TSI requirements prior to attending Gator Ready. 

    Gator Gateway is an interactive 3-day program designed to help you become more comfortable with your transition to UHD and provide you with more campus resources to ensure your first-year is successful. During this on-campus program, you will learn how to be a successful Gator, interact with faculty and staff from your intended major, hear more about student activities, connect with other new Gators, and more!

    You will be assigned a Gator Gateway session upon completion of Gator Ready.

  3. What are the dates for the Gator Gateway programs? Do I get to choose the program I will attend?
    You will learn more about your assigned Gator Gateway date once you attend Gator Ready.

  4. Am I required to complete both Freshman Orientation programs, Gator Ready and Gator Gateway?
    Yes. You are required to complete both Gator Ready and Gator Gateway programs. If you do not complete both programs in their entirety, you may not be able to enroll as a full-time student in the fall term.

  5. How do I register for Freshman Orientation?
    Follow the steps below to sign up for a Gator Ready session:
    1. ​​​​Log in to myUHD or by visiting​
    2. Select the orientation tile
    3. Click on the “Click to learn how to RSVP for Gator Ready” link to view the registration form
    4. Choose a Gator Ready session and complete the registration form
      You will be assigned a Gator Gateway session at the conclusion of Gator Ready.​

  6. What do I need to do prior to attending Gator Ready?
    You can view a complete list of your next steps online at​. Select “Freshman” in the left column. You will need to satisfy the bacterial meningitis and TSI requirements in order to register for classes.

    1. Get Connected with UHD
    2. Explore Scholarships and Financial Aid
      UHD’s school code is 003612
    3. Satisfy Your Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Status
    4. Resolve any outstanding holds (such as bacterial meningitis, etc.). To check your status, please visit myUHD.

  7. Can guests participate during the Orientation programs?
    Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the virtual Gator Ready program.

  8. What if I need special accommodations?
    Accommodations are available for students. Please use the Questions and Accommodations section of the Freshman Orientation registration form.

  9. Will meals be provided at Gator Ready?
    Yes, lunch will be provided at Gator Ready. If you have any dietary needs, please be sure to contact us at​

  10. Where do I park?
    We will provide parking instructions prior to your Gator Ready date. Please continue to monitor your email for more details.​

  11. How do I reschedule my Gator Ready date?
    Please contact us by email at to reschedule your Gator Ready date. Please be sure to include your full name and Student ID number (7-digit).​

Last updated 4/18/2022 11:25 AM