Congratulations! Welcome to the University of Houston-Downtown! Your experience at UHD begins with Freshman Orientation.
Freshman Orientation consists of two mandatory programs, Gator Ready and Gator Gateway, which will assist you in beginning your transition to UHD and becoming acclimated to campus. In addition, we invite to complete our new online pre-orientation, Gator Start, to familiarize yourself with UHD and your academic major.
Gator Ready is a one-day program where you will finalize your enrollment at UHD. While on campus, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. You will also discover financial aid and scholarship opportunities and learn more about your desired major.
Gator Gateway is a college week orientation program specifically designed to meet your transitional and academic needs. The program is essential to your first-year success at UHD! You will learn how to be a successful Gator, interact with faculty from your desired major, hear more about the Freshman Common Reader and Convocation, connect with other new students, and more! You will register for this program at
All incoming freshman students and freshman transfer students attending UHD for the first time are REQUIRED to attend an orientation program before their initial semester of enrollment begins. We look forward to welcoming you to the Gator Family!
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