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welcome to the university of houston. This book is designed to be a reference for our newly admitted students as they make their way from an acceptance letter to the first day of classes. Incoming Student Checklists are provided to guide you through the steps that every student must take. Of those steps, some are more time sensitive than others: New Student Conferences fill up on a first-come, first-served basis and financial aid documentation received before April 1 is given priority processing. These two items should be completed in a timely manner as students work through the checklists outlined in this Admitted Student Book. Student organizations, fraternities, sororities, social and cultural activities, plus a variety of oncampus housing options, all add up to the kind of vibrant campus life students expect. This book is an introduction to some of the resources available to our students and opportunities for involvement, friendship, and leadership development.


table of contents 1 important dates

3 incoming student checklist

9 myUH

11 financial aid

15 new student conferences

19 campus resources

25 student life

31 helpful terms

35 numbers & links


important dates


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Important Dates december 8, 2011-january 9, 2012...............................................spring new student conferences january 1, 2012................................................................................................first day to fill out fafsa for 2012-2013 academic year january 17, 2012.................................................................................first day of spring classes april 1, 2012............................................................................................priority deadline for fafsa & financial aid documents may 31-august 20, 2012...............................................................summer/fall new student conferences august 27, 2012...................................................................................first day of fall classes

Campus Visits cougar preview.................................................................................mar 3, 2012 uh.edu/cougarpreview cougar day.............................................................................................dec 9, 2011; feb 3, 2012; apr 6, 2012 uh.edu/campusvisits campus tours......................................................................................mon-fri 10 am and 3 pm and sat 11 am uh.edu/campusvisits


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Incoming Freshman Checklist *international students also see page 7 1 comply with the texas success initiative requirement

T he Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is designed to ensure that public college and university students possess the skills needed to effectively perform in college level academics.

All undergraduate students are required to fulfill the TSI requirement by providing their scores on one of the following tests:

• THEA, Texas Higher Education Assessment

• COMPASS, Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System

• ACCUPLACER

• ASSET, Assessment Skills for Successful Entry and Transfer

i am taking one of these exams on ______________________________ note: You may be exempt from the tsi requirement. Visit uscholars.uh.edu/aac for exemptions. after reviewing the tsi exemptions, i see that i am exempt due to ____________________________

2 register or confirm registration for new student orientation All incoming freshmen are required to attend New Student Orientation, a two-day conference during which students will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, receive their Cougar Card student ID and get an overview of life at UH. Conferences fill up, so register or confirm registration as soon as possible at uh.edu/orientation. my nso date is ______________________________

3 complete math placement exam

Before attending New Student Orientation, incoming freshmen are required to complete the UH Math Placement Exam. The Math Placement Exam is available for free online at casa.uh.edu/courseware.

exceptions may be granted to students who:  ave college credit for a mathematics course at or above the level of college algebra. •H

• Are currently taking AP or dual credit courses and will have college mathematics credit prior to enrolling

for their first class at UH. i am taking my math placement exam on ____________________________ my highest score was ____________________________


04 4 submit bacterial meningitis immunization documentation Beginning January 2012, Texas State law (SB 1107) mandates that all entering students under the age of 30 provide a certificate signed by a health care provider or an official immunization record verifying that a student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, or has received a booster during the five years prior to registration. More information can be found at uh.edu/immunization. i sent my bacterial meningitis immunizations record form on ____________________________________________

5 submit advanced placement and/or international baccalaureate scores

Please visit las.uh.edu for a complete list of courses for which UH offers course credit.

• To request AP scores to be sent to UH, please visit collegeboard.com/apstudents

and use the UH

Institution Code: 6870.

• To request official IB transcripts to be sent to UH, please visit ibo.org/graduates/transcripts

and

use the UH Institution Code: 01409.

• If physical address is requested, please send to University of Houston, Room 210 Student Service Center 1,

Houston, TX 77204-3025.

To process course credit, students must visit Room 204 Student Service Center 1 to sign a Course Credit Request form. Credit will be posted to your transcript when you are enrolled at UH.

i had my scores sent on ____________________________ i signed the course credit request form on _______________________

6 send final transcripts

After graduation, students should send their final transcript as soon as possible to verify successful completion of high school. The transcript should include the graduation date.

i had my high school send my final transcript on ________________________________________________

7 verify desired major Any changes to your academic major should be made before your New Student Orientation so that you can meet with the advisor at your new college. Please email changemymajor@uh.edu with your full name, myUH ID and desired major. Special major requirements apply. See uh.edu/admissions for details.

8 complete ferpa release form The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects a student’s right to privacy concerning their academic records and information. There are some types of information such as grades, financial aid or class schedules that parents might like to receive, but under FERPA, parents cannot have access to these records unless the student gives written permission to the university. You can complete the FERPA release form at uh.edu/legal-affairs/general-counsel/ferpa.


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06 Transfer Student Checklist *international students also see page 7 1 begin transfer credit advising/evaluation Once admitted to UH, college transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit. The evaluation usually takes between six and eight weeks upon admission, so electronic transcripts are strongly encouraged to expedite the process. For guidelines and transfer equivalencies, visit uh.edu/transfercredit.

2 register or confirm registration for mandatory advising & registration for transfers

All incoming transfer students are required to attend mandatory Advising and Registration for Transfers (ART), a one-day conference during which students will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, receive their Cougar Card student ID and get an overview of life at UH. Conferences fill up, so register or confirm registration as soon as possible at uh.edu/newtransfer.

my art date is ______________________________ note: A  RT is mandatory for Post-Baccalaureate students seeking a second undergraduate degree.

3 complete math placement exam  ransfer students with less than 30 transferrable hours must complete the UH Math Placement Exam T before attending Advising and Registration for Transfers. The Math Placement Exam is available for free online at casa.uh.edu/courseware.

exceptions may be granted to students who:

Have college credit for a mathematics course at or above the level of college algebra.

i am taking my math placement exam on _____________________ my highest score is _____________________

4 submit bacterial meningitis immunization documentation Beginning January 2012, Texas State law (SB 1107) mandates that all entering students under the age of 30 provide a certificate signed by a health care provider or an official immunization record verifying that a student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, or has received a booster during the five years prior to registration. More information can be found at uh.edu/immunization. i sent my bacterial meningitis immunizations record form on ___________________________________________________

5 verify desired major Any changes to your academic major should be made before your ART conference so that you can meet with the advisor at your new college. Please email changemymajor@uh.edu with your full name, myUH ID and desired major. Special major requirements apply. See uh.edu/admissions for details.

6 complete ferpa release form The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects a student’s right to privacy concerning their academic records and information. There are some types of information such as grades, financial aid or class schedules that parents might like to receive, but under FERPA, parents cannot have access to these records unless the student gives written permission to the university. You can complete the FERPA release form at uh.edu/legal-affairs/general-counsel/ferpa.

7 adhere to the 30-hour rule

UH has a 30-hour residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree with the stipulation that the last 30 hours of the degree must be taken in residence at the University of Houston.


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International Student Checklist *complete freshman or transfer checklist in addition to the items below

1 complete i-20 documentation

International students will need to provide the following documents for their I-20:

• A letter of financial backing

• Two passport-sized photographs

• International Address Form

• A copy of their passport showing name, date of birth, country of birth, nationality and visa

• International students transferring from another institution in the United States may submit an I-20



Forms can be found online at uh.edu/admforms.

(when applicable)

Transfer Form to move their documentation from their current school to UH. An I-20 Transfer Form must be submitted after being admitted.

i have sent all of these documents as of ________________________ note: A student must be accepted to UH in order to receive an I-20. Once the I-20 is ready (it takes a minimum of five days), the student will be notified via email and have the option to pick up the form at UH’s Welcome Center or have it mailed. i picked up my i-20 on ______________________________

2attend issso international orientation In addition to a New Student Conference, international students must also attend:

• International Student Check-In

• International Student Orientation

my issso conference date is ______________________________

For more information and a list of important dates, visit the International Student & Scholar Services Office online at issso.uh.edu under the International Students section.


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myUH Your myUH account is designed to give you access to your academic records at UH. You can manage courses, view grades, make payments, review academic records and much more – all by logging in at myUH.uh.edu. You were assigned a seven-digit myUH ID number when you applied to UH. (It also appears at the top of your UH acceptance letter.) This number will not only serve as your login at myUH. uh.edu, but will also be used as identification across campus. For technical questions about your myUH account, contact the Office of Information Technology at support@uh.edu or 713-743-1411. For Enrollment Services support, call 713-743-1010. myUH ID is ___________________________________________________________________________________

university email Students are given an email alias as their official email address for UH (for example, jcougar@uh.edu). By default, all UH email will go to your “destination email” that can be set up and updated in your myUH account. You can choose the destination of emails addressed to your alias – whether it be a UH mailbox or a personal mailbox (e.g. yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc.). Email assistance can be found by logging into your myUH account or by contacting the Office of Information Technology at support@uh.edu or 713-743-1411. my university email is ____________________________________________________________________

self service portal Throughout your time at UH, the Self Service Portal section of myUH.uh.edu will allow you to monitor your financial aid and transfer credit, register for New Student Conferences and enroll in classes.


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financial aid steps step 1 get admitted; spring transfer students should cancel pending aid received from other schools

step 2 fill out fafsa fafsa.ed.gov

step 3 read your student aid report (sar) fafsa.ed.gov and monitor your myUH checklist myuh.uh.edu

step 4 check your status for possible additional financial documents that may be required myuh.uh.edu

step 5 accept your aid, do your entrance counseling and master promisory note and maintain eligibility myuh.uh.edu uh.edu/finaid


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Scholarships & Financial Aid The University of Houston believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue an education. That’s why we offer a wide array of financial aid options. Below, you’ll find information to help make the process as easy as possible. We know financial aid can be confusing, but we’re here to help. For more information, or to set up a visit with a financial aid advisor, visit uh.edu/financial.

fafsa To apply for financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. It is advised that the application be completed and sent to UH as early as possible. For spring 2012 transfers, please send the FAFSA and required documents to UH as soon as you are admitted. If you have received aid at other institutions during 2011-2012, you may also need to complete a transfer monitor form. For students entering in summer or fall 2012, the 2012-2013 FAFSA can be completed as early as January 1. All required documents need to be turned in by the priority deadline of April 1 to receive the maximum consideration for limited financial aid resources. All financial aid forms are available for download at uh.edu/sfaforms. note: The University of Houston’s Federal School Code is 003652. i submitted a fafsa on ___________________________________________________________________________________

fafsa verification Please continue to check myUH.uh.edu to see if you have been selected for verification by the Department of Education. If you are selected, you will need to complete the verification process available online at uh.edu/sfaforms and provide any additional outstanding items.


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13 Student Financial Services resident tuition & fees

Based on 15 credit hours per fall and spring semesters

tuition and fees: room and board: annual total:

$9,211 $9,800 $19,011

non-resident tuition & fees

Based on 15 credit hours per fall and spring semesters

tuition and fees: room and board: annual total:

$14,913 $9,800 $24,713

installment payment plans, deferment pay plans & book loans There are several ways to pay your tuition. Once students have enrolled in classes at their New Student Conference, they can choose one of the following payment plans. Visit uh.edu/ financial/payment for more information.

installment pay plan This plan provides any student the opportunity to pay tuition and fees in four separate installments over the course of a semester. Please note that the Installment Payment Plan is not available for summer sessions.

90-day emergency deferment plan This plan defers the payment of all current semester tuition and mandatory fees (non-housing students) for 90 days during fall/spring terms and 30 days during summer terms at 5% annual interest.

short-term tuition deferment plan This plan defers the payment of all current semester tuition and fees (housing students only) for 45 days during fall/spring terms and 30 days during summer terms at 12% annual interest.

book loan This plan provides students with a short-term book loan of $400 during fall/spring terms and $200 during summer terms to assist with the purchase of books.

veterans educational benefits gi bill Student veterans or dependants of veterans that plan to use GI Bill educational benefits should visit Registration and Academic Records in the Welcome Center. In this area, veterans have the opportunity to meet with VA Certifying Officials and learn the specifics of what it will take to initiate and maintain the respective chapters of their educational entitlement.

the hazlewood act Student veterans or dependants of veterans that plan to use The Hazlewood Act should visit Student Financial Services in the Welcome Center to initiate this benefit.


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New Student Conferences New Student Conferences are designed to welcome you to the University of Houston and prepare you for the first day of classes. All incoming students must attend the appropriate New Student Conference. New Student Orientation (NSO) is designed for incoming freshmen, while Advising and Registration for Transfers (ART) is for incoming transfers. During New Student Conferences, students will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, receive their Cougar Card student ID and get an overview of life at UH.

spring 2012 conferences Students enrolling in spring 2012 will self-select a New Student Conference date (dates available on page 17). To select a conference date: 1. LOGIN to your myUH account: myuh.uh.edu 2. CLICK on “Student Admission” on the left side & then click on “New Student Conference” 3. CHOOSE your preferred date If you intend to enroll in courses and attend the University of Houston, you must select a conference date by December 22, 2011. The earlier you register for a conference, the greater selection of classes you will have.


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summer/fall 2012 conferences Students will receive an email invitation in early spring to a pre-assigned New Student Conference date. Assigned dates are based on when students were admitted to the University of Houston. Students who complete their application and are admitted early will receive invitations to earlier New Student Conference dates. Once students receive their invitation via email, they must log into their myUH account and complete the registration process. Students will need to complete the process as soon as possible as space fills up quickly and availability of the date is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If students do not confirm the date they were pre-assigned, they will be automatically assigned a new conference date. If students have a conflict with a pre-assigned date, they have the option of moving to a New Student Conference date occurring later than the one assigned. Earlier conference dates are not provided as options. New Student Conferences are mandatory for all new students and will be the first official activity as a UH student! All of the information about the program and answers to many other questions are available at uh.edu/newstudentconferences.


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o-team The O-Team is a select group of University of Houston students dedicated to making sure the transition to life at UH is positive for both new students and their families. The O-Team leaders will guide new students through conferences, while giving their own perspective of life as a current UH student.

dates

spring 2012 nso & art December 8 • December 12 • January 5 January 6 • January 9

fall/summer 2012 nso

fall/summer 2012 art

May 31-June 1* • June 7-8

May 21* • May 23 • June 4

June 14-15 • June 21-22 • June 28-29

June 11 • June 18 • June 25

July 12-13 • July 19-20 • July 26-27

July 9 • July 16 • July 23

August 16-17 • August 20

July 30 • August 20

* Summer admits only Before a student can attend a New Student Conference, he/she must complete both of these requirements: ∫T  exas Success Initiative ∫M  ath Placement Exam

Find out more about the Texas Success Initiative and Math Placement Exam on pages 3-6.


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Living & Eating on Campus housing The best way to make the most of your college experience is by living in the center of it all. Living on campus provides a safe, communal learning environment while offering unmatched proximity to some of the best services that UH has to offer. For more information, visit housing.uh.edu. i applied for on-campus housing on _____________________________________________________________

dining A meal plan can simplify your life on campus without limiting your choices. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed dining atmosphere at the all-you-care-to-eat Fresh Food Company, a coffee house or a favorite brand like Chick-fil-A or Pizza Hut, the UH campus has something for everyone. Set to open in August of 2013, the West Dining Hall will be a state-of-the-art residential restaurant. In addition to the residential restaurant, the West Dining Hall will also feature a Cougar Xpress Mini-Market. Learn more at uh.edu/dining and see the map to the right for dining options. i purchased a meal plan on _______________________________________________________________________

uh housing & dining costs moody towers double $2,082

Moody Towers single $2,598

Moody Towers super single $2,849

Quad Double $2,306

Quad super single $3,053

Cougar Cougar Village Village Calhoun Calhoun Calhoun Lofts Double Single Lofts Lofts $2,549 $3,315 Efficiency 1BD/1BA 2BD/1BA**

$3,692

$4,208

$4,459

$3,916

$4,663

$4,159 $4,925

COUGAR CASH Meal Plan $3,432 $1,350 *

$3,948

$4,119

$3,656

$4,403

$3,899 $4,665

Lifestyle Meal Plan $1,610 + tax

furnished

Rates semester and are subject to change. are per

unfurnished

Please visit housing.uh.edu for the latest information.

* Juniors, seniors and graduate students only ** Based on double occupancy

$881 monthly

$1,088 $788 monthly monthly

$859 monthly

$1,056 $767 monthly monthly


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University Services The University of Houston campus offers fountains, sculptures, world-class facilities, expansive libraries and also provides a number of helpful resources.

cougar card The Cougar Card is the official student identification card at the University of Houston. It can help you buy a snack, do your laundry, buy meals, gain access to campus buildings and rooms, attend athletic events, get into the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, enter both on and off campus residential housing and much more. For faster pick up of your card at your New Student Conference, upload a photograph of yourself at uh.edu/cougarcard. i uploaded my photo on _______________________________________________________________________________

parking & transportation Getting to, from and around campus couldn’t be easier. Students can enjoy the convenience of campus shuttle buses, car share programs and permit parking. Plus, the City of Houston’s METRORail and METRO bus services offer transportation to every corner of America’s fourth largest city. More information is available at uh.edu/parking.


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university of houston department of public safety Safety on campus is a top priority at the University of Houston. That’s why we employ our own police force 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The UHDPS investigates crimes, offers security escorts and provides a network of emergency phones all across campus.

students with disabilities The University of Houston strives to maintain an accessible campus for students who have disabilities. Students who have temporary or permanent health impairments, physical limitations, psychiatric disorders or learning disabilities can find assistance and support at UH’s Center for Students with DisABILITIES.

green uh Here at the University of Houston, we feel we must do our part to keep our campus beautiful for future generations of Cougars. Throughout the year, students, faculty and staff join together for events such as Green UH Day and Earth Day Carnival to encourage green practices and celebrate our sustainable efforts on campus. Over the past few years, UH is proud to report we have planted a campus community garden, eliminated Styrofoam in the dining halls and installed over 300 recycling bins throughout the campus. The UH Sustainability Task Force has been instrumental in educating the campus community and developing green policies to reduce our carbon footprint and become a recognized leader in sustainability in Texas. Find out what you can do at uh.edu/green.


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university services scholarships meal plan scholarships The Meal Plan Scholarship awards select applicants with one Lifestyle 21 Meal Plan for the fall 2011 semester valued at over $1,610. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for students. Once you have met the below criteria, please complete the application available at uh.edu/us.

• Register for NSO/ART

• Complete housing application

• 1100 SAT (freshmen) or 3.0 GPA (transfers)

textbook scholarships The Barnes and Noble Textbook Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides funds towards textbooks and supplies for admitted undergraduate students. This scholarship is valued at $1,600 ($800 per year for two years). Once you have met the below criteria, please complete the application available at uh.edu/us.

• Register for NSO/ART

• 1100 SAT (freshmen) or 3.0 GPA (transfers)


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Student Life Whether you’re an athlete or an artist, a musician or a movie buff, UH is the perfect place to explore your interests and find others who share your passion. With over 500 student organizations, 16 intercollegiate sports teams and 41 fraternities and sororities, UH offers the kind of rich campus life students expect from their college experience. The University of Houston is also host to organizations that are run completely on student fees. These organizations work to provide quality entertainment and traditions to enrich your campus experience. Everything from comedians to community services is available at little or no costs to all UH students. Make sure to not miss out on any of the exciting events on campus. Outside of our campus, the nation’s fourth largest city awaits. Houston offers UH students opportunities to explore the arts, the outdoors, a variety of cuisines and a host of entertainment options.


26 university centers The University Centers consists of six student-focused centers. The University Centers provide everything you may need, including food, student organizations, child care, leadership development, fraternity and sorority life, leisure services, graphic services, colleagues in faith and much more.

a.d. bruce religion center The A.D. Bruce Religion Center is the focal point for many on-campus religious and spiritual activities. The A.D. Bruce Religion Center offers a place for both quiet meditation and spiritual growth. The center provides office space and facilities for 11 charter campus ministries.

center for leadership and fraternity & sorority life The Center for Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life develops students into ethical and purpose-based leaders by providing meaningful learning and involvement experiences. Through leadership development programs, fraternities and sororities and service opportunities with the Metropolitan Volunteer Program, the Center guides students in development of the self-awareness and critical thinking necessary to enhance individual, organizational and community growth. Houston Panhellenic Council www.greekuh.com

Alpha Chi Omega Delta Gamma Chi Omega Delta Zeta Phi Mu Zeta Tau Alpha

Interfraternity Council www.greekuh.com

Delta Upsilon Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Kappa Alpha Order Kappa Sigma Lambda Phi Epsilon Pi Kappa Alpha Pi Kappa Phi Phi Kappa Psi Sigma Chi Sigma Nu Sigma Phi Epsilon Sigma Pi Tau Kappa Epsilon Triangle Zeta Beta Tau

Multicultural Greek Council www.uh.edu/mgc Sorority Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Delta Phi Omega Gamma Alpha Omega Kappa Delta Chi Kappa Phi Gamma Lambda Theta Alpha Sigma Lambda Gamma Sigma Phi Omega Theta Nu Xi Chi Upsilon Sigma

Fraternity Alpha Psi Lambda Delta Epsilon Psi Gamma Delta Phi Lambda Theta Phi Omega Delta Phi Sigma Beta Rho Sigma Lambda Beta Gamma Beta

National Pan-Hellenic Council Sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sigma Gamma Rho Zeta Phi Beta

Fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Phi Beta Sigma


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center for student involvement The Center for Student Involvement provides services for Registered Student Organizations, offers advising and training for students leading organizations, connects students with opportunities to be involved on campus and supports many major student organizations at the University of Houston. There are more than 500 student organizations at the University of Houston. There are organizations based on campus traditions, student interests and hobbies, social fraternities and sororities, honors organizations and major academic focused organizations. There is something for everyone, and if you don't find an organization that fits your needs, start one. CSI serves as advisory support for the Activities Funding Board, Council of Ethnic Organizations, Frontier Fiesta Association, Homecoming Committee, Student Program Board, Student Government Association and Student Video Network.

university center University Center is the heart of student activity and offers a wide variety of useful products, services and opportunities to meet and connect with other people. Once at the University Center, students have access to dining facilities; lounges for studying, visiting and watching television; and meeting rooms for conducting organization meetings, social events and educational programs. The University Center is the home for many offices, services and retail spaces like the Cougar Byte Computer Store, Jonorr’s Hair Salon, Shasta’s Cones & More, UC Creation Station, UC Games Room, UH Bookstore, Woodforest National Bank and much more.

university center satellite University Center Satellite offers services similar to those at the University Center, including different dining options and two viewing areas with big-screen TVs. Other available services include a quiet study lounge with Internet connections, a convenient store and the popular Satellite Games Room, which features pool tables, video games and a board game/eating area.


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campus recreation Campus Recreation, which is housed in the 264,000 square-feet Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, coordinates the recreational sport programs and services for the University community. An average of 3,300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests participate daily in various activities offered by Campus Recreation. Amenities include five multi-purpose courts that are used for basketball, badminton and volleyball, a second floor fitness area with indoor track, a 53-foot climbing wall, racquetball and squash courts, a 70-meter indoor pool, a sauna and a whirlpool and an outdoor leisure pool and sand volleyball court.

counseling and psychological services Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential services to all currently enrolled students, including crisis intervention; individual, couples and group counseling; learning disability and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder assessments and free mental health workshops.

uh wellness UH Wellness, with offices in the University Center and Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, is a campus-wide education and prevention program whose mission is to promote healthy choices and create a healthier, safer learning environment across all dimensions of wellness, including: social, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, physical and emotional wellness.

university health center The University Health Center serves students, faculty and staff by providing affordable and accessible quality primary medical and mental healthcare, prescription and non-prescription medication, and disease prevention, health maintenance and wellness through education. The


29 University of Houston offers an affordable medical insurance policy to students registered for six hours or more during fall and spring semesters and three hours or more during the summer semester. Unique to our Health Center and in addition to the Women’s Clinic and Dermatology Clinic, is the Men’s Clinic. The Psychiatry Clinic provides evaluations, treatment plans and ongoing medication management. We are pleased to announce the addition of onsite dental services which began in spring 2011.

immunizations Beginning January 2012, Texas State law (SB 1107) mandates that all entering students under the age of 30 provide a certificate signed by a health care provider or an official immunization record verifying that a student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, or has received a booster during the five years prior to registration. Locate the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record Form at uh.edu/immunization and follow the instructions and deadlines provided on the form to fulfill the requirements.

student publications Student Publications is home to the University’s oldest traditions: The Daily Cougar student newspaper and the Houstonian yearbook. It’s also home to Transitions magazine, the official student-produced newcomers guide to UH. Whether you work on one of the staffs or simply read one of its award-winning publications, you’re part of a tradition of excellence that spans more than 75 years.

university career services University Career Services can help with the important first step of choosing a major that fits your interests, values, personality and skills. University Career Services helps make your choice easier by offering professional career counseling, vocational assessments, networking opportunities, internships and library resources. For students seeking to work while enrolled or seeking a career-level position at graduation, University Career Services offers résumé critiques, mock interviews, job posting services (over 6500 jobs posted each year), on-campus corporate interviews, career fairs and assistance in managing a professional job search. The University of Houston fosters partnerships with hundreds of business, human service, government and educational entities in the Greater Houston Area. These alliances provide a vast array of internship, networking and employment opportunities that can help you choose a career path that is right for you.


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Helpful Terms 30-hour rule UH has a 30-hour residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree with the stipulation that the last 30 hours of the degree must be taken in residence at the University of Houston.

6W rule The 6W (withdraw) grades may be used at any time during a student’s undergraduate career at UH to drop a course up through the last day to drop a course or withdraw from all courses deadline. Once the 6Ws have been used however, the student must complete all courses he or she is enrolled in regardless of academic performance.

academic advising Each incoming student will receive academic advising at New Student Conferences during which students interact with college advisors in decision-making, problem solving and longrange planning related to the student’s academic goals and degree plans.

academic college One of 12 major academic divisions within the university that offers specialized curricula (ie. Bauer College of Business, Cullen College of Engineering etc.)

core requirements Courses that must be taken by candidates for any bachelor’s degree

drop/withdrawal (medical withdrawal) To drop a course means that even though you are withdrawing from one or more courses, you will still be enrolled in other courses for that academic semester. To withdraw means that


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you will be dropping ALL courses for the semester and are cancelling your term enrollment. Students may also request a medical withdrawal from all courses in which the student is enrolled in cases where they experience a medical situation that impedes academic progress.

enrollment cap Up to 30 hours are allowed in excess of minimum degree hours before the student could be charged an additional $100 per semester credit hour.

fafsa The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid. It is an online form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

fee bill statement Once you have enrolled in courses, you can view your tuition and fees by going to your myUH account and clicking on Student Financials. Your fee bill statement can be found in the Account Summary.

ferpa The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects a student’s right to privacy concerning their academic records and information. There are some types of information such as grades, financial aid or class schedules that parents might like to receive, but under FERPA, parents cannot have access to these records unless the student gives written permission to the university.

full time student All undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 12 semester hours during a fall or spring semester are classified as carrying a full-time course load.

graduation pledge Entering freshmen who complete 30 hours toward their major at UH in good standing within one academic year will be eligible for $500 toward their next year’s tuition and fees. By completing 60 hours at UH after two years, students will then be eligible for $1000 toward their next year’s tuition and fees. Those who finish 90 hours at UH by the end of their third year will be eligible for $1500 toward their fourth year of tuition and fees.


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major advisor A staff or faculty advisor from the academic college that is associated with your declared major.

mandatory fees Fees for services such as utilities, libraries, instructional access, campus card programs, technology, student services, the University Center and the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center are mandatory.

minor advisor A staff or faculty advisor from the academic college that is associated with your declared minor.

negative service indicator A hold placed on an account that prevents the student from receiving certain services and may hinder enrollment until any academic, disciplinary or financial problems are resolved.

official reporting day Official Reporting Day (ord) is the critical date in determining attempted hours. ORD is normally the 12th class day in the spring and fall semesters and the fourth class day in the summer semesters. Any credit hours in which you are enrolled after ORD are identified as attempted hours.

self service The section is located within myUH.uh.edu and allows you to monitor your financial aid and transfer credit, register for New Student Conferences and enroll in classes. You will use this during your entire time at UH.

transfer credit petition This petition is used to request the acceptance of a transfer course as an equivalent of a UH course or the designation of core.

tuition rebate Students who attempt no more than three semester hours in excess of the minimum number required for their degree and graduate within four calendar years for four-year degrees, or within five calendar years for five-year degrees, such as the Bachelor of Architecture, will receive a $1,000 tuition rebate.


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Helpful Numbers & Links Admissions...............................................................................................................................................................................713-743-1010

uh.edu/admissions

African American Studies Program.........................................................................................................................713-743-2811

class.uh.edu/aas

Asian American Studies Program.......................................................................................................................... 713-743-9863

uh.edu/aasc

Campus Recreations.........................................................................................................................................................713-743-9500

uhrecreation.com

Campus Tours..................................................................................................................................................................... 832-842-9060

uh.edu/campusvisit

Career Services..................................................................................................................................................................... 713-743-5100

career.uh.edu

Center for Mexican American Studies..................................................................................................................713-743-3136

class.uh.edu/cmas

Center for Student Involvement.................................................................................................................................. 713-743-5180 Fraternities, Sororities, Student Government & Student Groups

uh.edu/csi

Center for Students with DisABILITIES.................................................................................................................713-743-5400

uh.edu/csd

Counseling and Psychological Services.................................................................................................................. 713-743-5454

caps.uh.edu

Dean of Students Office................................................................................................................................................. 713-743-5470 Parent Program

uh.edu/dos

Dining...................................................................................................................................................................................... 832-842-5989 Meal Plans

uh.edu/dining


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Health Center.......................................................................................................................................................................... 713-743-5151

uh.edu/admin/hc

Math Placement Exams...................................................................................................................................................713-743-6296

casa.uh.edu

New Student Conferences...............................................................................................................................................713-743-1010 NSO & ART

uh.edu/conferences

Parking & Transportation................................................................................................................................................ 713-743-1097

uh.edu/parking

Registration & Academic Records..............................................................................................................................713-743-1010 Residency, UH Transcripts & Veterans

uh.edu/enroll/rar

Residential Life & Housing.......................................................................................................................................... 713-743-6000

housing.uh.edu

Scholarships & Financial Aid..........................................................................................................................................713-743-1010

uh.edu/finaid

Student Financial Services..............................................................................................................................................713-743-1010 Fee Bills & Payment Plans

uh.edu/sfs

TSI. .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 832.842.2100

uscholars.uh.edu

University Testing Services. ........................................................................................................................................ 713-743-5444

las.uh.edu/uts

UScholars............................................................................................................................................................................. 832-842-2100 Undecided Majors, Allied Health/Pre-professional & TSI Additional Numbers

uscholars.uh.edu


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College Contacts

Contact information for each college

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture................................................................................................... 713-743-2400 arch.uh.edu C. T. Bauer College of Business.........................................................................................................................713-743-4900 bauer.uh.edu College of Education.................................................................................................................................................713-743-5002 coe.uh.edu Cullen College of Engineering........................................................................................................................... 713-743-4200 egr.uh.edu The Honors College..................................................................................................................................................... 713-743-9010 uh.edu/honors Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management............................................713-743-2610 hrm.uh.edu Law Center.........................................................................................................................................................................713-743-2100 law.uh.edu College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences........................................................................................... 713-743-4001 class.uh.edu College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.......................................................................................713-743-2611 nsm.uh.edu College of Optometry.............................................................................................................................................. 713-743-2000 opt.uh.edu College of Pharmacy...................................................................................................................................................713-743-1300 pharmacy.uh.edu Graduate College of Social Work.....................................................................................................................713-743-8075 sw.uh.edu College of Technology.............................................................................................................................................. 713-743-4100 tech.uh.edu UScholars.........................................................................................................................................................................832-842-2100 uscholars.uh.edu


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office of admissions 713.743.1010

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