“GO” (Get Oriented)

“GO” is HBU’s official free mandatory orientation for new incoming freshmen and transfer students. Deposited students will have the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions to help them transition into HBU, as well as be advised and register for classes. At the end of the day attendees will leave with their fall schedule in hand!

Students will need to pay the $100 enrollment/housing deposit before being eligible to register for classes. Deposits will apply to students’ overall tuition balance.  Don’t miss your chance to “Get Orientated.”

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Pre-Registration and Advising Days

Ready to get a jump start on your Fall Schedule?  Registration opens March 1st for  Pre-Registration day. Hear from your academic college, meet with your advisor and register for classes. This day is (optional) and open to all new incoming Fall 2018 freshmen and transfer students.

Am I ready for Pre-Registration?:

If you have completed the following checklist, then it’s time to register for Pre-Registration

  • Applied and been accepted to HBU
  • You are entering HBU as a Freshman or Transfer
  • Your Enrollment Deposit is Paid,  Deposit Now

Questions about anything on the list? Contact your Admission Counselor. 

2018 Pre-Registration Dates:

  • April 28
  • May 19


  • Transfer students who attend Pre-Registration are NOT required to attend a Transfer “GO”  session. 
  • Freshman students who attend Pre-Registration MUST still attend New Student “GO” in June. Please plan to register for both events.


New Student “GO” Get Orientated Days

New student “GO” is a free and mandatory for all new incoming freshmen. Multiple New Student “GO” sessions are scheduled to help complete the final steps in your process for applying and registering for classes, and is the most important. Orientation helps you understand all the resources and services the university can offer to help ensure your success. And… It’s fun!

2018 New Freshmen “GO” Dates:

PLEASE NOTE: Check-in for those freshmen students who have NOT registered for classes begins at 9 a.m. You should  plan to attend “GO” for the entire day.

The official start of GO is at 1 p.m. (for those students registered for classes). Check out the official GO schedule below. Please make sure to bring complete your Liability Form

Check out the Freshmen “GO” Schedule

2018 New Student Transfer”GO” Dates:

These orientations are Mandatory for new incoming transfer or post-baccalaureate students to attend if they have NOT attended a Pre-Registration Event.  These events give students the chance to register for classes, meet with an advisor and finalize all the details before starting classes in the fall.

Check out the Transfer “GO” Schedule

Distance Advising

If you live outside 250 miles of Houston Baptist University, you are eligible to participate in our distance advising.  You will be advised over the phone after Monday, June 25. Please indicate Distance Advising on your registration form. Students will be contacted by our academic advising office to schedule an appointment.


Summer Registration

Summer registration will take place on June 1 for our summer session. We will have two advising sessions for student registration. Those times are listed below. Please note that summer registration is not orientation but for those students who are planning to take summer courses here at HBU.  Students will receive an email to sign up for the time here on campus.

Please note: If you have attended a Pre-Registration event or have been advised for summer you do not need to attend this event.

  • Session I, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Session II, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Payment: Students who register for summer session will need to pay for the classes during registration. Please be prepared to make a payment. View cost of summer sessions

View Summer Session Schedule

Mini “GO” Advising Days

These are mini sessions of “GO” sessions and are designed to help students register for classes, meet with academic advising and so much more.

New Student Mini “GO” Dates:


Need to change your “GO” Date?

If you are already registered for “GO” but need to attend on a different date, please email admissions@HBU.edu with your request and we will accommodate accordingly.

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Getting Orientated "GO" Guide

  • Advising/ALEKS Testing Info

    Pre-Registration and “GO” Advising Info:

    Advising at Pre-Registration and “GO” is done by our faculty advisors and The Department of Academic Success and Advising. We work hard to prepare for your advising session by reviewing all submitted documents, including high school and college transcript, SAT and ACT scores, and placement tests.

    Pre-Registration & “GO” Advising Checklist:

    • Turn in all transcripts:

    This includes dual credit transcripts from the college through which you received credit.

    • Turn in all test scores:

    Please make sure Admissions has all of your official ACT and SAT scores on file. These scores are also used in advising to determine your math and English course.

    • Complete any placement tests you may need:

    Math and English Courses require a minimum score on your SAT/ACT. If you are planning to study a major within our College of Science and Mathematics, College of Engineering, School of Nursing,  Undeclared or College of Business you MUST take our ALEKS exam.

    Credit By Exam:

    • CLEP
    • AP
    • ACT
    • SAT
    • IB

    View Courses and Score Requirements


  • Get Orientated "GO" Prep

    Apply to HBU:

    This seems like an obvious first step to many but if you want to register for  Pre-Registration or “GO” but have not yet applied and been admitted to HBU this your first step.  APPLY NOW

    Submit Your Enrollment Deposit:

    Submitting your $100 enrollment deposit is the next step to secure your spot at HBU. It’s easy, just submit your deposit here . DEPOSIT NOW

    Register for  Pre-Registration and “GO”:

    Registration emails are sent out daily after March 1st once students have submitted their enrollment deposit.

    Complete your Application:

    Submit an final high school transcript with graduation date, by August 1. If you have any college transcripts from Dual Credit courses your took during high school, submit those as well. You also need to submit your AP  test results.

    Submit your vaccination records:

    This is required for all first-time college students. Find out more meningitis vaccinations and other health requirements below.

  • Get Orientated "GO" To Do Checklist

    Where to Stay:

    FRESHMAN: All incoming students will be staying in the Freshman Village residence halls on campus.
    PARENTS: On-campus housing is not provided for parents. If you will be needing accommodations, please look below for more detail for our special hotel rates.

    What to Bring:

    Make sure you arrive to GO wearing comfortable clothes. We have lots of fun activities planned all over campus, so comfort is key! While it is going to be HOT outside, our buildings are often cold! You may want to bring a light jacket for the indoor sessions.

    Overnight Items:

    • Pillow, sleeping bag &/or twin XL bed linens/blanket
    • Toiletries & bath towel
    • Change of clothes for day 2
    • Tennis shoes for the campus activities
    • Money for snacks or goodies at the Bookstore

    Complete forms:

    • Liability Waiver Form
    • Financial Arrangements sheet
    • Bacterial Meningitis form
    • FERPA form
    • Final high school transcripts and/or test scores with graduation date
    • Parking Pass form or waiver (Complete on HuskyNet)
    • Final College transcript , if applicable


  • Post "GO" Get Orientation Session Checklist

    You’re Almost There:

    Once you have attended a “GO” session, there are a number of things to do before you make the move to Houston. Use this checklist to ensure you have a smooth transition into college life!

    • Contact The Department of Academic Success and Advising for any schedule change requests or questions after “GO”
    • Be sure to sign-up for Welcome Days if you have not done so already!
    • Log into HuskyNet and learn where to look up your schedule for current semester.
    • Submit any remaining final transcripts or test scores. Due August 1
    • Submit any placement test scores.
    • Purchase your textbooks for your new courses.
    • Pay or sign up for payment plan on your HuskyNet, by August 24
    • Get in touch with your roommate! Check your housings portal and begin to get to know them.
  • Health Requirements/ Bacterial Meningitis

    Bacterial Meningitis:

    Shot records for new incoming freshmen and transfer students are due August 1 to start classes and move into residence halls on August 24.

    *Please note that if you are under the age of 22, in order to register for classes you must have completed and submitted your meningitis form along with proof of vaccination. The vaccine is valid for 5 years and must be administered at least 10 days prior to the first day of classes or to moving into the residence halls. Shot records for new incoming freshmen and transfer students are due August 1 to start classes and move into residence halls.

    Please call (281) 649-3211 or email meningitis@HBU.edu with additional questions.

    What is acceptable evidence of vaccination?

    Listed below are the acceptable forms of evidence a student may use to submit to the institution. The documentation must be in English, state the name and other information sufficient to identify the individual who received the required vaccination, state the month, date and year the required vaccine was administered.

    1. A statement provided by physician or other health care provider authorized by law to administer the Required Vaccine. The statement must include the name, address, signature or stamp, state of licensure and license number of the physician or other healthcare provider who administered the required vaccination; or of the public health official who administered the required vaccination.
    2. An official immunization record generated from the state or local health authority.
    3. An official record received directly from a Texas school official, or a school official in another state.

    What is the process to request a waiver?

    A student (and the parent/guardian of a student under the age of 18), is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis under the following circumstances when the student submits to the institution one of the following:

    A. An affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., in which it is stated
    that, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student, or

    B. An Exemption for Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience form signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination
    for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs. The affidavit must be obtained from the Texas Department of State Health Services, https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm.


  • Parents/Families Guide

    Should I attend Orientation?

    We love to have parents attend GO! In order to best accommodate work schedules, the majority of parent activities occur on day 1. You and your student will have the opportunity to meet and greet with faculty from their major and meet with financial services. Our goal is to answer any questions you may have about sending your student to HBU. Please note that lunch is free for students and $10 for parents. Payment will be taken during check-in, either cash or card.

    We are here to help:

    The first year of college is a season of change and transition for both students and parents. For most parents, the adjustment of no longer having their child at home can be tough. Combining that with new financial aspects that come with someone attending college, parents realize any resource that can be helpful is welcomed. Because of this, HBU has a desire to offer resources to help parents.


    One of the most stressful parts about sending your child to college is managing the financial aspect that comes along with it. It often seems there is countless amounts of information one needs to know, and processes to go through to meet your student’s financial obligations. At HBU we have two well equipped and helpful offices to help you with any questions you may have and resources to help navigate the financial aspects of sending a child to college.

    • Cashiers Office
      The Cashier’s office aims to help provide your family information like how to pay your bill, how to enroll in a payment plan, and other processes involved with tuition payments.
    • Financial Aid Office 
      When trying to obtain financial assistance for the coming school year, HBU’s Financial Aid office is your best on campus resources. They are able to help you sort through how to apply for financial aid as well as answer questions regarding things like FAFSA.

    Schedule a financial aid appointment:

    Our financial aid and admission counselors are trained and available to meet with you and your student to discuss how to make HBU affordable. You can schedule an appointment Monday-Friday by contacting your Admission Counselor or Financial Aid .

  • Area hotels

    Please mention HBU for special rate/discount

    Courtyard by Marriott – Galleria
    2900 Sage Road
    Houston, Texas 77056
    (713) 622-3611
    Distance to HBU: 5.8 miles

    Residence Inn by Marriott – Houston Galleria
    2500 McCue Rd
    Houston, Texas 77056
    (713) 840-9757
    Distance to HBU: 5.3 miles

    Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott Houston Westchase
    9975 & 9965 Westheimer Rd.
    Houston, TX 77042
    (713) 974-5454
    Distance to HBU: 5.3 miles

    Hyatt House – Houston Galleria
    3440 Sage Road
    Houston, Texas 77056
    (713) 629-9711
    Distance to HBU: 4.3 miles

    Hilton Garden Inn- Houston/Galleria
    3201 Sage Road
    Houston, Texas 77056
    (713) 629-0101
    Distance to HBU: 5.3 miles

    Embassy Suites by Hilton – Houston/Galleria
    2911 Sage Road
    Houston, Texas 77056
    (713) 626-5444
    Distance to HBU: 5.7 miles

    The Westin Houston – Downtown
    1520 Texas Avenue
    Houston, TX 77002
    Distance to HBU: 11.7 miles

    Courtyard by Marriott- Houston Sugar Land

    12655 Southwest Freeway
    Stafford, TX 77477
    (281) 491-7700
    Distance to HBU: 6.3 miles

    Holiday Inn Houston- Westchase
    10609 Westpark Drive
    Houston, TX 77042
    Distance to HBU: 3.2 miles

    Residence Inn by Marriott- Houston Sugar Land
    12703 Southwest Freeway
    Stafford, TX 77477
    (281) 277-0770
    Distance to HBU: 6.5 miles

    Double Tree Hilton- Galleria
    5353 Westheimer Road
    (713) 791-9000
    Distance to HBU: 5 miles

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