About First-Year Orientation

Welcome Class of 2021

How to Register

Register for Orientation through MyAdmissions.

Registration for First-Year Orientation closes two weeks prior to each session start date.


The Special Transition Enrichment Program and Summer Start are alternatives to Orientation offered to Educational Opportunity Program and international students, respectively.  Students attending those programs do not need to attend Orientation.  If you have been invited and have decided not to attend one of those programs, we recommend attending Orientation.

Follow the Orientation experience on Instagram: @ucdavis_studentlife and #new2UCDavis

*Construction Notice*

Beginning Saturday, July 8 through mid-September, the south entry to the University via Old Davis road will be reconstructed. Old Davis Road will be open to all traffic from the South entry visitor kiosk to I-80 ramps, however there will be work at the median and shoulders. Please watch for slower speed signs while work is on-going. I-80 West Bound Off-ramp and I-80 West Bound On-ramp will be kept open and unobstructed at all times. 

It is a campus expectation that all new first-year students attend Orientation. First-Year Orientation is for students entering UC Davis for their first year of college. This program is a two-day, one-night event that is tightly organized and full of sessions and activities. There are concurrent but separate student and family programs. Sessions have anywhere from 400-750 student and family participants at a time. While at First-Year Orientation, participants will learn about the wide variety of student activities and services at UC Davis and have many opportunities to ask questions as well as learn about the campus culture and student life. Participants will meet other entering students and their family members and register for fall-quarter classes with the guidance of an Orientation Leader.  

The Orientation program is under the direction of professional staff in the Student Housing and Dining Services department, under the Division of Student Affairs. The staff works closely with the college deans offices to tailor academic advice to each participant.