About First-Year Orientation
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.
UC Davis and the Orientation office will be closed on Friday, March 31 in recognition of the Cesar Chavez Day holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, April 3.
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.