Student Program and Sample Schedule

Orientation Leaders prepare to escort students to their first session

Student Information

Orientation Has Gone Mobile!

Before Orientation we will email you instructions to download the Orientation Guide on Guidebook. This mobile guide will give you access to schedules, resources, pre-orientation tasks, and more! Be sure to download the Guide to get a preview of what Orientation will be like and tasks you should complete before arriving for your Orientation session.

At Orientation, students will...

  • Receive extensive academic advising and register for fall-quarter classes
  • Learn about the academic environment and undergraduate research
  • Explore ways to get involved in campus activities
  • Meet UC Davis faculty, staff and administrators
  • Discuss important college issues for new students
  • Learn about campus life from current UC Davis students
  • Meet other new students and make friends
  • Have any and all questions answered about coming to campus

First-Year Orientation is the best way to get started on the path to academic success at UC Davis. First-year students who attend Orientation are given priority registration for fall quarter before students who do not attend. Students are expected to attend First-Year Orientation because it improves their preparation for academic success and assists in their transition to the university. First-year students who participate in First-Year Orientation are better prepared, encounter fewer problems, and generally have a very positive feeling about their experiences at UC Davis. Plan to participate!

See this summer’s First-Year Orientation dates in the Program Dates section. Plan to stay the entire time, as First-year students will register for their classes at the end of their session. Do not plan to leave early! Family members who wish to attend have a separate program (First-Year Family Orientation).

Changing Majors

Admission to UC Davis is based upon the academic major indicated on a student’s UC application. Students wishing to change majors must attend an Orientation session for the college for which they were admitted and wait until winter quarter to submit a Change of Major form. Be aware that some majors have additional requirements. Orientation Leaders are trained to assist students from all colleges and can help students choose classes for the major of their choice.

Preparing for Orientation

Start by reviewing the placement exam information under Advising Resources. Prior to First-Year Orientation take the math placement exam and/or the chemistry placement exam online. Information can be found at the UC Davis Mathematics website and the Department of Chemistry website.

Review the Pre-Orientation tasks and look at packing suggestions on What to Bring to be fully prepared and to make the most of the First-Year Orientation experience!

Sample First-Year Student Schedule

Attending the entirety of First-Year Orientation is the beginning to a successful start at UC Davis. Each day is full of activities that will assist in learning everything there is to know about academics, campus and student life, as well as student resources. Failure to attend or participate in any part of First-Year Orientation can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.

The following is a sample schedule and is an example of what to expect at First-Year Student Orientation. Detailed schedules are on the Orientation Guide and can be provided to participants during check-in.

Day 1
  • Check in (8:30-9:20 A.M.)
  • Meet your Orientation Leader and Group
  • Student Welcome, presented by Orientation, Associated Students (ASUCD) and Student Affairs
  • College Orientation & Welcome, presented by your college
  • Degree Requirements and Schedule Planning, presented by your Orientation Leader
  • Celebrate Aggie Community, presented by Community Resource & Retention Centers
  • College Advising Session
  • Student Panel, new student questions answered by Orientation Leaders
  • Individual Advising, with your Orientation Leader (advising will end approximately around 9:00-9:15 P.M.)
  • How Do U Rec? In the Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)  
Day 2
  • Check out for Overnight Participants only (7:45-9:15 A.M.)
  • Foreign Language Placement Exam
  • Schedule review, receive additional advising as you prepare to register for classes
  • Exploring Campus Resources, tailor Orientation to your needs by selecting two resources you would like to learn more about (Study Abroad, Student Health and Counseling Services, Student Housing and Dining Services, Internship and Career Center, Student Accounting)
  • Campus Safety and Accountability, presented by UC Davis Police Department, Fire Prevention Unit, Transportation and Parking Services, and Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs (OSSJA)
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Presentation, presented by the Center for Advocacy Resource Education (CARE)
  • First-Year Aggie Connections, presented by the First-Year Agie Connections 
  • Online Course Registration, with your Orientation Leader (Day 2 will end approximately around 5:30 P.M.)