What to Bring to Orientation

First-Year Student

First-Year student participants should pack separately from family members as they are housed in different buildings.

All students should bring the following to Orientation:

  • Photo identification is required for check-in and must be a government-issued ID in order to receive an AggieCard during First-Year Orientation.
  • Student identification number, UC Davis Login ID, and Kerberos passphrase.
  • Pencil, pen and notebook to take notes.
  • Laptop or mobile device strongly recommended to assist in viewing Schedule Builder, the UC Davis General Catalog, and departmental websites. Past participants have shared they preferred using a laptop for the class scheduling process.
    -Note: It is the personal responsibility of each participant to ensure the safety of the mobile device at all times. UC Davis Orientation does not assume responsibility for loss or stolen property.
  • A bag or backpack to carry materials during the program.
  • A watch or an electronic device to keep time.
  • Variable clothing for hot weather and air-conditioned rooms. Some buildings and lecture halls will have room temperatures that cannot be adjusted or controlled.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • A water bottle to stay hydrated. There are hydration stations in the Tercero Services Center and other residential buildings to fill water bottles. 
  • Snacks (if desired, as meal times are staggered)
  • Sunscreen
  • An alarm clock
  • Other basic toiletries (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.).
  • Robe and/or shower shoes (bathrooms are community-style).
  • Extra pillow and blanket (if desired).
  • All students who register for the First-Year Program and Overnight will have access to use the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and the Recreation Pool. Please bring appropriate attire (shoes, swimsuit, shorts, etc.) for swimming and exercise. There is an evening activity with Campus Recreation.
  • Any necessary medication

First-Year Family

First-Year Family participants should pack separately from students as they are housed in different buildings.

All Family Program participants should bring the following:

  • Photo identification
  • Pen or pencil to take notes.
  • A watch or electronic device to keep time.
  • Variable clothing for hot weather and air-conditioned rooms. Some buildings and lecture halls will have room temperatures that cannot be adjusted or controlled.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • A water bottle to stay hydrated. There are hydration stations in the Tercero Services Center and other residential buildings to fill water bottles. 
  • Snacks (if desired, as meal times are staggered)
  • Sunscreen
  • An alarm clock
  • Other basic toiletries (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.).
  • Robe and/or shower shoes (bathrooms are community-style).
  • Extra pillow and blanket (if desired).
  • All First-Year Family Orientation participants who register for the First-Year Program and Overnight, will have access to use the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and the Recreation Pool. Please bring appropriate attire (shoes, swimsuit, shorts, etc.) for swimming and exercise.
  • First-Year Family participants will receive guest wireless access at check-in and are free to bring a mobile devices if desired.
    Note: It is the personal responsibility of each participant to ensure the safety of the mobile device at all times. UC Davis Orientation does not assume responsibility for loss or stolen property.
Prepare Mobile Devices
Laptops

To assist in viewing Schedule Builder, the UC Davis General Catalog, and departmental websites, Orientation highly encourages that student participants bring their laptops to their First-Year Orientation session.

  • It is the personal responsibility of each participant to ensure the safety of the laptop at all times. UC Davis Orientation does not assume responsibility for loss or stolen property.
  • If a laptop is already owned, register it in advance. See the Student Housing Residential Computing information for registering your laptop. For additional assistance, call the IT Express Help Line at 530-754-HELP [754-4357].
  • Registered First-Year Family Orientation participants will receive guest WiFi login access upon check-in.
Internet Connectivity 
  • First-Year student participants will be able to connect to the internet via wireless connections.
  • Overnight participants will have one ethernet port connection per room. Orientation does not provide ethernet cables. You will need to have already registered your laptop with Computing Accounts Services to use the ethernet port in your room.
  • Wireless internet access is available in the Tercero Residence Area during Orientation. You will need your Kerberos login and passphrase to access WiFi during Orientation.
  • For further information, see the Student Technology Guide.