The final step of your orientation experience!

Aggie Orientation is Here! September 25-29

Access Aggie Orientation NOW: Aggie Orientation starts on September 25 at 9 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST) with your Orientation Leader small group meeting. Your schedule is on Canvas in your "Aggie Orientation" Course where you'll find all the links you need to access Aggie Orientation! Log in today to familiarize yourself with the materials and find your small group meeting link.

Aggie Orientation will be a remote program, in accordance with public health guidelines due to COVID-19. You DO NOT need to register; Aggie Orientation is mandatory and all students are automatically signed up! 

By participating in Aggie Orientation, you will…

  • Begin to build support networks with fellow Aggies that include new and current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Become familiar with navigating our expansive campus to access relevant people and resources.
  • Experience first-hand the academic rigors of UC Davis with the guidance of faculty.
  • Be welcomed by college and major advisors essential to your academic success.
  • Discover how you contribute to our diverse community.

You’ll be placed in a small group of students with a trained Orientation Leader who will be your guide throughout Aggie Orientation. Aggie Orientation is designed to be flexible and accommodating of a remote environment. Students will engage in Aggie Orientation via the Zoom platform and the Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas. The Orientation staff is ready to meet with you every day and help you navigate campus. If you will require an accommodation during Aggie Orientation, please see our accommodations page.

Pre-Orientation Events

There are several events the week before Aggie Orientation designed to serve specific populations of students and their families.

Program Format and Sample Schedule

Every group of students will have a unique and individualized schedule facilitated by your Orientation Leader. All programs will be remote. About a week before Aggie Orientation, you will receive an email assigning you to your Aggie Orientation Canvas course. You will access your entire program schedule through this Canvas course. 

Program Descriptions

Read about what we've got planned for you during Orientation here:

  • OL Group Meetings – Meet with your Orientation Leader and get to know other students in your small group. Orientation Leaders will help you navigate your online Aggie Orientation schedule, facilitate activities, and answer your questions.
  • OL Chats – This is additional time for you to have a one-on-one conversation with your Orientation Leader via GroupMe. The GroupMe will be established in your first OL Group Meeting.
  • Davisfest Resource Fair – Learn about campus departments that can get you connected to involvement, internship, volunteer, and employment opportunities. If you want to learn how to find a community and get involved, Davisfest is a great place to start!
  • Evening socials – We have many opportunities for you to make connections with other students and have fun in the evenings! Participate in trivia, community spaces, online gaming, and more! Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.
  • Welcome from your academic college- Hear from faculty and staff in your academic college and learn what resources and opportunities await you through your college.
  • Programming with your academic college – From academic advising to clubs related to your major, there is so much your college offers!
  • Aggie Success: A Professor's Guide: Learn from faculty how to succeed as a student at UC Davis. 
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention Program - Representatives from the Center for Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE) discuss campus safety and resources. The VIP presentation is mandatory for all incoming UC Davis students. If you miss this session, a registration hold will be placed on your record until you attend the session in the fall. Late arrivals will be asked to attend a later session.
  • Wellness Activity - Discuss topics on student wellness and how this can affect new students, as well as learn about resources that can support you while at UC Davis.

Sample Schedule

Take a glimpse at what your Aggie Orientation week will look like here. Programming will take place between 9 AM and 9 PM. We know from experience that long days on Zoom can be exhausting. You will not be in front of your computer for 12 hours straight each day. We have built in breaks between programs. If you attended every program offered you would be on your device for around 5-7 hours each day.

  • Friday, September 25
  • Morning Sessions
    OL Group Meeting
    Welcome from your academic college
    Afternoon Sessions
    OL Chats
    Aggie Success: A Professor's Guide
    OL Group Meeting
    Evening socials
  • Saturday, September 26
  • Morning Sessions
    OL Group Meeting
    Afternoon Sessions
    Aggie Success: A Professor's Guide
    OL Group Meeting
    Evening socials
    OL Chats
  • Sunday, September 27
  • Morning Sessions
    OL Group Meeting
    Programming with your academic college
    Afternoon Sessions
    OL Chats
    Aggie Success: A Professor's Guide
    Programming with your academic college
    OL Group Meeting
    Evening socials
  • Monday, September 28
  • Morning Sessions
    OL Group Meeting
    Violence Intervention and Prevention Program
    Wellness Activity
    Afternoon Sessions
    OL Chats
    Davisfest Resource Fair
    OL Group Meeting
    Evening socials
  • Tuesday, September 29
  • Morning Sessions
    OL Group Meeting
    Programming with your academic college
    Afternoon Sessions
    OL Chats
    Programming with your academic college
    Final OL Group Meeting