Aggie Orientation

The final step of your orientation experience!

Aggie Orientation 2021: September 17-21

Aggie Orientation is a five day, on campus* program that begins after Residence Hall move-in. You DO NOT need to register; Aggie Orientation is mandatory and all students are automatically signed up!  Aggie Orientation is also included in your Orientation fee. See our Policies and Fees page for more details. 

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. If you will require an accommodation during Aggie Orientation, please see our accommodations page.

*The Orientation program will follow all COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations provided by health officials and UC Davis leadership. If the program changes for any reason students will be notified via email.  

Pre-Orientation Events

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

Accessing Aggie Orientation

In September, you'll be assigned to your Aggie Orientation Canvas page. You will receive an email to your UC Davis Email account once you have been assigned. This Canvas page is where you will find all your important Aggie Orientation information, including your group number, where to meet on the first day of Orientation, and your Orientation schedule. 

Program Format and Sample Schedule

Every group of students will have a unique and individualized schedule facilitated by your Orientation Leader.

Program Descriptions

Read about some of 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 take you to your Aggie Orientation sessions, facilitate activities, and answer your questions. 
  • Davisfest Resource Fair (held on Zoom) – 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!  This event is held on Zoom – be sure to bring a laptop/tablet and headphones to connect in.
  • Evening socials – We have many opportunities for you to make connections with other students and have fun in the evenings - we have trivia, Minute to Win It challenges, lawn games and more!  
  • 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.  
  • Health, Wellness, and You  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. 
  • Biking 101 (First-Years only) – First years will get a hands-on experience with bike safety, security, and navigating biking on campus. Not planning on biking? Help a friend or peer out with the info you learn!  
  • If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: Career Tips from Alumni (Transfers only) - An exclusive opportunity for transfer students to hear from alumni of their college. Receive tips for success as a transfer student and get advice on how to successfully launch your career. 

Sample Schedule

Take a glimpse at what your Aggie Orientation week will look like here. Please note that this is meant to be an example only: your group’s individual schedule will likely look slightly different than this sample schedule. Session names with a (*) indicate they may happen on another day, dependent on student group schedule. You may notice these are long days. There will be opportunities for breaks and rest throughout the 5 day program. This program schedule is subject to change due to public health restrictions.

  • Friday, September 17 (est. 8:30 AM--9:30 PM) 
  • Program begins at 8:30 AM with OL group meetings
    Welcome from your academic college
    Lunch provided
    Aggie Success: A Professor's Guide session 1
    Campus tour
    Dinner provided
    Recfest evening program (est 7:00-9:30 PM)
  • Saturday, September 18 (est. 8:30 AM--9:00 PM)
  • Program begins at 8:30 AM with OL group meetings
    Davisfest Resource Fair (Zoom)
    Biking 101 (First-Year students only)*
    If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: Career Tips from Alumni (Transfer students only)*

    Lunch provided
    Aggie Success: A Professor's Guide session 2
    Dinner provided
    Evening programs (est. 7:00--9:00 PM)
  • Sunday, September 19 (est. 8:30 AM--9:30 PM)
  • Program begins at 8:30 AM with OL group meetings
    Programming with your academic college
    Lunch provided
    Aggie Success: A Professor's Guide session 3
    Diversity Program
    Dinner provided
    Evening programs (est. 8:00--9:30 PM)
  • Monday, September 20 (est. 8:30 AM--9:00 PM)
  • Program begins at 8:30 AM with your last OL group meeting
    Downtown Davis exploration*
    Health, Wellness, and You*
    Lunch provided
    Violence Intervention and Prevention Program*
    Dinner provided
    Aggie Pride event in UC Davis Health Stadium (ends 9:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, September 21 (times vary by population)
  • Morning programming with your academic college (transfer students only)
    Afternoon programming with your academic college (first-year students only)

    Online community spaces with our campus identity centers (est. 6:30--8:30 PM)