COVID-19 Related Questions

  • 1. Is Orientation still happening?
  • These are extremely difficult and challenging times for our families. Every day we learn more information, which is constantly changing in this Covid-19 environment. Our leadership team meets regularly with the Yolo County Public Health officials to receive guidance and approval on our strategies and plans for the fall.

    The first two parts of the UC Davis Orientation experience were already planned to be virtual: Aggie 101 and Aggie Advising. Aggie Orientation will also be a remote program, in accordance with public health guidelines due to COVID-19. Program dates will remain September 25-29, following campus move-in for residential students. Although we will not be gathering together in person, we are confident that our team and campus have designed a meaningful, engaging experience for your transition to the university. 
  • 2. Is Parent and Family Orientation still happening?
  • Parent and Family Orientation and Plática Familiar are both remote programs held September 16 & 17. Additionally, First Generation and Educational Opportunity Program students and their families are invited to attend a special welcome on September 18. Read more details on our Families page.
  • 3. What is the Orientation fee and what does it cover?
  • The Orientation fee is $480 for residential students (meals and housing included) and $350 for commuter students. A commuter student is defined as any student who is not contracted to live in the residence halls. Students living at The Green or Student Housing apartments without a meal plan are also considered commuters.

    As a self-supporting program, the fee is utilized to employ more than 500 students who serve as program managers and orientation leaders and are trained and ready to support their new peers and create personalized experiences. We also engage world-renowned faculty to develop and implement the curriculum for the three days of academic seminars. In addition to our staffing-related costs, we are utilizing new technologies, such as the online platform that hosts Aggie 101 and enhanced features in Zoom to offer a more engaging remote experience for students.  
  • 4. Am I a commuter student or a residential student?
  • All students living in the Residence Halls are considered residential students. All other students (including those living in The Green or Student Housing Apartments) are commuter students. 
  • 5. General COVID-19 Questions
  • If you have other general questions about how COVID-19 is impacting the student experience visit the UC Davis Student Affairs coronavirus FAQ page: FAQs for Students

General Orientation Questions

  • 1. Why is Orientation mandatory?
  • UC Davis Orientation was designed to prepare you for a successful first quarter at UC Davis. As a result, it is critical for all students to attend!

    Our goals include; a) building support networks with faculty, staff, and peers, (b) learning to navigate our campus to access relevant people and resources, (c) addressing academic questions and concerns, (d) experiencing first-hand the academic rigors of UC Davis, and (e) finding support and community on our diverse, global campus. 
  • 2. How do I register for Orientation?
  • You don’t need to register for Orientation! Because it is mandatory, you are automatically registered by enrolling in Fall Quarter. 
  • 3. When do I pay for Orientation?
  • Orientation fee will be billed to your student account in September, due October 15.
  • 4. How do I pay for the Orientation fee?
  • The Orientation program fees will be billed to the student’s UC Davis account and will appear alongside registration fees on the fall quarter student billing statement. Please do not send a check to pay for the UC Davis Orientation Program. 
  • 5. Does financial aid cover Orientation?
  • Eligible students will receive aid to cover a portion of their Orientation fee as determined by the Financial Aid office. Eligible students will receive a notification later this summer from the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.
  • 6. Can I be exempt from participating in UC Davis Orientation?
  • As a mandatory program required by the university, UC Davis Orientation does not have an exemption process for Fall 2020. All aspects of Orientation are designed to be accessed remotely and in a way that can accommodate your schedule. During Aggie Orientation week, the program will be delivered remotely utilizing both asynchronous and synchronous formats and will also be available online for students to continue to access if needed.

Orientation on Facebook Live

We hosted two Facebook Live events for First-Year and Transfer admits providing an overview of UC Davis Orientation and answer some common questions. Missed them? Want to watch them again? Please note that some changes have occurred since the filming of these videos. Please refer to our website for the most up to date information. Check them out here:

First-Year Orientation presentation Transfer student Orientation presentation

Aggie 101 Questions

  • 1.    Why can’t I access Aggie 101?
  • Double check your launch date to make sure Aggie 101 is available to you at this time. The launch date for Transfer admits is June 1  which is after the launch date for First Year Students. You will need to complete your computing account in order to access Aggie 101.
  • 2.    My “Embracing Aggie Diversity” link isn’t working.
  • You must activate your UC Davis email before accessing Embracing Aggie Diversity. Check the status of your UC Davis email and Kerberos account here: 
  • 3.    I can’t find the link for Aggie 101
  • The link is included on your myucdavis page in the Academics tab.

Aggie Advising Questions

Most First-Year students have already had an Aggie Advising appointment and registered for fall classes. Please refer to Chancellor May's weekly messages for updates about fall planning.

  • 1.    Where do I sign up for my advising appointment?
  • Aggie 101 will provide instructions to sign up and prepare for your Aggie Advising appointment. These instructions are provided in the “Next Steps” section of Aggie 101.
  • 2.    What do I need to do to be ready for my appointment?
  • To be ready for your advising appointment, you should complete Aggie 101. Additionally, you should refer to your College Aggie Advising webpage (which will be linked in Aggie 101) for additional advising preparation tasks.
  • 3.    What do I do if I miss my appointment?
  • Each college is coordinating the advising appointment for their respective students. Please contact them directly if you have any questions, issues or concerns. Contact information is available on your College Aggie Advising webpage, which will be linked in Aggie 101.
  • 4.    I want to switch majors, how does this impact my advising?
  • You must wait until winter quarter to change your major. You will be paired with an advisor based on the major you selected when applying to UC Davis. We recommend sharing your intent to change majors with your advisor.

Aggie Orientation Questions

  • 1. Who will I be grouped with during Orientation?
  • Student groups are broken down by First Year/Transfer admits, college, and residential status (commuter vs. residential student)
  • 2. Will my Orientation Leader be in my same college? Will they also be a transfer student?
  • No, not every group will have an OL of the same college or admit status. Orientation Leaders are highly trained on UC Davis resource services, and are well connected on campus. They are great resources regardless of their college or admit status and can also connect you with someone else if you need additional support. 
  • 3. What if I have conflicts with some of my Aggie Orientation Schedule?
  • We understand that some obligations, commitments, religious beliefs, etc. may prevent you from fully participating in the 5 day Aggie Orientation program. As Aggie Orientation will be a remote experience, we are formatting our program to be as flexible as possible with varying schedules, time zones, etc. Most programs will be recorded so students can view them at their convenience. Orientation Leaders will be available at multiple times throughout the day to accommodate for students in varying time zones and will be able to answer questions and discuss concerns. Aggie Orientation recorded sessions will be available up to 100 days after the first day of Orientation so you can revisit them at your leisure. Feel free to ask your Orientation Leader if you have questions about making up missed content.
  • 4. Will I be on Zoom all day with no breaks?
  • No! We know from experience that long days in front of a screen can be exhausting. We've designed the Aggie Orientation schedule to include breaks between most sessions and long breaks for lunch and dinner. Although the schedule indicates programming from 9 AM to 9 PM each day, you can expect to be on your internet device for no more than 5-7 hours of that 12 hour time period. That leaves 5-7 hours daily to move, grab a bite to eat, take a nap, enjoy some sunlight, and be away from screens.
  • 5. What if I don't have reliable access to internet or a computer?
  • Internet and computer access will be essential to participating in online learning throughout your first quarter at Davis. Read more about campus suggestions for Wifi and Laptop resources on the Keep Teaching website

Family FAQs

  • 1. How can I learn more about life at UC Davis before the family program?
  • Aggie 101 is accessible to family members through a guest log in. Visit the Families tab on our website to learn more about accessing the platform. Keep in mind that student view will be tailored to their specific attributes (Transfer/FY/International/College) but guests will be able to see all content. As a result you may see what appear to be duplicate screens.
  • 2. How do I sign up for the Parent & Family Program?
  • The registration links for Parent & Family Programs are available on the Families page of our website.