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Frequently-Asked Questions

COVID-19 Related Questions

  • 1. What's the plan for Orientation?
  • 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 are already planned to be virtual: Aggie 101 and Aggie Advising. Aggie Orientation is an on-campus program and will be planned in accordance with public health guidelines related to COVID-19. 
  • 2. What is the Orientation fee and what does it cover?
  • Our Winter 2022 Orientation fee can be found on our Policies and Fees page. 

    As a self-supporting program, the fee is utilized to implement all three parts of the Orientation experience (Aggie 101, Advising, and Orientation). We employ more than 600 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.   
  • 3. 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 submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) for Fall Quarter. 
  • 3. When do I pay for Orientation?
  • Orientation fee will be due December 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?
  • Orientation is mandatory, however under unique circumstances some students may qualify for an exemption. Examples include serious illness, family emergency or death, or active military duty. More information will be available on our Policies and Fees page. 

Aggie 101 Questions

  • 1.    Why can’t I access Aggie 101?
  • Double check your launch date on our Dates and Deadlines page to make sure Aggie 101 is available to you at this time. 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
  • If you are a new student, Aggie 101 link is accessible through your MyAdmissions portal. Continuing students can access the Aggie 101 link in the myucdavis page in the Academics tab.

Aggie Advising Questions

  • 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?
  • Students are grouped 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. 

Family FAQs

  • 1. How can I learn more about life at UC Davis before Aggie Parent & Family Orientation?
  • Aggie 101 is accessible to family members through a guest log in. Visit the Families page on our website to learn more about accessing the platform. 
  • 2. How do I participate in Aggie Parent & Family Orientation?
  • The recorded webinars for Parent & Family Programs are available on the Families page.