2024 Orientation Leader applications are now open! Visit our Student Staff page to view the job description and apply.

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Aggie 101, Aggie Advising, and Aggie Orientation are designed to give you the most successful start to your career at UC Davis. As such, all three parts are mandatory for all students. During on campus Aggie Orientation, actively participating in all aspects of your group’s schedule is expected and will give you the most out of your Orientation experience. More details can be found in our Winter/Spring 2024 Program Fees and Policies document.

Looking for the Fall 2023 Program Fees and Policies document? Click here!

Winter/Spring 2024 Orientation Fee


What does the fee cover?

Orientation is a self-supporting program, the Orientation fee covers costs including but not limited to:

  • Employment of student staff who serve as program managers and orientation leaders trained to support their peers and create personalized experiences.
  • Engagement of world-renowned faculty dedicated to your academic success and staff who support Orientation programming. 
  • Materials, merchandise, and facilities for Aggie Orientation programs and activities.
  • Support of the Aggie 101 platform.
Some students will receive an Orientation Grant from Financial Aid to assist in covering the Orientation Fee. Check your UC Davis email account or visit the Financial Aid site for more information about how grants were dispersed.


There are rare circumstances in which you may be exempt from the entire Aggie Orientation program. Students must fill out the Aggie Orientation Exemption Request Form for consideration if they have extenuating circumstances preventing them from attending Aggie Orientation. Those exempt from Aggie Orientation will receive a full reversal of their Orientation fee. This applies to the on-campus program, Aggie Orientation, portion only. 


Deadline to complete Aggie Orientation Exemption Form: 
Quarter Deadline
Fall August 1
Winter December 1
Spring March 1

Examples of potentially warranted exemptions include, but are not limited to:

  • Exceptions for Serious Illness, Family Emergency or Death
  • Exceptions for Active Military Duty
  • Campus Closure (no form submission required) 


If you have personal commitments or scheduling conflicts with the Aggie Orientation program, you can communicate them to your Orientation Leader during your first meeting at Aggie Orientation. They will be happy to work with you to share what you will miss, and how to make up vital information. 

Inclusion Statement: UC Davis is committed to supporting equal access and promoting diversity and inclusion. The University will make a good faith effort to provide reasonable religious accommodations to individuals who’s sincerely held religious beliefs conflict with Orientation. Students will not be deprived of opportunities due to conflicts with religious holidays. Speak with your Orientation Leader during your first meeting if this applies to you.