At Orientation, students will...
- Receive extensive academic advising and register for fall-quarter classes
- Learn about the academic environment
- Explore ways to get involved in campus activities
- Meet UC Davis faculty, staff and administrators
- Discuss important college issues for new students
- Learn about campus life from current UC Davis students
- Meet other new students and make friends
- Have any and all questions answered about coming to campus
First-Year Orientation is the best way to get started on the path to academic success at UC Davis. First-year students who attend Orientation are given priority registration for fall quarter before students who do not attend. Students are expected to attend First-Year Orientation because it improves their preparation for academic success and assists in their transition to the university. Those who participate in First-Year Orientation are better prepared, encounter fewer problems, and generally have a very positive feeling about their experiences at UC Davis. Plan to participate!
See this summer’s First-Year Orientation dates in the Program Dates section. Plan to stay the entire time, as First-year students will register for their classes at the end of their session. Do not plan to leave early! Family members who wish to attend have a separate program (First-Year Family Orientation).
Admission to UC Davis is based upon the academic major indicated on a student’s UC application. Students wishing to change majors must attend an Orientation session for the college they were admitted to and wait until winter quarter to submit a Change of Major form. Be aware that some majors have additional requirements. Orientation Leaders are trained to assist students from all colleges and can help students choose classes for the major of their choice.
Housing for Orientation
A room in the residence halls will be provided for all students registered for First-Year Orientation, and it is expected that all students stay with us throughout the program. No alterations to fees are offered based on the use of your residence hall space. The overnight experience will allow all students to take full advantage of Orientation activities and get a taste of life in the residence halls. Overnight participants in First-Year Orientation stay in the Tercero Area Residence Halls. Please see the "Accommodations" tab for more information.
Preparing for Orientation
Start by reviewing the placement exam information under Advising Resources. Prior to First-Year Orientation take the math placement exam and/or the chemistry placement exam online. Information can be found at the UC Davis Mathematics website and the Department of Chemistry website.
Review the Pre-Orientation tasks and look at packing suggestions on What to Bring to be fully prepared and to make the most of the First-Year Orientation experience! Students will be assessed the same Orientation fee regardless of whether they choose to utilize their residence hall room.
Attending the entirety of First-Year Orientation is the beginning to a successful start at UC Davis. Each day is full of activities that will assist in learning everything there is to know about academics, campus and student life, as well as student resources. Failure to attend or participate in any part of First-Year Orientation can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.
The following is a sample schedule and is an example of what to expect at First-Year Student Orientation. Detailed schedules are on the Orientation Guide and can be provided to participants during check-in.
- Check in (7:40-8:30 A.M.)
- Student Welcome
- Meet your Orientation Leader and Group
- College Orientation, presented by your college
- Celebrate Aggie Community, presented by Community Resource & Retention Centers
- Technology Toolbox, presented by your Orientation Leader
- Major Advising Session and/or student life programming
- Student Panel, new student questions answered by Orientation Leaders
- Evening meeting with your Orientation Leader
- How Do U Rec? In the Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), ending at 11:00 P.M.
- Check out (7:30-9:00 A.M.)
- Foreign Language Placement Exam
- Major Advising, Special Population Advising, and/or campus resource exploration
- Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Presentation, presented by the Center for Advocacy Resource Education (CARE)
- Health and Safety, presented by Student Health and Counseling Services and UC Police Department
- Online Course Registration (Day 2 will end approximately around 5:00 P.M.)