Course Registration

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Students Attending Orientation & Pass 1 Appointment Information

First-year students who register to attend International & National Orientation, will have their Pass 1 Appointment (course registration time) set to a date in July or August, which corresponds with the college into which you have been admitted. After you have completed your Orientation reservation, you can check your Pass 1 Appointment online at Schedule Builder by entering your UC Davis login ID and Kerberos passphrase.

Students registered to attend International & National Orientation will receive academic advising remotely via webinars and through the Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students (PAGIS) found on the International Academic English website. Students will receive an email at their UC Davis email address from their College Dean’s Office.

While at Orientation, students will be provided with information about their respective College’s expectations, opportunities for involvement, and receive additional academic advising. Participants will meet other entering students and learn about valuable resources on campus.

The university runs a “seat release” system, which reserves spaces in commonly offered Fall Quarter classes. During course registration, a portion of seats are released during each Orientation session to help create equality in course registration throughout the summer.

NOTEIf a student who is registered to attend International & National Orientation misses their Pass 1 Appointment time, then that student will have to wait until Open Registration or their Pass 2 Appointment.  

Students Who Do Not Attend Orientation & Pass 1 Appointment Information:

Students unable to attend Orientation need to log on to MyAdmissions, click on the Orientation "Sign-Up" link and complete the “Questionnaire” page. Under the question “Will you be attending Orientation?” select “No,” marking a reason why, and click the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of the page.

Students should check their UC Davis email account often, as the following will be emailed to students who do not attend Orientation:

  • Detailed information on how to complete the activities covered during First-Year Orientation independently, such as taking placement exams, picking a class schedule, registering for classes, learning about campus resources, etc.
  • Pass 1 Appointment information from the Office of the University Registrar
  • Important campus updates

First-Year students who mark that they cannot attend Orientation will have a Pass 1 Appointment in mid to late August after all First-Year Orientation sessions have concluded. If you are not attending Orientation, you can find your Pass 1 Appointment  online at Schedule Builder by entering your UC Davis login ID and Kerberos passphrase.

Fall Orientation and Advising

Incoming First-Year students who are not able to attend Orientation are encouraged to attend an individual advising session during Fall Welcome Week with their college dean’s office advisor, major advisor or a peer advisor.