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Welcome

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Welcome to UC Irvine New Student Orientation!

We are thrilled you are considering UCI as one of your college options. We have different programs for incoming Freshmen and Transfers. Please see Graduate Student Orientation if you are a graduate student.

Volunteers at orientation

What Program and Information is Right for Me?

Freshmen Info
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Anteater ZOT Start and Freshman Edge

Anteater ZOT Start (REQUIRED)

Anteater Zot Start (AZS) must be completed in order to sign up for orientation - the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Orientation (ISO) - and before signing up for Placement Testing. AZS is designed to provide you with a thorough overview of academic requirements and terminology prior to attending orientation so you can get the most out of your orientation experience. There are quiz questions on each page of the AZS so it may take you 15-30 minutes to finish.

Anteater Zot Start


Freshman Edge (OPTIONAL)

Prepare for undergraduate success this summer!
  • Earn up to 8 UCI units
  • Become familiar with campus
  • Gain confidence interacting with professors in Summer's smaller classes
  • Discover undergraduate research opportunities
  • Transition to UCI with support from current Anteaters and your new freshman friends

Sign-Up by Friday, May 26th for Opportunity Drawing

All students who enroll in Freshman Edge by Friday, May 26th at 5:00pm will be entered into an opportunity drawing, and one student will receive two Disneyland tickets.

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Orientation Reservations

All new freshmen are required to attend summer orientation (CAMP and IUPP participants receive orientation during those programs and will not attend SPOP or ISO).

Domestic Freshmen:
Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) is mandatory.

International Freshmen who attended high school in the U.S.:
Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) is highly recommended for you. If you are not able to attend SPOP, please attend the International Student Orientation (ISO).

International Freshmen who attended high school outside of the U.S.:
You may choose to attend either the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Orientation (ISO). If you are new the U.S. and do not have significant experience with U.S. American culture, ISO is recommended.

Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP)

A comprehensive 2-day, 1-night orientation for domestic and international freshmen that includes academic advising, class registration, information on important student resources and services, social activities, and lots of opportunities to make friends. Freshmen must attend a SPOP where their academic school is present. Academic school participation will be published in May.

2017 SPOP Dates

July 14 - 15 SPOP 1
July 19 - 20 SPOP 2
July 24 - 25 SPOP 3
July 29 - 30 SPOP 4

[day 2 includes optional SPOP en Espanol for parents/guardians]
August 4 - 5 SPOP 5
[Freshman Edge SPOP]
August 9 - 10 SPOP 6
August 14 - 15 SPOP 7
August 18 - 19 SPOP 8 
[day 2 includes optional SPOP en Espanol for parents/guardians]
August 23 - 24 SPOP 9
August 28 - 29 SPOP 10

Program Fees

SPOP Student $295*
SPOP Parent/Guardian $57
SPOP en Espanol Parent/Guardian $57
*Additional $10 for linen for students (optional)

*Students attending SPOP may qualify for a reduced fee based on need. This is determined by your Financial Aid package. Be sure to submit all documents to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships as soon as possible to receive your financial aid package. 

*Students who sign up for the Freshman Edge program by Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00pm will be entered into an opportunity drawing, and one student will win two Disneyland tickets. Visit their site to learn more about Freshmen Edge.

SPOP Program Fees

SPOP Student $295*
SPOP Scholarship Rate (if qualified) $220*
SPOP or SPOP en Espanol Parent/Guardian $57

*Additional $10 for linen for students (optional)


Academic Schools Available at SPOP**

SPOP 1SPOP 2SPOP 3SPOP 4SPOP 5SPOP 6SPOP 7SPOP 8SPOP 9SPOP 10
Arts
Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y
Biological Sciences
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Business
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Education
Y Y N Y Y N N N N N
Engineering
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Humanities
Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
Information and Computer Sciences
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Nursing Sciences
Y N N Y N N N N N N
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Public Health
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Physical Sciences
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Social Ecology
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Social Sciences
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
DUE: Undeclared
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
** The reservation process will only allow you to choose an orientation program during which your Academic Unit is available for academic advising.
N = Academic Unit will NOT be Available for academic advising
Y = Academic Unit will be Available for academic advising


International Student Orientation (ISO)

A 3-day, 2-night orientation specifically designed for international freshmen who did not attend high school in the U.S.  ISO includes many of the same elements as SPOP with additional information tailored to the needs of international students who are new to the U.S. Students who participate in ISO will be required to also participate in an online advising and class registration session earlier in the summer. The Academic Advisors from your school will contact you with information on how to sign up.


ISO Dates

September 19 - 21  ISO

ISO Program Fees

ISO Student $365*

*Linen will not be provided at ISO. Participants must bring their own linens (towels, bedding, etc).

*Students attending ISO who will be living on campus during the academic year (in Mesa Court, Middle Earth, Campus Village, Arroyo Vista, or Camino del Sol) will have the opportunity to move into their academic year residence immediately following ISO, earlier than the general student population. Students who would like to move in early will be subject to meeting all Student Housing requirements. Details regarding early move-in will be available at a later date. Regular contract or lease rates will apply for ISO students who choose to move in early.

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Placement Testing (if needed)

Get your testing done early! Placement tests start in June and special accommodations can be made to take them in a facility near you! Testing Sign-ups can be done along with orientation reservations.

ALL TESTING SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE ATTENDING ORIENTATION.

Freshmen Placement Testing Information

Click here for the New Student Checklist for Freshmen