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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?

Please note that you do not yet have access to make an Orientation reservation. You will be emailed with more information. Thank you for your patience.

2017 Summer Orientation Dates

July 7 Transfer Success A
July 11 Transfer Success B
July 14 - 15 SPOP 1
July 19 - 20 SPOP 2
July 24 - 25 SPOP 3
July 29 - 30 SPOP 4 (Additional Parent Spanish Program Offered)
August 4 - 5 SPOP 5
August 9 - 10 SPOP 6
August 14 - 15 SPOP 7
August 18 - 19 SPOP 8 (Additional Parent Spanish Program Offered)
August 23 - 24 SPOP 9
August 28 - 29 SPOP 10
August 28 - 29 T-SPOP
September 19 - 21 International Student Orientation (ISO)

Freshmen Students

It is MANDATORY for all freshmen students to attend an orientation program. They must attend either the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Orientation (ISO). 

Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) 
The Student Parent Orientation Program, or SPOP, is a mandatory two-day and one-night program for domestic and international students. Parents and guardians may attend on Day 2 of the program. 

Students who attend SPOP must attend a program at which their academic school is present. Not all academic schools will be present at each SPOP. Academic school participation will be posted in May. 

Two Spanish programs will be offered for parents and guardians on Day 2 of SPOP 4 (Sunday, July 30) & SPOP 8 (Saturday, August 19). To learn more about Spanish SPOP, please click here

International Student Orientation (ISO) 
The International Student Orientation, or ISO, is a mandatory three-day and two-night program for international students who cannot attend a SPOP

Please note that you do not yet have access to make an Orientation reservation. You will be emailed with more information. Thank you for your patience. 

Transfer Students

Transfer orientation programs are optional for students. 

Transfer Success 
Transfer Success is a one-day program for Transfer students, parents and guardians. Transfer Success is an opportunity to connect with essential campus resources, staff, faculty, and current students. Please contact your academic school directly for more information about Academic Advising: HERE 

Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (T-SPOP) 
The Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program, or T-SPOP, is a two-day and one-night program for transfer students. Parents and guardians may attend on Day 2 of the program. 

Please note that you do not yet have access to make an Orientation reservation. You will be emailed with more information. Thank you for your patience. 

Program Fees

SPOP Student $295*
SPOP Parent/Guardian $57
ISO $365
Transfer Success $45


*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, where one student will win two Disneyland tickets. Visit their site to learn more about Freshmen Edge.

Reservation Windows

Reservations for orientation will be available online on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 4:00pm for the following student populations:
  • All transfer students
  • Athletes
  • Regent's Scholars
  • Students in the Campuswide Honors Program
  • Students registered with Disability Services
  • Veterans, Reservists, & ROTC students (except for UCI Army ROTC)
The following week, windows to make a reservation for all other students will begin opening. Windows are assigned based on the school of your current major (see the chart below). Assigning windows by school of major is the best way to keep the process fair, as students are only competing for space in programs against other students in their school.

If you miss your reservation window for any reason, you will have another chance to sign up for orientation beginning Friday, June 9 at 4:00pm, when reservations will be available for everybody.

Academic School Reservation Window Date and Time (PDT, Irvine : UTC/GMT -7 hours)
Business and Undergraduate/Undeclared Monday, June 5 at 4pm - Tuesday, June 6 at 3:59pm*
Biological Sciences, Humanities, and Information and Computer Sciences Tuesday, June 6 at 4pm - Wednesday, June 7 at 3:59pm*
Physical Sciences and Social Sciences Wednesday, June 7 at 4pm - Thursday, June 8 at 3:59pm*
Arts, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health, and Social Ecology Thursday, June 8 at 4pm - Friday, June 9 at 3:59pm*

*If you miss your reservation window, reservations open for everyone beginning Friday, June 9 at 4pm until the Orientation programs pass or are full.

Click here to log-in and see your Reservation Window.