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First-Year Orientation
Transfer Orientation
International Orientation
Fee and Payment Options
Orientation Reservations
Travel and Accommodations
Correspondence
Miscellaneous
First-Year Orientation
Do first-year students have to attend orientation?
Yes, all incoming first-years are required to attend orientation.

Domestic first-years will attend the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).

International first-years have the option of attending the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP).

First-years participating in CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) and international first-years who participated in IUPP (International Undergraduate Preparation Program) do not attend SPOP or ISPOP because those programs provide an orientation to life at UCI.
Are academic advising and course registration included in SPOP?
Yes. Academic Advising is one of the many benefits of attending SPOP. You will receive the advising that is required for you to register for your classes during orientation.
What is included in the SPOP/ISPOP fee?
The SPOP student fee includes overnight accommodations, 4 meals, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses.

If SPOP student participants bring a car they must also pay for parking. The cost of parking is $24 for a two-day one-night permit.*

The parent/guardian SPOP fee, to attend the second day of SPOP, includes light continental breakfast, lunch, staffing expenses, facilities costs, and all other program expenses. Parking is an additional $10 per car for a single day permit.*

The ISPOP fee includes overnight accommodations for two nights, 7 meals, staffing expenses, facilities costs, and all other program costs.

If ISPOP student participants bring a car they must also pay for parking. The cost of parking is $38 for a three-day two-night permit.*

*Parking permit cost is subject to change. Refer to UCI's parking website for up-to-date information.
Transfer Orientation
Do transfer students have to attend orientation?
Orientation is not mandatory for incoming transfer students, but highly recommended.

We offer two types of Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP): Our one-day program (mini-TSPOP) and two-day program (TSPOP).
What is mini-TSPOP?
mini-TSPOP seeks to promote a smooth and successful transition to life at UCI by exposing transfer students to the various resources and services available on campus. In addition, new students will have an opportunity to meet current UCI students and learn the secrets of success from the pros!

This is an optional program and does not include academic advising. Your academic advisors will be contact transfer students to make arrangements for alternative academic advising and enrollment in classes.

Whether or not you can attend transfer orientation program (mini-TSPOP or TSPOP), academic advising is still required before you can enroll in classes.
What is TSPOP?
For new transfer students seeking a more in depth orientation, we are offering a small number of spaces in our two-day one-night Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP). This program runs concurrently to SPOP 9 for first-year students and will also include elements designed just for new transfers.

Space in this program is quite limited, so sign up as soon as possible if you would like to participate in the overnight orientation program.

This is an optional program and does not include academic advising, so be sure to set up a separate advising appointment with the school or program of your major. Whether or not you can attend transfer orientation program (mini-TSPOP or TSPOP), academic advising is still required before you can enroll in classes.
How do I sign up for mandatory academic advising?
Because it is difficult to advise transfer students in large groups, academic advising is not part of the mini-TSPOP or TSPOP programs.

To make an academic advising appointment, contact the school of your major. Please refer to the academic schools list on the UCI website for contact information.
What is included in the mini-TSPOP and TSPOP fee?
The mini-TSPOP fee for students or parents/guardians (non-refundable) includes lunch, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses. Parking is an additional $10 per car for a single day permit.*

The TSPOP student fee includes overnight accommodations in the residence halls, 4 meals, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses. If participants bring a car they must also pay for parking. The cost of parking is $24 for a two-day one-night permit.*

The parent/guardian TSPOP fee, to attend the second day of the program, includes light continental breakfast, lunch, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses. Parking is an additional $10 per car for a single day permit.*

*Parking permit cost is subject to change. Refer to UCI's parking website for up-to-date information.
Can Transfers attend SPOP or ISPOP?
Unfortunately, transfer students cannot attend SPOP or ISPOP. However, for new transfer students seeking a more in-depth orientation, we are offering a small number of spaces in our two-day one-night Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP) to transfer students. This program combines with the final Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) for new first-years, and also includes elements designed just for new transfers.

Space in this program is very limited, so sign up as soon as possible if you are a transfer student who would like to participate in a comprehensive, overnight orientation program.

TSPOP does not include academic advising, so be sure to set up a separate advising appointment with the school or program of your major.
International Orientation
Can I attend ISPOP even if I'm not an international student?
If you are a domestic student who attended high school in the U.S., you will only be able to sign-up for SPOP.

If you are an international student, you have the option of attending either SPOP or ISPOP.

We understand that many international students live outside of California and that it would be unreasonable to ask students to visit campus before arriving in Fall Quarter. ISPOP is scheduled to take place right before the beginning of Fall Quarter to accommodate traveling to Southern California.
Do first-year students have to attend orientation?
Yes, all incoming first-years are required to attend orientation.

Domestic first-years will attend the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).

International first-years have the option of attending the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP).

First-years participating in CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) and international first-years who participated in IUPP (International Undergraduate Preparation Program) do not attend SPOP or ISPOP because those programs provide an orientation to life at UCI.
Are academic advising and course registration included in ISPOP?
No. Because ISPOP takes place late in the summer, it is too late for academic advising and course registration. Students attending ISPOP will be contacted by their academic advisors to make arrangements for alternative academic advising and enrollment in classes.

ISPOP does include an academic advising review session with an advisor from the school of your major, as well as other sessions regarding academic culture and what to expect in the classroom.

For more information, please contact your academic school listed on the UCI website.
Fee and Payment Options
Why is there a fee to attend orientation?
The orientation programs are self-supporting and do not receive funding from the university. Like all other departments on the campus, we pay for staffing, meals, room rental, room set up, audio visual equipment, tables, chairs, room and board for participants and staff, web development and maintenance, and all printed program materials.
What is included in the orientation fee?
The SPOP and TSPOP student fee includes overnight accommodations, 4 meals, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses. If participants bring a car they must also pay for parking. The cost of parking is $24 for a two-day one-night permit.*

The parent/guardian SPOP and parent/guardian TSPOP fee, to attend the second day of the program, includes light continental breakfast, lunch, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses. Parking is an additional $10 per car for a single day permit.*

The ISPOP fee includes overnight accommodations for two nights, 7 meals, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses. If participants bring a car they must also pay for parking. The cost of parking is $38 for a three-day two-night permit.*

The mini-TSPOP fee includes lunch, staffing expenses, facilities and equipment costs, and all other program expenses. Parking is an additional $10 per car for a single day permit.*

*Parking permit cost is subject to change. Refer to UCI's parking website for up-to-date information.
Can I choose not to stay in the residence halls overnight to reduce the cost of SPOP?
We cannot reduce the fee for SPOP if you choose not the stay in the residence halls. The program fee is all inclusive of the accommodations and meals, even if you choose not to use them.

You will be given keys to a room when you check-in to SPOP and will have access to your room throughout the program. Although you are not obligated to stay in the residence halls during SPOP, it is a great opportunity to engage with current and incoming students for an extended period of time.
What if I cannot afford to pay for Orientation?
We understand that attending orientation is not financial accessible.

In many cases, students who have difficulty with the reservation fee will qualify for a partial fee reduction to attend SPOP, which will reduce the cost of SPOP from $305.00 to $230.00. This will only be available for students who plan to attend SPOP.

We do not offer partial fee reductions for mini-TSPOP, TSPOP, or ISPOP.
Are fee waivers available for the orientation programs?
Partial fee waivers are available for students who plan to attend SPOP. We do not offer partial fee reductions for mini-TSPOP, TSPOP, or ISPOP.

If you have a complete Financial Aid file and meet certain criteria, you may qualify for a partial fee reduction to attend SPOP. A reduced rate will automatically apply to your final reservation bill when you select a program on the reservation site.

To qualify for a SPOP partial fee reduction, you must have:
1. Filed a 2019/20 FAFSA by March 2, 2019.
2. Submitted all requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by the specified deadline.
3. Have a complete financial aid file.
4. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that meets the reduced rate criteria.

Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website to determine if your financial aid package has been completed. Only completed financial aid packages are eligible for a partial fee reduction.

Please do not contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with questions regarding orientation fees.
How do I know If I qualify for the partial fee reduction for SPOP?
If you have a complete Financial Aid file and meet certain criteria, you may qualify for a partial fee reduction to attend SPOP. A reduced rate will automatically apply to your final reservation bill when you select a program on the reservation site.

To qualify for a SPOP partial fee reduction, you must have:
1. Filed a 2019/20 FAFSA by March 2, 2019.
2. Submitted all requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by the specified deadline.
3. Have a complete financial aid file.
4. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that meets the reduced rate criteria.

Please do not contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with questions regarding orientation fees.
Is parking free?
No. You will have to purchase a parking permit at the parking structure upon arrival.

A parking permit for SPOP or TSPOP costs $24 if you are parking for two days and one night.*

A parking permit for ISPOP costs $38 if you are parking for three days and two nights.*

For parents/guardians attending SPOP, TSPOP, or anyone attending mini-TSPOP, parking is $10 per car for a single day permit.*

*Parking permit cost is subject to change. Refer to UCI's parking website for up-to-date information.
How do I pay for Orientation? Do I have to pay for orientation now?
You will pay for your Orientation fee with a credit card at the time that you make your reservation.
If I do not have a credit card, how can I pay for orientation?
Please call us at 949-824-5182 between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday so we can help to make alternate arrangements. You can also email us at orientation@uci.edu.
Orientation Reservations
Do first-year students have to attend orientation?
Yes, all incoming first-years are required to attend orientation.

Domestic first-years will attend the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).

International first-years have the option of attending the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP).

First-years participating in CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) and international first-years who participated in IUPP (International Undergraduate Preparation Program) do not attend SPOP or ISPOP because those programs provide an orientation to life at UCI.
Do parents/guardians have to attend orientation?
No. While parents/guardians of new students are welcome at all of our programs, they are not required to attend.
Can I bring more than 2 parent/guardians or a sibling?
Yes. You may add multiple attendees through the reservation process. If you have already made a reservation and want to add more, you may do so on your MyOrientation page.
Can I make a reservation for orientation over the phone?
No. We will only accept reservations for orientation online.

Reservations for orientation will be available online on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4:00pm for select populations (Athletes, Campuswide Honors students, students registered with Disability Services Center, Veterans, Reservists, & ROTC students (except for UCI Army ROTC), and transfer students).

Beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 at 4:00pm PST, windows to make a reservation for all other students will begin opening. Students will be assigned a reservation window based on the school of their major.*

Your Orientation Reservation Window will be sent to you on Friday, May 17, 2019 from orientation@uci.edu.

All reservations will be processed in the order they are received by our office. All confirmations will be sent via email unless otherwise noted.

*Reservation windows will be organized by the school of your major. As such, later windows will not be at a disadvantage in securing an orientation space. Space in orientation is constrained by major, so students will only be competing with other students from their major for space.
When can I sign up for Orientation?
Reservations for orientation will be available online on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4:00pm for select populations (Athletes, Campuswide Honors students, students registered with Disability Services Center, Veterans, Reservists, & ROTC students (except for UCI Army ROTC), and transfer students).

Beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 at 4:00pm PST, windows to make a reservation for all other students will begin opening. Students will be assigned a reservation window based on the school of their major.*

Your Orientation Reservation Window will be sent to you on Friday, May 17, 2019 from orientation@uci.edu.
Is it possible for students and parents/guardians to attend different programs?
Yes, it is possible for students and parents/guardians to attend different programs. You will have the option to do so when you make your reservation.

This may be especially desirable for students who do not wish to or cannot attend SPOP 5 or SPOP 8 but whose parents would like to participate in the SPOP 5 or SPOP 8 Spanish language parent program.
Travel and Accommodations
Why am I able to select gender information during the reservation process?
The gender information students provide on their UC application can sometimes be inaccurate and not reflective of one's gender identity. Though you cannot change gender related registrar data through the Orientation reservations process*, we ask that you review your gender information for the purposes of overnight accommodations and roommate matching during orientation.

If you indicate a gender identity other than male or female, we will contact you to find out more about how we can make your stay more comfortable by providing housing options from which you can choose the best for you.

*If you have questions about gender identity and gender expression at UCI and would like to know what options, resources, and support are available for transgender, genderqueer, agender, and gender questioning students, please contact the LGBT Resource Center at (949) 824-3277 or visit their website lgbtrc.uci.edu. UCI has a number of gender neutral bathrooms available across the campus as well as gender neutral housing option, and more information for both can also be found on the LGBTRC website. If you are a student who has a preferred name you would like to use instead of your legal name you can make that change via the office of the Registrar at https://www.reg.uci.edu/request/preferredname.html.
Are there language translations at orientation?
This year we will be providing two Spanish language parent programs during SPOP 5 (Saturday, August 3rd) or SPOP 8 (Saturday, August 17th). If a parent or guardian requires Spanish translation at SPOP, we highly encourage them to attend SPOP 5 or SPOP 8.

Parents/Guardians are not required to attend the same program as their student, so if a parent or guardian wishes to attend the SPOP 5/SPOP 8 Spanish programs, but the student wishes to attend a different program, that can be accommodated.

We will do our best to accommodate language translation at all of our programs for any other language as well. Please indicate your request for translation as a "special accommodation" when you make your orientation reservation, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Can the orientation program provide accommodations for special needs?
Yes! Please let us know if you or any other attendee in your party require any sort of accommodation when you sign up for a program. We need to know at least 5 business days in advance to make arrangements. You will be prompted to provide accommodation needs when you sign up for a program.

Accommodations can be provided for the following types of needs:

Dietary: Food allergies, alternative meal times if you are fasting for Ramadan, vegetarian or vegan meals, etc.

Language: Language translation (parents/guardians only), sign language interpreters, etc. Please note: we offer two programs completely in Spanish.

Mobility: Wheelchair accessible rooms, etc.

Visual: Large print materials, etc.

Other: Let us know what your needs are, and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Correspondence
How will information about orientation be sent to me?
All correspondence regarding orientation will be sent by email to your UCI email account. Please check this account regularly. If you have not received any messages regarding orientation at this account, please check your junk mail.

To ensure that you receive messages regarding orientation, add the following addresses to your approved email list:

orientation@uci.edu
orientation-exceptions@uci.edu
Why am I not getting any confirmations/emails?
Due to the automatic nature of the emails we send out, sometimes our emails are thought of as Spam/Junk. If you haven't received a confirmation email within one day of completing a reservation, please check your Junk folder. When it becomes available, MyOrientation is a good resource for following up on your reservation.
Miscellaneous
What is a UCInetID and what is the LOGIN process?
UCInetIDs are usernames assigned to students for UCI email and for authenticating (logging in) to certain campus websites. It is not the same as a StudentID. A student named Annie Anteater might have a UCInetID like "aanteate" and a StudentID like "#12345678".

New students who have not yet activated their UCInetIDs can do so at https://activate.uci.edu/ after they have been contacted by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) in early May for first-year students and early June for transfer students.

It takes a couple of business days after you have submitted your Statement Intent to Register (SIR) before you can successfully login with your UCInetID.
What is my school code?
Your school code is a two to four digit code that indicates the academic school you will be advised under during orientation (first-year students only, there is no academic advising for transfer students at orientation). For the most part, this code should match the school under which your major is housed.

Please refer to the list below to identify your school code:

ART: Claire Trevor School of the Arts
BIO: School of Biological Sciences
BUS: The Paul Merage School of Business
HUM: School of Humanities
EDU: School of Education
ENG: The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
ICS: Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
NUR: Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
PH: Program in Public Health
PHAR: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
PS: School of Physical Sciences
SE: School of Social Ecology
SS: School of Social Sciences
UU: Undergraduate / Undeclared
Will I still have a choice of classes to choose from if I attend a later SPOP?
While classes do fill up on a first come, first serve basis there will be options whenever you attend! You may not get your first choice in time or day, but all academic areas have NOR (New Only Reserved) sections of classes that only freshmen-standing students can get into. Academic areas also open more class sections if they can during the summer as classes fill. You will always need general education classes to fulfill your 180 units here for a degree and you have many other quarters to get all the classes you need. At SPOP you are only choosing classes for Fall quarter. There is also the opportunity to add classes in September. Many students adjust their schedules creating openings.
I will be attending Freshmen Edge, do I still need to attend SPOP or ISPOP?
YES! Please note that Freshmen Edge (a Summer Session program) runs independently from Orientation. Choosing to participate in Freshmen Edge is not a substitute for your required participation in Orientation (SPOP or ISPOP), nor does your participation in Freshmen Edge give you priority for any specific Orientation dates.

If you are planning on attending SPOP and Freshmen Edge, signing up for SPOP 5 is highly recommended. If you are not able to do so, please make sure you plan accordingly and sign up for an earlier date (the first 4 programs are before Freshmen Edge), or a date that does not conflict with your classes.

If you are unable to secure a space in a program that does not conflict with your classes, please work with your professors to take time off from class to attend your mandatory orientation.* Visit the Freshmen Edge website for more information about Freshmen Edge.

*Depending on the parts of the orientation program that overlap with your class(es), it may be possible to attend orientation, leave the program to go to class, and return when your class has ended. The portion of SPOP that absolutely cannot be missed will be academic advising and course enrollment on day one of each program from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm respectively.

Is your question not listed here? Email orientation@uci.edu