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Freshmen FAQ
Transfer FAQ
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Orientation Reservations
Travel and Accommodations
Correspondence
Miscellaneous
Freshmen FAQ
Do freshmen have to attend orientation?
Yes, all new freshmen are required to attend orientation.

Domestic freshmen will attend the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).

International freshmen have the option of attending the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Orientation (ISO).

Freshmen participating in CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) and international freshmen who participated in IUPP (International Undergraduate Preparation Program) do not attend SPOP or ISO because those programs provide an orientation to life at UCI.
Are academic advising and class enrollment 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.
Are academic advising and class enrollment included in ISO?
No. Because ISO takes place late in the summer, it is too late for academic advising and class enrollment. Students attending ISO will be contacted by their academic advisors to make arrangements for alternative academic advising and enrollment in classes. ISO students will sign up for classes during an interactive webinar in the summer before they attend ISO.

ISO 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.
What is included in the SPOP/ISO 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. Parking permit cost is subject to change.

The parent 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. Parking permit cost is subject to change.

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

If ISO 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.
What is the room arrangement at SPOP, T-SPOP, ISO?
Within each residence hall there are mostly single gender suites for students who attend SPOP, T-SPOP, or ISO, though we can offer students a gender-inclusive housing option.

We understand that not everyone identifies as either male or female. As such, you will have the option of selecting transgender or genderqueer or letting us know that none of the options reflect your gender identity. 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 options that you can choose from. It is our goal to provide you housing accommodations that honor your identity.

*If you have questions about gender identity and gender expression at UCI and would like to know what options, resources, and support there are for transgender, genderqueer, agender, and gender questioning students please contact the LGBT Resource Center 949 824-3277, or visit their website www.lgbtrc.uci.edu.

UCI has a number of gender neutral bathrooms available across the campus as well as gender neutral housing options for the academic year, 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. Contact us for more information.
Can Transfers attend SPOP or ISO?
Unfortunately, transfer students cannot attend SPOP or ISO. However, for new transfer students seeking a more in depth orientation, we are offering a small number of spaces in our 2-day / 1-night Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (T-SPOP) to transfer students. This program combines with the final Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) for new freshmen, 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, over-night orientation program.

T-SPOP does not include academic advising, so be sure to set up a separate advising appointment with the school or program of your major.
Are there any housing accommodations made after I attend ISO? Can I move into my on-campus housing community earlier?
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. Students who would like to move in early will be subject to meeting all Student Housing requirements. Regular contract or lease rates will apply for ISO students who choose to move in early.
Transfer FAQ
What is Transfer Success?
The 'Transfer Success' orientation 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, 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 (Transfer Success or T-SPOP), academic advising is still required before you can enroll in classes.
What is included in the Transfer Success and T-SPOP fee?
The Transfer Success 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 T-SPOP 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 T-SPOP 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.
Can Transfers attend SPOP or ISO?
Unfortunately, transfer students cannot attend SPOP or ISO. However, for new transfer students seeking a more in depth orientation, we are offering a small number of spaces in our 2-day / 1-night Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (T-SPOP) to transfer students. This program combines with the final Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) for new freshmen, and will also include elements designed just for new transfers.

Space in T-SPOP is quite limited, so sign up as soon as possible if you would like to participate in an over-night 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 (Transfer Success or T-SPOP), academic advising is still required before you can enroll in classes.
How do I sign up for Academic Advising? Can I receive academic advising at Transfer Success or TSPOP?
Because it is difficult to advise transfer students in large groups, academic advising is not part of the Transfer Success or TSPOP programs. Whether or not you are attending Transfer Success or TSPOP, all transfer students must make an appointment for academic advising.

Your academic school will send you an e-mail in June with information on how to sign up for academic advising. Information for all of the schools can be found at the link below:

http://uci.edu/academics/
What is T-SPOP?
For new transfer students seeking a more in depth orientation, we are offering a small number of spaces in our 2-day / 1-night Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (T-SPOP). This program combines with the final Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) for new freshmen, 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 an over-night 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 (Transfer Success or T-SPOP), academic advising is still required before you can enroll in classes.
What is the room arrangement at T-SPOP?
Within each residence hall there are mostly single gender suites for students who attend SPOP, T-SPOP, or ISO, though we can offer students a gender-inclusive housing option.

We understand that not everyone identifies as either male or female. As such, you will have the option of selecting transgender or genderqueer or letting us know that none of the options reflect your gender identity. 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 options that you can choose from. It is our goal to provide you housing accommodations that honor your identity.

*If you have questions about gender identity and gender expression at UCI and would like to know what options, resources, and support there are for transgender, genderqueer, agender, and gender questioning students please contact the LGBT Resource Center 949 824-3277, or visit their website www.lgbtrc.uci.edu.

UCI has a number of gender inclusive bathrooms available across the campus as well as gender inclusive housing options for the academic year, 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. Contact us for more information.
Fee and Payment Options
Why is there a fee to attend orientation?
The orientation programs are self-supporting. We do not receive any 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 T-SPOP 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 T-SPOP 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 ISO 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 Transfer Success 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.
Are there scholarships for the orientation programs?
Partial scholarships are available for SPOP students only. We do not offer scholarships for Transfer Success, ISO, T-SPOP, or for parents at any program. Scholarships are based on need and meeting all prior deadlines through Financial Aid. If you qualify for a SPOP scholarship, your rate will be automatically reduced when you sign up.

To qualify for a SPOP scholarship you must have:
1. Filed a 2017/18 FAFSA by March 2, 2017.
2. Submitted all requested documents to the financial aid office by the specified deadline.
3. Have a complete financial aid file.
4. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that meets the scholarship criteria.

Please do NOT contact the financial aid office with questions regarding orientation scholarships.

Please visit https://www.ofas.uci.edu/visualaid/ to determine if your financial aid package has been completed. Only completed financial aid packages are eligible for scholarships.
I received a scholarship but I already paid full price for the session. How and when do I get refunded?
Please contact us at orientation@uci.edu or (949) 824-5182.
Is parking free?
No. You will have to purchase a parking permit at the parking structure upon arrival.

A SPOP or T-SPOP permit will cost you $24 if you are parking for two days and one night.*

An ISO permit will cost you $38 if you are parking for three days and two nights.*

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

*Parking permit cost is subject to change.
What if I cannot afford to pay for Orientation?
We understand that not all students can afford to pay the reservation fee for orientation. In many cases, students who have difficulty with the reservation fee will have qualified for a scholarship rate (SPOP only). The scholarship rate to attend SPOP is $220 and is for students only. If a student qualifies for a scholarship, the discounted price will show on the reservation process. There is no parent scholarship rate and no scholarship rate for Transfer Success, T-SPOP, or ISO.
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.
How do I know If I qualify for the scholarship for SPOP?
You qualify for a partial scholarship if you have a complete Financial Aid file and meet certain criteria. A reduction in rate will automatically be applied to your final bill if you qualify. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

To qualify for a SPOP scholarship you must have:
1. Filed a 2017/18 FAFSA by March 2, 2018.
2. Submitted all requested documents to the financial aid office by the specified deadline.
3. Have a complete financial aid file.
4. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that meets the scholarship criteria.

Please do NOT contact the financial aid office with questions regarding orientation scholarships. PLEASE NOTE: not everyone will qualify for the scholarship rate.
Orientation Reservations
Do freshmen have to attend orientation?
Yes, all new freshmen are required to attend orientation.

Domestic freshmen will attend the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).

International freshmen have the option of attending the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or the International Student Orientation (ISO).

Freshmen participating in CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) and international freshmen who participated in IUPP (International Undergraduate Preparation Program) do not attend SPOP or ISO 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 SPOP, T-SPOP, and Transfer Success, they are not required to attend.

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, there is no parent program at ISO.
Can I bring more than 2 parent/guardians or a brother or sister?
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 Summer Orientation over the phone?
No. We will only accept reservations for orientation online.

Reservations for orientation will be available online on Monday, May 30th, 2017 at 4:00pm for select populations (Athletes, Campuswide Honors Students, students registered with Disability Services, Veterans, Reservists, & ROTC students (except for UCI Army ROTC), and transfer students).

Beginning Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 4:00pm 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 Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 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.
Why didn't I get my first choice for orientation dates?
Unfortunately we are limited in the number of students and parents we can accommodate at each orientation. If your first choice is full, please try to find another program to attend or add yourself to the wait list.

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 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.
Is there a waitlist for Orientation?
Yes, you can add yourself to the waitlist of as many programs as you like. Only programs that are currently full are available to be waitlisted. If academic advising for your school is unavailable at a program, you will not be able to waitlist that program.

Please Note: If space becomes available for you in a waitlisted program you will be notified via email with a link to the reservation form. You will have 48 hours from the time of the offer to accept the space and complete your reservation. If you fail to accept the space in that time it will be offered to the next person on the waitlist and you will be moved to the bottom of the list for that particular program. Please be sure to check your email often so you do not miss an offer.

The waitlist will be available through the reservation process on Step4 as soon as any program has filled. It can also be found on your MyOrientation page.
What if I cannot make it to any of the orientation dates?
Orientation is required for all incoming freshmen, so you are strongly encouraged to arrange your schedule to accommodate a program. If this is absolutely impossible, you can request an exception. Please note, documentation will be required in order for an exception to be granted.

The Orientation Exception Request Form can be accessed through the reservation process. After an exception request has been submitted, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted for more information within 5 business days.

If an exception is granted, you will not be required to attend Orientation, and will make arrangements for alternative academic advising and course enrollment with the school of your major.

Transfer students are not required to attend orientation, though it is highly recommended.
Can I change the parent/guardian who is signed up to attend Orientation?
Yes. If you would like to change the parent/guardian attending (i.e dad instead of mom), please email orientation@uci.edu and provide the name and e-mail address of the new attendee and who they will be replacing. Once the change has been made, on your MyOrientation page you may add any special accommodation requests (e.g. mobility assistance, translator request, dietary restrictions/needs). DO NOT submit a change or cancellation request.
When can I sign up for Orientation?
Reservations for orientation will be available online on Monday, May 30th, 2017 at 4:00pm for select populations (Athletes, Campuswide Honors Students, students registered with Disability Services, Veterans, Reservists, & ROTC students (except for UCI Army ROTC), Regent Scholars and transfer students).

Beginning Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 4:00pm 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 Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 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 4 or SPOP 8 whose parents would like to participate in the SPOP 4/SPOP 8 Spanish language parent program.
Travel and Accommodations
What is the room arrangement at SPOP/T-SPOP/ISO?
Within each residence hall there are only single gender suites for students who attend SPOP, T-SPOP, or ISO.

We understand that not everyone identifies as either male or female. As such, you will have the option of selecting transgender or genderqueer or letting us know that none of the options reflect your gender identity. 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 options that you can choose from.

*If you have questions about gender identity and gender expression at UCI and would like to know what options, resources, and support there are for transgender, genderqueer, agender, and gender questioning students please contact the LGBT Resource Center 949 824-3277, or visit their website www.lgbtrc.uci.edu. UCI has a number of gender neutral bathrooms available across the campus as well as gender inclusive housing option, 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. Contact us for more information.
How do I get from John Wayne Airport to my Orientation?
We suggest taking a taxi from John Wayne Airport to UCI. Click on the link below for printable directions and a map.

SPOP, T-SPOP, and ISO student participants should park or be dropped off in Lot 5.

Transfer Success participants and parents/guardians attending Day 2 of SPOP/T-SPOP should park in the Student Center Parking Structure.

Directions to both locations can be found below.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.orientation.uci.edu/directions.php

*Parking permit cost is subject to change.
How do I make hotel arrangements?
We have a list of hotels in the area with special UCI rates. Please contact the hotel directly for current prices.

HOTELS: http://www.orientation.uci.edu/hotels.php
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 there are for transgender, genderqueer, agender, and gender questioning students please contact the LGBT Resource Center 949 824-3277, or visit their website www.lgbtrc.uci.edu. UCI has a number of gender neutral bathrooms available across the campus as well as gender neutral housing option, 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. Contact us for more information.
Are there any housing accommodations made for the night before or after the SPOP, Transfer Success, or T-SPOP programs?
No. We only provide housing for the duration of the over-night orientation programs. We have a list of hotels in the area with special UCI rates. Please contact the hotel directly for current prices.

HOTELS: http://www.orientation.uci.edu/hotels.php
Are there language translations at orientation?
This year we will be providing two Spanish language parent programs during SPOP 4 (Sunday, July 30th) or SPOP 8 (Saturday, August 19th). If a parent or guardian requires Spanish translation at SPOP, we highly encourage them to attend SPOP 4/SPOP 8.

Parents/Guardians are not required to attend the same program, so if a parent or guardian wishes to attend the SPOP 4/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.
Are there any housing accommodations made after I attend ISO? Can I move into my on-campus housing community earlier?
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.
Do I need to bring my own linens to the program?
If you are coming to an overnight program, you will need linens. All overnight programs include an extra long twin bed. You will need bedding and towels.

For SPOP and T-SPOP, you have two options.

If you would like the university to provide linen for you, you can rent a set of sheets, a blanket, pillow, and towels for an added cost of $10.00. You will have the option of adding this to your order when you make a reservation.

If you want to go green and also save $10.00 you can supply your own linen, we suggest bringing a sleeping bag or other bedding, a pillow, and any towels and/or washcloths you may need.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide linen for ISO participants because the program takes place so close to the start of the academic year. If you will be attending ISO, please be sure to bring your own linens (bedding, towels, etc).
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, Halal or Kosher meals, etc.

Language: Language translation (parents/guardians only), sign language interpreters, etc.

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 e-mail list:

orientation@uci.edu
orientation-exceptions@uci.edu
orientation-needs@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
How do I register for Placement Testing?
You should take your placement tests before your Orientation program if possible. Testing events are held the day before each of our programs. You may register for any test you need at any testing event before your Orientation program. You may register for Placement Testing when you register for SPOP at the Orientation site or you may register through the Academic Testing Center's website.

For more information for Freshmen, visit here: http://www.testingcenter.uci.edu/Freshmen%20Guide%20Academic%20Year.html

For more information for Transfers, visit here:
What if more than one member of our family will be starting at UCI this year?
Please sign up each student individually for orientation. UCI wants to make sure that every new student receives academic advising before enrollment in classes begins. Our current Summer Orientation registration request website can only accommodate one student per order. Please place reservations for any additional students separately.
I will be attending Freshmen Edge, do I still need to attend SPOP or ISO?
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 ISO), 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 10:00-12:00pm and 1:-4:00pm respectively.
What do I do if I want to change my major?
You may request a major change through the Admissions office. The deadline is May 31st, at 5pm. Submit your request through your MyAdmissionsApplication@UCI account via the Message Center. Your admissions counselor will notify you if your request is approved. Approval depends on whether you qualify for that new major and if the new major is accepting major changes.

Note: Majors not accepting new students are Business Administration, Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Performance, Music, Music Performance, Music Theatre, and Nursing Science. If you wish to change to any of these majors, you will need to meet the UC Irvine Change of Major criteria.

Some majors will accept major changes during the summer.

You MUST attend the academic advising session for the School of the major you are changing into. This means that your current School and the School you plan to change into must both be present at the program you attend (i.e. If you are a History major and want to switch to Criminology, you will need to attend a program where both Humanities and Social Ecology are present).

Exception List
Arts:
To change majors to Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Performance, Music, Music Performance, or Music Theatre, you are required to pass an audition. Please contact the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Student Affairs office for more information.

Business:
Business Administration will NOT be accepting major changes. Applications for change of majors will be processed quarterly. Please be advised that completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the major; space is very limited. Please consult the Merage School directly with additional questions: ugprograms@merage.uci.edu
949.824.9426
SB1 Suite 5100.

Engineering:

Students interested in changing to Engineering, please read the information on this website: http://www.eng.uci.edu/appeal

Nursing Science:
Nursing Science will NOT be accepting major changes.

ICS:
The Business Information Management (BIM) major is limited to 40 entering freshmen per year. Although a joint major with the Paul Merage School of Business, all enrollment management and academic counseling is handled by the Bren: ICS Student Affairs Office. Entering freshmen who are interested in changing into BIM should add their name to the BIM interest list by contacting the Bren: ICS SAO (see below). As space permits, students will be admitted to the major by competitive review and notified prior to the start of fall quarter. As an alternative, freshmen interested in BIM are also encouraged to affiliate immediately with the Bren School as an ICS Undeclared Pre-Major. For information, contact the Bren: ICS Student Affairs Office at ucounsel@uci.edu, or by calling (949) 824-5156.
Why am I able to select gender information during the reservation process?
Information that we pull from registrar data can sometimes be inaccurate and not reflective of ones 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 bed assignments during orientation.

We also understand that not everyone identifies as either male or female. As such, you will have the option of selecting transgender or genderqueer or letting us know that none of the options reflect your gender identity. If you indicate a gender identity other than male or female we will work together to find appropriate accommodations for you.

*If you have questions about aligning your gender Identity with the information submitted to the Office of the Registrar, please contact the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) at 949 824-3277 or visit www.lgbtrc.uci.edu Also, the LGBTRC is working closely with the UCI Housing departments to create options that are accommodating for the gender variant. Contact us for more information.
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 (freshmen 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: The Claire Trevor School of the Arts
BIO: Ayala School of Biological Sciences
BUS: The Paul Merage School of Business
HS: College of Health Sciences*
HUM: The School of Humanities
EDU: The School of Education
ENG: The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
ICS: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
NUR: Nursing Sciences
PH: Public Health
PHAR: Pharmaceutical Sciences
PS: The School of Physical Sciences
SE: The School of Social Ecology
SS: The School of Social Sciences
UU: Undecided / Undeclared
What is a UCInetID and what is the LOGIN process?
UCInetIDs are usernames assigned to students for UCI e-mail 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 http://activate.uci.edu/ after they have been contacted by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) in early May for freshmen and early June for Transfers.

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.
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 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 am an international student and visa restrictions prevent me from entering the US in time for SPOP. What should I do?
If you are an international freshman and have attended another U.S. school (for example, high school or language program) you will receive a SEVIS transfer I-20 from UCI, you are able to stay in the U.S. during the summer months. You may also travel outside the U.S. and return anytime during the summer with your UCI I-20. You have the option of attending SPOP, or International Student Orientation (ISO).

If you are an international freshman and have not attended school in the U.S. prior to attending UCI this Fall, you are eligible to attend SPOP 9 or 10, or International Student Orientation (ISO). If you choose to attend SPOP, you will need send a written request to the International Center at newstudent@ic.uci.edu by July 1 along with proof of registration in SPOP 9 or 10 for an updated visa document that allows you to enter the U.S. to attend orientation.

If you cannot attend any orientation session, including ISO for international freshmen, you will need to request an exception. This can be done from within the reservation process. If an Exception for orientation is granted, you will be contacted with information on how to sign up for alternative academic advising.

For further information about your student visa document, please refer to the International Center webpage for Transfer Students and New International Student information.
What is the Canned Food Drive at Orientation?
At UCI, sustainability and giving back are ingrained into our identity. Our school has placed in the top 10 of Sierra Magazine’s Coolest (Greenest) Universities 6 times (out of 9), and we’ve taken the top spot the last 2 years!

Now that you’re officially Anteaters, we want to give you opportunities to contribute to these qualities right away, which is why we strongly encourage you to contribute to our 7th Annual Canned Food Drive! Bring any canned good or non-perishable food item, to donate. Most needed items include:
1. Easy to open food- pop tops (canned meats, tuna, spam, ravioli, chili)
2. Canned Fruits
3. Peanut Butter
4. Canned Meat
5. Canned Vegetables
6. Dry Foods (beans, rice, pasta, soup, oatmeal)
7. Snacks (energy bars, granola bars)

Donated items will be distributed to the Orange County Food Bank and the UCI Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center Food Pantry.

We’re excited for you to be a part of the Anteater legacy of giving back to your community. For further opportunities to get involved in community and volunteer programs, visit, studentlife.uci.edu

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