UCI Orientation

First-Year Orientation

First-Year Orientation

First-Year Orientation

SPOP Dashboard

All information about your orientation can be found on your SPOP Dashboard: https://reserve.orientation.uci.edu/


What is SPOP?

SPOP stands for Student Parent Orientation Program, UCI's orientation for new undergraduate students.

There are four mandatory components to SPOP this summer.

1. Canvas Modules

Starting on June 14, you will have access to an online learning tool called Canvas.

Your SPOP Canvas will be divided into modules that will have presentations, videos, and resources for you to learn more about UCI and how you can thrive as a new student.

There will be 5 modules with different themes such as academic success, getting involved in clubs and organizations, and wellness & safety on- and off-campus. The first 4 modules will be released weekly starting Monday, June 14. The final module about preparing for Fall Quarter will be available in early September.

Each module should take 1-2 hours to complete.

2. Academic Advising & Course Registration

This session will review the catalogue of classes, major requirements, and how to register for classes. You will meet with your academic advisors for this session.

Prior to attending your advising session, you may need to complete pre-advising. Your academic school will inform you on how to complete this before your advising session.

** For international students, you will be contacted directly by your academic school with information about how to complete academic advising.

3. SPOP Welcome Mixer

This is your opportunity to socialize and start connecting with current and new students!

The SPOP Welcome Mixer will be hosted from 6:00-8:00pm PST via Zoom after your advising session.

We will email you the zoom link on the morning of the Welcome Mixer.

4. CARE Workshop

You will have a designated workshop with UCI CARE, where you will learn about ways that you can join your peers to create a safer community at UCI and the services available to individuals at the CARE office. More details will be posted soon, as well as emailed to you. Attendance will be taken to ensure you have received the necessary information.


When will I attend SPOP?

All first-year students are randomly assigned a SPOP, which will determine when you will sign up for classes and attend your SPOP Welcome Mixer.

Login to your SPOP Dashboard to find out which SPOP you will be attending.

The dates for SPOP are listed below:

2021 Program Dates

SPOP 1 Tuesday, July 13
SPOP 2 Thursday, July 15
SPOP 3 Wednesday, July 21
SPOP 4 Friday, July 23
SPOP 5 Tuesday, July 27
SPOP 6 Thursday, July 29
SPOP 7 Wednesday, August 4
SPOP 8 Friday, August 6
SPOP 9 Tuesday, August 10
SPOP 10 Thursday, August 12

Random Assignments

The following populations have priority registration and will be assigned to SPOP 1, SPOP 2, or SPOP 3:

Students enrolled in Freshman Edge and Summer Bridge before June 10 will be assigned to SPOPs 1-6.

All other students will be randomly assigned to SPOPs 1-10.


How much will SPOP cost?

Orientation will be $120.00.

The Orientation fee will be billed to your student account (Zotbill) in September.

Orientation is a self-sustaining program, and the fee includes all aspects of SPOP: Canvas modules, Academic Advising, and the SPOP Welcome Mixer. It also covers the costs for salaries for the Professional Staff and Student Coordinators who organize Orientation at UCI.