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Learn the basics of campus life and becoming an Anteater.

Welcome to UCI's new student orientation!

Check out our programs for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

We are thrilled to have you join the Anteater family!

As an incoming freshman, you must attend an orientation session. You will receive academic advising, register for courses, get important information on student resources and services, and have lots of opportunities to make new friends.

As an incoming transfer student, orientation is optional, but a great deal of helpful information will be shared. The school of your major will be e-mailing you with more information about academic advising in June.

Grab your spot in one of our summer orientation programs!


It’s mandatory for all incoming freshmen to attend one of the following applicable orientation programs.

Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) — This program is UCI’s college orientation for U.S. high school graduates. This mandatory two-day event is held several times throughout the summer. The SPOP session you will attend must happen when your school of study participates in orientation. For more information on SPOP dates, see the schedule for participating academic schools.

International Student Parent Orientation (ISOP) Program — This program is mandatory for international freshmen who have little or no experience in the United States. International freshmen who attended high school in the U.S. are strongly encouraged to attend SPOP if they are available.

Transfer Students

It's optional for incoming transfer students to attend one of the following orientation programs:

Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP) — This optional program is campus orientation for transfer students.

Mini-Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program This program will be offered multiple times in July.  It is designed to cover the essentials for new transfers to make a successful transition to UCI in a short period of time.