New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is an extensive introduction to the academic and campus life at UCLA. Orientation sessions for first year students (those coming to college directly from high school) are 3 days. Summer 2021 programming will be held online using remote technologies.
Your orientation session includes:
- Information on choosing a major, course planning, and fulfilling graduation requirements
- Enrolling in your Fall Quarter classes
- Workshops and presentations on UCLA’s student services , such as housing, financial aid, and extracurricular activities
- Presentations and information on graduate programs, professional schools, and career opportunities
This program is for students only. The session dates reflect the programming that will be held over the course of those days; some of the elements will be at scheduled times, and others will be offered to view at your convenience. Please ensure that you are available from approximately 9 am – 6 pm (PDT) on your session dates to participate fully.
Approximately a week before your sessions you will receive an email with details for the session schedule and instructions on how to join your session.
Please read through all the information about your orientation session before signing up. If you have any questions about New Student Orientation, please contact our office at (310) 206-6685, or email us through the MyUCLA Message Center (with UCLA login or without UCLA login).
Participating in the entirety of your session is the beginning of a successful start here at UCLA. Each day is full of activities that will assist you in learning everything there is to know about the campus, from what courses to take to how to get involved, and much more.
With that in mind, it is our hope that you will take advantage of everything that is offered during orientation. Failure to participate in any part of your session is your own responsibility, and can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.
Day 1: The day will introduce you to many different aspects of the university: the campus academic environment, faculty expectations, degree requirements, student safety, and the student community.
Day 2: The day focuses on your major and course planning. You will meet with your New Student Advisor individually to review your requirements and begin selecting courses for Fall Quarter. Between your appointments you will have the opportunity to attend workshops about your interests and goals.
Day 3: The day begins with enrollment in your Fall Quarter classes. The rest of day involves important presentations about your well-being on campus, and a virtual campus tour.
Reservations begin June 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm (PDT) via MyUCLA .
|Session||Dates||Deadline to reserve or cancel without a $50 late change fee|
|101:||July 12-14||July 5|
|102:||July 21-23||July 14|
Reserved for students in CSI or FSP
|104:||August 3-5||July 27|
|105:||August 11-13||August 4|
Starting Aug 18: 8:00 am GMT| 2:00 pm CST| 11:30 am IST| 11:00 pm PDT (Aug 17)
Session will be offered in a shifted schedule to accommodate students across multiple time zones
|107:||August 23-25||August 16|
Session begins on a Sunday
|109:||September 1-3||August 25|
|110:||September 8-10||September 1|
If you are not a California resident (you are an international student or live in another US state), you are welcome to attend any available session. For the continental U.S., most activities will take place during typical waking hours.
For students outside of the U.S., we will offer one session of a shifter schedule to accommodate a wider variety of time zones. Session 106 will be offered from approximately 8 am – 5;00 pm GMT/3:oo pm – 12:00 am CST/12:00 am – 9:00 am PDT each day of the session. Session 106 will be primarily reserved for non-California residents.
International students: Once you are within the 30-day window for entering the United States on your visa, you will have the opportunity to participate in the visa check-in process with the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars .
Session fee: $295
Fee to change or cancel session before the deadline: $10
Fee to change or cancel session after deadline/not show to scheduled session: $50
If paying for orientation is the only reason preventing you from attending orientation, please contact our office for payment plans.
Partial fee waivers are available and granted to eligible students who have demonstrated financial need. Students who meet the following criteria will have a portion of their New Student Orientation fee waived (approximately 20%):
- Check the fee waiver box when you sign up for a New Student Orientation session.
- Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act application
- Be a registered UCLA student for Fall Quarter 2021 or Winter Quarter 2022.
- Meet one of the following financial aid criteria as determined by the Financial Aid Office:
- Have independent status with a student contribution equal to zero
- Have dependent status with a student contribution equal to zero and a parental contribution equal to zero
- Have independent status with a student contribution equal to zero
Students must meet all the conditions above to be eligible and all eligible students will receive a partial fee waiver.
If you have any questions or problems with paying your fees, including whether or not you received a partial fee waiver, please contact our office.
The New Student Orientation fee will be billed to your UCLA BruinBill. Your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) fee of $250 does not cover orientation fees.
No payment is due when you make a reservation. The session fee will be billed the month following your session.
Sessions 101-103 will be billed in August, due in September
Sessions 104-108 will be billed in September, due in October
Sessions 109-110 will be billed in September, due in October
- Failure to pay your orientation fees by the billing deadlines will result in a $20 per month Student Accounting late charge and will result in a hold on your records.
- If you do not arrive by the 10:00 am deadline for your session, your reservation will be cancelled and you will be charged a $50 late cancellation fee.
- If you attend a New Student Orientation session and do not attend UCLA, you still will be billed for all orientation fees for services provided.
- If you decide not to attend UCLA after signing up for a New Student Orientation session, you are still responsible for cancelling your session in order to avoid being billed or incurring any charges. You must contact New Student & Transition Programs to cancel.
Reservations begin June 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm (PDT) via MyUCLA .
In the meantime, please fill out the Pre-Orientation Planner. This must be completed before you are able to register for an orientation session. The Pre-Orientation Planner survey provides your New Student Advisor with the information needed to tailor your academic appointment to your needs.
You can fill out your Pre-Orientation Planner on MyUCLA one day after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). Completing your survey before June 1 will allow your orientation reservation process to go smoothly.
Special Considerations for Reservations
If you have a permanent or temporary disability, or a need which may require advance arrangements for assistance, please contact our office at least 2 weeks before your session. This includes test-taking assistance for placement exams administered during orientation. For students needing materials in Braille, please consider orientation sessions in August or September and contact our office as soon as you have made a reservation.
Once you sign up for an orientation session, you will receive a confirmation email about your reservation and be given a link to the “Preparing for New Student Orientation” module. This module will introduce you to resources and websites you will use as a UCLA student that we will cover at New Student Orientation. Please complete the module before for your session.
Academic advising is essential for appropriate course enrollment and academic advisors and counseling are an integral part of your New Student Orientation session. All incoming students are strongly encouraged to participate in a New Student Orientation session so that you have guidance in choosing the appropriate courses for your degree.
If you cannot participate in a New Student Orientation session, keep in mind that UCLA academic advisors are dedicated to the orientation sessions and may be unable to meet with you until after the summer sessions have ended.
A component of New Student Orientation is enrolling in Fall Quarter classes, and many students and their families are concerned about the availability of courses at different session dates. Working with individual departments, seats are saved for incoming students in many of the “high demand” General Education, and/or major courses. These seats are dispersed evenly throughout all orientation sessions. There is no guarantee you will get your first choice in every class you would like, but it is an attempt to make this an equitable process. Therefore, it does not matter if you participate in the first session or the last, because you will have the same chance of enrolling in one of these courses.
Depending on the courses that you plan on taking at UCLA, or the requirements that you need to fulfill for your major or college, you may need to take one or more of the following placement exams.
Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
Because proficiency in English composition is important to successful performance in many courses, the UC Entry Level Writing requirement must be satisfied before entering or during your first year at UCLA. It is possible that you have satisfied the requirement through exams; please visit the UCLA Writing Programs – AWPE page to learn more.
If you have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement, you will need to take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) which will be given online on the following dates:
UC systemwide exam
Saturday, May 22
Students who need to take this exam will receive an email with registration instructions
UCLA administered make up exams
Monday, June 21 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PDT)
Monday, July 19 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT)
Monday, August 16 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT)
Monday, August 30 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PDT)
Wednesday, September 8 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Friday, October 15 (after the quarter starts) (9:00 am-12:00pm PDT)
In order to sign up for the make up exams you will need to go to this site and pay the $110 fee: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/elwr/exam-day/exam-fee.html.
When you receive confirmation of your payment, you will need to send that to Tara Contreras (email@example.com) and specify on which date you prefer to take the exam. After your payment confirmation and preferred exam date has been confirmed, you will receive additional details about how to take the exam.
Once you have taken the exam and it has been scored, you will be eligible to enroll in the appropriate English composition course at New Student Orientation.
QUESTIONS VIA MYUCLA MESSAGE CENTER
Chemistry Diagnostic Test
If you plan to enroll in Chemistry 17, Chemistry 14A, Chemistry 14AE, Chemistry 20A, or Chemistry 20AH during the Fall 2021 quarter you must take the online Chemistry Diagnostic Test.
The exam will be available online beginning May 1, 2021. Please complete the exam before July 1, 2021 so that your placement recommendation will be available at New Student Orientation, thus allowing you to enroll in the appropriate course. There is no charge for taking this examination and the results are advisory, not mandatory.
Mathematics Diagnostic Test
Students planning to enroll in Math 1, 3A or 31A (calculus courses) for Fall Quarter must complete the Math Diagnostic Test between May 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021. There is a fee of $20 fee (non-refundable) to take the exam.
For more information on the exam and instructions on how to take the exam online, please check the Math Diagnostic Test website .
Some UCLA College or Schools have a Foreign Language Requirement, but it is possible that you have satisfied it before attending UCLA. At New Student Orientation, your New Student Advisor will guide you on any language placement exams to take if you would like to satisfy the foreign language requirement for your school/college or continue taking courses in a foreign language. To check your college or school’s Foreign Language requirements please visit the Foreign Language Requirement website .
Music Theory Placement Exam
All students admitted as, or interested in being, a School of Music major must take the Music Theory Placement Exam. The exam will be offered online.
You should also make an appointment to speak with the Music Department counselor before Fall Quarter enrollment begins. To contact the departmental counselor in Music, call (310) 206-5002.
All incoming UCLA students are required to complete a TB risk screening questionnaire and provide documentation of vaccinations before classes begin. Please go to the UCLA Immunization Requirement website for details. You can log in to complete these requirements through the Ashe Patient Portal. New students at higher risk for tuberculosis must provide documentation of either skin or blood testing for TB within 6 months preceding entry to UCLA. Those with a previous positive TB test should get a chest x-ray. The deadline to complete the requirement is October 1, 2021.
Students are automatically enrolled in the campus medical insurance plan, UC SHIP (UC Student Health Insurance Plan) for a cost. UC SHIP is assessed as part of registration fees at each term (currently $868.57 each for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters and may increase for the 2021/2022 school year. Spring Quarter enrollment includes summer coverage). Dental coverage is included as part of UCSHIP for undergraduate students.
If you already have health insurance that meets the University’s minimum requirements, you may waive UC SHIP and its associated fees. You must do this online during the fee payment period for each term. During the Fall Quarter fee payment period (July 1 – September 20) you will have the option to waive out of UCSHIP for the entire year. This option will submit the waiver automatically for Winter and Spring quarters.
To waive UC SHIP, go to the Ashe Center Website and choose “Insurance” and the “UC SHIP Waiver Application” page. We recommend you review the UC SHIP Pre-Waiver Worksheet (also found under “Insurance”) before continuing on to the site to UC SHIP.
UC SHIP information is available online at Student Health, under “Insurance.”
All registered students will have access to the Ashe Student Health Center, regardless of which insurance they have.
Mandatory Education Program
As part of UCLA’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all students, all incoming students will complete a mandatory education program that includes the topics of Title IX, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and bystander intervention. These programs are in accordance to state, federal and University mandates (see below).
All newly admitted UCLA students are required to receive education and training on topics related to Title IX. This is accomplished by completing two components:
- An online module from EverFi entitled “Sexual Assault Education for Undergraduates”
- A live presentation related to issues of sexual violence and Title IX
If you do not attend a live presentation, then you will be required to attend a make-up presentation in the Fall. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a hold being placed on your records.
If a student objects to attending the full health and wellness on the grounds of personal or religious reasons, reasonable accommodations for fulfilling the live requirement can be made by contacting the New Student & Transition Programs Office.
State, Federal and University Codes Pertaining to Prevention and Education for Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Harassment
- California Education Code Section 67380-85.7
- Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women Act – FY 2007 Campus Program Solicitation
UCLA’s Student Conduct Code sections 102.8 – 102.10
Please see the information below on how to complete both components of this requirement:
LIVE PRESENTATION REQUIREMENT
This year, New Student & Transition Programs will be offering the live presentation on the third day of first year New Student Orientation sessions. However, you do not have to attend this presentation during your orientation session date – instead, you can choose any presentation date that is convenient for you. Even if you have not signed up for a New Student Orientation session, you can still attend this presentation.
To do this, please sign up through MyUCLA – all available dates and times will be listed there. Please make sure to select a presentation that you can attend in its entirety – you must be on time and the presentation will include instructions on how to verify your attendance.
Once you sign up, you will receive an email with the Zoom information the day before your scheduled presentation. If you don’t receive that email or it goes to a spam filter, you can login to MyUCLA and view the Zoom information in the description of the event. It is under “Campus Life”, then “Event Reservations.” If you cannot make any of the dates during New Student Orientation, there will be make up sessions offered closer to the beginning of Fall Quarter.
- Sign up for a Mandatory Health education/Title IX Presentation through MyUCLA
- Receive email with Zoom information or check the event description on Event Reservations on MyUCLA the day before the presentation
Direct link: http://my.ucla.edu/directLink.aspx?featureID=79
- Attend presentation in its entirety
- Complete attendance verification (Details will be provided during the presentation)
ONLINE MODULE REQUIREMENT
In the summer you will receive an email from EverFi with an invitation to complete “Sexual Assault Education for Undergraduates”.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about this information.
Bruins participating in New Student Orientation will be able to start off as True Bruins with their first volunteer project at UCLA!
In partnership with Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA’s Chase Child Life Program, new Bruins will help create a gift basket of donations for the Hospital’s Chase Child Life Program . Donations will help provide comfort to ease a child’s hospital stay by providing distraction and allowing a child to be a child through play.
Students will be able to make donations once we return to campus, with details available during New Student Orientation. Students can also participate by creating art projects that they will be provided with during their orientation session.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), New Student & Transition Programs protects the confidentiality of any student (age 18 or over) records. Access to a student’s Orientation records – including all financial records – will be given to that student only, unless the student has given consent. For more information please visit the Department of Education or UCLA Registrar .
In order to complete your reservation for New Student Orientation, you will need to read and agree to the Waiver of Liability.
Before attending your New Student Orientation session remember to:
- Make sure to read through information pertaining to costs and fees for orientation.
- Complete the “Preparing for New Student Orientation” module. You will receive a link to the module with your orientation reservation confirmation email.
- Submit your BruinCard photo by July 1, 2021. View photo requirements .
- Complete the Math Diagnostic Test by July 1, 2021 if needed.
- Complete the Chemistry Diagnostic Test by July 1, 2021 if needed.
- Take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam if needed.
- Submit all of your official final transcripts and test scores to UCLA Undergraduate Admission by July 1, 2021. Failure to submit these records may result in a hold preventing you from enrolling for Fall Quarter or a withdrawal of your offer of admission to UCLA.
- Get Tech-Ready for your session by downloading and familiarizing yourself with the Zoom videoconferencing service (ucla.zoom.us) and checking that you have a reliable and secure internet connection. You will also be sent information about the NewBruins app, which will be used for your session schedule and materials.
These are items to make sure are completed before New Student Orientation; refer to the New Student Checklist to make sure you have completed all other requirements before beginning your Fall Quarter.