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 and include a 2-night stay in the residence halls.
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, and has daytime and evening activities.
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).
Attending 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 at orientation. Failure to attend or participate in any part of your session is your own responsibility, and can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.
Day 1: Session activities begin at 8:30 am* (check-in starts at 7:45 am)
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. Activities will run until late in the evening.
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. Activities will run until late in the evening.
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, a campus tour and your opportunity to be “Bruintized.” Your session will end by 6:00 pm.
* While activities start at 8:30 am, we know circumstances may prevent you from getting to campus by that time. Please call our office and let us know if you will be delayed; we do not accept students to a session after 10:00 am.
Please do not make travel arrangements to come to your orientation session until you have made a reservation.
|Session||Date||Deadline to reserve or cancel without a late fee|
|101:||July 9-11||July 2|
|102:||July 18-20||July 11|
|103:||July 23-25||July 16|
|104:||July 31- August 2
Reserved for students in CSI or FSP
|105:||August 7-9||July 31|
|106:||August 15-17||August 8|
|107:||August 22-24||August 15|
|108:||August 28-30||August 21|
Some space reserved for non-CA residents and international students. Optional stay-through housing is available.
Starts on Sunday
Primarily reserved for non-CA residents and international students. Optional stay-through housing is available.
Primarily reserved for non-CA residents and international students. Optional stay-through housing is available.
Early Arrival option
If you are travelling from outside the Los Angeles area and want to arrive the night before your session formally begins, you can select “Early Arrival” on your reservation for an additional fee. “Early Arrival” includes some social activities and lodging for the night (no meals). Early Arrival is an option for all New Student Orientation sessions. Early Arrival activities begin at 8:00 pm, but if you arrive later you will be able to check-in to your room at any time that night.
If you are an international or out-of-state student and attend sessions 109, 110, or 111, you have the option of selecting stay-through housing when you make your orientation reservation. Stay-through allows you to stay on campus after orientation until your academic year room becomes available for move-in. There is an additional cost of $55 per night which includes meals.
If you need any other housing accommodation besides “Early Arrival” or “Stay-through,” please call our office.
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.
However, the last 3 sessions (109, 110, 111) have spaces reserved for you and have an option for “stay-through.” If you attend any of these sessions and choose stay-through, you can stay on campus after your orientation session until campus move-in. There is an additional fee of $55/night and you are provided with a meal plan.
International students: Sessions 109-111 are within the 30-day window for entering the United States on your visa. After you attend New Student Orientation, you will have the opportunity to attend the visa check-in process with the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars .
All session fees will be posted on a student’s BruinBill. No payment is due when you make a reservation. Your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) fee of $250 does not cover orientation fees.
Session fee: $445 (includes all meals and campus housing)
Early Arrival: $50 (includes an additional night in campus housing before your session)
Change fee: $10 (changing your session date after making a reservation)
Late change fee: $50 (after the session deadline, or not showing to a session)
Stay-through: $55/night including meals. (Non-California residents or international students only; $715 for session 109, $495 session 110, $330 session 111)
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 2018 or Winter Quarter 2019.
- 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.
Your New Student Orientation session fees will be billed to your UCLA BruinBill according to the following schedule:
July (sessions 101-103): billed in August, payment due in September.
August (sessions 104-108): billed in September, payment due in October.
September (sessions 109-111): billed in late-September, with payment 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 May 4, 2018 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 May 4 will allow your orientation reservation process to go smoothly.
Because our sessions will fill, do not make travel arrangements to come to orientation until you receive a confirmation for your selected orientation session.
Special Considerations for Reservations
We plan rooms and roommates based on gender identity as selected on MyUCLA. If your gender identity is different than your gender on record and you would like a room in the residence halls based on your gender identity during New Student Orientation, please contact our office.
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 at 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.
Freeway Access to UCLA
Navigating the Los Angeles freeways may be a little tricky for visitors. For customized directions, just enter “UCLA 330 De Neve Drive ” on your GPS.
UCLA is located off the San Diego (405) freeway; for our programs, use the Sunset Boulevard exit.
Parking is $12.00 per day. Permits will be sold at the entrance of the Parking Structure for your session from 7:00 am – 9:00 am. Permits are required to park on campus and failure to display a permit will result in a parking citation. (Citations currently are a $60 penalty).
Students will be parking on the east side of campus in Parking Structure 3. Shuttles will be provided to New Student Orientation check-in.
Three-day permits ($36 total, cash) will be sold at the entrance of Parking Structure 3 from 7:00 am – 9:00 am.
Those arriving after 9:00 am will need to call the NSTP office at (310) 206-6685 when they arrive at Structure 3 so New Student Orientation staff can assist them in obtaining parking permits and transportation to check-in.
Parents dropping off their students will also be directed to this parking structure. If you are dropping off only, you will not need to purchase a parking permit.
For directions, just enter “UCLA Parking Structure 3 ” on your GPS.
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 attend a New Student Orientation session so that you have guidance in choosing the appropriate courses for your degree.
If you cannot attend 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 come to 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).
There is a $110 fee for taking the exam. You must pay for the exam in advance by logging onto the AWPE website and bring a printed copy of your receipt to the exam.
The 2018 AWPE will be administered on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at test centers throughout California. If you miss this test date and need to take this exam, the next AWPE available at UCLA for California residents will be during the second week of Fall Quarter. If you have any questions regarding the exam or the UCLA composition requirements, New Student Advisors at Orientation will be able to assist you. If you have any questions regarding the May AWPE, please contact the AWPE Helpline at (800) 839-8507.
Out-of-state and International Students
You can take the AWPE during select orientation sessions. This exam is being offered as part of a special arrangement by UCLA Writing Programs, and will be held 4 different times throughout the summer:
- Session 104 (the day before): Monday, July 30 4:00-6:00 pm (for students participating in the College Summer Institute)
- Session 109: September 6, 8:00-10:00 am
- Session 110: September 10, 8:00-10:00 am
- Session 111: September 13, 8:00-10:00 am
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, 2018 and July 1, 2018.
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, Music, Ethnomusicology, or Musicology majors must take the Music Theory Placement Exam. The exam will be offered on the second day of each first year New Student Orientation session from 10:00 am – 11:00 am in 209 Covel Commons.
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 of entry to UCLA. Those with a previous positive TB test should get a chest x-ray. The deadline to complete the requirement is November 1, 2018.
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 $725.69 each for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters and may increase for the 2018/2019 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 (Sep 1-20) 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 entitled “Think About It”
- A live presentation related to issues of sexual violence and Title IX
If you attend New Student Orientation and the mandatory health and wellness presentation during the session, you will fulfill the live presentation requirement. If you do not attend NSO and the presentation, then you will be required to attend a make-up session 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
Before attending your New Student Orientation session remember to:
- Make sure to read through information pertaining to costs and fees for orientation.
- Make travel arrangements for your orientation session after you have signed up and received confirmation for your orientation via MyUCLA .
- Complete the Math Diagnostic Test by July 1, 2018.
- Submit your BruinCard photo by July 1, 2018. You will use your BruinCard at orientation. View photo requirements . Please bring a U.S. Government issued identification (Passport with U.S. Visa, U.S. Driver’s License, U.S. State ID, U.S. Military ID) to orientation. If you have a BruinCard from summer sessions, volunteering, etc. please bring that as well.
- Submit all of your official final transcripts and test scores to UCLA Undergraduate Admission by July 1, 2018. Failure to submit these records may result in a hold preventing your from enrolling for Fall Quarter or a withdrawal of your offer of admission to UCLA.
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 arriving on campus for Fall Quarter.
Bringing a laptop to orientation
To assist you in viewing MyUCLA, Class Planner, the UCLA General Catalog, and departmental websites, there will be wireless connections available from most points on campus, including the residence halls. It will be your responsibility, however, to ensure the safety of your laptop at all times.
Bruins attending 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, each session will 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 attending New Student Orientation will have the opportunity to make a small, optional donation with their orientation group (no more than $2 per person) that can be applied to an item of the group’s choosing. Students are also welcome to bring a donation with them (see donations link above). All donations from orientation sessions will be delivered during Fall Quarter and interested students can join NSTP staff in the delivery.
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 .
UCLA Recreation’s Bruin Outdoor Orientation Trips are exciting pre/post orientation outdoor adventures designed to welcome first-year students into the UCLA community. Several 3-5 day trips are offered throughout summer to locations such as the Sequoias, the Eastern Sierras, and Yosemite. At a Bruin Outdoor Orientation Trip, students will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with a small group of fellow new Bruins, while exploring the natural beauty of California and beyond. Full details and enrollment instructions can be found at UCLA Recreation’s site.