New Student Orientation is an extensive introduction to the academic and campus life at UCLA. Orientation sessions for transfer students (those coming to UCLA directly from another institution) are one day.
Your orientation session includes:
- Information on your 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 is a full day that ends in the evening.
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. The 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 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.
Check in begins at 7:30 am in front of Royce Hall, where you will meet your New Student Advisor, a brief campus tour and getting “Bruintized,” a campus tradition. The day will continue with presentations introducing you to the campus, including presentations on degree requirements and enrollment, campus services, student safety, and getting involved.
Your New Student Advisor will make this an individualized experience for you, so the focus of the day is on course and major planning and helping you shape your UCLA goals. . You also have the opportunity to attend workshops on graduate school and career planning, involvement, working on campus, money matters, and research opportunities. Individual appointments occur throughout the day to go over your schedule for Fall Quarter and your other plans while at UCLA. .
The session concludes with enrolling in your Fall Quarter classes. Check-out is at 8:00 pm. Please make all travel plans after this time. No travel arrangements should be made until you have received a confirmation of the session in which you are enrolled.
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|
|201:||July 17||July 10|
|202:||July 27||July 20|
|203:||August 4||July 28|
|204:||August 7||July 31|
|205:||August 11||August 4|
|206:||August 15||August 8|
|207:||August 21||August 14|
|208:||August 28||August 21|
Non-CA residents and international students may select stay-through
(*non-CA residents and international students may do optional stay-through housing)
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 social activities and lodging for the night. Early Arrival is an option for all New Student Orientation sessions. Check-in for Early Arrival will be at 5:30pm at Rieber Hall. Official activities and dinner begin at 6:00pm, 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 session 209, 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 $50 per night, including meals.
If you need any other housing accommodation besides “Early Arrival” or “Stay-through,” please call our office.
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: $160 (includes meals)
Early Arrival: $50 (includes an additional night in campus housing before your session)
Change Fee: $10 (changing your session date after making a reservation)
Stay-through: $50/night including meals. (Non-California residents or international students only; $800 for session 209)
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 2017 or Winter Quarter 2018.
- 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 201-202): billed in August, payment due in September.
August (sessions 203-208): billed in September, payment due in October.
September (session 209): 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 June 8, 2017 at 12:00 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 8 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
If you have a permanent or temporary disability, or 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 near the center of campus in Parking Structure 7.
Those arriving after 9:00 am will need to park in a Pay-By-Space in Parking Structure 7.
For directions, just enter “UCLA Parking Structure 7 ” 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.
In order to effectively assist you in course enrollment, it will be necessary to know how your transfer courses apply at UCLA. A Degree Audit Report (DAR) provides you with an evaluation of your transfer credit and information about how the courses you completed at other institutions meet requirements at UCLA. It also indicates if you have satisfied the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or have met the UCLA General Education requirements. The information provided on the DAR is critical for you to have when selecting classes for Fall Quarter.
All transcripts of college work taken must be submitted by the stated deadlines on the Undergraduate Admission New Student Checklist . We cannot guarantee you will receive a DAR if you turn in your transcripts late, or change the date of your New Student Orientation session less than two weeks prior to the session. In the event that a DAR is not available at New Student Orientation, counseling will still be possible if you bring copies of all your transcripts and course catalog(s) from your transfer institution(s) with you to New Student Orientation.
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, save seats are saved for incoming students in many of the “high demand” General Education, and/or major courses and 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.
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, 2017 and June 25, 2017.
For more information on the exam and instructions on how to take the exam online, please check the Math Diagnostic Test website .
Some colleges within UCLA have a Foreign Language Requirement, but it is possible that you have satisfied it before starting at UCLA, especially if you completed IGETC. At New Student Orientation, your New Student Advisor will guide you on any language placement exams to take if need to take courses in a foreign language.
Music Theory Placement Exam
All students admitted as, or interested in being, Music, Ethnomusicology, or Music History majors must take the Music Theory Placement Exam. The exam will be offered on the second day of each First Year 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 newly admitted incoming UCLA students must provide documentation of vaccinations before classes begin. You can satisfy these immunization requirements through the Ashe Secure Portal . Please go to the Ashe Center Immunization Requirements website for more information.
New students at higher risk for tuberculosis must provide documentation that they have been screened for tuberculosis within 6 months of entry to UCLA. See definition of “higher risk” at Student Health’s Immunization Compliance .
Health insurance is a condition of enrollment at UCLA and currently a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.
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 ($646.10 each for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Spring Quarter enrollment includes summer coverage). Dental coverage is included as part of UC SHIP 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 fee payment period (Sep 1-20) you will have the option to waive out of USHIP 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 must go through a mandatory education program that includes the topics of Title IX, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These programs are in accordance to state, federal and University mandates (see below).
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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. 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 presentation “What It Means To Be A True Bruin,” 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 presentation of “Talk About It” 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 June 26, 2017 (if necessary)
- Submit your BruinCard photo by June 30, 2017. 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, 2017. 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 a wireless connection 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.
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 Wilderness Welcomes 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 Wilderness Welcome, 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.