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New Student Orientation for Transfer Students

Transfer New Student Orientation sessions are one day. Sessions 204, 205, and 206 have the option of a "Pre-Session"- adding a second day of programming to your orientation session. During your New Student Orientation session you will enroll in your Fall Quarter classes.

Your session will be an extensive introduction to the academic and campus life at UCLA, including:

This program is for students only, and is a full day that ends in the evening.

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 how to best get involved.

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.

If you would like to enhance your orientation experience and begin creating a social network with other new Bruins, you may want to attend one of our Pre-Sessions.

 

SESSION SCHEDULE

Your day at New Student Orientation
Check in begins at 7:30 am in front of Royce Hall and begins with an introduction to the UCLA community, the degree requirements that you will need to complete, and important information about registration and enrollment.

Following the presentations, your New Student Advisor will meet you and be your guide and resource through the rest of the session, introducing you to many different aspects of the university: the campus academic environment, faculty expectations, and the student community.

Your 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 the UCLA experience that is right for you. 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 for involvement 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.

BRINGING A LAPTOP TO NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
To assist you in viewing the online Schedule of Classes, 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.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION CONDUCT POLICY
The time you spend at New Student Orientation is the beginning of your educational career at UCLA; please approach your time at Orientation seriously and be ready to take full advantage of what is offered during your session.

The New Student & Transition Programs office strictly adheres to the campus policy forbidding alcohol and/or drug use. Failure to abide by this policy could result in you being asked to leave New Student Orientation without enrolling in your classes or refunding any of your Orientation fees.

Although it is our hope that you will take advantage of everything offered at New Student Orientation, failure to attend or participate in any part of the session is your own responsibility, and can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.

 

PRE-SESSION AND ORIENTATION - EASE INTO YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE
Only sessions 204, 205, and 206 will offer an additional optional day of programming before your orientation session. The pre-session is designed to enhance your overall orientation experience. Check-in for your pre-session will begin at 12:30 pm at Rieber Hall, with formal programming beginning at 1:00 pm and running into the evening. Additional features of attending a pre-session are:

Pre-sessions are optional. You will still be able to attend one of these orientation sessions without being required to attend the pre-session. To add a pre-session to your reservation, the cost is $30. If you are coming from outside the Los Angeles area, you can also add a night's stay in the residence halls for an additional $50.

 

EARLY ARRIVAL - CONNECT TO OTHER NEW UCLA TRANSFER STUDENTS
The evening before sessions 201, 202, 203, 207 and 208 there will be social activities to provide you with an opportunity to meet other incoming transfer students. If you are traveling from outside the Los Angeles area and want to arrive the night before the session formally begins, and/or you want an opportunity to meet and get to know some of your fellow Bruins, join us the night before your session. There is a small fee for lodging.

Check-in for Early Arrival will be at 5:30pm at Rieber Hall. Official activities and dinner will begin at 6:00pm.

 

DATES

Space in each New Student Orientation session is limited and reservations are processed in the order received. While it is advantageous to place your reservation promptly, please make sure to read all session information thoroughly, so you understand fees, deadlines, and the cancellation policy.

Beginning on June 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm (PDT), you will be able to sign up for a New Student Orientation session via MyUCLA. In the meantime, please fill out the Pre-Orientation Planner (MyUCLA > Campus Life > Surveys). This will provide your New Student Advisor the information needed to tailor your academic appointment to best fit your needs. The Pre-Orientation Planner must be completed before you are able to register for an Orientation Session. We recommend completing it early to make your reservation process easier. You can fill out your Pre-Orientation Planner at www.my.ucla.edu one day after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Do not make travel arrangements to your New Student Orientation until you receive your email confirmation notice indicating the session for which you are scheduled. Please print this confirmation for your records.

SESSION NUMBER

DATES

LAST DATE TO MAKE CHANGES (ADD OR CANCEL) WITHOUT A LATE FEE

Session 201

July 18

July 11

Session 202

July 22

July 15

Session 203

July 29

July 22

Session 204

(optional pre-session)

August 2

(August 1)

July 25

Session 205

(optional pre-session)

August 12

(August 11)

August 4

Session 206

(optional pre-session)

August 16

(August 15)

August 8

Session 207

August 25

August 18

Session 208

September 6

August 30

You can sign up for a New Student Orientation session from your MyUCLA page - please make sure that you read all the information pertaining to your session thoroughly to avoid additional fees.


COSTS & FEES

COSTS
Transfer New Student Orientation Session Fee - The current fee is $160.

Pre-Session Fee - $30, with room $80

Early Arrival Fee - $50

Your session fee includes all meals and programming for the one-day session. Please see lodging if you need to add one night to your stay.

FEES
Changing or cancelling your session before the deadline - $10
Making a new reservation after the deadline - $50
Changing or cancelling a sessions after the deadline (including not showing up for your reserved session) - $50

Billing
Your New Student Orientation session fees will be billed to your UCLA Billing Statement. There is no payment necessary when you sign-up.

Billing for New Student Orientation will be done according to the following schedule:
All July sessions (201-203) will be billed in early August, with payment due in September.
All August sessions (204-207) will be billed in September, with payment due in October.
All September sessions (208) will be billed in mid-September, with payment due in October.

Payments will be only accepted through the UCLA Billing Statement. Your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) fee of $100 does not cover Orientation fees.

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.

Cancelling Your New Student Orientation Session

Fee Waivers
Partial fee waivers are 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%).
In order to be considered for a partial fee waiver, you must:

          OR

Students must meet all the conditions above to be eligible. In order to be considered for a partial fee waiver, you must ensure that all your Financial Aid information is accurate and updated by the time of your orientation session.

If you have received a partial fee waiver, you will see it reflected through a reduced amount on your UCLA Billing Statement.

If you have any questions or problems with paying your fees, including whether or not you received a partial fee waiver: Contact the New Student & Transition Programs office at (310) 206-6685. Do not call the Financial Aid Office.

 

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SESSION

Beginning on June 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm (PDT), you will be able to sign up for a New Student Orientation session via MyUCLA. In the meantime, please fill out the Pre-Orientation Planner. This will provide your New Student Advisor the information needed to tailor your academic appointment to best fit your needs. The Pre-Orientation Planner must be completed before you are able to register for an Orientation Session. You can fill out your Pre-Orientation Planner at www.my.ucla.edu one day after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Do not make travel arrangements to your New Student Orientation session until you receive your email confirmation notice indicating the session for which you are scheduled. Please print this confirmation for your records.

 

ADVISING

In order for advisors to effectively assist you in course enrollment, it will be necessary to know how your transfer units 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 2016.

In order to obtain this evaluation, you must submit official transcripts of all college work taken. To obtain a preliminary DAR, you must provide Undergraduate Admissions with the following:

Once you have completed your Spring and/or Summer 2016 terms, mail in a second set of final, official transcripts by July 1, 2016.

You cannot be assured of receiving a DAR if you 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.

COURSE ADVISING
Academic advising is essential for appropriate course enrollment and academic advisors will be available to assist you during your New Student Orientation session. All incoming students are strongly encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation session so that you have assistance in choosing the right classes.

If you cannot attend a New Student Orientation session, keep in mind that UCLA academic advisors are dedicated to the New Student Orientation sessions and may be unable to meet with you until after the summer sessions have ended.

Students in the following schools are required to receive academic advising prior to enrolling in classes:

College of Letters & Science
While students in The College are not required to attend a New Student Orientation session, it is strongly urged that you do so. Departmental counselors in many academic areas will be meeting with you.

 

COURSE ENROLLMENT

A component of the New Student Orientation sessions is enrolling in Fall Quarter classes, and many students (and their parents) are concerned about the availability of courses at different session dates. Here is a brief explanation of how enrollment works at UCLA, and how the New Student Orientation session enrollment works relative to that.

Finally, choosing courses is a process of academic exploration. We encourage students to look at this as the beginning of their journey to engage in studies that are of true interest to them. While learning a new system at a new school can be a daunting prospect, new students will be assisted along the way by a wonderful staff of counselors who will guide them through the process and answer any question they have.

PLACEMENT EXAMS

Depending on the courses that you plan on taking at UCLA, or the requirements that you need to fulfill, you may need to take a placement exam. The following placement exams are offered before New Student Orientation:

The following placement exams are offered at New Student Orientation (first-year sessions only):

Entering students from the following schools or colleges are required to complete the Foreign Language Requirement by the time they graduate from UCLA:

Students held for the ESLPE also are held for the Foreign Language requirement. The only exceptions are international students who are on visa status, from a non-English speaking country.

 

Mathematics Diagnostic Exam
Students planning to enroll in Math 1, 3A or 31A for Fall Quarter must take the departmental diagnostic examination. You will be able to complete the Math Diagnostic Exam before arriving to New Student Orientation:

Foreign Language Requirement
Students who are required to complete the Foreign Language Requirement (see above) may do so in one of four ways:

French Placement Exam
Students wishing to continue their study of French will take an online placement exam. More information, including instructions on how to take the exam, can be found at http://www.french.ucla.edu/undergraduate-program/placement-tests-. Be sure to bring a copy of your final score with you to New Student Orientation.

German Placement Exam
Students must contact Dr. Magda Tarnawska, mtarnawska@humnet.ucla.edu, to schedule a placement exam in the Fall. 

Spanish Placement Exam
Students wishing to continue or start their study of Spanish will take an online placement exam. More information, including instructions on how to take the exam, can be found at
http://www.spanport.ucla.edu/undergraduate-/placement-.html

Students who would like to take the exam solely for the purpose of satisfying their Foreign Language requirement will be able to do so during the academic year when the placement exam is offered by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Music Theory Placement Exam
All students admitted as music or music history majors and those who are considering changing their major to music or music history must take the Music Theory Placement Examination. 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. Contact the New Student & Transition Programs office at (310) 206-6685 to sign up for one of the exams.

To contact the departmental counselor in Music, call (310) 206-5002.

 

ADMISSIONS

Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Transcripts of all work completed through the Fall 2015 term must be received by the UARS office by June 1, 2016. Final and complete transcripts of all work completed through Spring 2016 must be received by July 1, 2016. Transcripts of coursework completed during Summer 2016 must be submitted by September 1, 2016 or three (3) weeks from the end of the term.

Official Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam result must be received by July 1, 2016.

Failure to submit these required transcripts and test scores by the deadlines may result in the withdrawal of your offer of admission to UCLA.

Enrollment at Orientation
It is your responsibility to ensure that all official documents have been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission in order to enroll in classes at your New Student Orientation session. The New Student & Transition Programs office cannot remove any holds on your enrollment if Admissions has placed a hold for missing documentation.

 

MANDATORY HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  These programs are in accordance to state, federal and University mandates (see below).

As a transfer student  - you will fulfill this requirement by taking the online module “Think About It" which will be provided to you via email.  Failure to meet the requirement will result in a hold being placed on your records. 

State, Federal and University Codes Pertaining to Prevention and Education for Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Harassment

If a student objects on the grounds of personal or religious reasons, special accommodations can be made by contacting the New Student & Transition Programs Office.

Immunization Requirements
All newly admitted incoming UCLA students must provide documentation of vaccination or immunity to certain infectious diseases before classes begin.  In addition, newly admitted incoming students at high risk for tuberculosis must provide documentation that they have been screened for tuberculosis within 6 months of entry to UCLA. You can satisfy these immunization requirements​​​ through the Ashe Secure Portal.  Please go to www.studenthealth.ucla.edu/immune for more information.

Insurance
Health insurance is a condition of enrollment at UCLA. The cost of the campus medical insurance plan (USHIP - Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan) will automatically be assessed as part of registration fees each term ($646.10 each of the 3 terms). Spring Quarter enrollment includes Summer coverage. UC SHIP information is available online at www.studenthealth.ucla.edu, under “Insurance”. Please be advised that dental coverage is now 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 out of USHIP. You must do this online during the fee payment period for each term (September 1-20 for Fall, December 1-20 for Winter and March 1-20 for Spring). There are no paper waivers. During the Fall fee payment period you will have the option to waive out of USHIP for the entire year. If you choose this option, the waiver will be submitted for you automatically in Winter and Spring.

You will need your official UCLA logon information to access the website to waive out. Go to www.studenthealth.ucla.edu and choose “Insurance” and the “UC SHIP Waiver Application” page. It is highly recommended that you review the UC SHIP Pre-Waiver Worksheet (also found under “Insurance”) before continuing on the website to waive UC SHIP.

 

SESSION CHECKLIST

Before attending your Orientation session remember to:

And contact us if you have any questions.

Students Needing Accomodations at New Student Orientation
If your gender identity is different from 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 the New Student & Transition Programs office at (310) 206-6685.

If you are coming to New Student Orientation and you have any permanent or temporary disabilities or needs which may require advance arrangements for assistance, please contact the New Student & Transition Programs office at (310) 206-6685 at least 2 weeks before your session begins.

Right to Privacy
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the New Student & Transition Programs office protects the confidentiality of any student (age 18 or over) records. Access to a student's New Student Orientation records will be given to that student only, unless the student has given consent. See Third Party Access for more information on the Registrar's Office website. For more information regarding FERPA, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Address Changes
In order to insure receipt of your bills and other UCLA correspondence, be sure to report any address changes immediately. You can update your address through MyUCLA at www.my.ucla.edu

 

VOLUNTEER PROJECT

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. The Program addresses the social, emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children and their family. Donated items will help provide comfort to ease a child's hospital stay by providing distraction and allowing a child to be a child through play. 

At your session, you also will have an opportunity to decorate a star-shaped card that will be on display in the Chase Child Life Program rotunda. You may also choose to bring a toy for donation.  

Donations from all the sessions will be made in the Fall Quarter. Interested students can join the NSTP staff in making the New Student Orientation donation and learn about additional volunteer opportunities at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Follow the link below for more information about the Chase Child Life Program, including a list of items that are needed in the unit:

http://www.uclahealth.org/body_mattel.cfm?id=881

 

PRE-/POST-ORIENTATION PROGRAMS

In collaboration with Student Affairs, UCLA Recreation is proud to present our new Pre/Post Orientation Programs.
Participation in one of our Pre/Post Orientation Programs is the perfect way for new students to maximize their New Student Orientation. Through participation in Den Camp, Bruin Transfer Camp, Wilderness Welcomes, or Transfer Transitions, new students will have the opportunity to learn about life as a Bruin and form friendships before classes begin.

We hope you will join us this summer for a fun and adventurous Pre/Post Orientation Program. Click below for more info about each of our programs for new Bruins.

WILDERNESS WELCOMES
Wilderness Welcomes are exciting Pre/Post Orientation outdoor adventures designed to welcome first-year and transfer students into the UCLA community. A series of three to five day trips to locations such as Sequoia, the Eastern Sierras, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and the Hoover Dam are offered throughout the summer, running concurrently with New Student Orientation sessions. At a Wilderness Welcome, students will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with a small group of fellow new Bruins, all while exploring the wilds of California and beyond. Start out your time at UCLA with a bang by hiking, canoeing, and climbing. More info about Wilderness Welcomes.


GET ACCESS IN THE FALL

When you start at UCLA, stay fit and healthy with UCLA Recreation. As a student, you have immediate access to all of our recreation facilities and can participate in our instructional classes for a nominal fee. To learn more about all UCLA Recreation has to offer, click here.