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:
Information on your major, course planning, and fulfilling graduation requirements
The process of registering and enrolling
Workshops and presentations on student services on campus, such as financial aid and extracurricular activities
Thinking ahead to graduate programs, professional schools, and career plans
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.
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:
- Hearing from current UCLA transfer students about their transition
- Additional information about your major, choosing classes and the academic environment at UCLA - this will be additional time to focus on and prepare for the academic advising and enrollment in classes that will occur the next day.
- Campus tour including stops at your major department and hearing about campus services and urban legends
- Tour of Westwood highlighting how students use the village every day
- Dinner and social activities to connect with other new students and begin building a strong social network
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.
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.
LAST DATE TO MAKE CHANGES (ADD OR CANCEL) WITHOUT A LATE FEE
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.
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.
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- All students attending New Student Orientation will be expected to arrive no later than 10:00 am on the first day of the session. If you are not here by 10:00 am, your enrollment in that session will be cancelled and you will be responsible for all fees. Attendance at all presentations and advising sessions are required for enrollment in your Fall Quarter classes.
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:
- Check the fee waiver box when you sign up for an Orientation session.
- Have applied for financial aid through the Financial Aid Office.
- Be a registered UCLA student for Fall Quarter 2016 or Winter Quarter 2017.
- 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
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.
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.
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:
Official transcripts of all work completed through the Fall 2015 term by June 1, 2016
IMPORTANT: Sending in your completed Fall 2015 transcripts before June 1st will allow your transfer work to be evaluated before your New Student Orientation session. This is very important for appropriate counseling and enrollment. Do NOT wait until you have completed your Spring 2016 term to mail in your transcripts.
Once you have completed your Spring and/or Summer 2016 terms, mail in a second set of final, official transcripts by July 1, 2016.
A completed Coursework Statement indicating coursework in progress for Winter, Spring, and/or Summer terms
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.
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:
School of the Arts & Architecture
School of Theater, Film, and Television
School of Engineering and Applied Science
School of Music
School of Nursing
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.
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.
UCLA students enroll online through MyUCLA. The dates of enrollment – who goes first, second and so on – are based on class level. If you are a graduating senior, for example, then you have the highest priority (or first time) to enroll, and the times continue to be set by class level (senior, junior, sophomore, first year).
Students have a first- and second- pass at enrollment. The first pass allows students to enroll in up to 10 units (usually 2 courses). The two passes have separate enrollment dates and times, but the second passes do not begin until all students have had their first pass.
All continuing students have completed their “first pass” at enrollment before the New Student Orientation sessions begin. But new students do not have a first/second pass. They enroll in all their courses at their Orientation session.
For this reason, many think that if you enroll in an earlier session, you will get all your classes and if you enroll in a later session you will get no classes. This is simply untrue. There are plenty of course choices throughout the summer, fulfilling both General Education and major courses.
For courses where there is a “high demand”, we have in place a system whereby all students, regardless of New Student Orientation session date, have an equal chance of enrolling in the course. These “high demand” courses are ones that start out a sequence in the sciences, are taken by many incoming first year students (like English Composition courses), essential for certain majors, and/or are part of the General Education Cluster curricula.
Working with individual departments, we have saved seats for incoming students and divided them evenly during the summer. Does this mean we have enough seats for every single student that wants a given course? Not necessarily. But we have made it an equitable process; it does not matter if you come to the first session or the last, you will have the same chance of getting a spot in one of these courses.
Often the perception from students is that if they do not come to the first session, they will not get the “best” courses. The best courses at UCLA are ALL the courses at UCLA – you have chosen UCLA for its world-class faculty and curricula, among many other things, and it means that those opportunities are available for all students who enroll for their first quarter at UCLA, regardless of when they come this summer.
The "best schedule" notion is usually related to not having classes on certain days and/or early mornings. However, sometimes the class you really want will be held before noon, or on a Monday or Friday. Remember that you have had classes every day of the week and early mornings in the past, and if you continue to show some flexibility and open-mindedness, you will find numerous choices for the perfect schedule for you.
The same holds true for the type of courses the students can choose. Whether the student is coming from a high school or another community college, the course offerings at UCLA will be vastly different, and from a very wide range. Students will be encouraged to explore areas of study that interest them, begin (or continue) along a major path, and complete General Education requirements that are required for all our students regardless of major/school. The first quarter schedule, then, could have several very different courses selected that fulfill different requirements. It is our hope that students look at all the course offerings at UCLA before focusing in on the courses that they may be familiar with from their prior institution.
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.
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:
- Mathematics Diagnostic Exam
- French Placement Exam
- German Placement Exam
- Spanish Placement Exam
The following placement exams are offered at New Student Orientation (first-year sessions only):
- Music Theory Placement Exam
Entering students from the following schools or colleges are required to complete the Foreign Language Requirement by the time they graduate from UCLA:
School of the Arts & Architecture
School of Theater, Film, and Television
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:
The Math Diagnostic Exam will be an online examination. The exam will be available on May 1, 2016 and must be completed by June 26, 2016.
For further information concerning topics to be covered and frequently asked questions about the Math Diagnostic Exam, as well as how to take the exam online, please check www.math.ucla.edu/ugrad/diagnostic.html.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students who are required to complete the Foreign Language Requirement (see above) may do so in one of four ways:
Credit for a foreign language course at UCLA for quarter level 3 or above or an equivalent course at another institution.
A score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language test in French, German, or Spanish, or a score of 4 or higher on the Latin test.
A UCLA Foreign Language Placement exam score indicating foreign language competency through quarter level 3 or higher.
Completion of IGETC.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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.
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 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Before attending your Orientation session remember to:
Submit all of your transcripts and test scores to UCLA Undergraduate Admission by the stated deadlines.
Sign up for the appropriate placement exams offered during New Student Orientation (at First Year sessions).
Complete all the mandatory health requirements by the deadlines.
Make travel arrangements for your New Student Orientation session after you have signed up and received confirmation for your New Student Orientation session via your MyUCLA page. Make sure to print a copy of your session confirmation for your records.
Read through your session confirmation for what to bring to New Student Orientation (e.g., copies of your transcripts and test scores, your BruinCard, etc.).
Make sure you read through the information pertaining to costs and fees for New Student Orientation.
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
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
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:
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 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.