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Summer Orientation

Summer orientation is a very important event for incoming students, and you need to be prepared so that you will get the most out of the process. Don't be shy because this is your chance to get familiar with some of your peers and advisors! If you are an incoming freshman and have not signed up for an orientation session yet, you should do so immediately!

If you have difficulty with the cost of your orientation, check “deferred payment” when you register. The cost will be deferred until your financial aid package kicks in (in September).

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At your orientation session, you will:
  • Learn how to navigate easily in a large research university.
  • Learn the specialized vocabulary you will need to understand your advisors and professors.
  • Learn about special programs that may be of interest to you.
  • Get the advising you need to decide your undergraduate career.
  • Make a general schedule for the next four years.
  • Register for your Fall 2018 Quarter classes.

Please note that all orientation sessions include a two-day Family Orientation. The one-day Spanish Language Family Orientation program will take place only on Saturday July 21st, 2018

Orientation Dates for CNAS students:
  • Session 1: July 9-10 for Priority Registration only (visit "Session Dates" here for definition of priority populations)
  • Session 3: July 16-17 for Priority Registration (CNAS only)
  • Session 4: July 20-21 (Spanish Language Family Orientation only on 21st)
  • Session 6: July 26-27
  • Session 7: July 30-31
  • Session 9: August 6-7

Preparing For Your Orientation

We expect that you come prepared for your orientation. Some of the things you will need to have completed are listed below. Make sure to double and triple check the list in case you miss anything!

What you should have completed:
  • Taken your Placement and Advisory Exams (PAE). Both Mathematics and English tests are required for students entering CNAS. You will not be able to register for Fall Quarter 2018 until you have taken these tests!
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  • Sent scores from any Advanced Placement (AP) courses that you took in high school to the UCR Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Picked a major.
  • Looked at the UCR catalog and thought about courses you would like to take.
  • Thought about what you want to accomplish in your undergraduate career.
What you should have with you:
  • A copy of your AP scores.
  • A copy of your high school transcript.
  • Your UCR Student Identification Number (if you need to, you can get your SID number from MyUCR).
  • Photo identification.
  • Casual and comfortable clothes, with a change for Day 2.
  • Shoes that are suitable for extensive walking.
  • Personal toiletries, bathrobe, shower footwear. Note that residence halls have shared bathrooms.
  • Notepad and pen.
  • Water bottle.
  • Spending money.

Additional Information

More information about UCR orientation can be found on UCR's Orientation website.
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