Transfer Sessions

Preparing for Orientation

Be sure to submit your reservation for an Orientation session using the online Orientation reservation system. Please read the following information about preparing for your arrival at Orientation.

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Check-In is from 8:00-9:15am at Campbell Hall. We advise you to arrive as early as possible to avoid the last-minute rush. The program concludes between 3:30-5:00pm, depending on your needs and interests. See the Program Overview for an outline of the day. You must attend Check-In to obtain your advising information and a detailed schedule for the session.

Parking for Orientation

Please see Parking & Directions to UCSB on this website for parking location, fees, maps, and directions.

What to Bring

At Orientation your advisors will not have access to your previous records. Please bring the following items to make the most of your departmental advising meeting.

  • You MUST bring several copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended; unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable.
  • Your New Student Profile if it has been prepared; check online at GOLD - Gaucho On-Line Data

Also, please bring:

  • Money for parking ($8 per weekday; parking permit dispensers accept credit cards or cash - $1 and $5 bills only) 
  • Money for Access Student ID card ($30)
  • Walking shoes

Program Notes

The one-day session includes a full schedule of important events - see the Program Overview. Lunch is the responsibility of students and their guests. Dining options are available in the University Center and The Arbor.

There is not time during Orientation to make fall housing arrangements. However, it is important to secure housing in person as soon as possible. For assistance with housing, contact the Community Housing Office at 805-893-4371 or

Illegal use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during Orientation and during the remainder of your academic career at UCSB. Students found in violation of campus alcohol and other drug policies during Orientation will be subject to campus disciplinary procedures.

Changes and Cancellations

Any change to your reservation is subject to availability and it is preferred that changes be made well in advance of your session date.

Parent & Family Orientation Guest reservations 
We strongly discourage the adding or canceling of guests at check-in on the day of the session. You will be charged for any guest who is on your reservation. Therefore, prior to your session day:
- Add to your reservation any guests who will attend the program.
- Cancel guests you have registered who will not attend the program.

You can make these changes to your reservation through the online system up to 3 days in advance of your session. Within 3 days, please call Orientation Reservations at 805-893-2197 for assistance. You must call us directly if you need to cancel your entire reservation, as this cannot be done online.


Contact UCSB Orientation Programs, 805-893-2197, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. The office is not open on weekends.

We look forward to meeting you this summer!