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Reserve Your Space in an Orientation Session


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing an online orientation program this summer for both students and parents. Our online program will be a complete orientation experience!

Reservations Information

Please read the information on this website about Online Freshman Orientation and Online Parent Orientation before submitting your reservation. Your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) must be received by UCSB Admissions before you can access the Orientation reservation system.

Submit your reservation promptly! Space in each online session is limited and session dates will close when they are full. Each Orientation session provides the same in-depth academic advising and fair access to classes. You must complete the process using the online reservation system to be confirmed for an Orientation session.

To complete your reservation you will need:

  • Your preferred session date - and alternative dates if that session is not available
  • The names of your parents who plan to attend the online parent program - if you're not sure if your parents will attend, you can reserve your space in a session and sign back in to add them later

Program fees:

  • No payment is due when you make a reservation for Orientation.
  • You will be billed in the fall on your UCSB BARC Billing Statement.
  • See fees & billing for information on fees, payment, and financial assistance.

Be sure to see Before Your Session on this website for information on what you will need to prepare for your session.


College of Engineering - Students who are admitted to the College of Engineering can reserve a space in any of the two-day online freshman sessions except for June 25-26.


College of Creative Studies - Students who are admitted to the College of Creative Studies should select one of the following two-day sessions to attend Online Freshman Orientation: June 29-30, July 9-10, July 13-14, July 30-31, August 3-4. These online sessions will have specific advising and programming for CCS students and their parents.


Sign in to UCSB Orientation Reservations

Reserve your space in an Orientation session using the online reservation system by clicking on the link below. Follow the directions to submit a reservation and confirm your session date. You will choose from the available session dates that are listed on the online form.

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. You can make changes through the online reservation system up to 10 days in advance of your session. Within 10 days, please call Orientation Reservations at 805-893-3443 for assistance. You must call us directly if you need to cancel your entire reservation, as this cannot be done online.


Program for Parents of Freshmen in Spanish

For Spanish-speaking parents of freshmen who want to attend Online Orientation but are not fluent in English, there will be presentations available in Spanish. See Spanish Program (updated information coming soon!) for details.


Special Arrangements

Orientation Programs welcomes requests for special arrangements due to a disability or other special need. Please call us at least three weeks in advance so that we can make arrangements.