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What is Orientation?

UCSB Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is a two-day visit to UCSB where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive extensive academic advising in small groups
  • Register early for fall classes appropriate for the first quarter
  • Learn about academics and undergraduate research
  • Meet other new students and make new friends
  • Experience residence hall living
  • Explore ways to get involved in campus activities
  • Discuss important first-year college issues
  • Learn about campus life from current UCSB students
  • Get questions answered about coming to campus
  • Learn how to navigate the UCSB campus

Orientation is not mandatory, but it gives you an important head start in preparing for your college career. Approximately 95% of freshmen attend Orientation. Parents are not required to attend, but by coming to Orientation they can learn more about UCSB and can make your transition to college easier.

UCSB Parent Orientation

The start of your college experience at UCSB is an important and exciting time for your parents too. For this reason, we offer a Parent Orientation program to address their interests and concerns. This program is composed of activities and information to help familiarize parents with campus life. The Parent Orientation is held at the same time as the Freshman Orientation, but the actual time that parents and students spend together is limited. (See the * symbol on the Program Overview). The more your parents understand about the college experience, the more helpful they will be during your transition. See the Parent Orientation section on this website for more details. Be sure to include your parents on your online reservation form if they plan to attend.