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Transfer Orientation Overview

Online Course and In-Person Session

To ensure that you are ready for your first quarter, UCSB offers a two-step transfer orientation process.

  • The first step is to complete the UCSB transfer online orientation course. Completion of this online course will enable you to register early for your fall classes; your registration appointment time on GOLD will be moved up to a date in mid-August. The deadline to complete the online orientation course and receive an earlier registration pass time is Friday, August 4. Learn more about how to complete the online orientation course.

  • The second step is to attend an in-person orientation session.  The in-person sessions are full and closed. Please complete the online orientation course for academic advising, course registration assistance, and to learn about student life, campus services, co-curricular opportunities, and other valuable information for your first quarter at UCSB. The online module will prepare you to register for classes. 


By participating in both parts of UCSB’s transfer orientation programming, you will:

  • Understand the academic and community expectations of a UC Santa Barbara student
  • Feel more prepared to transition into a research university
  • Receive important messages and advising information from your college and major department
  • Become acquainted with the resources available
  • Have a better understanding of the UCSB student experience
  • Start making connections with new and current UCSB students
  • Register early for fall classes after the conclusion of all the Orientation sessions in mid-August

See Orientation fees for detailed information on the fees that you will be charged for Transfer Orientation.

Major Department Advising

Transfer students who attend the in-person orientation will meet with their major department during the session for academic advising.

If you choose not to attend, please note:

  • Due to the high volume of students, departments are often not able to provide academic advising prior to the orientation sessions.

  • Biological Sciences; Communication; Economics; Psychological & Brain Sciences; Sociology - Incoming transfer students in these major departments will not be able to make an appointment with their department advisor until after the in-person transfer orientation sessions have ended.


Before making an appointment to see their advisor, all new transfer students should complete the online orientation course.