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Freshman Sessions

Preparing for Orientation

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


Check-in is from 7:30-9:15am at Manzanita Village on Monday or Thursday, the first day of the two-day session. We advise you to arrive as early as possible to avoid the last-minute rush and to take advantage of tours that are offered. At check-in, you will receive important information and materials for the two-day session.

  • Parents who are attending Orientation must also check in between 7:30-9:15am.
  • Declared Dance, Theater, and Music majors must check in by 8:15am in order to attend an advising meeting with their department at 8:45am.

Parking for Orientation

Please see Directions to UCSB and Parking for Freshman Orientation on this website for parking location, fees, maps, and directions. Allow time in your plans for parking and a short walk to Manzanita Village.

What to Bring to Freshman Orientation

  • Your UCSB Net ID and password and a laptop or tablet - see instructions below under Course Registration
  • Up-to-date COVID vaccination or proof of negative COVID test - see COVID Information for Orientation for instructions
  • Money for parking - $8 per weekday; pay stations accept credit cards or cash ($1 and $5 bills only)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from previous college-level courses (high school transcripts are not needed at Orientation)
  • Casual, comfortable clothes; comfortable shoes for extensive walking; jacket for evening; water bottle

Sheets, blankets, towels, and pillow are provided for students who are staying overnight in an on-campus residence hall.

Course Registration

UCSB Net ID: In order to register for fall classes at Orientation, you must have a UCSB Net ID and password. This is done by activating your U-Mail account at You must activate your U-Mail before your Orientation session and bring your UCSB Net ID and password with you to Orientation.

Laptop or tablet computer: Each student will need a laptop or tablet for course registration and advising during Freshman Orientation. Please bring a laptop or tablet computer with you to the program. Orientation will have a limited number of laptops available to lend. If you would like to borrow a laptop, you must request this on your Orientation reservation form on the questionnaire page. Otherwise, it is expected that you will bring a laptop or tablet with you.

Access Student ID cards

Complete the Access Student ID Card request form prior to your Orientation session to request that your student ID card be processed. Then you can pick it up during your session. You must first set up your UCSB Net ID and then sign in to the request form using your UCSB Umail.

An Access Card allows you to use meal plans, use the Gaucho Bucks program, ride the MTD buses, attend free events, and more! There is a $30 set-up fee for the card that will be billed to your UCSB BARC Billing Account.

Parent Overnight Options

Be sure to see Hotels & Lodging on this website for overnight options for parents.

Program Notes and Schedule

See Program Overview for Freshman Students and Program Overview for Freshman Parents for an outline of the two-day program schedule.


The first day of each session contains a full schedule of important events extending into the late evening hours. Student and parent activities may conclude at different times in the evening. Course registration is completed by students on the second day of the session. Participants should be prepared to stay through the entire program which concludes between 3:30-4:30pm on the second day.  Lunch and dinner are included on the first day of the session; breakfast and lunch are included on the second day. All meals must be taken in the dining commons due to program time constraints. Vegetarian options are offered at each meal.


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.

Placement Exams

The Math Placement Exam is not a requirement for most students at UCSB. To determine whether you need to take the exam, see Placement Exams in the Freshman Orientation section of this website. If you need to take the Math Placement Exam, please complete it online before coming to Orientation in order to register for a math class at Orientation.

Previous Math Courses

If you are transferring college credit in mathematics, bring an unofficial copy of the transcript showing your college-level work to Orientation OR fax (805-893-2385) or email your transcript and UCSB perm number to the Math Department. For questions, email:

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 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.


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. In case of an emergency during Orientation sessions, participants can be contacted by leaving a message with the Manzanita Village front desk at 805-893-6161.


We look forward to meeting you this summer!