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Transfer 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 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 Program Overview for an outline of the schedule. You must attend check-in to obtain your advising information and materials for the session.

Parking for Orientation

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

What to Bring to Transfer Orientation

  • You MUST bring several copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended; unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable. At Orientation your advisors will not have access to your previous records. Please bring copies of transcripts to make the most of your departmental advising meeting.
  • 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)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking

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.

Program Notes and Schedule

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

Those needing overnight accommodations must make their own arrangements separately. Local hotels and lodging options are listed on this website. In addition to hotels and motels, UCSB Conference & Hospitality Services has set aside space in the university-owned San Joaquin Villages Apartments for transfer students and families who are attending Orientation.

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
You will be charged for any guest who is on your reservation. Therefore, at least 4 days 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 through the reservation system up to 5 days in advance of your session. You must call us directly at 805-893-2197 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!