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Freshmen New Student Orientation

Student Orientation staff welcoming new students

The New Student Orientation program includes activities that are designed to help you successfully transition to the campus and prepare you for an exciting first semester. Orientation is a required one day event where you will explore resources, build relationships with fellow students, staff and administrators, reflect upon goals, and find out what it takes to be a successful Bobcat! Orientation check in begins at 8:00 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. and continuing to 5:00 p.m. Please plan to stay for the day. A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.,

At orientation you can:

  • Learn tips that will help you achieve academic success at UC Merced
  • Get information about helpful campus resources
  • Hear from current students about campus life
  • Make new friends
  • Go on campus tour
  • Visit the Campus Store to purchase UC Merced gear
  • Get your individual questions answered
  • Have your photo taken for your CatCard

Ready to Sign Up?

Orientation registration for new spring 2019 students starts November 1st at 10:00a.m.


Check out our frequently asked questions for new students.