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Program for Parents/Guest

UC Merced staff with parents and guests attending new student orientation

The Parents/Guest program at New Student Orientation includes a variety of activities that are meant to introduce you to the university and provide information that will help you ease your student's transition to college life. Orientation is a great opportunity for parents, loved ones, and supporters to learn what it means to be a partner in your student's success, meet staff and faculty members, find out what it will take for your student to be academically successful at UC Merced, and learn about helpful campus resources. 

Parents and Guests are welcome to participate in the Orientation experience with their student. The Spring 2022 in-person orientation experience will take place on January 14th, 2022. There is an additional $100 fee for students to register guests. 

At orientation you can:

  • Learn tips that will help your student achieve academic success at UC Merced
  • Receive information about helpful campus resources
  • Meet faculty, staff, and learn about their teaching/research interests
  • Hear from current students about campus life
  • Learn how to ease your student's transition to college life
  • Ask our staff questions about financial aid, housing, health insurance, billing and much more


Review the frequently asked questions for first year students.