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Orientation Overview - Summer 2021


New Student Orientation will continue to prepare students for success by providing information and access to UC Merced resources during this unique time, ensuring that the experience is technologically and fiscally accessible.

This summer, New Student Orientation is being delivered as a six-part experience, each designed to empower and prepare incoming students for a successful transition to UC Merced.

1. Pre-orientation

The online pre-orientation module helps you prepare you for your orientation. The online pre-orientation is approximately a one-hour experience and will provide you with information and resources to help you feel ready. This element of your orientation experience will become available by June 1st and should be completed at least two weeks before your online orientation.

2. Orientation Day

At Orientation Day, students and families will hear from current students and staff about what it means to be a successful Bobcat and receive valuable insight on how to make a smooth transition to UC Merced. The Orientation Day Experience is 3-hours and includes presentations for both students and family, supporters, or loved ones.

Mark your calendars and plan for your Orientation Day Experience as follows:

  1. Saturday, June 26th
  2. Thursday, July 1st (Spanish Speaking Orientation)*
    • *All presentations on this date will be delivered in Spanish for students and their loved ones
  3. Friday, July 9th (Transfer Student Orientation)
  4. Tuesday, July 13th
  5. Saturday, July 17th (Spanish Speaking Orientation)*
    • *All presentations on this date will be delivered in Spanish for students and their loved ones
  6. Tuesday, July 20th
  7. Saturday, July 24th

An email with the Orientation Day Zoom link will be sent a few days prior to your Orientation date. Students, be sure to check your UC Merced email daily.

3. Webinars

Learn about what it’s like to be a Bobcat through a series of five pre-recorded webinars available on the Orientation Website.

  • Academic Advising
  • Living, Dining, Commuting in Merced and Campus Safety
  • Campus Involvement
  • Being Physically & Mentally Well
  • A Day in the Life of a Bobcat

4. Orientation Meet-ups and Experiential Learning Workshop (ELW)

Through Orientation Meet Ups, students will interact with their fellow incoming students and our Orientation staff. Don’t expect formal presentations, instead, Meet Ups are all about creating connections, providing opportunity to have questions answered, and hearing advice from Orientation Leaders. During the Experiential Learning Workshop (ELW) students will have an opportunity to learn about campus resources, learn how they can use resources, and reflect on what it means to be a UC Merced student.

5. Information Fair 

A series of four Information Fairs will be hosted through Zoom Webinar in July, where students will have the opportunity to connect with the campus community. Each Information Fair will feature various campus departments and student clubs and organizations.

6. Drop-in Hours

Stop by to speak with our orientation team. Get your questions answered or join us to continue connecting with your orientation leaders. Drop-in dates and times coming soon.