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Pre-Orientation Checklist

Things to Do Before Orientation

  • Apply for on-campus housing by January 3, 2021
  • First Year students should register for orientation by January 3, 2021
  • Transfer students should register for orientation by January 3, 2021
  • Complete online pre-orientation session - go to
    • Must be completed at least two weeks before your online orientation
  • Take any applicable placement exams 
  • Check your UC Merced email for your confirmation and updates
  • Browse this site for answers to your orientation questions
  • Register for classes through your MyUCMerced Portal. Emails with registration details and instructions will be sent by the Bobcat Advising Center mid December for first-year students and from School Advisors for incoming transfer students also mid December. For more information, visit the Admitted Students, How To Register for Classes 
  • Send the most current official, sealed transcripts to the Office of Admissions (either postmarked or electronically submitted) on or before January 10, 2022
  • Send ALL official test scores to the Office of Admissions by January 10, 2022
  • Request your current term's transcripts to be sent immediately after the conclusion of the term (if applicable)
  • Plug into campus life and create your CATLIFE profile
  • Log on to your MyUCMerced Portal to:
    • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (if applicable)
    • Submit a Student Health Insurance Waiver (if applicable)
    • Verify whether your transcripts and scores have been received
  • Submit vaccination information, upload vaccine record and answer TB questionnaire.
  • Financial Aid: Please review and complete the Direct Costs Worksheet to estimate if you will owe a balance or receive a refund. Please click here to access 2021-22 Financial Aid forms.
  • Search for a campus jobs through the Center for Career & Professional Advancement (if needed)