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Pre-Orientation Checklist

Things to Do Before Orientation

  • Apply for on campus housing:

Student Type

Application Deadline

Contract Signed Deadline

First Year Students

January 2, 2023


Transfer Students

January 2, 2023


  • First Year students should register for orientation by January 4, 2023
  • Transfer students should register for orientation by January 4, 2023
  • Take any applicable placement exam
  • Check your UC Merced email for your confirmation and updates
  • Browse this site for answers to your orientation questions
  • Register for classes through your Connect Portal. Emails with registration details and instructions will be sent by the Bobcat Advising Center for first-year students and from School Advisors for incoming transfer students. 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, 2023
  • Send ALL required official test scores to be received in the Office of Admissions by January 10, 2023
  • 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 Connect Portal to:
    • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (if applicable)
    • Submit a Student Health Insurance Waiver (if applicable) by January 8, 2023
    • 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.
  • Search for a campus jobs through the Center for Career & Professional Advancement(if needed)