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Orientation Registration

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Merced’s Summer 2021 New Student Orientation will be delivered online. This decision was made to ensure the safety of incoming students, their families and loved ones, current students, and faculty and staff at UC Merced.

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.

Additional updates will be provided on this page; be sure check back for more information.

Thank you for your understanding and we are excited to welcome you to the Bobcat family!

Summer 2021 Orientation

Orientation Registration:


Please check back on or after April 19th to access the Registration link.

For full details of our orientation, please visit our orientation overview page. 

In order to register for Orientation you will need to have submitted your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to UC Merced at least 24 hours in advance.

For additional orientation registration information please see below.

Registration Fees

To reflect the changes to the Summer 2021 orientation experience, we reduced the New Student Orientation fee to $50.

Included in this fee are both student and parent & guest orientation and access to virtual experiences for each audience throughout the summer. This fee pays for both the technology and student employment necessary to deliver Orientation online.

Fees are posted to your UC Merced student account in August, and must be paid in full by the Fall 2021 Fee Payment deadline.

Orientation Dates 

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

*Students and guests please ensure you participate in all orientation programming. See below for a list of the spring 2021 orientation descriptions.

Fall Orientation Programming

Online Pre-Orientation

Live Orientation Session on your selected date (see dates above)

Pre-recorded webinar recordings

Live Experiential Learning Workshop & Relationship Building session for students

Live "Partners in Success" session for all parents, families, loved ones, and supporters

Live "Drop-in hours" for students and their loved ones

Live Information Fairs for students and their loved ones

Last day to make ANY changes:

How to Register

  • You will need your UCMNetID (i.e. hsmith), password and student ID number handy for completing the registration form.
  • First, students must submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). After 24 hours, students will be given access to the registration form for orientation.
  1. Click on Register Now button (starting April 19th).
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Check to ensure all information is accurate before submitting.
  4. Click Submit.

Already Registered?
Review the Pre-Orientation Checklist to prepare for your session. We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer!

Have questions? Check out our FAQs for Freshmen and Transfer students.

    • You may change your registration online up to one week prior to your orientation date. All registration changes are based on availability.
    • Please note: Admissions and Orientation are two separate offices with different deadlines and functions. It is the student's reponsiblity to communicate with the Orientation office if their admission decision changes and they will no longer be able to attend UC Merced. It is the student's responsbility to cancel their Orientation date by the two week deadline via the orientation website in order to not be charged any Orientation fees. After the two week deadline, students will be responsible for paying their Orientation fees.