Information for Admitted Students


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Undergraduate Students

Each May, information about UCI’s Orientation Programs, sponsored by Student Life & Leadership, is made available to admitted students who plan to enroll in the fall.

Summer Programs

Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP). All freshmen are required to attend an orientation program. SPOP provides the opportunity for freshmen and their parents or guardians to attend a comprehensive orientation program. Each two-day, one-night program includes academic advising and registration for fall classes. In addition, information on housing, financial aid, campus resources, student life, and more is included. SPOP is designed for all domestic and international freshmen.

International Student Orientation (ISO) is a mandatory orientation program for all incoming international freshmen who are not able to attend SPOP. ISO is a three-day, two-night program specifically designed to help orient new international freshmen to life at UCI and in the United States. A wealth of important resources for international students is shared, including language support service, getting around Irvine, academic and classroom culture, and student health and wellness.

Transfer Success is a unique one-day program geared to the needs of transfer students. Held in early summer, the program provides information on campus resources, student life and making the transition to academic life at a research university. It also provides a jump-start on getting to know faculty and how to get involved with research as an undergraduate.

Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP) is an optional orientation for transfer students looking for a more comprehensive introduction to life at UCI. This two-day, one-night program coincides with SPOP and offers transfer students a thorough overview of what to expect during their transition to a research university as well as information on housing, financial aid, campus resources, student life, and more.

For more information about all of the orientation programs, visit the Orientation Programs website; telephone 949-824-5182; or email

Welcome Week

Welcome Week is held each fall a few days prior to the beginning of classes. A variety of academic and social activities for new and returning students are held during this time. For more information, visit the Welcome Week website.


Graduate Students

Incoming graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend the Campuswide New Graduate Student Orientation, held during the third week of September each fall. This orientation covers all aspects of navigating graduate education at UC Irvine, including graduate student services. It augments school/department-based orientations, and students should attend both. Information about the Campuswide New Graduate Student Orientation is emailed to incoming graduate students the summer prior to the event. Inquiries may be directed to, and details are available at the Campuswide New Graduate Student Orientation website.

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