Welcome to UCI
Whether you are a new student just starting your UCI career or a prospective student thinking about coming to UCI, we have a number of opportunties and programs for you.
New Student Programs (NSP) strives to help new students make their transition into UCI by familiarizing them with the UCI campus and its resources, developing skills necessary to make the adjustment to campus life and the UCI community, increasing their confidence in their abilities to succeed at UCI, and instilling a positive outlook on their future as a student. In addition, NSP works with parents to foster an environment of community support for UCI students. NSP also provides opportunities for parental involvement with UCI and year-round resources to enhance the role of a supportive parent.
New Student Orientation
The Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) is offered many times each summer in July and August for new freshmen and their parents. New freshmen international students have the option of attending the International Student Orientation in September if they are unable to be in the country in time for SPOP. A special program for transfer students (Transfer Success) is also offered.
The week Fall quarter begins, we host special programs and events geared toward integrating students into campus life. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are devoted to getting connected and taking care of business (like buying books).
Welcome Week 2013 will be from September 23 - 25. The new 2013 Welcome Week calendar will be made available in June 2013. The 2012 Welcome Week calendar can be found below.
The official opening ceremony of the academic year. Held each year on the Monday of Welcome Week (September 23, 2013). A "must" for new students to see the Chancellor and Deans kick off the new school year.
One Day. One Campus. Many Options.
Come to Celebrate UCI on Saturday April 20, 2013. This spring event features an outdoor Festival, Open House and Car Show. Wayzgoose, UCI's oldest tradition, is a student run festival in Aldrich Park - filled with live entertainment, food, games and rides for UCI and the community. Many offices and services will be open or available with information for everyone especially prospective students. This includes academic program information and sessions; campus, housing and recreation facilities tours; Financial Aid and Admissions; and much more. Events are FREE and parking is complimentary. Visit www.celebrate.uci.edu for more information and specific times of events.
New Student Handbook
The New Student Handbook is an excellent resource for any new student who wants to learn more about how to navigate UCI successfully. The handbook includes a checklist of important to do items for all new freshman and transfers.
Parent & Family Information
Parents and family members play an important role in the life of a UCI student. Click below to reach the Parents website and find information on UCI's Parent & Family Association. Stay connected and learn all UCI has to offer you and your student.
Interested in UCI? Visit the
Admissions & Relations with Schools
page for more information.
Orientation staffers rally new freshman during orientation for one of the many fun activities during this 2-day program.
Orientation Staffers are a very important part of UCI's orientation programs. They serve as mentors to incoming freshman and often build long-lasting relationships with their "spoppers".
Celebrate UCI gives families a chance to get to know the campus, staff & faculty, and other resources available to help students with their development in college.
Wayzgoose, an event held in Aldrich Park during Celebrate UCI, showcases the many student campus organizations. We currently have over 550 organizations on campus!