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New Student Orientation

New and Transfer Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a two-part experience designed to help incoming students and their families and loved ones transition to UC Merced. Through interactive workshops and relationship building opportunities, learn about what it means to be a Bobcat.

At New Student Orientation, students can expect to leave with:

  • An understanding of the purposes of a college education and the differences between previous institutions and and college
  • An ability to navigate the resources available at UC Merced
  • Individually defined educational and personal goals
  • Personal connections made with students and staff at Orientation


Registration Information

Registration for New Student Orientation will open, April 15, 2020 at 10:00am.
To register for New Student Orientation, do the following:

  1. Submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
  2. Complete Orientation registration at
  3. Complete the Online Pre-Orientation (details sent via email)
  4. Attend New Student Orientation

Dates fill quickly, be sure to register early!


Attendance at this event is required for all new students, as participation in orientation will enhance social and academic success at UC Merced. Parents and loved ones are also encouraged to register in advance to attend the special programs planned specifically for them.