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 opportunities and programs for you.


New Student Programs (NSP), part of New Student & Leadership Programs (NSLP) - Student Life & Leadership (SLL), 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.


This course offers first-year students an opportunity to learn valuable skills and information that will help them succeed at UCI both academically and personally.

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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.  Transfer students have the option of attending Transfer Success or Transfer Student-Parent Orientation Program (T-SPOP).

Check out the Orientation website for more information regarding Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP), the International Student Orientation (ISO), Transfer Success, and Transfer (T-)SPOP.

Welcome Week

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).

Check out the Welcome Week website for more information.

Celebrate UCI

One Day. One Campus. Many Options.

This spring event features an outdoor Festival, Open House and Car Show. Wayzgoose, UCI's oldest tradition, is a student run club fair in Aldrich Park - filled with live entertainment, food, and opportunties to learn more about UCI's vibrant campus organizations. 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.

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.

New Student Convocation

Coming soon!

Parent & Family Information

Parents and family members play an important role in the life of a UCI student. Visit 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 and new freshmen

Orientation staffers rally new freshman during orientation for one of the many fun activities during this 2-day program.

Orientation Staffers

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".

parent and student smiling at Celebrate UCI

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.

Student organization at Wayzgoose

Wayzgoose, an event held in Aldrich Park during Celebrate UCI, showcases the many student campus organizations. We currently have over 550 organizations on campus!

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Parents listen to a speaker during one of the annual programs offered to support parents and their students, UCI Parents Day.