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New Student Orientation for First Year Students

First Year New Student Orientation sessions are three days and two nights. During your orientation sessions you will enroll in your Fall Quarter classes.

Your session will be an extensive introduction to the academic and campus life at UCLA, including:

This program is for students only, and is designed as a residential program with daytime and evening activities.

Please read through all the information about your Orientation session before signing up.

 

THE SESSION SCHEDULE

Attending the entirety of your session is the beginning of a successful start here at UCLA. Each day is full of activities that will assist you in learning everything there is to know about the campus, from what courses to take, to how to best get involved.

With that in mind, it is our hope that you will take advantage of everything that is offered at Orientation. Failure to attend or participate in any part of your session is your own responsibility, and can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.

 

EARLY ARRIVAL - CONNECT TO OTHER NEW UCLA STUDENTS
The evening before every session there will be social activities to provide you with an opportunity to meet other incoming First Year students. If you are traveling from outside the Los Angeles area and want to arrive the night before the session formally begins, and/or you want an opportunity to meet and get to know some of your fellow Bruins, join us the night before your session. There is a small fee for lodging; no meals are included.

Check-in for Early Arrival begins at 7:00pm at Rieber Hall. Official activities will begin at 8:00pm.

 

DAY ONE
Check in begins at 7:45 am and your day begins! Your New Student Advisor will be your guide and resource through the session, and this first day will introduce you to many different aspects of the university: the campus academic environment, faculty expectations, and the student community.

DAY TWO
The focus of this day is on course and major planning and helping you shape the UCLA experience that is right for you. The day involves placement exams in French, German and Music, workshops on different majors, graduate school and career planning, involvement, residence halls, working on campus, money matters, and research opportunities. Individual appointments occur throughout the day and evening to go over your schedule for Fall Quarter and your other plans for involvement at UCLA. Activities continue throughout the day and late into the evening.

DAY THREE
The session concludes with more important presentations and enrolling in your Fall Quarter classes. Check-out is at 6:00 pm.

BRINGING A LAPTOP TO NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
To assist you in viewing the online Schedule of Classes, UCLA General Catalog, and departmental websites, there will be a wireless connection available from most points on campus, including the residence halls. It will be your responsibility, however, to insure the safety of your laptop at all times.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION CONDUCT POLICY
The time you spend at New Student Orientation is the beginning of your educational career at UCLA; please approach your time at Orientation seriously and be ready to take full advantage of what is offered during your session.

The New Student & Transition Programs office strictly adheres to the campus policy forbidding alcohol and/or drug use. Failure to abide by this policy could result in you being asked to leave New Student Orientation without enrolling in your classes or refunding any of your Orientation fees.

Although it is our hope that you will take advantage of everything offered at New Student Orientation, failure to attend or participate in any part of the session is your own responsibility, and can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.

 

FIRST YEAR SESSION DATES

Space in each New Student Orientation session is limited and reservations are processed in the order received. While it is advantageous to place your reservation promptly, please make sure to read all session information thoroughly, so you understand fees, deadlines, and the cancellation policy.

Beginning on May 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm (PDT), you will be able to sign up for a New Student Orientation session via MyUCLA. In the meantime, please fill out the Educational Planner. This will provide your New Student Advisor the information needed to tailor your academic appointment to best fit your needs. The Educational Planner must be completed before you are able to register for a New Student Orientation Session. You can fill out your Educational Planner at www.my.ucla.edu one day after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

 

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB) Scores

Course selection for the 2014 Fall Quarter may be affected by successfully passing some Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams. Since the results of the spring AP or IB exams are not generally available prior to July 15 and since UCLA will not receive your scores earlier than you do yourself, you may wish to consider attending an Orientation session after this date. Your New Student Advisor will go over how your AP and/or IB work will be applied at UCLA during your New Student Orientation session.

For translations of AP equivalencies at UCLA, please consult the Admissions website at www.admissions.ucla.edu/Prospect/APCredit.htm.

For IB equivalencies, go to www.admissions.ucla.edu/Prospect/IBCredit.htm.

 

Do not make travel arrangements to come to New Student Orientation until you receive your online confirmation notice indicating the session for which you are scheduled. Please print this confirmation for your records.

SESSION NUMBER

DATES

LAST DATE TO MAKE CHANGES (ADD OR CANCEL) WITHOUT A LATE FEE

Session 101

July 15-17

July 8

Session 102

July 23-25

July 16

Session 103

July 29-31

July 22

Session 104

August 5-7

July 29

Session 105

August 12-14

August 5

Session 106

August 18-20

August 11

Session 107

August 24-26

(Begins on Sunday)

August 18

Session 108

August 27-29

August 20

Session 109

September 3-5

August 27

Session 110

September 8-10

September 2

Session 110 is reserved primarily for non-CA residents and international students only.

Session 111

September 14-16

(Begins on Sunday)

September 8

Session 111 is reserved primarily for non-CA residents and international students only.

Session 112

September 17-19

September 10

Session 112 is reserved primarily for non-CA residents and international students only.

You can sign up for a New Student Orientation session from your MyUCLA page - please make sure that you read all the information pertaining to your session thoroughly to avoid additional fees.


COSTS & FEES

COSTS
First Year New Student Orientation Session Fee - $375
Early Arrival Fee - $50
Non-CA residents attending Sessions 110, 111, 112 have the option of Stay-through (staying on campus until campus move-in) for $50 per night after their New Student Orientation.

Your session fee includes all meals and programming for the three-day session. If you need to stay an additional night, contact our office.

FEES
Changing or cancelling your session before the deadline - $10
Making a new reservation after the deadline - $50
Changing or cancelling a sessions after the deadline (including not arriving for your reserved session) - $50

Billing
Your New Student Orientation session fees will be billed to your UCLA Billing Statement. There is no payment necessary when you sign-up.

Billing for New Student Orientation will be done according to the following schedule:
All July sessions (101-103) will be billed in early August, with payment due in September.
All August sessions (104-109) will be billed in September, with payment due in October.
All September sessions (110-112) will be billed in late-September, with payment due in October.

Payments will be only accepted through the UCLA Billing Statement. Your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) fee of $100 does not cover Orientation fees.

Failure to pay your Orientation fees by the billing deadlines will result in a $20 per month Student Accounting late charge and will result in a hold on your records.

Cancelling Your New Student Orientation Session

Fee Waivers
Partial fee waivers are granted to eligible students who have demonstrated financial need. Students who meet the following criteria will have a portion of their New Student Orientation fee waived (approximately 20%).
In order to be considered for a partial fee waiver, you must:

          OR

Students must meet all the conditions above to be eligible. In order to be considered for a partial fee waiver, you must ensure that all your Financial Aid information is accurate and updated by the time of your orientation session.

If you have received a partial fee waiver, you will see it reflected through a reduced amount on your UCLA Billing Statement.

If you have any questions or problems with paying your fees, including whether or not you received a partial fee waiver: Contact the New Student & Transition Programs office at (310) 206-6685. Do not call the Financial Aid Office.

 

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SESSION

Beginning on May 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm (PDT), you will be able to sign up for a New Student Orientation session via MyUCLA. In the meantime, please fill out the Educational Planner. This will provide your New Student Advisor the information needed to tailor your academic appointment to best fit your needs. The Educational Planner must be completed before you are able to register for an Orientation Session. You can fill out your Educational Planner at www.my.ucla.edu one day after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Do not make travel arrangements until you receive your online confirmation notice indicating the session for which you are scheduled. Please print this confirmation for your records.

 

ADVISING

Academic advising is essential for appropriate course enrollment and academic advisors will be available to assist you during your New Student Orientation session. All incoming students are strongly encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation session so that you have assistance in choosing the right classes.

If you cannot attend a New Student Orientation session, keep in mind that UCLA academic advisors are dedicated to the Orientation sessions and may be unable to meet with you until after the summer sessions have ended.

Students in the following schools are required to receive academic advising prior to enrolling in classes:

College of Letters & Science
While students in The College are not required to attend a New Student Orientation session, it is strongly urged that you do so. Departmental counselors in many academic areas will be meeting with you, and undeclared students will have the opportunity to explore areas of study by talking to advisors and attending various workshops designed for this purpose.

School of Arts & Architecture and School of Theater, Film & Television
Students in the School of Arts & Architecture and the School or Theater, Film & Television will have designated sessions available to you based on specific majors. If you are unable to attend one of your specific sessions please contact the New Student & Transition Programs Office at (310) 206-6685. While you will be able to attend a different session, we cannot guarantee that your departmental counselor will be available to meet with you at that time.

 

COURSE ENROLLMENT

A component of the New Student Orientation sessions is enrolling in Fall Quarter classes, and many students (and their parents) are concerned about the availability of courses at different session dates. Here is a brief explanation of how enrollment works at UCLA, and how the New Student Orientation session enrollment works relative to that.

Finally, choosing courses is a process of academic exploration. We encourage students to look at this as the beginning of their journey to engage in studies that are of true interest to them. While learning a new system at a new school can be a daunting prospect, new students will be assisted along the way by a wonderful staff of counselors who will guide them through the process and answer any question they have.


PLACEMENT EXAMS

Depending on the courses that you plan on taking at UCLA, or the requirements that you need to fulfill, you may need to take a placement exam. The following placement exams are offered at or before New Student Orientation:

Entering students from the following schools or colleges are required to complete the Foreign Language Requirement by the time they graduate from UCLA:

The only exceptions are international students who are on visa status from a non-English speaking country.

Signing up for a placement exam
All placement exams are offered during the First Year sessions. With the exception of the Analytical Writing Placement Exam, there is no fee for any of these tests.

First Year students: please check the appropriate box when signing up for your Orientation session online.

Transfer students: call the New Student & Transition Programs office at (310) 206-6685 to sign up. If you need to take one of these tests, arrange to take them prior to attending your scheduled Orientation session so you can have the results.

Mathematics Diagnostic Exam
Students planning to enroll in Math 1, 3A or 31A for Fall Quarter must take the departmental diagnostic examination. You will be able to complete the Math Diagnostic Exam before arriving to New Student Orientation:

 

Foreign Language Requirement
Students who are required to complete the Foreign Language Requirement (see above) may do so in one of three ways:

French Placement Exam
The placement examination for French will be offered at 8:00 am the second morning of each First Year Orientation session. The test takes approximately two hours and will be held in Covel Commons.

German Placement Exam
The placement examination for German will be offered at 8:00 am the second morning of each First Year Orientation session. The test takes approximately one hour and will be held in Covel Commons.

Spanish Placement Exam
Students wishing to continue or start their study of Spanish will take an online placement exam. More information, including instructions on how to take the exam, can be found at
http://www.spanport.ucla.edu/undergraduate-/placement-.html

Students who would like to take the exam solely for the purpose of satisfying their Foreign Language requirement will be able to do so during the academic year when the placement exam is offered by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

 

Music Theory Placement Exam
All students admitted as music or music history majors and those who are considering changing their major to music or music history must take the Music Theory Placement Examination. You should also make an appointment to speak with the music department counselor before Fall Quarter enrollment begins. The exam will be offered on the second day of each First Year Orientation session from 10:00 am - 11:00 am in 209 Covel Commons.

To contact the departmental counselor in Music, call (310) 825-4768.

Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
Because proficiency in English composition is important to successful performance in many courses, the UC Entry Level Writing Proficiency Requirement is one requirement for graduation that must be satisfied before entering UCLA or during your first year in residence. There are six ways to meet this requirement before enrolling in the University:

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
The 2014 Universitywide AWPE will be administered on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at test centers throughout California. If you missed this test date and need to take this exam, the next AWPE available at UCLA for California residents will be during the second week of Fall Quarter. If you have any questions regarding the exam or the UCLA composition requirements, New Student Advisors at Orientation will be able to assist you. If you have any questions regarding the May AWPE, please contact the AWPE Helpline at (800) 839-8507.

OUT-OF-STATE and INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
If you have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement with one of the criteria previously listed, you can take the AWPE for out-of-state residents and international students only during a First Year Orientation session. This exam is being offered as part of a special arrangement by UCLA Writing Programs, and will be held 4 different times throughout the summer:

There is a $110 fee for taking the exam. You must pay for the exam in advance by logging onto https://www.awpe.org/candidate. You must print up your receipt and bring it with you to the exam. If you do not pay ahead of time, you must bring a check with you to the exam. Cash will not be accepted. Only students who live outside of California and who sign up in advance when reserving an Orientation session will be allowed to take this test.

When you come to the testing room, please be sure to bring a valid photo ID, your UCLA student ID number, and your receipt or a $110 check with you.

 

ADMISSIONS

It is your responsibility to ensure that all the provisions for your admission to UCLA have been met. This means that you must achieve all the grades and necessary coursework or requirements as conditions of your admission to UCLA. If you fail to meet the provisions of your admission to UCLA, your admission may be cancelled.

If your admission is cancelled, and you have signed up for a New Student Orientation session, you still will be held for any late fees that are incurred. If you attend an Orientation session and have your admission cancelled after the New Student Orientation session you attended, you still will be responsible for paying all Orientation fees, even though you will not be attending UCLA.

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
A final, official transcript showing your entire high school program and date of graduation must be sent from your high school to UCLA Undergraduate Admission. This transcript must be received by July 1, 2014.

Official ACT Assessment Plus Writing, SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Test, Advanced Placement (AP) Exam, and International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam results must be received by UARS by July 1, 2014.

Failure to submit your transcripts and test scores by this date may result in the withdrawal of your offer of admission to UCLA.

Enrollment at New Student Orientation
It is your responsibility to ensure that all official documents have been received by Undergraduate Admission in order to enroll in classes at your Orientation session. The New Student & Transition Programs office cannot remove any holds on your enrollment if Admission has placed a hold for missing documentation.

 

MANDATORY HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Mandatory Education Program
As part of UCLA’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all students, all incoming students must go through a mandatory education program that includes the topics of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  These programs are in accordance to state, federal and University mandates (see below).

As a first year student – you will fulfill this requirement by attending a presentation at your New Student Orientation (NSO) session.  If you do not attend NSO and the presentation at NSO, then you will be required to attend a make-up session in the Fall.  Failure to meet this requirement will result in a hold being placed on your records. 

State, Federal and University Codes Pertaining to Prevention and Education for Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Harassment

If a student objects on the grounds of personal or religious reasons to attending the full presentation offered during New Student Orientation which meets the mandated health education guidelines, special accommodations can be made by contacting the New Student & Transition Programs Office.

Hepatitis B Immunity
California state law requires that students 18 years of age or younger provide proof of immunity to the Hepatitis B virus prior to enrollment. Students must enter their compliance information online from www.studenthealth.ucla.edu (choose the “On-Line Services” menu option, then the “Hepatitis B” page). Do NOT send paper proof of immunity. Compliance will not be complete unless the information is online. The UCLA student ID and the URSA security code are required for access. If immunized against Hepatitis B, or if you have proof of antibodies in your system, you will need the name, address and phone number of the clinician or clinic with proof of this and the dates of the vaccinations.

Insurance
Health insurance is a condition of enrollment at UCLA. The cost of the campus medical insurance plan (USHIP - Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan) will automatically be assessed as part of registration fees each term (about $200 each of the 3 terms). Spring Quarter enrollment includes Summer coverage. USHIP information is available online at www.studenthealth.ucla.edu, under “Insurance”.

If you already have health insurance that meets the University’s minimum requirements, you may waive out of USHIP. You must do this online during the fee payment period for each term (September 1-20 for Fall, December 1-20 for Winter and March 1-20 for Spring). There are no paper waivers. During the Fall fee payment period you will have the option to waive out of USHIP for the entire year. If you choose this option, the waiver will be submitted for you automatically in Winter and Spring.

You will need your student ID number and your URSA security code to access the website to waive out. Go to www.studenthealth.ucla.edu and choose “On-Line Services” and the “GSHIP/USHIP waiver” page. If you choose to keep the USHIP, please be advised that it does not include dental benefits. To upgrade to the “USHIP Plus” plan (about $40 a term) that includes this benefit, you must enroll online by going to www.studenthealth.ucla.edu and choose “On-Line Services” and the “USHIP Plus” enrollment page. Enrollment is permitted through October for Fall, January for Winter, and April for Spring. An annual enrollment option is available in the Fall. Fees are automatically billed to your BAR account.

 

AlcoholEdu

As part of the university’s comprehensive and proactive approach to help ensure that students stay safe and healthy, UCLA is asking every new student to complete “AlcoholEdu for College”, an online alcohol education and prevention program.

AlcoholEdu uses science-based research and interactive strategies, including personalized feedback, to educate students about alcohol and its effects. Whether you drink or not, the course can empower you to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help better manage drinking behavior - your own, and/or any that may happen around you.

 

SESSION CHECKLIST

Before attending your New Student Orientation session remember to:

And contact us if you have any questions.

Students Needing Assistance at New Student Orientation
If you are coming to Orientation and you have any permanent or temporary disabilities or needs which may require advance arrangements for assistance, please contact the New Student & Transition Programs office at (310) 206-6685 at least 2 weeks before your session begins. This includes test-taking assistance for placement exams administered at Orientation.

Right to Privacy
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), New Student & Transition Programs protects the confidentiality of any student (age 18 or over) records. Access to a student's Orientation records will be given to that student only, unless the student has given consent. See Third Party Access for more information on the Registrar's Office website. For more information regarding FERPA, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Address Changes
In order to ensure receipt of your bills and other UCLA correspondence, be sure to report any address changes immediately. You can update your address through URSA at www.ursa.ucla.edu

 

VOLUNTEER PROJECT

Bruins attending New Student Orientation will be able to start off as True Bruins with their first volunteer project at UCLA! 

In partnership with Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA’s Chase Child Life Program, each session will create a gift basket of donations for the Hospital’s Chase Child Life Program. The Program addresses the social, emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children and their family. Donated items will help provide comfort to ease a child’s hospital stay by providing distraction and allowing a child to be a child through play. 

Students attending New Student Orientation will have the opportunity to make a small, optional donation with their orientation group (no more than $2 per person) that can be applied to an item of the group’s choosing.  During the session, your group will decide whether you want to find your item here on campus or in Westwood.  Students wanting to purchase an item and bring it with them may do so as well! 

At your session, you also will have an opportunity to decorate a star-shaped card that will be on display in the Chase Child Life Program rotunda.  

Donations from all the sessions will be made in the Fall Quarter. Interested students can join the NSTP staff in making the New Student Orientation donation and learn about additional volunteer opportunities at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Follow the link below for more information about the Chase Child Life Program, including a list of items that are needed in the unit:

http://www.uclahealth.org/body_mattel.cfm?id=881

 

PRE-/POST-ORIENTATION PROGRAMS

In collaboration with Student Affairs, UCLA Recreation is proud to present our new Pre/Post Orientation Programs.
Participation in one of our Pre/Post Orientation Programs is the perfect way for new students to maximize their New Student Orientation. Through participation in Den Camp, Bruin Transfer Camp, Wilderness Welcomes, or Transfer Transitions, new students will have the opportunity to learn about life as a Bruin and form friendships before classes begin.

We hope you will join us this summer for a fun and adventurous Pre/Post Orientation Program. Click below for more info about each of our programs for new Bruins.

WILDERNESS WELCOMES
Wilderness Welcomes are exciting Pre/Post Orientation outdoor adventures designed to welcome first-year and transfer students into the UCLA community. A series of three to five day trips to locations such as Sequoia, the Eastern Sierras, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and the Hoover Dam are offered throughout the summer, running concurrently with New Student Orientation sessions. At a Wilderness Welcome, students will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with a small group of fellow new Bruins, all while exploring the wilds of California and beyond. Start out your time at UCLA with a bang by hiking, canoeing, and climbing. More info about Wilderness Welcomes.

GET ACCESS IN THE FALL
When you start at UCLA, stay fit and healthy with UCLA Recreation. As a student, you have immediate access to all of our recreation facilities and can participate in our instructional classes for a nominal fee. To learn more about all UCLA Recreation has to offer, click here.

 

FALCON APP

UCLA New Student & Transition Programs is parterning with Falcon, a navigation app designed by UCLA students. The app will help you navigate around UCLA's campus while you're here for New Student Orientation.

Some of the features of the app include:

We encourage you to download the app before you arrive to New Student Orientation. For more information please visit the Falcon website.

To download the app, please click here.