New Student Orientation is a two-part experience and is a requirement for all new students. Orientation will provide valuable information and activities to help jumpstart your transition to UC Merced!


Orientation begins with an Online Pre-Orientation and concludes with your On-Campus Orientation.


  1. Online Pre-Orientation: Complete this hourlong online experience at least 2 weeks prior to your on-campus Orientation date.
  2. On-Campus Orientation: Build relationships, explore resources, reflect on your goals and learn more about what it means to be a Bobcat!

At Orientation, you can:


  • Learn tips that will help you achieve academic success at UC Merced
  • Get information about helpful campus resources
  • Hear from current students about campus life
  • Make new friends
  • Go on a campus tour
  • Visit the Campus Store to purchase UC Merced gear
  • Get your individual questions answered
  • Have your photo taken for your CatCard


You must register for Orientation by June 14. Reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register your parents, guardians and supporters, as we have a special program designed especially for them. The cost to attend New Student Orientation is $110 per student and $100 per parent or guest.

What to bring to Orientation:


  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Identification or driver's license so you can get your CatCard
  • Copies of your transcripts and test scores
  • A refillable water bottle

Are you traveling from a distance? Stay on campus for $25 per person!


Get the full UC Merced experience by making arrangements to stay in a residence hall on campus for $25 per person, per night. For rates and information, or to reserve your room, visit housing.ucmerced.edu/orientation-housing or call 209-228-2313.

Important Fall Orientation Dates*

June 14: Deadline to register for Orientation


First Year Student Orientations

Tuesday, July 9

Thursday, July 18

Tuesday, July 23

Saturday, July 27


Transfer Student Orientation

Friday, July 12


Spanish Parent and Family Orientations

Tuesday, July 16

Saturday, July 20


English and Spanish Parent and Family Orientation

Thursday, July 25


*Complete your Online Pre-Orientation 2 weeks prior to your Orientation date.

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