New Student Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How do I get into the Orientation session I want?
  2. After I've made my reservation, can I change it to a different date?
  3. Is there a charge to change my orientation reservation or if I need to register after the deadline?
  4. Do I have to attend the entire two-day session?
  5. What is early lodging?
  6. Where do I check-in for Early Lodging?
  7. Do all students stay overnight in the residence halls during Orientation?
  8. Can I bring someone to Orientation?
  9. How much does Orientation cost? How do I pay?
  10. What should I bring to my Orientation session?
  11. I signed up for the September session. Can I move in to my residence hall earlier than the official move-in date?
  12. Where do I check in for Orientation?
  13. Where do I park during orientation?
  14. How do I get to campus?
  15. What if I have more questions about the New Student Orientation?

How do I get into the Orientation session I want?

If your schedule will only allow you to attend one session, it is very important that you make your online reservation as soon as you receive your instruction email. Each session will be closed for registration once a session reaches its maximum capacity.

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After I've made my reservation, can I change it to a different date?

You may make a change to your Orientation session, but must do so by June 2, 2017.  After the deadline, you must send a request by sending an email to revelleorientation@ucsd.edu.

Please include the following information in your request:

  • Student's name
  • PID
  • Phone number
  • Original session date
  • Date change request

No phone or in-person requests will be accepted. Change requests must be received at least ten business days before your confirmed session or the requested session begins and will be honored only if space and staffing limitations allow.

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Is there a charge to change my orientation reservation or if I need to register after the deadline?

A $25.00 administrative fee will be assessed for each change that is made with less than 10 business days notification. This also includes those students who do no register for orientation by the given deadline: June 2, 2017. Please see the chart below to avoid the $25.00 administrative fee:

Freshmen Orientation Sessions, 2017-18

Session Number

Session Dates

Deadline to Register Online

1

Thursday & Friday, June 22 - 23, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

2

Monday & Tuesday, June 26 - 27, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

3

Thursday & Friday, June 29 - 30, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

*4

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 19 - 20, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

 

* Session 4 is reserved for Out-of-State and International Students.

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Do I have to attend the entire two-day session?

Yes, you must attend the entire two-day session and the overnight component of the program. 

Every part of the two-day session is important to your success at UCSD. When Orientation is over you will know how to enroll in your classes and will have a better idea of how the various UCSD offices and procedures work together. Attending the entire session means that you will have fewer stressful moments when classes begin in September.

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What is early lodging?

Early lodging means that you can spend the night in the residence halls the night before your Orientation. Early lodging is only available for session 2 and 3. Early lodging is only available for session 4 if you have a confirmed housing contract. We require students attending the September session to select early lodging (Monday, September 18).

There is a $45.00 early lodging fee added to your August or October UCSD billing statement.

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Where do I check-in for Early Lodging?

If you are confirmed for an additional night's lodging BEFORE your June Orientation session:

Check in will be between 4:00pm - 6:00pm at the Revelle Conference Center located in the Blake Hall College Center.

If you have signed up for early lodging, you must purchase your own parking permit for that day at the Pay-and-Display station located in Parking Lot P103. Parking permits for the two-day Orientation will be available at check in of the first morning of Orientation.

If you arrive after 6:00pm, there will be a number posted on the door for the on-call person to come and check you in the day before the Orientation session. Please keep in mind that it may take up to 15 minutes or longer for someone to come and check you in. The phone number 858-534-3303.

You will still need to check in for New Student Orientaion on the morning of the first day even if you have checked in for early lodging. The check-in for Orientation will be located on the southside of Galbraith Hall.

If you are confirmed for an additional night's lodging BEFORE your September Orientation:

Check in will be between 10:00am-4:00pm at the Revelle Residence Life Office in Blake Hall.

If you have signed up for early lodging, you must purchase you own parking permit for that day at the Pay-and-Display station located in Parking Lot P103. Parking permits for the two-day Orientation wlll be available at orientation check in.

PLEASE ARRIVE BEFORE 4:00pm. If you arrive after 4:00pm, there will be a number posted for you to call. Please keep in mind that it may take up to 15 minutes or longer for someone to come and check you in.

You will still need to check in for New Student Orientation on the morning of the first day even if you have checked in for early lodging.

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 Do all students stay overnight in the residence halls?

All students who attend a June Orientation sessions are lodged in the residence halls on the night of the first day of their session. Early lodging is available for Session Two and Session Three - but is NOT available for Session One. 

All students must spend the night in the residence halls during Orientation unless there is an outstanding circumstance. If you will not be able to spend the night in the residence halls please email revelleorientation@ucsd.edu.

Lodging in the residence halls during the September session is available only for students who have confirmed housing contracts for the academic year. Students who attend the September session but do not have housing contracts must make their own lodging arrangements. A list of local hotels can be found at this website.

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 Can I bring someone to Orientation?

Only Revelle College students admitted to the Fall quarter may attend New Student Orientation - ALL others are welcome to attend Parent Orientation.  

Since Orientation is a self-supporting program, each person who attends, including children, must pay the Orientation fee. A concurrent but separate Parent/Family Orientation session is offered during each New Student Orientation session.  Parents will need to make their own reservation. Students are required to provide at least one parent email in the new student orientation registration site. Once the student does this, parents will automatically receive an electronic invitation to register for parent/family orientation.

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 How much does Orientation cost? How do I pay?

JUNE SESSION FEES (Session 1, 2, 3):

   All students: $245.00

SEPTEMBER SESSION FEES (Session 4):

   Students with housing contracts: $295.00
   Students without housing contracts: $205.00

* This fee does not include early lodging. Early lodging, if available and needed, will be an additional $45.00 added to your orientation fee. Please note there is no early lodging available for Session One.

The fee includes meals, materials, Revelle College items, and handbook, plus a variety of Welcome Week activities and a mandatory convocation, which includes dinner. Welcome Week takes place just before classes start in September.

Students attending the September session that do not have housing contracts for the academic year must make their own lodging arrangements.  

Do not send payment for the New Student Orientation fee. The fee will be reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Services to determine whether or not any part of it will be covered by your financial aid. The remainder of the fee, if any, will be billed to your university account in either the August or October billing statements.

Please Note: Parent Orientations fees and payment options are different than New Student Orientation fees and payments. Parent Orientation fees and payment options can be viewed on the FAQ section of the New Parent website (Parent/Family FAQs).

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What should I bring to My Orientation session?

Bring personal items you would pack when staying overnight away from home. Sheets, a light blanket, a pillow and towel are provided. Dress casually and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat for warm days, and a sweater or jacket for cool evenings. Residence hall rooms are double occupancy, with roommates randomly assigned for Orientation. Maid service and wake-up calls are not provided. Be on time for the second morning of your session! Note: Laptops are not needed during orientation.

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I signed up for the September session. Can I move in to my residence hall earlier than the official move-in date?

Yes, all students who have an on-campus housing contract and are attending the September Orientation can move-in to their assigned residence hall before the official move-in date. 

We require that students who have on-campus housing contracts and are signed up for the September session, must sign up for early lodging. This means you will be able to move in to your assigned room for the academic year on Monday, September 18. You will have the day to leisurely move your belongings in before Orientation begins.

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Where do I check in for Orientation?

Please check-in at the South Side of Galbraith Hall at 8am for sessions in June and September.

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Where do I park during orientation?

Please park your car in parking lots P102 or P103. After parking your car, please make sure to obtain a parking permit when you check in for orientation. You need to put this permit in your car after you have checked in.

If you have signed up for early lodging, you must purchase your own parking permit for that day from the Pay and Display paystation in lot P103. You will receive your other parking permits for the days of Orientation at Orientation check-in.

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How do I get to campus?

Directions to campus can be found at http://maps.ucsd.edu.

Revelle College does not provide transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport. Visit the ground transportation portion of the San Diego International Airport site for transportation options available to you.

Driving & Parking Directions

From the South I-5, exit onto La Jolla Village Drive. At the signal at the end of the exit ramp, make a right on to La Jolla Village Drive (headed West). Continue for 0.7 miles. Turn right at the signal for Revelle College Drive, and then turn left at the stop sign at Scholars Drive South.

From the North I-5, exit onto La Jolla Village Drive. At the signal at the end of the exit ramp, make a left onto La Jolla Village Drive, heading West. Continue for 0.7 miles. Turn right at the signal for Revelle College Drive, and then turn left at the stop sign at Scholars Drive South.

Continue on Gilman Drive for about 1.6 miles. Make a left at the stop sign onto Scholars Drive South. Continue on Scholars Drive South about 0.25 miles until you arrive at Revelle College Parking lots 102 and 103. Park in a B (marked with green paint on the ground) or S (marked with yellow paint on the ground) parking space in lot 102 or 103.

After you have parked your vehicle, head North through the parking lots toward the Revelle College Residence Halls. Check-in for the Revelle College Orientation Programs will take place at the South side of Gilbraith Hall. When you check in for your Orientation session, you will receive parking permits that you must display on your dashboard in order to avoid being ticketed. Make sure to return to your vehicle to place this parking permit on your dashboard prior to the start of our Orientation Program to avoid being ticketed. Note: we will not be able to resolve any parking tickets for you should you be ticketed.

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 What if I have more questions about the New Student Orientation?

You may contact our office Monday through Friday 8:30am-12pm and 1:00pm-4pm at (858)534-3493 with any questions or concerns regarding Orientation.

You may also email us at revelleorientation@ucsd.edu.

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