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Muir College Family Orientation Program

Congratulations on your student’s decision to attend John Muir College at UC San Diego! We hope that you also will take this opportunity to participate in the College’s Family Orientation Program.

Family Orientation is designed to provide support and direction to parents/guardians of freshmen Muir College students. Attending the Family Orientation Program will provide you with an opportunity to meet college and campus staff, learn about services and resources while also meeting other parents/guardians who are experiencing similar transitions within their families.

Whether your student is living on campus or commuting, we will provide you with presentations and information aimed at preparing you for this important transition and the college experience your student is about to begin.

While the Family Orientation Program is not mandatory, it is recommended. The program is recommended for adult family members only. All programs will be conducted in English.

A partial list of presenters and departments that are involved in the parent orientation include:

 - Provost  - Financial Aid
 - Academic Advising  - Student Health Services
 - Student Life  - Campus Safety
 - Residential Life  - Transportation & Parking Services
 - Commuter Student Services  - Parent & Family Programs
 - Student Business Services  - Counseling & Psychological Services


Dates & Hours

Important Note:
Family members must attend sessions on the same date as their student's Orientation.

Session 1: June 22nd beginning at 1pm through June 23rd at 5pm
Session 2: June 24th beginning at 1pm through June 25th at 5pm
Session 3: September 23rd beginning at 8:30am through 5pm (one day session)
Session 4: September 24th beginning at 8:30am through 5pm (one day session)
Session 5: September 25th beginning at 8:30am through 5pm (one day session)


How to Register & Fee for Family Orientation 

Families may register for Orientation beginning mid-May. You may only register online for Muir’s Family Orientation program AFTER your student registers for the Student Orientation program.

Please direct your student to the Student Orientation site to register for an Orientation session. 

Once your student registers for Orientation, parents/guardians will receive an email invitation to register for Family Orientation.  The email will provide a link to the registration site.

The cost of the Family program is $TBD per person. This fee covers costs associated with the program including: meals, materials, and services.

Please note: All attendees must register regardless of age; Daycare and/or babysitting services are not provided. Family Orientation is not recommended for children since it is a conference-style program.

The deadline to register for Orientation is TBD. A late fee of $25 will be applied for those registering after DATE as well as those who switch their session after DATE.


Housing Accommodations

Lodging is NOT offered through the Family Orientation Program. All lodging accommodations for family members must be on your own. Below are lodging options in the La Jolla area:


Directions to Muir College on the UC San Diego Campus

For directions to Muir College and information on shuttle companies that service the airport and train station, please click here.


What to Bring & Reminders

  • Comfortable walking shoes (Participants will be required to travel to various locations across campus)
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle

Remember to dress in layers! Orientation Sessions will take place both indoors and outdoors, so wearing layers will help with the changing temperatures.


Questions about Family Orientation?

Please email


International Parent & Family Orientation

For new undergraduate international students, the Office of Parent and Family Programs and the Office of International Students and Programs offer an International Parent & Family Orientation program.  Please follow the link HERE for more information.