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Muir College Parent & Family Orientation Information

Congratulations on your student’s decision to attend John Muir College at UC San Diego! We hope that you also will engage with the college through opportunities we are offering along with your student's Orientation.

As this is an exciting time in your students educational journey, we can imagine it is an exciting and proud time for you as well.  Muir College provides you with an opportunity to connect with college staff and information about services and resources in a space with other families 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.

The virtual webinar series offered to parent and family members is not mandatory. If you would like to take part in one, a few, or all, please note the webinars are recommended for adult family members ONLY. All programs will be conducted in English.

Participants in the Parent & Family virtual webinar series follow their own schedule, separate from the students. Each session will allow Q&A for you to connect with the Dean of Academic Advising, Dean of Student Affairs, and other college/university staff who will be supporting your student. 


COMPASS - Your Online Preview to John Muir College and UC San Diego

John Muir College has put together a free online program to provide you with information on John Muir College, UC San Diego, and many of the resources available so that you may better support your student during this exciting time of transition. We encourage you to take some time and go through COMPASS as it may address several questions you may have.

We encourage you to visit COMPASS as often as you like. Simply follow the link for parent or family member.


Virtual Webinar Series


We will be hosting a live virtual webinar series between August 15 and September 9. Please check below for dates and times of the 2022 Virtual Webinar Series. We will also include an option in Spanish, which will be shared later this summer. During the sessions, you will be able to ask questions you may have of the panelists. As noted below, specific webinars will be recorded and posted on this website. All recordings will be removed at the end of Week 5 of the fall quarter.

2022 Virtual Webinar Series Dates and Times

  • Academic Advising at Muir College (Advising webinar recording)
    • Learn about Academic Advising and gain an understanding of the academic requirements for students at Muir. This session will be facilitated by the Dean of Academic Advising, Dr. Doug Easterly.
    • Date: Friday, August 19, 12 p.m.. to 1 p.m.. PDT
  • Residence Life in Muir College (Res Life webinar recording)
    • Learn the ins and outs of Residence Life in Muir College and gain an understanding of housing for students at Muir College. This session will be facilitated by the Director of Residence Life, Dra. Sonia Rosado, and the Assistant Directors of Residence Life, Daniel Clark and Michael Vallejo.
    • Date: Friday, August 19, 1 p.m.. to 2 p.m.. PDT
  • Meet the Muir College Staff (will be recorded and made available on our website)
    • Meet the staff at Muir College who are here to help our students find success. We will also have a Q&A session for you to ask those burning questions as the new school year is about to begin.
    • Date: Friday, September 2, 12 p.m.. - 1 p.m.. PDT
    • Meet with UC San Diego’s Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) team to learn about living on campus, move-in, and more! Bring questions and get excited for your student’s new life in the residence halls and apartments.
    • Select one of the following dates (all sessions provide the same content):
      • Tuesday, August 16, 5 p.m.. - 6 p.m.. PDT
      • Thursday, August 18, 7 p.m.. - 8 p.m.. PDT
      • Wednesday, August 24, 12 p.m.. - 1 p.m.. PDT
      • Wednesday, August 24, 7 p.m.. - 8 p.m.. PDT
      • Thursday, September 1, 5 p.m.. - 6 p.m.. PDT
  • Letting Go While Holding On by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    • For families of new first-year students (select one date)
      • This program is designed for our incoming first year student parents and families. It will be covering typical challenges that first-year students may face that will be specific to the first-year student experience. It is encouraged to attend a presentation that is representative of your student's incoming experience, however the session is open to all.
      • Select one of the following dates (all sessions provide the same content):
        • Thursday, August 25, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.. PDT
        • Thursday, August 25, 5 p.m.. - 6 p.m.. PDT
        • Friday, August 26, 12 p.m.. - 1 p.m.. PDT
    • For families of new transfer students
      • This program is designed for our incoming transfer student parents and families. It will be covering typical challenges that transfer students may face that will be specific to the transfer student experience. It is encouraged to attend a presentation that is representative of your student's incoming experience, however the session is open to all.
        • Date: Tuesday, August 16, 12 p.m.. - 1 p.m.. PDT
    • Going to college is a big transition—for students and for their families. Join the Office of Parent and Family Programs to learn more about what to expect, how to navigate the transition, and how Parent and Family Programs can support you as you support your student. 
    • Select one of the following dates (both sessions provide the same content):
      • Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m.. - 6:45 p.m.. PDT
      • Wednesday, August 24, 6 p.m.. - 6:45 p.m.. PDT

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships at UCSD
    • Financial Aid and Scholarships Fall 2022 Webinar Series. Do you have questions about how financial aid will work for Fall 2022? Attend these webinars for the latest details including housing status revisions, how to accept your loans, when to expect your money and more.
    • Select one of the following dates (all sessions provide the same content):
      • Wednesday, August 24, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. PDT
      • Wednesday, August 31, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. PDT
      • Wednesday, September 7, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. PDT
      • Wednesday, September 14, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. PDT

How to Register & Fee for the Parent & Family Virtual Webinar Series 

There is no cost to attend any of the virtual webinar series for parents and family members.  However, attendees will still need to register as we only have a limited number of spaces available. 

Your registration is a separate registration process from your student's. You may only be provided the information to  register AFTER your student registers for their student in-person Orientation program.

Please direct your student to their College Orientation Registration to register for an Orientation session.  Student registration began in mid May. 

After your student registers for their in-person Orientation session, parents/guardians and family members will receive information on how to sign up for the Virtual Webinar Series beginning in early August.


Questions about Family Orientation?

Please email jmcorientation@ucsd.edu.