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New Student Orientation FAQ

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What time is Orientation?

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program ending at approximately 5 p.m.

What If I arrive on campus early?

Orientation check-in is at  8:30am.  If you arrive early we encourage you to walk around the campus and familiarize yourself with UC San Diego. 
 If you arrive on campus before the parking attendants are available to issue permits, you will need to purchase a parking permit so that you do not receive a parking ticket.  

Some points of interest include the Price Center, where you can purchase food for lunch (which is not included on Day 1) as well as visit the UCSD bookstore, and Geisel Library.  As you walk around take note of the Stuart Art Collection pieces spread throughout the campus.

How do I get there?

Click here for directions to campus. Please note that we are anticipating road closures due to construction. We will have signage leading from the designated parking lot to Orientation check-in.  Additional, details are still being determined.  Please check back regularly for updated information.

What about Parking?

Parking permits will be provided by a member from UC San Diego Parking & Transportation Services at the entrance of the Pangea parking Structure beginning at 7:15am.  After parking, please follow signs for "Muir College Orientation" to the Orientation Check-In area located in front of McGill Hall.

The parking grace period is from 7:30am-9:30am.  If you arrive on campus before the parking grace periods, you will need to purchase a parking permit so that you do not receive a parking ticket. 

Muir College is not responsible for parking tickets you might receive.

Will there be food at Orientation?

A light breakfast will be provided during check-in.  Lunch will also be provided later in the day.

Where will I be housed at Orientation?

Since September Orientations are 1-day sessions, lodging is NOT included or required for the September Orientation programs. However, an "Early Move-In" option is available through Housing•Dining•Hospitality to students with a housing contract attending September Orientation. This option is only available when viewing your room assignment information in mid-August.  Early move-in costs are $46/day prior to the start of the housing contract which is Saturday, September 26, 2020. 

You must select your "Early Move-In" date if you want to take advantage of an early arrival. You will receive more information in your Muir College Welcome Letter from the Muir Residential Life Office.  If you DO NOT make arrangements for the "Early Move-In" option, you will not be able to stay on campus prior to your official move-in time on Saturday, September 26th. This means you will NOT have lodging for the evenings after your Orientation session. Please make appropriate arrangements. For local hotel information click here.

Where will my family member(s) be staying?

Lodging is not offered through the Family Orientation Program. All lodging accommodations for family members must be on your own. Lodging options in the La Jolla area can be found at:

What should I bring to Orientation?

As we will have Orientation related materials ready for you, a few items we suggest you bring are your check-in information, a reusable water bottle, a light jacket (as some meals and activities will be outdoors), comfortable walking shoes, snacks, and sunscreen.   

When do I pay for Orientation?

Students: Orientation will be billed along with your Fall Quarter’s tuition which is available on TritonLink in September.  Payment for Fall quarter is DUE on September 25th. If you receive Financial Aid, you will be able to use it towards the Orientation fee as well as your quarterly tuition.

For more information on Student Billing; Direct Deposit, Billing and Authorized Payer:

Family members: Are billed immediately following your registration (which is separate from student registration).  Credit card payment is the preferred method of payment for the Family Orientation registration. If you prefer to pay by check, please submit it to us at the Courtesy Desk during Orientation check-in.  Please email to let us know that you would like to do this so that we can note it on your registration.  

Please note:  Spaces for each program are limited.  Same day registration is ONLY available if there is space to accommodate.  We will only accept cash or check on the day of your session. 

Information about Parents & Families Payment Help:

What if I have special needs?

If you have special dietary needs please note that in the comments box of your registration or contact the Muir College Freshman Orientation Reservation Coordinator by email at or by phone at (858) 534-3580.

If you have a disability and need special assistance please let us know by email at or by phone at (858) 534-3580. We will make the appropriate arrangements if possible.

For further assistance (as well as assistance during the quarter if need be) please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at to get information about resources available at UC San Diego.

Do I enroll in classes at Orientation?

No, new students will enroll in courses online beginning August 26th.  We will be hosting enrollment webinars throughout summer to help you navigate enrollment.  More information will be emailed to you once they are scheduled. 

All students will receive information through E-Advising starting August 16th regarding the appropriate courses to enroll in for Fall quarter.

I have another question about Orientation that is not listed here.

Contact the Muir College Orientation Coordinator by email at 

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