Frequently Asked Questions

Quick answers to some of your Summer Orientation questions.

Q: How do I make my orientation reservation? [show]

A: After completing the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) process, follow the steps below:
1. Log onto your MyUCSC portal
2. From your Student Homepage click on the Application Status and Info Tile, then click on the Orientation Reservation link
3. Check the box for the date you want to attend and enter family/guest information (link may take up to 24 hours to appear after submitting the SIR)
4. Registration deadline is June 4 (Register early, sessions fill up fast!)

Q: How do I pay for orientation? [show]

A: There are two methods to pay for orientation, on-line and by mail.
First Method:Pay online: ONE-TIME option to pay online at the time you register for orientation. At this time, you have the option of paying the total amount by electronic check or credit card.
~ Credit Card: Please note that if you choose to pay by credit card, UC Santa Cruz accepts MasterCard, Discover and American Express. You will need your account number, expiration date, and the name of the cardholder as it appears on the card. The only opportunity you will have to pay with credit card is at the time of registration.
~ E-check, you will need your checking or savings account number, bank routing number, bank name and the name of the person on the account.
Second Method: Pay when you receive a billing statement
~ Follow the payment instructions provided in your billing statement
~ Pay on-time to avoid additional late fees

Q: Will I see my department and college advisers at orientation? [show]

A: Yes. You will learn about major requirements from department advisers. College advisers will provide an introduction to the college system and provide information you need now to begin a strong path towards graduation. Student Orientation Leaders are also available to assist you with course enrollment and to answer student-life questions.

Q: Will I be able to enroll in classes during orientation? [show]

A: Students will enroll in classes after 2:30 p.m. on their scheduled orientation day. Advisers and Orientation Leaders will be available to assist at all enrollment sites during orientation.

Q: I would like to attend an overnight orientation, is that an option? [show]

A: No. The campus is unable to provide an overnight program this summer.

Q: I registered for orientation but did not receive a confirmation. How do I know my reservation went through? [show]

A: Your Orientation Reservation page is now your confirmation page; a check mark appears next to your chosen orientation date. In early July, additional information will be emailed along with the confirmation letter to your UCSC email address with specific arrival information and a list of items to bring to orientation.

Q: I am staying in Santa Cruz during Summer Orientation, where can I stay? [show]

A: We recommend the University Town Center; click here to view other local options.

Q: I am unable to attend orientation because I cannot afford the fee. [show]

A: Our goal is to make orientation affordable to all students. To learn about fee assistance options, the student must email the Orientation Office at by June 4.

Q: I want to change my orientation reservation, how do I do this? [show]

A: The student must email the Orientation Office at as soon as you know you need to make the change. Changes are not guaranteed. All requests must be made in writing and by the deadline.

Q: I cannot attend Summer Orientation, when do I register for classes and what other support do I receive? [show]

A: Participation in orientation is expected. If you are unable to attend an on-campus orientation program you will receive online orientation information via email. All students receive the Successful Slug Sequence series before and after Summer Orientation. The Slug Sequence is intended to help you learn about campus resources and make your transition to university life smoother. The SLUG Sequence (online orientation support) is a series of web-based sessions which assist you in becoming more informed with your campus resources and orientation expectations. You will receive the series within the months of June, July and August. This Slug Sequence fee includes the Pre-Orientation/Part 1, Post Orientation/Part 2, and all related Fall Welcome Week Support. A $30 fee for this support applies if you do not make an on-campus orientation reservation. After June 4th, you will see the $30 fee on your student account, and it will be noted in your Orientation Reservation page on your MyUCSC portal. If you do not attend orientation, you will register for classes after all the on-campus orientations have passed.

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