First Year Student Orientation

International Students

If you are a new incoming International Student, some additional programs may be required.

Please visit the International Center's Website for more information.

Welcome to Sixth College! We are so pleased you have decided to join the Sixth College community at the University of California, San Diego. The faculty, students, and staff are proud to welcome you as a member of the youngest and most innovative college at UC San Diego.

From May through September, you will receive emails with important information and approaching deadlines.  Be sure to check your UC San Diego email account regularly. Follow the timeline below for important dates and deadlines.

It is critical that you adhere to the timeline below in order to ensure a smooth transition to UC San Diego. This timeline provides information about registering for the Sixth College on-campus orientation, and a detailed list of steps you will need to follow to receive academic advising and to successfully enroll in courses for the fall quarter.

Please note: Sixth College reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at Orientation, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. Sixth College may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by Sixth College including but not limited to: websites, brochures, invitations, newspapers, magazines, etc.

To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian


Students will be able to register for Orientation on the New Student Site, which will open mid-May. Academic Information will also be updated through this portal. The Orientation fees will be charged to your student account and should appear sometime during September or October.

Class registration does NOT take place during Orientation.

Mandatory New Student Orientation Dates:

September 17, 2018     Orientation Programming 

September 18, 2018     Orientation Session (student attends only one day)

September 19, 2018     Orientation Session (student attends only one day)

September 20, 2018     Orientation Session (student attends only one day)

September 21, 2018     Orientation Session (student attends only one day)

What to Bring and Expect

Sixth College is so excited to welcome our newest first-year class! We have a great program prepared for our residential and commuter students so they can make the most of their time at Sixth and meet people who could be lifelong friends.

Schedule & Content

The new student orientation is a mandatory day session for all incoming first year students.

New Student Orientation is designed to introduce you to the faculty, staff, students, and culture of Sixth College. Sessions cover various topics, including Academic Advising, diversity at Sixth, CAT (the Sixth writing course), and opportunities for student involvement and leadership. You will also learn how to successfully manage common issues related to transitioning to life as a college student.


New Student Orientation attendees will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner on their orientation day.

We do our best to accommodate most common diets and food allergies by providing poultry, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Additionally, we have done our best to eliminate all nuts from the meals. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that meals will be completely free of allergens as they are prepared in facilities that may contain allergens.

When you register for orientation, please be sure to complete the requested information about any dietary restrictions (not preferences) you have.


New Student Orientation is for students newly enrolled in Sixth College for the upcoming fall quarter. Guests cannot be accommodated for any part of the orientation program, including meals. 


Please be advised that as of September 1, 2013 UC San Diego is a smoke-free campus. Visit for more information.

Arrival and Check-in

For registered attendees:

Final arrival information, including parking and check in, will be emailed out to all confirmed registrants

Please check your UCSD email frequently for information as your Orientation Session date approaches.


Important Dates

First Year Student Orientation is a mandatory one day program. Attending the First Year Student Orientation Program is essential to your success at UC San Diego and Sixth College. There is also a 1-day optional Parent/Family orientation. Attendance is strongly encouraged for parents and/or guardians.

In the New Student Site, newly admitted students must review and complete the “My Orientation Session” tab and the "My Academic Information" tab.  See the timeline below for other important dates and deadlines.

Parents & Families

Sixth College provides an optional one-day Parent/Family Orientation program. The program is entirely separate from First-Year Student Orientation. Find more information about the Parent/Family Orientation.

Important Dates

Sunday, September 16, 2018 Move-in Day for First-Year Students living on campus Students who attend September Orientation move into their permanent academic year space on this day.
Monday, September 17, 2018 (optional program) Parent/Family Orientation
Families are not required to attend, but we strongly encourage attendance.
Monday, September 17, 2018 Orientation Programming Orientation Programming for First Year Students

Tuesday, September 18  Wednesday, September 19 Thursday, September 20
OR Friday 21, 2018

New Student Orientation Orientation is a mandatory program, and the fee is charged to your student account in September/October. 
Students only need to attend one of the sessions.
September 24-26, 2018 Welcome Week Get out and about on campus for events to meet new people and get involved!
Thursday, September 27, 2018 Instruction Begins The start of Fall Quarter and your college career!

Timeline for First Year Students

2018 Incoming First Year Student Timeline

From May through September, you will receive emails with important information and approaching deadlines. Be sure to check your UC San Diego email account regularly. Follow the timeline below for important dates and deadlines.

When What
Do it NOW
May 1 
  • Accept your Offer of Admission with the UC San Diego Admissions Office.
  • Submit your application for on-campus housing.
  • Go to the Campus Card Office website for information on how to submit your ID card photo online.

May 15

  • Register for the First-Year Student Orientation Program before the July 15 deadline
  • Assist your family in registering for one of the Parent and Family Orientation before the late fee start date of August 25 deadline.
  • Complete the "My Academic Information" tab on the New Student Site before the June 30 deadline.

May - Early July

  • Request your official high school transcript, any college transcripts, and any AP/IB scores are sent to the UC San Diego Admissions office.
  • Verify that your junior year (or prior) AP/IB scores are sent.
June 30 Deadline to complete the "My Academic Information" tab on the New Student Site

July 1

Deadline to submit final documents to the UCSD Admissions Office
July 15 Deadline to register for Orientation without a $25 late fee
August 1
  • Deadline to submit your ID card photo online to the Campus Card Office
  • Deadline to complete the online We Are Tritons program. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on your student account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes.
August 6 View your assigned enrollment appointment time on TritonLink
August 17

Review your course recommendations from your Sixth College academic advisor

August 20 Online advising begins
August 25 Deadline to register for the Parent and Family Orientation (optional) without a $25 late fee
August 29

Online enrollment period begins

September 1
Deadline to register for Parent and Family Orientation (with late fee)
September 16 Move-in Day for First-Year Students living on campus who are attending the September Orientation Session
September 17 Orientation Programming for First Year Students
September 17 Parent and Family Orientation (optional)
September 18, 19, 20, Or 21 On-campus Sixth College First-Year Student Orientation (students choose a 1-day session to attend)
September 24-26 Welcome Week
September 27 Classes begin!