Sixth College Parent Orientation

Welcome! We are so excited to have you and your student be a part of Sixth College. Our Parent/Family Orientation is the beginning of our college's partnership with you, the primary supporting adult family member(s) of our new students.

Parent Orientation is your opportunity to get to know Sixth College people and resources that are available to you and your student while they are at UCSD. Our hope is to create a strong partnership with our families for student success. We provide you with information and support for the process of letting go so you can bolster your student’s belief in their ability to succeed in college!

Due to space limitations, we must restrict registrations to two (2) parent/family members per student. This allows us to have as many students as possible have a supporting family member attend orientation. If a student is living on campus, they may have multiple family members assist them with the process of moving into their space.

For families with younger children, please be aware that sessions are tailored to adult audiences and may contain content not suitable for (or interesting to) children. Additionally, we are not able to offer activities and/or care for children, so we ask that you plan accordingly. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause 

This year, we will be offering a one day session on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The Office of Parent and Family Programs and the Office of International Students and Programs offer International Parent & Family Orientation program for parents of new undergraduate international students.



Your student must first register for New Student Orientation before you can register for Parent/Family orientation. When your student registers for Orientation, they will be prompted to input your name and email address. Once they submit the information, you will receive an invitation to register for Parent/Family Orientation. Your student cannot register you for Orientation.

Due to space limitations, registration is limited to two (2) family members of each incoming student.

The registration deadline to avoid a $25 late fee is August 25, 2018. The last day to register for the Parent/Family Orientation with a late fee is September 1, 2018. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.


The cost of orientation is $75 per person. Please note that after the August 25th deadline, a late registration fee of $25 per person will take effect.

Payment for Parent and Family Orientation must be completed at the time of registration. Once you pay, you will receive a confirmation page and email. Please keep this email for your records and for our Ori

entation check-in process. If you are unable to pay on-line, you must contact our office in order to arrange payment. All payment arrangements must be made at least 10 business days prior to Orientation.

International Credit Cards:

Unfortunately, the system we use to process credit card payments does not accept all international credit cards. We know that this is a terrible inconvenience, but we are doing our best to make sure this is not a barrier to attending Parent & Family Orientation. If you are experiencing problems paying with an international credit card, please contact our office immediately by emailing

What to Expect

Schedule and Content

Parent and Family Orientation usually starts at 8:00 am and will end by 5:30-6:00pm.

Parent and Family Orientation is designed to help you, the primary supporting adult family member of your student, to get to know the people and resources that are available to you and your student as members of the Sixth College family. Our hope is to create a strong partnership with our families for student success. We provide you with information and support for the process of letting go so you can bolster your student’s ability to succeed in college!

Sessions provide information from the College Provost, Academic Advising, Student Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPs), and other campus resource offices (Registrar, Campus ID, Cashier’s Office, etc.). You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of and engage with current Sixth College students

Due to space limitations, registration is usually limited to two (2) family members of each incoming student. 


Preparing for Your Arrival

Arrival & Check-In Instructions

Final arrival information, including parking and check in, will be emailed out to all confirmed registrants
Please check your email frequently for information as your Orientation Session date approaches.

What to Bring & What to Wear

  • Casual clothes – Locations for Parent/Family Orientation vary (indoors/outdoors, air-conditioned/non-air-conditioned). You may want to dress in layers and bring a light jacket.
  • Comfortable shoes – There is light walking throughout the day.
  • Items for taking notes
  • Registration Confirmation (electronic or printed) and Photo ID for check-in


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

Lodging / Overnight Accommodations

Because of the timing of our Parent/Family Orientation, we are unable to provide housing for participants. UC San Diego Parent and Family Programs has a comprehensive list of good lodging options for your visit to campus. We encourage you to book early though. Hotels fill quickly during orientation season as all six colleges at UC San Diego are hosting Parent/Family Orientations at the same time.

Important Contacts