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Sixth College Parent and Family Orientation

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

Parent and Family Orientation is your opportunity to get to know Sixth College staff and the resources that are available to you and your student while they are at UC San Diego. 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!

This year, we will be offering an online orientation program that includes Q&A panels and webinars throughout the summer. Our team is hard at work crafting a meaningful experience for families, so we appreciate your patience as we finalize the details of this year's program.

**Photo taken at Orientation 2019

COMPASS Pre-Orientation Module

Parents and family members of Sixth College students are invited to participate in COMPASS, UC San Diego's online pre-orientation module experience. This self-paced online module covers topics ranging from the Academic Experience, Student Life, University Living, and much more. To create an account and begin viewing content, visit and click on "Parent or Family Member" for the login type to get started! We will be hosting 

Parent & Family Orientation Program

The Parent and Family Orientation Program will consist of optional online webinars that will be recorded and available for viewing at a later time. We will be hosting two webinars, a CAPS Webinar on Tuesday, August 9th, and the Parent and Family Orientation Webinar on Tuesday, August 30th.

CAPS Webinar

Sixth College Orientation will be hosting a webinar in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 PM, more details to come. During this session, we will discuss CAPS resources and offer support to parents and families to help them better understand their child’s transition into higher education and UCSD.


Parent and Family Orientation Webinar

In preparation to welcome you to our community, the Provost, Deans, and senior management of Sixth College will be hosting the “Six Dimensions of Sixth'' live presentation on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022, more details to come. During the webinar, we cover the different units at Sixth College and how they will support your student at UC San Diego. The recording of this presentation will also be available on this website after the presentation.

Click here to view a recording of 2021's session.



Registration links will go live on June 24, 2022.  Space for our webinars is intended for family and support members of our incoming students.  Throughout the summer, registration links will become available for the webinars.  There is maximum attendance for our webinars, which will be on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please be mindful of updating or canceling your registration in a timely manner, to allow other families to participate in these opportunities.

When registering, you will be asked for your student’s UCSD email address and confirmed orientation session.


There will be no cost for Parent and Family Orientation at this time.

What to Expect

Schedule and Content

Participants can expect to meet our wonderful professional staff members, Q&As with current UC San Diego students, webinars designed by the various UC San Diego offices and departments, and more!

Be sure to check back as we approach Summer for the most up to date information.

What You'll Need

We are still in the process of finalizing our online orientation, but at minimum, you will need a stable internet connection.

Be sure to check back as we approach Summer for the most up to date information.

Important Contacts

Contact Us

Office Hours


Catalyst Administration Building
Phone: (858) 246-1997
Fax: (858) 822-5999

Mailing address:
Sixth College Orientation
UC San Diego
9685 Scholars Drive North
Mail Code 0054
La Jolla, CA 92093-0054