I've Registered for College; Now What?!

You did it – you decided to smash the "yes" button on your Statement of Intent to Register and made the choice to be a part of the Aggie family!

Maybe you’re feeling happy, proud, overwhelmed, relieved, elated, anxious, nervous... or a combination of these emotions. While the school year starts in September, when you become a UC Davis Aggie the journey starts now! We are here to help, with a three-part orientation experience designed to keep you engaged, informed, prepared and (of course) excited for Day 1 of classes.

Orientation: The Trilogy

As I said, orientation isn’t an event, it’s a full-on experience. We divided it into three mandatory parts which focus on specific topics and build off each other. All three parts are included in the orientation fee. Want to know what classes to take? Covered. Concerned about getting involved once you get here? It’s in there. We provide so much more than any simple Google search could.

Here is the breakdown and what you can expect from each component.

Pre-enrollment tasks

After you accept your admission to UC Davis, there are a few additional tasks you'll need to complete. These tasks are meant to help make the enrollment process more convenient; however, failure to complete them may result in a hold being placed on your registration, loss of residency status or even loss of financial aid, so you don't want to forget them. Be sure to complete these as soon as possible.

Aggie 101

Aggie 101 is an online experience that should take you approximately 2 hours to complete. It’s filled with video tutorials and tools you'll need to pay your bill and schedule classes. You can also find student testimonials and even an online campus tour!

Aggie 101 will help you prep for academic policies and requirements for academic planning, highlight resources that can help meet your basic needs and introduce you to the chancellor himself, Gary S. May.

gary s may poses in uc davis library


Aggie 101 will connect you with campus resources if you’d like to reach out to them before September. It will also cover some basic information about class scheduling, which you will tackle during Part 2 of Orientation – Aggie Advising. All students will need to complete Aggie 101 before beginning Aggie Advising.

Aggie Advising

Planning courses is always at the top of a new student’s mind. Aggie Advising provides you the academic advising support you need to prepare for schedule planning and registration. You will be assigned a Canvas course specifically for Aggie Advising, which will help you learn more about your college/major and prepare to effectively plan and register for a full fall quarter schedule. You will also have the opportunity to meet with an advisor if you have additional questions that weren’t answered through the Canvas course. This all happens remotely – so no need to travel to campus!

Registering for classes also happens remotely. You will be assigned a Pass Time – this is the period you will have to register for your fall classes. (Aggie 101 will teach you how to find this time!) If you have questions on the day you hit “REGISTER,” advisors will be on call and ready to assist you.

Aggie Orientation

Aggie 101 and Aggie Advising leads to Aggie Orientation in September! Aggie Orientation spans four days, ending two days before classes begin. You're placed in a small group of students with a trained orientation leader, who will be your guide throughout Aggie Orientation. You will form new friendships and start building a network that will help you make connections and accomplish your personal and professional goals.

College is challenging, but here at UCD Aggies help each other. We want you to feel comfortable navigating campus before classes begin – Aggie Orientation is the best time to explore!

We are currently planning for an in-person Aggie Orientation experience! The orientation program will follow all guidelines and recommendations provided by health officials and UC Davis leadership. If the program changes due to health concerns, students will be notified via email.


Orientation is a university-supported experience and benefits every student in different ways. All students are automatically registered for orientation when they SIR yes. No need to worry about signing up.

All three components of orientation are mandatory – each sets you up for future success! Learn more about pricing information and financial assistance.

Aggie 101 and Aggie Advising are both done remotely. You won’t need to come to campus. Our orientation leaders are already excited to meet you and facilitate a great four days of learning and interaction.

Aggie Family means family

We didn’t forget about all the parents, friends, family members and supporters who helped you along your way. We have specific orientations for the folks in your life who want to know about UC Davis resources, the student experience and how they can support YOU.

The Aggie Parent and Family Orientation sessions will happen online during the summer. Visit our website to stay updated about the topics and program offerings.

What's the TL;DR?

Orientation is here for you. Our team wants your transition to UC Davis to be as smooth as possible, leaving you feeling confident and ready to tackle your first quarter.

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed with all of the ‘to-dos,’ we got you. Orientation staff are just an email or phone call away, ready to help you with your questions.

Amy Oleynik has worked for UC Davis Orientation for the past seven years. She can be found petting neighborhood cats and pedaling her high-wheel bicycle around town.

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