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UCI 2019 Welcome Week

Take a look at the festivities during last year's Welcome Week.

Welcome to your new home!

Learn more about becoming an Anteater and preparing for your first day.

  • Welcome to UCI

    In October 1965, when the University of California, Irvine, opened its doors and held its first classes, our founders had the ambitious goal that one day this would be a world-class university. Today, that vision is realized in myriad faculty, student, and alumni achievements that are illuminating new possibilities in our state and around the globe.

    UCI is consistently among the world’s best universities, with national rankings and achievements in the sciences, arts, humanities, medicine, and management. Three UCI professors have won Nobel Prizes for their contributions to the advancement of human knowledge. Our alumni have won Pulitzer Prizes and Olympic medals, and are leaders in business, the arts, science, and education. In all walks of life, graduates from UCI make a difference.

    Our campus has all the advantages of a large, dynamic research university, with many opportunities for students to be involved in undergraduate research. By the time they are seniors the majority of UCI students have participated in research. And with the circular layout of our campus surrounding beautiful Aldrich Park, our tight-knit community thrives with the friendly feel of a small college. Our academics and community combine to create an exceptional undergraduate experience.

    UCI draws students looking for world-class faculty, cutting-edge academic programs, award-winning housing and facilities, a vibrant campus life, and the opportunity to live and study among the best and brightest minds in academia.  This is the ideal place to study the past, enjoy the present, and shape our future. I invite you to explore all we have to offer and to challenge yourself to shine brighter.

    Fiat Lux,

    Chancellor Howard Gillman
    Howard Gillman

  • We Are Expecting You at UCI

    As a University of California, Irvine student, you will be an integral part of one of the preeminent universities in the U.S. Once on the UCI campus, you will discover there are many educational, social, and experiential opportunities for you to take advantage of that are truly remarkable.

    UCI is a vibrant global village located in a city consistently ranked as one of the safest in the nation. The campus is in the heart of California’s most diverse region and it embraces active involvement with local communities representing countries and cultures worldwide.

    You are going to love our proximity to world-renowned beaches, desert and mountain resorts, biking and hiking trails, cultural centers for the arts and music, the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, and internationally famous destinations such as Disneyland, Hollywood, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

    See you on campus – we are expecting you!

  • The following information will guide you through the process of accepting your offer of admission to UCI. Log into your MyAdmission account for specific details and be sure to regularly check the Message Center.

    International students are to complete the steps for All Students in items 1-7 as well as the steps specifically for international students that follow.

    All Students Are Advised To:

    1. Read your contract and submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

    Your SIR and nonrefundable $250 Statement of Intent to Register deposit (if requested) is the key to reserving your space at UCI. The freshman SIR deadline is May 1, 2019 or the date specified in your MyAdmission account. The transfer SIR deadline is June 1, 2019 or the date specified in your MyAdmission account. Submit your SIR online via your Applicant Portal.

    2. Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR).

    The information you provide on your SLR is used to determine your residence classification for tuition fee purposes. The freshman SLR deadline is May 1, 2019.  The transfer SLR deadline is June 1, 2019. Submit your SLR online via your Applicant Portal.

    3. Submit your Housing Application if you plan to live on campus.

    In order to submit a housing application you must have submitted a positive SIR.  The freshman deadline to submit a housing application is May 1, 2019. The transfer deadline to submit a housing application is June 1, 2019.

    4. Submit your official transcripts and test scores.

    Official final high school and/or college transcripts, as well as all official final test scores such as SAT with Essay, ACT with Writing, SAT Subject, AP, IB must be sent to the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All transcripts must be received by July 1, 2019; all AP/IB test scores must be received by July 15, 2019. Your final official transcript must have a date of graduation  If you are attending summer session, an official transcript is still required by July 1 showing all coursework through spring 2019.  Official college transcripts for any courses taken during summer 2019 must be sent to the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions and received by September 15, 2019. If your school sends by electronic service, UCI accepts transcripts from the following electronic third party vendors ONLY: Parchment, Credentials eScrip-Safe. 

    International students are encouraged to request official transcripts early because it may take some time for schools outside of the U.S. to send your official transcripts to UCI. Failure to submit official documents may result in the cancellation of your offer of admission.

    (Note: students who did not attend four years at a high school in which the language of instruction is English must submit official test scores for an exam that clears the English Language Proficiency requirement by July 15, 2019. Click here for means to clear this requirement.)

    The UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions mailing address is:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, CA 92697

    5. Take placement test(s).

    Many important courses require placement test results in order for freshmen, and in some cases transfer students, to register. In particular, writing courses often require a test result for registration. Visit the Academic Testing Center website to obtain information about tests, testing dates, and a guide to which placement tests you may need.

    6a. FRESHMEN - Attend a Student-Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) or International Student-Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP).

    New student orientation is mandatory for all freshmen. Please note that if you are an international student, you may choose from two different orientation programs.

    The Student-Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) is a two-day-one-night orientation for new first year domestic and international students offered multiple times in July and August. The SPOP experience includes academic advising, fall course enrollment, campus tours, an introduction to campus resources, social activities, and opportunities to meet current and new UCI students. SPOP also includes an optional parent/guardian component for an additional fee. A Spanish language parent program will be offered twice during the summer.

    For international students who are unable to attend SPOP, the International Student-Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP) is a three-day-two-night program in September that offers many of the same elements as SPOP, but is tailored to the unique needs of international students who have little or no experience in the United States.

    While ISPOP is an option, international freshmen who attended high school in the U.S. are strongly encouraged to attend SPOP if they are available. International freshmen who do not have significant experience in the U.S. may be better served by attending ISPOP.

    In order to enroll in classes for fall quarter, you are required to attend orientation. If you are unable to travel to Irvine during the summer to attend an orientation program, you must request an Orientation Exception. The Orientation Exception Request Form will be available online when your orientation reservation window opens. The date and time of your reservation window will be sent to you via email in mid-May.

    Please visit the orientation website for more information.

    6b. TRANSFER STUDENTS - Meet with your Academic Advisor and attend the Transfer Student-Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP) or mini-TSPOP.

    Meeting with your academic advisor is required to enroll in courses. You will be contacted by your academic unit sometime in June with information about your academic advising session.  There is no need to contact your academic unit prior to your advising session.

    The Transfer Student-Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP) is a two-day-one-night program in August for transfer students interested in a comprehensive introduction to the university. TSPOP includes transfer specific sessions where you will hear from faculty, the staff of the Transfer Student Hub, and fellow transfers, plus a wide range of informational workshops and opportunities to make friends with new and current UCI students. 

    Mini-Transfer Student-Parent Orientation Program (mini-TSPOP) is a one-day orientation program held multiple times in July.  It has been designed to cover the essentials for new transfers to make a successful transition to UCI in a short period of time.

    TSPOP and mini-TSPOP are optional and do not include academic advising.  All transfer students are required to make an appointment for academic advising with the school of their major.  Advising appointments will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Reservations for TSPOP and mini-TSPOP will begin in late May. Watch your email for information on the date and time reservations will open. For more information, visit the Orientation website.

    7. Pay fees.

    ZOT account online is the portal for fees and payments assessed to your account.  You will be able to view and pay your registration fees, lab fees, e-tech fees, on-campus housing and other charges, as well as view any financial aid, waivers, payments, etc. Please note that payments need to be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) by the fee deadline in order not to incur late fees and dropped courses. 

    A payment made to the University that exceeds the amount due on your Zot account is considered an overpayment, and will not be accepted.  Overpayments will be returned back to the sender.

    Payment options include:

    1) Online through your ZOT Account

    Use CashNet for domestic payments or Western Union Global Pay for international payments.  Western Union is UCI's approved student payment option for International Wire Payments.

    2) In Person or by Mail

    Pay at the Central Cashier located on the 2nd floor of Aldrich Hall.  Acceptable forms of payment are cash, checks, money orders, or cashier's checks.  We are unable to accept debit/credit cards.

    For more information regarding general payments, please visit UCI Financial Services.

    International Students Requesting a Visa Document Must:

    8. Upload your Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) with signatures and dates, and financial documents.

    The freshman deadline to mail the CFS is May 1, 2019; the transfer deadline to mail the CFS is June 1, 2019. Processing of the visa document will be delayed if the CFS and financial documents are postmarked after the deadline. If you do not need to apply for a visa document, proceed to step 10.

    You will need an F-1/J-1 student visa to study in the U.S., if you do not have a visa status that allows you to attend school in the U.S. A visa document will allow you to apply for an F-1/J-1 student visa. If you are already in the U.S. with a student visa status, you must request a visa document from UCI.

    Go to your Applicant Portal account to access the CFS. Follow the instructions, print the entire CFS, obtain required signatures with dates, and upload the signed CFS and financial documents, including current bank letter/proof of funding at

    9a. If you live outside of the U.S. and need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa you must also:

    1. Know that once your CFS, financial documents, and passport biographical page have been received and verified as complete, the International Center will process and mail you your F-1/J-1 visa document.

    2. Apply for the F-1 student visa. Students without an F-1 visa need to apply for one. After you receive your I-20 visa document, you may apply for an F-1 visa. Visit the U.S. Department of State website.

    9b. If you are currently in the U.S. and have an F-1 or J-1 visa you must also:

    1. Request an electronic release of your SEVIS record from your current school to UCI. Follow the instructions on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Record Transfer to UCI form.  The form is available on your Applicant Portal and on the International Center website. Note: Failure to follow the instructions will delay the processing and mailing of your visa document.

    2. Once your CFS, financial documents, and passport biographical page have been received and verified as complete and your SEVIS record has been released to UCI from your current school, the International Center will process and mail you your F-1/J-1 visa document.

    9c. If you live in the U.S. and plan to change to F-1/J-1 visa status you must also:

    Plan to travel outside of the U.S. for an F-1/J-1 visa, or, you must file a change of status application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    10. Complete iNavigateUCI.

    As a new F-1/J-1 international student, you must complete the International Center Visa Check-In process at the start of fall quarter. iNavigateUCI is the International Center’s electronic visa check-in process and it is required for all new international students; it is used to report your arrival to the Department of Homeland Security and to “activate” your SEVIS record. For more information, click here.

    Learn more about the International Center and the programs it offers at the International Center website.

  • Freshman Edge (An Early Start Program Designed for Student Success)

    August 3 – September 12, 2019

    Do you want to get an early start at UCI while meeting peers who will be starting school at the same time as you?

    Do you want to know what opportunities are available for you by the time your first fall quarter starts?

    Participants enrolled in Freshman Edge:

    • Earn UCI units toward their degree
    • Attend engaging academic workshops, faculty lectures, and social events
    • Gain confidence through meeting and speaking with faculty
    • Learn about undergraduate research opportunities
    • Get early access and exposure to campus opportunities and resources
    • Meet other incoming freshmen and peer mentors in a supportive and collaborative environment

    Bridge Scholarship & Financial Aid

    You may be eligible to apply for a Summer Bridge Scholarship, as part of the Freshman Edge program, in partnership with Student Success Initiatives.  Other summer financial aid options may be available through the UCI Office of Financial Aid.

    Click here to learn more about Freshman Edge.

    International Freshmen

    Freshman Edge has a pathway tailored for international students called Freshman Edge International which will help you transition to campus, the university, and American life. As a Freshman Edge international participant you have an opportunity to:

    • Acclimate to your new American environment through workshops and social events
    • Gain further confidence and fluency in using English in everyday living and in the UCI setting
    • Earn UCI academic units that will count toward your undergraduate degree
    • Become familiar with UCI’s academic rigor
    • Participate in programming designed to prepare you to succeed in your UCI studies
    • Make lasting friendships with other incoming international and American freshmen

    Learn more about the Freshman Edge International pathway.

    Transfer Edge

    Session I: June 23 – August 2, 2019

    Full Summer: June 23 - September 12, 2019

    Session II: August 4 - September 12, 2019

    This program is tailored to your unique experience as a transfer student and embraces your previous college experience while preparing your for a smooth transition to UCI and the quarter system.

    Transfer Edge participants:

    • Earn UCI units toward their degree
    • Learn how to utilize UCI's key resources
    • Are informed of programs and opportunities before the fall quarter begins
    • Network with faculty during the INSIDE UCI series of seminars and facility tours
    • Learn about undergraduate research opportunities
    • Meet other incoming transfer students in a supportive and collaborative environment
    • Gain flexibility for opportunities in the academic year through summer courses

    Transfer Edge participants enroll in the "Transfer Summer Seminar" (2 units). This summer, take advantage of the Pay for Only 8 Incentive Program by enrolling in Transfer Edge for the Full Summer.  All UC students will pay for only 8 units per unit course fees, and by taking part in both six-week Summer Sessions students often will complete 14 units in total.

    Click here to learn more about Transfer Edge.

    Summer Session

    Summer is a great time to learn! UCI Summer Session makes it possible for students to make progress toward their degree year round. Choose from over 800 courses across 70 academic disciplines, including an extensive selection of online classes, general education requirement classes, and coursework for your major or minor.

    Summer Session I: June 24 – August 1, 2019

    10 Week Session: June 24 – August 30, 2019

    Summer Session II: August 5 - September 11, 2019

    If you are interested in attending, visit the Summer Session website.

    Pay for Only 8 Incentive Program

    For Summer Session 2019, all UC students who enroll in 8 or more units will pay for only 8 units in per unit course fees.

  • Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs

    The Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs enriches the involvement of students through outreach, education, and support. As an incoming student, we encourage you to get involved with a campus organization. With more than 600 registered campus organizations, you can find a group that shares your interests, whether they are academic, environmental, multicultural, political, recreational, sports, religious, service, social, athletic, or in Greek fraternities or sororities. You can also start your own campus organization!

    Community service initiatives also provide an opportunity to gain experience beyond the classroom.  Participate in programs like Alternative Break, MLK Jr. Day of Service, and the Leadership & Community Service Fair.

    In addition, you can get involved with a leadership opportunity serving as a Campus Organization & Volunteer Programs Peer Advisor or intern.

    Click here to learn more about the campus organizations or community service involvement opportunities.

    International Center

    The International Center provides student-visa advice and support for international students. The center offers programs and activities that support your transition to UCI, build upon your leadership skills, and encourage you to become an engaged member of the UCI community. Some of these programs include:

    I-STEPS (International Students Transitioning to Educational and Personal Success)
    I-STEPS is a course assisting first-year international students with transitioning to life at UCI and in the United States. Each week, students learn about a different campus resource and engage in discussions on how to succeed academically and socially at UCI.

    English Conversation Program (ECP)
    ECP is a program that provides international students the opportunity to practice and improve their conversational English, with the assistance of English conversation partners.

    Additionally, there are a variety of activities, trips, workshops and events planned throughout the year. Visit the International Center website for more information on these programs.

    International Student Excellence Programs (ISEP)

    International Student Excellence Programs promotes excellence among our international student population through a robust peer mentorship program, individual success coaching, access to resources and opportunities to engage with faculty and alumni with the aim of developing global scholars and leaders. All programs are free for all UCI students! Visit the ISEP website to learn more.

    Welcome Week

    Welcome Week, which will be held September 23-27, 2019, is filled with events that showcase campus resources, student organizations and student talent.

    Center for Student Leadership

    The Center for Student Leadership offers many ways to get involved, develop leadership skills, and get connected to practical leadership experiences.  Activate your AntLeader Portfolio and start searching for the perfect leadership and involvement opportunities for you on the AntLeader Search Engine (ASE).

    New Student Convocation

    The official opening ceremony of the academic year is held on the Monday of Welcome Week. Be sure to join us on September 23, 2019! A “must” for new students to see the Chancellor and Deans kick off the new school year.


    A fun-filled, Halloween-themed event attended by thousands of students, Shocktoberfest consists of an outdoor street festival with music performances, campus organizations and sponsor booths, and a UCI basketball teams exhibition.

    Community Roots Festival

    Enjoy UCI’s enriching campuswide celebration of cultural and ethnic diversity.


    Celebrate Anteater pride during the men’s basketball game with students, faculty, and alumni. Experience an afternoon of games, prizes, entertainment and food.

    Greek Songfest

    Since 1980, Greek Songfest has been a student-run campus tradition that brings together the fraternity/sorority and UCI community to support a local Orange County nonprofit through fundraising, service, and advocacy. In May, the annual year-long philanthropy culminates in a Broadway style musical showcase and celebration held at the Bren Events Center.

    Celebrate UCI

    This annual spring event, held in April, is an outdoor open house for the campus.

  • Moving to a new place is an exciting adventure and UCI’s location is one of the campus’s great advantages. There are many restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment venues to explore in the surrounding area. Bus, train and airport services are also close to campus.


    Walking Distance

    • In-N-Out Burger
    • Jack in the Box
    • California Gogi Korean Grill
    • Yogurtland
    • Chipotle Mexican Grill
    • Gen
    • Mendocino Farms
    • Peet’s Coffee & Tea
    • Chick-fil-A
    • Eureka!
    • Taco Bell
    • Le Diplomate Bakery Cafe
    • Gina’s Pizza
    • … and more!

    Short Ride from Campus

    • Ruth Chris Steak House
    • Houston’s
    • Daphne’s
    • Islands
    • Mother’s Market
    • Daily Grill
    • Benihana
    • McDonald’s
    • Corner Bakery
    • … and many more!

    Shopping and Entertainment

    Pulic Transportation



  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Phone: 949-824-6703

    Phone: 949-824-6931

    Campus Organizations
    Phone: 949-824-5181

    Campus Tours
    Phone: 949-824-6703

    Disability Services
    Phone: 949-824-7494

    Division of Undergraduate Education
    Phone: 949-824-3291

    Fee Payment

    Freshman Edge
    Phone: 949-824-7649

    Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
    Phone: 949-824-8262

    General Catalogue

    Phone: 949-824-6811

    International Center
    Phone: 949-824-7249

    International Student Excellence Programs
    Phone: 949-824-2442

    Orientation Programs
    • Student-Parent Orientation (SPOP)
    • International Student-Parent Orientation (ISPOP)
    • Transfer Student-Parent Orientation (TSPOP)
    • Mini-Transfer Student-Parent Orientation (mini-TSPOP)
    Phone: 949-824-5182

    Placement Tests
    Phone: 949-824-6207

    Summer Session
    Phone: 949-824-5493

    Transfer Edge
    Phone: 949-824-7649

    Transfer Student Center
    Phone: 949-824-1142

    Student Success Initiatives
    Phone: 949-824-1142

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
    Phone: 949-824-4189

    Division of Continuing Education - International Programs
    Phone: 949-824-5991

  • For All Students

    Getting to the UCI campus:
    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the closest airport to UCI with extensive international flights and it is 40 miles north of campus. The closest regional airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA), which is three miles from campus.

    There are multiple transportation options for you to choose from to get to UCI, such as renting a car or traveling by bus, taxi or shuttle. If you would like to book a Super Shuttle to UCI, please see or call 800-258-3826.

    Additional transportation arrangements can be made in advance through the website for each airport.

    A few hotels close to campus:
    If you arrive at night or are planning on arriving a few days early you should make reservations at a hotel in the area. Make sure to request UCI rates for any special discounts!

    Courtyard Marriott – Irvine
    2701 Main Street
    Irvine, CA 92614

    Hilton – Irvine
    18800 MacArthur Boulevard
    Irvine, CA 92612

    Hotel Irvine – Irvine
    17900 Jamboree Road
    Newport Beach, CA 92614

    When you arrive at UCI:
    You should get some rest, start to unpack, and settle into your residence hall if you are living on campus. If you would like to check out UCI’s housing before you arrive on campus, please visit the housing website.

    For All International Students

    When you exit the plane:
    You will meet with a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer to review your immigration documents. Please have the following items ready to show the immigration officer:

    • Passport
    • Visa document (I-20/DS-2019)
    • Proof of financial support
    • I-901 receipt of SEVIS fee payment
    • Admissions letter

    After you pass through immigration, please proceed to the baggage claim area to pick up your luggage. Once you have picked up your luggage, proceed to the Customs Desk and present the following documents:

    • Passport
    • Customs Declaration Form (provided by your flight attendant on your aircraft)

    If you need a contact person on campus:
    Please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 949-824-6703, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST), for assistance.

  • Freshmen

    By May 1, 2019

    • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR); meet the requirements of your Freshman Conditions; and review the UCI Immunization Requirements
    • Submit your Housing Application if you plan to live on campus
    • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
    • International Students: Access the online Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) form if you need a visa document (I-20/DS-2019) to apply for a student visa or to transfer your current F-1 student visa to UCI.  Upload your Confidential Financial Statement (with signatures and dates) and supporting financial documents to the UCI Office of Admissions by May 1, 2019. Click here to complete your visa document (I-20/DS-2019) request.

    By July 1, 2019

    • Official final transcripts are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    By July 15, 2019

    • Official AP/IB test scores are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    By September 15, 2019

    • Official transcripts for any summer 2019 college courses are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Pay Fees

    Summer – Fall 2019

    • Take Placement Test(s)
    • Attend Orientation: Student-Parent Orientation Program (SPOP), International Student-Parent Orientation (ISPOP)
    • International Students: Complete iNavigateUCI, the mandatory International Center electronic visa check-in

    Transfer Students

    By June 1, 2019

    • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR); meet the requirements for your Transfer Conditions; and review the UCI Immunization Requirements
    • Submit your Housing Application if you plan to live on campus
    • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
    • International Students: Access the online Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) form if you need a visa document (I-20/DS-2019) to apply for a student visa or to transfer your current F-1 student visa to UCI.  Mail your Confidential Financial Statement (with signatures and dates) and supporting financial documents to the UCI Office of Admissions by June 1, 2019. Click here to complete your visa document (I-20/DS-2019) request.

    By July 1, 2019

    • Official transcripts are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Pay Fees

    By September 15, 2019

    • Official transcripts for any summer 2019 college courses are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Summer – Fall 2019

    • Take Placement Test(s)
    • Meet Academic Advisor and attend the Transfer Student-Parent Orientation Program (TSPOP) or mini-TSPOP
    • International Students: Complete iNavigateUCI, the mandatory International Center electronic visa check-in