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First Year Orientation

Welcome to ERC and the UC San Diego family! We are excited to introduce you to campus opportunities, resources, and share what it means to be a Triton!

Your orientation experience will be made up of two components: an self-paced Pre-Orientation component called Canvas (opens late August), as well as two live and interactive webinars. Together, these pieces will provide you with the knowledge and campus connection necessary to navigate your first year. Canvas portal completion and attendance at both orientation webinars are mandatory for all incoming students.

We look forward to helping you explore the university and develop skills as global citizens!

Please note: To access both the Canvas portal and to register for the Live Orientation Webinars, you will need your PID and Single-Sign on password. Can't find your PID?  

Live Orientation Webinars

Each live webinar session has two parts that are mandatory. When you register, please make sure you are available for both dates listed. We require registration for these webinars as each session is designed to promote student connection. Therefore, space is limited.    

Session 1: Monday, September 13, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT

          AND Wednesday, September 15, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT

Session 2: Monday, September 13, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT

          AND Wednesday, September 15, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT

Session 3: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT

          AND Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT

Session 4*: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 7:00pm - 10:00pm PDT

           AND Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:00pm - 10:00pm PDT

Session 5: Friday, September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT

          AND Friday, September 17, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT

*This session is designed for International Students with time zones 11 - 18 hours ahead of San Diego!  


Register Today

All registrations and/or changes made after July 30, 2021 will incur a $25 late fee.


If you are a student athlete, please check with your coach prior to registering for Orientation to avoid conflicts with practice schedules. 

International and Out-of-State students, please note all times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7). Please be sure to convert times to your local time zone!

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You will use Canvas to communicate with your Orientation Leader, fellow Tritons in your Orientation Group, and to view valuable and timely content as we approach the Live Orientation Webinars in September. The more familiar you become with this platform, the better - as most (if not all) of your Fall Quarter courses will also be using this platform throughout the quarter.

Canvas opens Late August - Check your email for updates!

COMPASS Pre-Orientation

Can't wait to learn more, and want to check out resources today? COMPASS is designed to provide you with concrete and practical information that could be absorbed on your own time, at your own pace. We expect the full portal to take you between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete, though we suggest working in 20-30 minute increments. Invite parents/family members to create their own account and go through the information as well!

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Move-in Information for Students Living On Campus

Since both components of our orientation do not require in-person attendance, living on-campus and/or being near the UC San Diego campus is not necessary nor required for orientation. Please refer to your housing portal for all housing and move-in details. 

Orientation Fee

The cost per student is $100.00. This covers the cost of staff, technology, convocation, and giveaway items. All registrations and/or changes made after July 30, 2021 will incur a $25 late fee.

Payment for orientation will be collected in your first UC San Diego tuition bill. Fees will not be collected at time of registration.


For further information, please visit our FAQ page for clarification.