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First Year Orientation Program

Warren College is excited to welcome you to our campus community. First Year Orientation provides students the opportunity to meet other students beginning their academic career at Warren College. The programs, speakers, and activities scheduled for the one-day Orientation program will focus on the issues and resources that are most important to new students.  First Year Orientation is also a great way to learn how you can become involved on campus and speak to current UC San Diego students, staff, and faculty.

Registration for the 2020 First Year Orientation program will open in mid-May 2020

2020 Warren College First Year Orientation Program dates - Mark Your Calendars!

  • September 23, 2020
  • September 24, 2020
  • September 28, 2020*

Space for each orientation session is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Submitting a timely reservation will improve your chance of receiving your first choice of dates.

*Note: The in-person Parent and Family Orientation program will not be available for the September 28 program.  If you have parents, family members, guardians, or guests that would like to attend, we invite you to register for our September 23 or 24 programs.

Orientation Information

Upon admission, students are encouraged to view the timeline and make plans to attend their Orientation session. Warren College offers Orientation programs in September. All students will receive academic advising online prior to registration via the New Student website.

Orientation is essential to your success at UC San Diego. All new students are required to attend an Orientation program where they can learn more about what Warren College and UCSD have to offer, including:

  • Academic requirements
  • College and campus resources
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Ways to maximize your undergraduate experience through involvement and engagement

Orientation registration begins in mid-May via the Colleges Orientation Registration website

How to Register for Orientation

The online Colleges Orientation Registration system open in mid-May for students who have Accepted their Offer of Admission to UC San Diego. To register, you will need access to your Student ID (otherwise known as PID) number.  You are encouraged to set up your UC San Diego email account prior to registration.  If you have not set up your email account prior to registration, you will be asked to do so as part of the registration process.

As part of your registration process, you will be required to provide an email address for a parent/guardian to be invited to attend the Parent and Family Orientation Program.  This program is run separately from the First Year Orientation program and a separate registration is required.

Sign up for your UCSD email account

Set up your UC San Diego email account.  Check this account often as all correspondence from the University will be sent to this account, including information about Orientation, monthly Orientation Connection newsletters, communication from your student orientation leader (OL), and important updates from the University.

Local Hotel and Lodging Options


Lodging is not available through the Orientation Program.  All lodging accommodations must be made separately.

There are several options for hotel and housing options available in the San Diego area.  Visit the Triton Family Destinations website for a list of UCSD's local hotel partners.

Students with campus housing contracts that are attending the Orientation Programs in September will have the option to request early access to their contracted housing.  Your assigned residential area will contact you about early move-in around mid-August.  If you have questions about your housing contract visit the Housing, Dining, and Hospitality website.

Information for Out-of-State and International Students

Travel Arrangements

Students traveling to UC San Diego from outside of California are encouraged to register for Orientation and make housing arrangements early.  Early access to campus housing will not be available before September 13, 2019.  We encourage you to take travel plans, weather, and time zone differences into consideration when making travel arrangements.  The Orientation program is mandatory for all incoming students and allowing yourself time to settle into your new home is essential to your experience at Orientation.

International Student Orientation

All new international students (including transfer students from other U.S. schools) may attend a separate optional international student orientation session offered by the International Students and Programs Office.  For more information about the international student orientation sessions contact the International Students and Programs Office directly.  This session does not replace the Warren College Orientation program but is designed to complement the program at your home College and provide you with more specific information regarding international student services.

The Global Ambassadors Program

The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) is a peer mentoring program designed to assist incoming undergraduate international and out-of-state students in acclimating to a new environment and making a smooth transition into university life.  GAP Mentors are returning students from outside of California that provide friendly support in order to engage undergraduate non-resident students, help create solid relationships within the UC San Diego campus, and introduce incoming international and out-of-state students to life at UCSD through pre-arrival communication, peer mentoring, campus life and academic workshops, and social gatherings.  Join GAP now to make new friends and learn about life as a student before you even arrive on campus.

What to Bring to Orientation

Materials recommended for the Orientation session include:

  • Directions to campus/parking lots
  • Water or snacks if necessary
  • If you are under the age of 18 on the date of your Orientation, bring the signed waiver of liability form

It is also recommended that you dress in layers as you may be moving around campus to various presentations and the temperature of campus buildings does vary.  You may also want to bring sunscreen as you may spend some time outdoors during lunch and dinner.

Orientation Directions and Campus Map


Transportation to the Orientation Programs is not provided from off-campus or the San Diego Airport.

Directions from the North:

  • Take I-5 South, Genesee Avenue exit
  • Turn left onto Genesee 
  • Turn right onto Campus Point Drive
  • Turn left onto Voigt Drive
  • Park in lot 704

Directions from the South:

  • Take I-5 North, Genesee Avenue exit
  • Turn right onto Genesee 
  • Turn right onto Campus Point Drive
  • Turn left onto Voigt Drive
  • Park in lot 704

GPS Directions:

  • In your GPS enter "Intersection of Voigt Drive and Athena Circle"
    • This is the location of the parking lot for the Warren College Orientation programs
  • Latitude: 32.878524 | Longitude: -117.21984

Need help finding your way? allows you to search campus locations, or click here for a PDF map.

If you're using a mobile device, download the UCSD app, which includes a campus map feature.

Travel and Parking

  • Parking is provided to all participants, but you must use the parking app in order to receive your permit. Permits last for one day only. Your code will be valid the morning of your orientation.
  • To park in the designated parking lot for Warren College Orientation, go to the your app store and download ParkMobile (Download Here)
  • image001.jpg@01D563D1Once the download is complete, go in to the App and “Enter Zone Number” 4799.
  • Choose Duration of “By the Day”.
  • Proceed and “Sign-up” for an account.
  • After you have signed-up enter the promo code sent to your email for complimentary parking.  
  • Please park in Parking Lot P704.
  • Personalized driving directions to Warren College at UC San Diego can be found by here:
  • Overflow parking is located in Hopkins Parking Structure
  • Please follow all signs and instructions. Park only in B, S, or V spaces. Avoid parking in any RESERVED or A spaces.
  • Warren College staff is not authorized to resolve any parking tickets.
  • Shuttles will drop you off from 7:00-9:00am at the Price Center shuttle stop and signs will direct you to the check-in location on Warren Mall.
  • Transportation returning to Lot P704 will be available at the Price Center shuttle stop from 5:00-7:00pm.
  • If traveling by air, San Diego International Airport is approximately 15 miles away. Warren College does not provide transportation to or from the airport. Visit the ground transportation portion of the San Diego International Airport website for transportation options available to you.

Transportation and Parking Options during your First Year

Annual or quarterly S parking permits are not available for purchase by first-year students, however, a limited number of exceptions will be allowed for students with extenuating circumstances (e.g., medical/disability, family/child care, etc.). 
All undergraduate students are eligible for a Triton U-Pass that gives you unlimited access to regional transit routes during fall, winter and spring quarters. In addition to U-Pass, students can take advantage of UC San Diego’s alternative transportation programs.

We encourage your to learn more about first-year transportation options on the Transportation Services website.

Learn More About Dining Plans and Dining Dollars

Dining Plans

Your Dining Plan allows you to spend what, when, where, and how you please. You have a set amount of dollars to spend as you see fit throughout the year. For more information on Dining Plan options visit the Dining Services website.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars which are linked to your campus ID card. Like a debit card, every purchase is deducted from your balance, which can be checked online. Use Dining Dollars at Dining Services restaurants, markets, and specialty locations. Dining Dollars expire at the end of spring quarter, are non-refundable, non-transferable to Triton Cash, and do not carry over to the next academic year. For more information on Dining Dollars visit the Dining Services website.

You are responsible for making sure you understand your dining contract. If you have questions, contact Triton Card Accounts Services.

For more information about What to Expect at Orientation, visit our FAQ page.  If you have questions about the Warren College Orientation Programs that are not available online, contact us at

Have Your Plans Changed?

Please let us know if your plans to attend UC San Diego have changed by emailing our Office of Admissions at