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New Freshmen

Checklist - Complete By June 30

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1. Complete Freshmen ICS Online Orientation

2. Take ICS Online Orientation Completion Survey

3. Take Exams for your Major

  • Go to the UCI Testing Office website to learn which exams you must take for your major.
  • UCI Writing Placement will be done based on submitted test scores (official test scores due by July 1st). Your placement can be adjusted once official scores are received. 
  • If you do not have any test scores you will work with the Writing Placement staff to determine your correct placement. Information regarding next steps in your writing placement process will be sent to your UCI email address by May 31, 2022.

4. If applicable, take ICS Credit By Exam

  • Determine if you need to take the ICS 31 Credit by Exam. (optional)
  • If so, take this exam at least 1 week before your orientation date. Available Credit By Exam dates can be found here.

Summer Orientation

5. Complete Mandatory Summer Orientation

You will be contacted by the Orientation Office for more information on registering for summer orientation. During orientation, in addition to helping you select and register for your Fall quarter courses, you will learn more about ICS and the university as a whole.

  • What will you need on the day of academic advising?
    • UCInetID and password

The University of California, Irvine is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with permanent and temporary disabilities. Any student with a documented disability needing accommodations for the Summer Orientation Program should register for services through the Disability Services Center by applying online at

6. Complete Bren School of ICS SPOP Advising/Registration Canvas Modules (canvas modules will be available by June 21st)

  • Modules 1-4 Required before your SPOP (Orientation) Date. The rest of the modules can be completed after your SPOP Date.

7. Hold on Record

Please note that you have an "advising hold" on your record. This will be removed during your summer orientation. 

8. Recommendations for International Students

Review and Take Note:

9. Read the New Student Handbook

Get info about finances, academic info, student success, transportation, involvement opportunities, and more. This is the place to find everything you need to know

10. Check In With Your Admissions Counselor

Visit the Message Center at your UCI Applicant Portal homepage. You will be sent a message about any missing documents/transcripts or if they have placed a hold on your record.

  • July 1: Deadline to submit official transcripts to Admissions. 
  • July 15: Deadline to submit official AP/IB/SAT test scores.
  • An admissions hold may prevent you from attending orientation or registering for courses.

11. ICS Laptop Recommendations

Purchase a laptop if you do not already own one. Our website has recommended laptop specs posted. Students in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences will be required to own a personal laptop for coursework. 

12. UCI Welcome Week

  • Exact dates and more information coming soon!

13. Learn how to enroll in classes

14. Review the ICS Lab Policy

  • You will be creating your ICS lab account during your orientation and will receive more information during your session. 

15. Review your academic information.

 Your Completed Tasks by May 1:

1. Activate your UCInetID

  • Your UCInetID can be found on the top of your UCI Applicant Portal
  • Action item: write down your UCInetID and password. You will need it to register for classes.

2. Submitted your campus housing application

  • Contact the UCI Student Housing office if you did not submit the housing application, but would like to see if housing is still available. 

3. Checked your “MyAid” file

  • Please make sure you check your “MyAid” file to verify the status of your application.
  • Register with your email spam checker / safe list to ensure that you successfully receive emails from the UCI Financial Aid Office.  This will ensure you don’t miss email notification regarding your financial aid deadlines and file status.