New Student Orientation


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  • All new undergraduate students are required to attend an orientation session. Orientation is designed to help you become familiar with campus, learn campus resources, and meet other new students. This is your first step as a new Mountain Lion.
  • Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours at another college or university after leaving UCCS are required to attend a transfer orientation. These students will need a new transcript evaluation processed and may have new degree requirements. Attending an orientation session gives us a chance to meet with you and help you register for the correct classes.
  • Parent participation is optional. While parents and guests are welcome to attend orientation, freshman and transfer orientation sessions will have a separate program designed for them, and they will not be able to stay with you throughout the program. Each student is limited to two guests.
  • You do not have to choose a major before you attend orientation. First time freshmen: Students who have not declared a major or are undecided about their major will have the opportunity to meet with the Pre-Majors advisor and other undecided students in the Undecided Advising Room.
  • You must be officially admitted to UCCS for the current term in order to register for an orientation session. If you are officially admitted for the upcoming term, it is recommended that you register for a session as soon as possible. Please be sure to double-check your personal calendar before you electronically submit the reservation form. It is extremely difficult to reschedule once we have sent a confirmation e-mail. To register for an orientation session, please use the appropriate link: Freshman or Transfer. If you have not been admitted to UCCS for the current term, your orientation reservation will not be processed. Please check with Admissions at (719) 255-3383 for the status of your application.
  • While online orientation covers basic information about UCCS, it is no substitute for an interactive, in-depth orientation session. Permission to complete online orientation is only granted to out-of-state students with extenuating circumstances.
  • Similar to parents not going to classes with their students, parents do not go to orientation with students. Students attending orientations have different needs and questions than parents. We have designed our orientations to reflect this.
  • Our Orientation Welcome Leaders will ensure that students attend each session and do not get lost. A large portion of orientation is doing teambuilding activities with students to help them get to know other students. This is best done when parents and guests are not around. At the end of the day, we will help parents and students find each other.
  • You can contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 719-255-3084 for help on who to contact.