New Student Orientation


UCCS Columbine Hall
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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, and we are excited to have you join us for orientation.
  • Parent participation is optional. While parents and guests are welcome to attend orientation, freshmen 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.
  • Freshman Orientation is from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and includes a resource fair, campus information sessions, student IDs, lunch, campus department presentations, academic advising, and class registration. Students and guests are together during the morning portion of orientation and then separated in the afternoon for specialized presentations and class registration. Our Orientation Welcome Leaders will be with students throughout the day to help facilitate teambuilding exercises and to help ensure students do not get lost. We will then reconnect students and guests in the afternoon for our closing ceremony and a UCCS orientation tradition.
  • Transfer Orientation- All morning transfer orientations are from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and afternoon transfer orientations are from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Similar to freshmen orientations, the first part of orientation is dedicated to a resource fair, campus information sessions, student IDs, campus department presentations, academic advising, and we finish with class registration. 
  • Veteran and Military Orientation - This program is held in conjunction with a transfer orientation and is offered to those students who are using military benefits to help cover the costs of attending UCCS. The Veteran and Military portion of orientation is held one hour prior to the transfer orientation (8:00 a.m for morning orientations, and 12 noon for afternoon orientations). Once the Veteran and Military portion of the orientation ends, students will join the transfer orientation to register for classes.
  • 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 current 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. 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. If you are an out-of-state student interested in online orientation, please contact us at
  • 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, and we believe that this will be the best experience for both students and parents.

No need to worry! 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.

  • Email us at or call (719) 255-3098. If we miss your phone call, please leave us a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible. 
  • You can contact the Office of Student Recruitment at (719) 255-3084 for help with your class registration.