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Begin college this summer!

August 3 - September 12, 2019

Begin college this summer!

August 3 - September 12, 2019

Student Parent Orientation Program: SPOP

All new freshmen are required to attend a Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP), offered by UCI Center for Student Leadership. SPOP is a required 2-day, 1-night orientation for domestic and international freshmen that includes academic advising, class registration, information on important student resources and services, social activities, and lots of opportunities to make friends.

Please note that registration for SPOP is SEPARATE from Freshman Edge enrollment and must be completed with payment in order to reserve your space in SPOP. Before registering for SPOP, all students will need to complete a virtual pre-orientation called “Anteater Zot Start.” Instructions on how to access Anteater Zot Start and register for SPOP will be sent via e-mail in May from orientation@uci.edu.

Freshman Edge participants are encouraged to register for certain SPOPs based on their Freshman Edge pathway. Please see below for more information:

Freshman Edge

As a Freshman Edge participant, participation in SPOP 5 is strongly recommended. SPOP 5 takes place on Friday, August 2 - Saturday August, 3, 2019, in Mesa Court Housing.

At the end of SPOP 5 on Saturday, August 3, residential Freshman Edge students will check into their room in Freshman Edge Program Housing, located in Arroyo Vista. A shuttle will be available for students who do not otherwise have transportation.

Please note: space in SPOP 5 is not guaranteed, so be sure to register as soon as your reservation window opens. Students who are unable to register for SPOP 5 are encouraged to take the following steps:

    1. Add themselves to the SPOP 5 waitlist (if there is no scheduling conflict).
    2. Register for an earlier SPOP or weekend SPOP to avoid conflict with Freshman Edge courses. Please note that SPOP 8 may be preferable, as it falls on Friday, August 16 - Saturday, August 17.
    3. Waitlisted students will be notified by email if a spot is available. Students have 48 hours to accept or decline their spot. Note: Students do not need to cancel their reservation if they change to a different SPOP. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by the Center for Student Leadership orientation@uci.edu

Freshman Edge International

Freshman Edge International participants are encouraged to register in an orientation program that does not conflict with their summer course schedule. International participants who attended high school in the US are recommended to attend SPOP 5 on Friday, August 2 - Saturday, August 3. International participants who have attended high school in another country are recommended to attend International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP), from Tuesday, September 17 - Thursday, September 19.

If you enroll in a program that does conflict with a summer course, you will need to contact your professor(s) in a timely manner in order to alert them that you will miss class. Contact information for your professor(s) can likely be found in your course syllabus.

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients will attend SPOP 5. Summer Bridge participants will be required to confirm their participation in SPOP 5 when their orientation reservation window opens in June.

At the end of SPOP 5 on Saturday, August 3, residential Freshman Edge students will check into their room in Freshman Edge Program Housing, located in Arroyo Vista. A shuttle will be available for students who do not otherwise have transportation.

To learn about how to enroll in the Freshman Edge program, please see the enrollment section of the Freshman Edge website for instructions