Advising for New Freshmen

Welcome to the UCI School of Humanities! As a new student, you are required to complete academic advising before enrolling in courses. All academic advising will be conducted remotely (online) throughout July and August. You will not be required to come to campus in person. Below you will find helpful information and resources to help prepare you for academic advising, take necessary placement exams, and start a successful college career at UCI. We look forward to working with you this summer!
Summer Academic Advising
Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) is UCI’s summer orientation for incoming undergraduate students and will be hosted remotely (online) this summer. Through this program, you will receive information on academic life, campus resources, what to expect in the Fall Quarter and more. Click on the following link for more details about the freshman orientation programs:

On June 14, you received an email in your UCI email account from with more information regarding your SPOP assignment. This assignment will determine the date you receive academic advising and enroll in classes for Fall Quarter. 
SPOP Academic Advising & Registration Session Date & Time
SPOP 1 July 13
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 2 July 15
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 3 July 21
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 4 July 23
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 5 July 27
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 6 July 29
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 7 August 4
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 8 August 6
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 9 August 10
12:30pm – 2:30pm
SPOP 10 August 12
12:30pm – 2:30pm
In mid-June, the School of Humanities SPOP Advising/Registration 21-22 course will be added to your Canvas account to access. In this Canvas space, you will receive important information on the academic advising and registration process as well as detailed instructions for preparing for your advising/registration session. Information on how to access your Canvas account, as well as other important resources, can be found here:

Note for international students: International freshmen are approved to complete an online web advising process different from the SPOP assignment. You will receive an email with more information on this process in early July.

Placement Testing
You may need to take a placement test. See the information below to help determine which exams to take before your advising session. You will be able to sign up for placement testing on the Testing Center website.
  • Writing: All students must receive a writing placement before enrolling in courses for the Fall Quarter. Writing placement takes into account scores such as AP, SAT, and ACT (for the full list click here). If you do not have any of these qualifying scores, you will be required to complete a mandatory 2-hour online placement process between June 11-20. In the first week of June, you will be contacted if you are required to complete this writing assessment process. Note that, if you are waiting for a qualifying score, you should still proceed with the writing assessment.
  • Language other than English: If you plan to enroll in any of the following language courses for the Fall Quarter, you must take a placement test this summer: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish or Vietnamese. The placement exams for French and German are optional but recommended.
  • Math and Science: Math and Physics classes are not specific requirements for Humanities majors but can be taken to meet portions of the General Education requirement. You only need to take those exams if you are interested in taking calculus or physics.
Not sure which test to take? If necessary, most Humanities majors take a language placement exam.

UCI General Catalogue
The 2021-2022 UCI General Catalogue will be available online in mid-July. It contains valuable information about the campus, your academic field of interest, and UCI's policies and regulations. You are responsible for knowing and adhering to the policies contained in this Catalogue.

New Student Handbook
Review the New Student Handbook online to ensure that you complete everything required of new students.

Important Dates
  • July 1, 2021 – Deadline to submit official final transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools.
  • July 15, 2021 – Deadline to submit official test scores to the Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools.
  • September 15, 2021 – Deadline to pay Fall Quarter fees. Fees must be paid to the Cashier's Office by September 15 to retain your seats in classes (postmarks do not apply). Review your ZOT Account Online in late August.
  • September 23, 2021 – The first day of classes. Note this is a Thursday.
If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please email Malinda Pang at