Advising for New Freshmen

Welcome to the UCI School of Humanities!  Below you will find helpful information and resources to help you sign up for an orientation session, take necessary placement exams, and start a successful college career at UCI.  In addition, we recommend you view the New Student Handbook online to ensure that you complete everything required of new students.  We look forward to meeting you this summer!

Summer Orientation
All new freshmen are required to attend summer orientation. On May 17, 2019, you should have received an email to your UCI email address from indicating the exact day and time your orientation registration window will open. Note: The School of Humanities will not be participating in all SPOP sessions.  Please choose from the following orientation dates:




July 12 - 13


July 17 - 18


July 27 - 28


August 2 - 3


August 16 - 17


August 21 - 22

International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP)

September 17-19

In order to ensure a successful advising session, please bring copies of all AP exam results, SAT score reports, and college transcripts (if applicable) to the academic advising session during orientation, and be prepared to leave your copies with the academic advising staff, if necessary. 
Click on the program links below for more details about the freshman orientation programs:

  • Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) will be offered on-campus, several times in July and August. SPOP is a comprehensive orientation program designed for all new domestic freshmen and new international freshmen who attended high school in the U.S. SPOP attendees will receive academic advising and sign up for Fall Quarter classes at orientation.
  • International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP)  will be held on-campus from September 17-19. ISPOP has been specifically designed for new international freshmen who did not attend high school in the U.S. Because ISPOP is held in September, International students who sign up to attend it will receive their academic advising over the internet and enroll in classes earlier in the summer. If you make a reservation for ISPOP, information about web advising will be sent to your UCI email account in July.

International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP) participants – please contact your program advisor for information about your orientation requirements.

If you are unable to attend an on-campus orientation session, you may submit an exception request to New Student Orientations using the Orientation Exceptions Request Form, accessible during the registration process.  You will be required to submit documentation showing why you are not able to attend any of the in-person orientation dates.  If your exception is approved, you will be prompted to complete the Humanities Web Advising process prior to enrolling in classes.  You will also be required to attend a Mandatory Follow-up Advising Appointment during Welcome Week in September.

Placement Testing
You will be able to sign up for placement testing as part of the Orientation registration process, or you may sign up separately on the Testing Center website. You MUST take any required placement exams BEFORE attending Summer Orientation. The types of tests being offered are as follows:

  • Writing: To enroll in any writing course at UCI, you must have placement results from the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam or you must submit documentation showing you have satisfied the Entry Level Writing requirement.
  • Math and Science: Math and Physics 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.
  • Language other than English: If you plan to enroll in any of the following language courses this Fall, you must take a placement test this summer: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish or Vietnamese. The placement exams for French and German are optional, but recommended.

Not sure which test to take? Most Humanities majors take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam and, if necessary, a language placement exam. 

Important Dates

  • July 1, 2019 – Deadline to submit official final transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools. 
  • July 15, 2019 – Deadline to submit official test scores to the Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools.
  • September 16, 2019 – Deadline to pay Fall Quarter fees. Fees must be paid to the Cashier's Office by September 16 to retain your seats in classes (postmarks do not apply). Review your ZOT Account Online in late August.
  • September 23-25, 2019 - Welcome Week.  The campus offers a broad range of activities for new students.  On Monday, September 23, there will be a mandatory New Student Convocation and Information Session held at 9:00am in the Bren Events Center.  From there, you will be escorted to the Humanities Dean's Welcome in Humanities Instructional Building (HIB), room 100. Additional Welcome Week activities will be announced at both events.
  • September 26, 2019 - The first day of classes. Note this is a Thursday.

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