Admitted Freshman

All new freshmen are required to attend summer orientation. Orientation includes academic advising, class registration, and much more! After activating your UCInetID in early May, you will be able to sign up for the Student Parent Orientation Program (or ISPOP if you are an international student who did not attend High School in the U.S.). Be sure to check the orientation and testing dates before you plan your summer vacation dates!

Get your other testing done early! Tests take place as early as June and special accommodations can be made to take them in a facility near you! ALL TESTING MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE ATTENDING ORIENTATION. Go to for more information.

Students should check their UCI Applicant Portal prior to attending orientation and bring copies of ALL transcripts and/or AP exam results to their academic advising session.


There are a number of steps that you must follow this summer in order to ensure a smooth transition. These steps are listed below and are outlined in more detail at the Welcome New Anteater website:

Step 1: Register for a Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP), or register for the ISPOP (International Student Orientation program)

Step 2: Sign up for Placement Testing

Step 3: You are required to bring a laptop/tablet to your summer advising session and use it to enroll in classes. You will need to first register your mobile device. Please go to for information on how to do this.

*If you are unable to bring a laptop/tablet (a cellphone will not be sufficient to enroll in courses), we will send an email prior to your registered SPOP date to make accommodations. Please be sure to respond to this email to notify us.

Step 4: 1 week prior to your SPOP, you will be emailed and invited to join a School of Physical Sciences SPOP Advising/Registration Canvas page (please note this is separate from the Orientation Canvas page you will also be invited to join). You will be required to complete certain modules before attending SPOP - more information will be noted in our summer emails sent to you. Failure to complete the required modules may prevent you from enrolling in courses during SPOP.

Step 5: Relax and Have Fun!

We know this must seem a little overwhelming right now but, trust us; all of this information will gradually fall into place and start to make sense. If you have any questions, please contact us at pssazot@uci.eduRemember, only students who register for ISPOP will be sent information about online summer advising in the middle of July.

We look forward to seeing you this summer! Please visit the above websites right away.


Physical Sciences Academic Counselors


Freshman Students - Course Selection

Now that you have learned about your degree requirements and which classes you have credit for, it's time to start building your fall quarter schedule and to enroll in classes. As an incoming freshman, you have many options for courses depending on what you have completed prior to attending UCI. To help you build a schedule for your first quarter we would like to show you following useful websites:

SPOP 10 Schedules

Open GE Courses

AP credit chart 
IB credit chart
Web Schedule of Classes
AntAlmanac (if you have course credit from a CA community college)
New Student Handbook 

Interested in Med School, Pharm School, or any other professional school? See "Helpful Handouts" on the School of Biological Sciences website.