Information for New First Year/Transfer Students

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Academic Programs (UAP) unit is dedicated to your success at UC Davis. From orientation to graduation, we are here to support you through your college experience. Advisors are present and ready to assist you in your transition and adjustment to campus during orientation and we encourage you to speak with an advisor if you have any questions pertaining to your time here.

Next Steps

To prepare for Summer Orientation, be sure that you: 

  1. Complete the pre-orientation modules
  2. Register for the CA&ES Pre-Orientation Webinar
  3. Learn how to get involved in the CA&ES community

Missed the webinar...?

Don't worry, Freshman students can review the Freshman CA&ES Pre-Orientation Webinar recording. Be sure to also review the Freshman presentation slides and links. Transfer students can review the Transfer CA&ES Pre-Orientation Webinar recording and the Transfer presentation slides and links.

You will register for your Fall quarter classes at Summer Orientation. If you do not attend Summer Orientation, you will register on your own during your registration appointment time, also known as a Pass Time. This registration appointment is a pre-assigned time to enroll in courses and can be found on your ScheduleBuilder one week prior to your pass time. If you do not attend orientation and need help with registration, contact the CA&ES Dean’s Office by email or phone at (530) 752-0108. We will be able to help you in getting connected to your major advisor, who can best advise you on selecting courses used towards your major. Our office can also provide you with assistance in registering for any general education courses you may still need. For our Undeclared/Exploratory students, please note, that while you are exploring majors, UAP advisors are considered your major advisors.

While navigating course registration at UC Davis, you may find the following websites to be helpful:

Academic Transition: Who are you and who do you want to become? 

The transition to UC Davis can have its challenges, but we are here to assist you in making it as smooth as possible. You can expect to approach this new era in your life with excitement and curiosity. You may have questions about getting involved, the pacing of the quarter system, and how you will do in your classes. Guess what? That is completely normal and we can help with all of this. Remember, you have what it takes to do well here and you deserve to be here. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and become the person you truly want to be. 

For some of you, you may asking yourself if you made the right major choice. That is O.K.! Even if you want to change majors, it is easy to do so and not a difficult process. In fact, once you complete one quarter at UC Davis, in good academic standing, you may be eligible to change your major. This is one example of many possibilities coming your way.

Academic Planning

As you prepare to choose your courses for the first time, please note that many components go into developing a good first quarter schedule. You will want to put together a combination of courses that include courses for your major and General Education (GE) requirements.

Transfer students: You likely will have already fulfilled a number of GE courses.  Your transcripts from your previous institution are being processed.  You should know what courses have transferred to UC Davis in time for Winter quarter registration.  Work with your major advisor on major specific requirements.

More information about academic planning can be found throughout this website. Feel free to explore the website. 

Educational Enrichment

Want to get involved or more connected to campus? Check out some links below for some great opportunities specific to CA&ES and throughout campus!

Student Privacy

Something else to note is that your information at UC Davis is private! The Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) allows only “directory information” to be released, and for campus offices (including our own) to communicate to a third party you must sign a release form.

If you would like to grant access for our UAP office to share information about you with specific individuals, please request this at 150 Mrak Hall or email

Note: Each office may have their own release form so check in with each respective department on their process regarding FERPA.

Let's Meet and Greet

We are very excited to have you join our Aggie community. We know you may have a lot on your mind right now, but know that you have a network of support ready to help you reach your goals while you are here. We know you are coming to us with many different strengths and that should be celebrated. As you navigate your career here, don't forget to have fun and ask for help when needed! We are just one phone call, email, or visit away and we would be happy to assist you.

Should you have any questions or if you want to find ways to connect further to our college, let someone in UAP know.

You can find us in the Dean's Office located in 150 Mrak Hall.
On the go? No problem! Pre-schedule an appointment with us or give us a call at (530)752-0108.

You can also connect with us during a whole host of upcoming events. You do not want to miss out! 

Slice of Advising


Coffee with the Dean


Study Break

Congratulations and welcome to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis!