New Student Orientation

Welcome to the Thurgood Marshall College family! It is a joy to welcome our newest scholars and their families to our community.

Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming students, with an optional program for family members, and will help students and their families in their transition to UC San Diego and Marshall College. During Orientation, students and their families will:

  • Learn about the many resources and opportunities that are available at UC San Diego and Marshall College
  • Gain insight into the Marshall philosophy and academic mission
  • Meet new and current students, as well as staff and faculty
  • Discover how to be an involved citizen in the Marshall College community
  • Learn how family members can support their student during the transition to life at UC San Diego

Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation is designed to meet the needs of incoming freshman and transfer students through a one-day Orientation Program. Students may choose one of the four Orientation dates listed below:

Tuesday, September 19th*
Thursday, September 21st*
Friday, September 22nd*
Monday, September 25th

*Early move-in on Wednesday, September 20th available for incoming freshman with Housing Contracts from H*D*H for an additional $45 early move-in fee.

Orientation Program Fee Information

The Marshall College New Student Orientation program is mandatory for all incoming UC San Diego students. The Orientation Program Fee for 2017 is $145. As a self-supporting program, the Orientation fee covers expenses for materials, publications, mailings, meals, staffing, as well as Welcome Week activities.

If eligible, the cost of the orientation program is considered in determining student financial aid awards paid in the fall quarter. For questions, please contact the UCSD Financial Aid Office at (858) 534-4480 or

The Orientation "Program Fee" will be charged to each student's account and will appear alongside registration fees on the September/October student billing statement. Please do not send a check to pay for the Student Orientation Program.

Family Orientation

At UC San Diego and Thurgood Marshall College, we recognize that our students often have people in their lives who have supported and encouraged them on their road to success. We welcome you to the Triton family!

Family Orientation offers the family of an incoming student the opportunity to preview campus life, learn about available resources, meet staff and faculty, and discuss what to expect with the upcoming transition. Family Orientation is a full-day program, separate from the New Student Orientation.

Orientation Dates

Family Orientation is scheduled for the following dates. Choose a date to begin registration:

Tuesday, September 19

Thursday, September 21

Friday, September 22

Family members are welcome to register for an Orientation date separately from their student.

Orientation Registration Fee

The Family Orientation program is an optional program for all family members of an incoming UC San Diego and Marshall College student. Orientation is a self-supporting program, and the program fee covers expenses for materials, publications, mailings, meals, and staffing.

The Family Orientation program fee is $35 per family member.

Please do not send a check to pay for the Family Orientation program. Family Orientation pays for the Orientation program via the registration website. We will not be accepting registrations or payment in any form on the day of Family Orientation.


Space for Family Orientation is limited.  Families are encouraged to register early.

After your student registers for New Student Orientation, they will be directed to send an invitation for up to (2) guests to Family Orientation. Their selected guests will receive an email invitation to register for Family Orientation. The email will provide a link to the registration site.

Please note: All attendees must be registered regardless of age; daycare and babysitting services are not provided. The Family Orientation program is not intended for younger family members.

Newly admitted students can register for New Student Orientation online via the New Student Site.  Information related to the New Student Site will be sent to students after their deadline to submit their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) has passed.  

If you have questions regarding the New Student Orientation program, please contact us at (858) 534-4390 or