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New Student Orientation

Welcome to Pacific!

We are so excited that you and your family will be joining the Pacific Family! Pacific's new Student Orientation is designed to help with your transition into our community. We want to welcome you and give you an opportunity to access the information needed to get you off to a great start. All new undergraduate students, Transfer and First-Year, participate in New Student Orientation. When you arrive on campus for New Student Orientation, you will be greeted by our friendly Ambassadors.  They are ready to assist you and answer all of your questions about classes, campus life, and other exciting opportunities at Pacific.

2020 Orientation Dates

  • January New Student Orientation
    • Friday, January 10th
  • First-Year Orientation (students beginning their first year in higher education)
    • Session 1: Friday, June 26th
    • Session 2: Saturday, June 27th
    • Session 3: Tuesday, August 18th
  • Transfer Orientation (students transferring to Pacific from another college/university)
    • Session 1: Saturday, June 20th
    • Session 2: Monday, August 17th
  • Week of Welcome
    • Tuesday, August 18th - Sunday, August 23rd

Registration for individual Orientation sessions is on a first come, first served basis.  Priority for the August session is given to out-of-state and international students, so California residents are highly encouraged to attend Orientation in June if their college/major is offered.

*Conservatory of Music is only offered in August.

At Orientation, you will:

  • Receive academic advising
  • Register for classes
  • Learn about campus life from current Pacific students
  • Connect with other students
  • Meet Pacific faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Discuss important college issues for new students
  • Receive information about important campus resources and services
  • Get your questions answered about coming to campus

New Student Checklist

To ensure you are ready to attend Orientation this summer and start classes in the fall, check out the New Student Checklist!

Placement Testing

Students that are required to complete course placement assessments must do so prior to Orientation. These assessments ensure that you are placed in the appropriate courses to support your learning and assist you and your faculty advisor in planning your program of study.  You can learn more about Pacific's course placement assessments and fundamental skills requirements - by visiting on campus testing resources, calling 209.946.2458, or emailing


We have created a list of frequently asked questions for you to review. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Orientation & Transition Programs at 209.946.7619 or email us at Students and staff are available to answer your questions or refer you to the proper office to meet your needs.