New Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to Dominican University Of California! We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

student ambassadors check in new students at orientation

All incoming students are expected to participate in the New Student Orientation program. This includes: First-year, Transfer and International, Adult Degree Completion and Graduate Students. Orientation is designed to help you get to know your fellow students, become more familiar with the campus, learn about Dominican history and traditions, and most importantly...have a great start to your college experience. The components of Orientation  will help you learn how to take care of the "business" of being a student, and you also have an opportunity to have fun and meet your fellow penguins.

Register for Orientation

The registration form has been sent to your Dominican email address. Orientation is completely free and is offered at no charge to you, your families or supporters.

Living on Campus?

The Department of Housing & Residence Life will follow up with all incoming students regarding move-in dates and times. For questions, please email

Questions about Orientation?

Email or call (415) 482-1978.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! All components are required unless otherwise noted. In-Season athletes will work with the Athletics Department to determine the required components. 

Orientation consists of two components:

  • Online Portal
    The portal is designed to provide an introduction to Dominican and to help you understand the “business of being a student." Complete the steps in your portal any time before school starts. The portal is smartphone and tablet friendly.
  • In-Person Orientation
    Our In-Person Orientation  will take place Thursday, August 22-Sunday, August 25. The scheduled program is designed to help students build connections and learn more about their college experience.

New students can view their class schedules through the Self Service portal. If you have questions about your schedule, contact the advisor in your program.

A sample schedule will be emailed to you prior to Orientation. Students will also receive a copy of the schedule during check-in on August 17. 

Orientation is designed for students. However, there are specific events for families and supporters available in-person on Move-In Day, Wednesday, 8/21 and Thursday 8/22.  All family and supporter sessions are optional. Sessions are available in Spanish and English. 

Yes. The registration link has been emailed to you. 

No. There is no additional fee for orientation.

student in her dorm room

Ready to Move In?

Your residential experience at Dominican is every bit a part of your academic journey as your time in the classroom.

Learn More About Living on Campus