Summer Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Summer orientation is REQUIRED for all incoming UCI first years in order to enroll in classes. Most Campuswide Honors students attend SPOP (Student Parent Orientation Program), although international students who cannot attend SPOP are required to attend International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP). At SPOP, you will receive academic advising, select and register for your fall quarter classes, learn more about UCI, and of course have fun!

Prior to SPOP, Campuswide Honors students will hold be REQUIRED to complete a set of special advising online modules for honors students. Both Campuswide Honors advising AND SPOP (or ISPOP and school/major advising) are required in order to continue with Campuswide Honors and enroll in fall quarter classes. Please refer to emails from UCI, Campuswide Honors, and your school/major for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have to work on July 12-13 (SPOP 1) and July 17-18 (SPOP 2). What should I do?

Plan ahead. Ask your supervisor for time off well in advance, so you can attend one of these orientation sessions.

2. I can’t attend SPOP on July 12-13 or July 17-18, but can attend at a later date. Is this a possibility?

No.  All CHC students are required to attend either SPOP 1 or SPOP 2.  If you are unable to sign up for SPOP 1 or SPOP 2 for whatever reason, follow the instructions on the orientation website to request an exception. The honors office will contact you by email before your SPOP session with instructions about mandatory honors-specific advising. If your contact information will be changing over the summer, please email us with the correct contact information at

3. I live in another state/country/will be abroad for the entire summer and can’t attend SPOPs 1 or 2. What should I do?

Follow the instructions on the orientation website to request an exception if you can’t physically attend SPOPs 1 or 2. Please note that exceptions are not guaranteed to be approved, and may require documentation (especially trips). If you are granted an exception from summer orientation, watch for an email from regarding required honors advising. Campuswide Honors advising supplements required school/major advising and will go over the honors curriculum, give an overview of the program, and answer questions. International students who cannot attend SPOP are required to attend International Student Parent Orientation Program (ISPOP). Please note that if you attend ISPOP you will need to be advised in your major AND by Campuswide Honors earlier in the summer. All honors students signed up for ISPOP should receive an email from in June regarding required honors advising. ISPOP is only open to international students.

All honors first years must receive honors-specific advising prior to registration for fall classes in addition to the required SPOP.

4. I have additional questions about summer orientation. Whom should I contact?

UCI’s summer orientation program is not organized by the Campuswide Honors Office. We recommend that you first consult the orientation website and address your general questions about summer orientation to the UCI Orientation Office.