First-Year Orientation

The UC Davis College of Engineering provides an undergraduate engineering education based on strong fundamentals, giving students the tools they need to prepare for careers and continue to grow and adapt in a quickly changing technical world. Our students have many opportunities for hands-on engineering through undergraduate research, design competitions, student clubs, internships and, of course, classroom projects, with access to a large, well-equipped student shop, a rare resource in engineering schools today.

Important Links for First-Year Engineering Students

Summer Orientation
Video Introductions of Department Advisors


“Like” UC Davis Engineering on Facebook »

Visit Facebook and “Like” the College of Engineering at UC Davis. Our Facebook page features event announcements, college news, student group information, contests and giveaways, and more.

Ice Cream Social »

The annual Ice Cream Social is a friendly welcome for incoming College of Engineering students hosted by the Engineering Undergraduate Office. Engineering student organizations and teams are on hand to answer questions about how to get involved.

Student Organizations »

Take a look at the variety of clubs, design groups, and other student organizations available to UC Davis engineering students. Develop your hands-on engineering skills, learn leadership and teamwork, compete at a national level and have fun. Roll up your sleeves and get involved.

Advising »

The dedicated advising staff in the College of Engineering—in each of the departments, in the Engineering Undergraduate Office and among your peers—is here to help you get the most out of your undergraduate engineering education.

ENG 001 Nuts & Bolts – A First-Year’s Introduction to Engineering

Each fall and winter quarter, the College of Engineering offers a weekly seminar that introduces the different branches of engineering to students. Each week a faculty member from each of our seven departments will discuss their own discipline and provide insights into how to be successful as an engineer. The seminar includes brief writing assignments to deepen participating understanding. The course is 1-unit and is graded Pass/No Pass.