General information

Incoming Full-Time MBA Orientation 2016

Congratulations on your admittance to the UC Davis MBA program! We are looking forward to you joining the Graduate School of Management (GSM) community. The following Orientation and Communication & Culture Boot Camp details are meant for enrolled full-time students only.

This website provides information about the Communication & Culture Boot Camp and Full-Time MBA Orientation 2016. Please check back often as information will be updated throughout this orientation period.

Communication & Culture Boot Camp

August 22 – 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Attendance is required for International students, highly recommended for permanent residents and optional for domestic students.

The Communication & Culture Boot Camp will cover graduate level communication and presentation skills with a focus on enhancing cultural understanding of Western business methods and norms.

The Boot Camp will be held in Gallagher Hall on the UC Davis campus. You will hear from speakers, engage in intensive writing seminars, participate in fluency workshops, and access opportunities to begin researching companies and career options.

See the Communication and Culture Boot Camp 2016 programming and schedule below.

Communication and Culture Boot Camp 2016

    MBA Orientation 2016

    August 29 – September 19

    Attendance is required for all students.

    MBA Orientation 2016 will prepare you academically, professionally and socially to excel in the UC Davis MBA program and beyond. We’ve created a comprehensive program that includes action learning sessions, critical thinking exercises, and networking opportunities to set the stage for your future success at UC Davis.

    The $500 Orientation Fee covers partial costs for orientation and is due when you sign up for Orientation.  Costs include speaker fees, room rentals, materials, business cards, professional name tags, ropes course, and outside registration fees, as well as meals and snacks.

    Sign-up here for Orientation and the Communication & Culture Boot Camp (registration required).

    Detailed schedule subject to change.

    See the MBA Orientation 2016 programming and schedule below.

    Orientation Schedule


      What to Expect

      1. Lightweight, casual business attire is expected for most orientation days, as the Davis weather in August/September averages in the high 90s F (35 C). Formal business attire is expected for some sessions; notification will be given prior to the session.
      2. Ensure that you have activated your UC Davis user name and email prior to arriving at Orientation.
      3. Bring your laptop and charger. For more details regarding computing information, go here.
        1. Ensure you have administrative access to install printer drivers and printers
        2. Ensure that your laptop has MS Windows 7 or higher (XP will not be supported)
        3. If using a Mac, additional software may be necessary to run Windows only applications
      4. Expect to receive additional information about the Associated Students of Management (ASM), including information on student-run events and how you can become an ASM member.

      Location and Parking

      1. The Communication & Culture Boot Camp will be held at Gallagher Hall (next door to the Alumni Center).   Orientation location coming soon. Please access the UC Davis interactive campus map to find the exact locations.
      2. Parking areas for Orientation 2016 and the Communication & Culture Boot Camp include Visitor Parking Lots 1 and 2 and the Gateway Parking Structure located adjacent to the Mondavi Center. Please review the Visitor Permit Parking Area map to find these parking areas.
      3. Parking permits are required and available for $9 from the automated kiosk located in the Gateway Parking Structure as well as the Visitor Parking (VP) Lot 1 just south of Gallagher Hall. There are also multiple bike parking (free) locations around the buildings.

      Hotel Accommodations

      The Hyatt Place UC Davis, is conveniently located just steps from Gallagher Hall. 

      Room block rates $139 per night.

      To reserve your room click here.

      1. Under “MAKE A RESERVATION” add your arrival and departure dates that fall within the following time frame 08/22/2016 -  9/20/2016
      2. Click “Check Availability”.  Our group room block will appear.
      3. When you see “Gsm Orientation” click on “Select”
      4. Then proceed with checkout
      5. If you have any questions, contact Kristyn Areson at 530-297-3183 or email at

      Forms To be Filled Out and Brought With You to Orientation

      Aggie Card Request Form

      If you have any questions, please contact us via email or call Full-Time MBA Program Manager Jacqueline Romo at (530) 752-3593.

      Register for Fall Courses

      Fall registration will open on August 9.