Frequently Asked Questions


What is Homecoming Weekend?

UC San Diego Homecoming is planned by three amazing departments whose goals are to make sure every Triton feels a part of the campus celebration. There will be events for parents, students, alumni, athletes, faculty, and staff. Signature events - Homecoming Kick Off and Men's and Women's Soccer Games; Tailgate, Concert and Women's Volleyball Match; and the Triton Brunch will bring parents, families, students, alumni and athletes together to celebrate UC San Diego Homecoming. Homecoming Weekend will also feature events just for families of undergraduate students.

I'm an alumni-parent. How do I manage alumni-specific events and family-specific events?

Alumni-parents are those who graduated from UC San Diego and have an undergraduate student at the university. Homecoming Weekend will have opportunities to attend family-specific events and also enjoy events for alumni. The best way to experience both without having to choose is to attend the signature events that include alumni and families of undergraduate students. The signature events, designated by the Homecoming logo on the schedule, are Homecoming Kick Off and Men's and Women's Soccer Games; Tailgate, Concert and Women's Volleyball Match; and the Triton Brunch.

As an alumni-parent, where do I register my family?

Families who graduated from UC San Diego and have a current undergraduate student can register for Homecoming Weekend through the Office of Parent and Family Programs. The Office of Parent and Family Programs provides opportunities to learn about your student's college experience no matter their class year, in addition to joint events with alumni and athletics.

Do I have to register my student for Homecoming Weekend?

Yes! If you want your student to attend activities with you during Homecoming Weekend, your student must be registered. We have planned these events for the entire family. This is a great time to (re)connect with your UC San Diego student. We encourage you to ask your student about any conflicting exams, papers, or other activities they may have before registering for Homecoming Weekend.

My student does not want to attend Homecoming Weekend. Can I still attend?

Yes, but we strongly recommend you experience the campus together! Please email and notify us that your student will not be attending. If your student changes their mind, you must update your registration to register your student.

My student has an exam or other obligations during Homecoming Weekend. What do I do?

Exams have historically been administered during Homecoming Weekend to accommodate several course sections under one disciplinary subject. Please consult with your student on whether or not to attend Homecoming Weekend given this conflict and how the weekend can still be enjoyable for the entire family should you decide to register without your student. Review the schedule of events for more details. 

My family cannot attend Homecoming Weekend. Who else can attend?

Family is defined by you. Feel free to invite anyone you consider to be a part of your family.

When does registration open and close?

How much does Homecoming Weekend cost and what does it include?

Families have different schedules and availability. For this reason, families will select between a Weekend Package and a Saturday Package. Visit the registration webpage for details on packages and fees. 

Registration fees are identified by Weekend Package, Saturday Package, and Participant Type.

  • Guest: Family member/guest including adults and children ages 8 and older

  • UC San Diego Student: Currently enrolled at the university
    Note: Your student must be registered with the family.

  • Children: Guest ages 7 & Under

For a complete schedule, please visit schedule of events.

What do I do? I can't afford the Homecoming Weekend registration fee for my family?

Fee Waivers are funds available on a first come basis for families in financial need. Learn more about the Fee Waiver and receive more information on the registration page

Some sessions/events have reached capacity. What can I do?

We try our best to provide an excellent weekend. While Homecoming Weekend provides a structured schedule, families tend to venture off to do other things regardless of their confirmed status. If you are interested in an event that has reached capacity, please drop-in on the day of the event about 20 - 30 minutes into the event. Our first priority is to honor those who registered. Then, we can assess the availability of space. A formal waitlist will not be kept. Rather, we will lean unto your interest.

Can I cancel my registration?

Please be certain that you can attend Homecoming Weekend prior to registering. Some students have midterms on a weekend which are always scheduled and listed in advance on their syllabus. Please consult with your student about their schedule to confirm if they will be able to join you on Homecoming Weekend. Please also review the schedule of events before registering.

If your schedule has changed, you can cancel your registration. In the event that you do cancel, we are unable to process refunds for any reason.  

How do I add someone or update information on my existing registration?

You will retrieve your registration confirmation and select "modify registration." From there, please follow the prompts. You can also go to the registration page, select the package you registered for, and select "modify registration." From there, please follow the prompts.

If you have questions or are experiencing challenges, please call us at (858) 534-7273 or email us at

Are there other accommodations that I have to make to prepare for Homecoming Weekend?

Yes! If you’re traveling by plane, please make accommodations for a car rental. It may be best to rent a car close to or at the San Diego airport for easy access to the rental location and to have transportation to UC San Diego. Some families have found success with ridesharing and taxi services. 

We encourage making hotel reservations with Bartell Hotels. Also, become informed about directions to and parking regulations at UC San Diego.

What do I wear to Homecoming Weekend?

There will be a lot of walking on campus. Please wear comfortable shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring a sweater if you typically get cold in air conditioned rooms.

I don't remember what I registered for. How can I find my confirmation?

Do a search in your email inbox to retrieve your confirmation. You can also visit the registration page and look up your registration by entering the email you registered with and your student's last name. About a week prior, we also plan to email your confirmation before you arrive for the weekend. 

I have an international credit card and I cannot complete the registration. What can I do?

Major credit cards are accepted. If your student has a bank account in the U.S., their bank card can be utilized to register the family and perform the transaction. Otherwise, please email us at or call us at (858) 534-7273 to explore options. 

How can I volunteer for Homecoming Weekend?

Opportunities to volunteer for the event will be available in September. All volunteers will receive catered meals and a Homecoming Weekend swag.

Where do I park during Homecoming Weekend?

Please visit the Directions & Parking webpage for details on getting to and parking on campus. Note: There is a parking fee Monday through Friday. Visit the Visitor's webpage for more information.

Where do I check-in for Homecoming Weekend?

Weekend Package families will check-in Friday October 18 at the Price Center Plaza beginning at 3 - 6:30 p.m. Your student can check-in the family. Saturday Package families will check-in Saturday October 19 at the Price Center Plaza beginning at 8:30 a.m. Visit the Homecoming Weekend Schedule.

Where can I eat on-campus and off-campus?

Do I need my Homecoming Weekend badge if I'm on campus before check-in begins?

No! The campus is open for you to explore. If you plan to go to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, you can bring your email confirmation or a paper copy of your registration. View the schedule for a special free offer at Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

Can I post photos of Homecoming Weekend?

Yes! Post photos of your time on campus #TritonHCW19. There are many places that serve as great photo ops - Triton Statue, Snake Path, Geisel Library, Fallen Star and so many more. Upload on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


For more information contact the Parents' Helpline at (858) 534-7273, or email

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