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First Year Orientation

2018 First Year Front Page

Orientation for First Year students is designed to help incoming students feel welcomed and a part of the CSUSM community.

Students can expect to:

  • Meet fellow incoming students, current students, faculty, and staff
  • Receive academic advising and course registration support
  • Learn about CSUSM services, policies, and procedures
  • Learn how to get involved on campus
  • Explore the campus

First Year Orientation sessions are full-day program running running from 8:00am-5:00pm. Options are available for students to attend alone (Student Only) or with guests (First Year with English Speaking Family or First Year with Spanish Speaking Family). All Orientations are major specific, date options are available within MyCSUSM once the orientation reservation system is live.

Orientation Reservations:

  • Open: Spring 2019
  • Close: Friday, May 31st, 2019

Please Note: If you fail to attend an Orientation session your courses will be dropped in mid-August. You will have an opportunity to register again August 27th.

First Year with Family Orientations

English Speaking Family Orientations

  • Family Orientations run concurrently to student sessions from 8:00am-5:00pm and are offered on select First Year Orientation dates. Reservations for up to 2 guests per student are permitted.

Spanish Speaking Family Orientations

  • We hold three Saturday Spanish Orientations that run concurrently to student sessions from 8:00am-5:00pm. Reservations for up to 2 guests per student are permitted through MyCSUSM under the Spanish Family Orientation Sessions.

First Year Student Next Steps Checklist

For a complete list of items to complete before Fall semester, please visit our First Year Student Next Steps Checklist!

Before contacting Orientation & New Student Programs, check out our First Year Student FAQ page!

How to make an Orientation Reservation

  • Submit Intent to Enroll
  • Clear any Housing Holds (if applicable)
  • Login to MyCSUSM and select "Orientation Reservation"

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