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First Year Orientation

                  Welcome first year Cougars!

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
  • 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: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Close: Friday, May 31, 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 26th. If you need to reschedule, be sure to call Orientation at (760)750-4930 prior to missing your Orientation Session.

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 Edition: Path to CSUSM Checklist

For a complete list of items to complete before Fall semester, please check out the Freshman Path to CSUSM!

How to make an Orientation Reservation

  • Submit Intent to Enroll (Once submitted, 24 Hour Processing Period)
  • Clear any Housing Holds (if applicable)
  • Login to MyCSUSM and select "Orientation Reservation"

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