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Family Orientation

Welcome to the CSUSM Family!

We are pleased to offer several Family Orientations for guests of First Year Students. Family Orientations run concurrently with selected First Year Student Orientation sessions. When making their own reservation, students are permitted to make reservations for up to 2 guests for an additional fee (spaces are limited).

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All Summer 2020 Orientation sessions will be fully online due to the campus closure. Online Family Orientation is a half-day program running from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Family Orientation attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear how to best support your student as they begin their transition to college
  • Learn what it means to be a CSUSM Cougar
  • Meet faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing your student with a quality experience at CSUSM and more.
  • Virtually explore the campus

Preparing for Online Orientation


  • The live portion of Orientation will take place on Zoom. After you register for online orientation, we will send you instructions via email for signing in.
  • To prepare for Orientation, Download and Install Zoom if you do not already have it installed on your device.
  • If you do not have a Zoom account, sign up for a free account.
  • For help using Zoom, visit the Zoom Help Center.

How to make an Orientation Reservation

Open registration for 2020 Orientation is closed. To make a reservation, please call our office at (760) 750-4930 or email us at

Your student must sign you up for Family Orientation when making their Orientation reservation by following these steps:

  1. Submit Intent to Enroll (24-hour processing period once submitted).
  2. Clear any Housing Holds (if applicable).
  3. Log in to MyCSUSM and select Orientation Reservation. Select a date listed as First Year with Family Orientation
  4. Pay the registration fee.

Please encourage your student to check their email and this website frequently for Orientation updates. Guests are also invited to join the Cougar Family Network to receive campus news and updates throughout the year!

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