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First Year Students

First Year Orientation sessions are a full-day program running from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Options are available for students to attend alone or with guests. All Orientations are major-specific. Date options are available within MyCSUSM once the orientation reservation system is live.

All Summer 2020 Orientation sessions will be fully online due to the campus closure.

Orientation Reservations:

  • Opens: April 22, 2020
  • Closes: June 1, 2020

Please Note: If you do not attend an Orientation session, your courses will be dropped in mid-August. You will have an opportunity to register again on the first day of the fall semester. If you need to reschedule your Orientation, call Orientation at (760)750-4930 prior to missing your Orientation session.

How to make an Orientation Reservation

  1. Submit your 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.
  4. Pay the registration fee.

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


Family Orientations run concurrently to student sessions from 8:00 am-5:00 pm and are offered on select First Year Orientation dates. Reservations for up to 2 guests per student are permitted. We also offer Spanish-Speaking Family Orientations on various dates throughout the summer. 

Path to CSUSM

For other important dates and deadlines before and after Orientation, check out the First Year Path to CSUSM!

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