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Family Orientation

Welcome to the CSUSM Family!

We are pleased to offer several options for family members of First Year Students to learn more about the CSUSM campus and how to support their students during their first year of college. All newly admitted First Year students must attend Orientation in order to register for courses prior to the first day of the admitted semester. 

Family Orientations run concurrently with selected First Year Student Orientation sessions your student will be attending. We allow 2 guests to attend per student and the fee is $45 per guest. Students will have the opportunity to register guests online when making their own reservation. Please note that guests who attend Family Orientation will not be attending Orientation with their student. Guests will attend a separate session from their student and will be reunited during lunch. Students receive the same Orientation experience at both First Year with Family and Student Only First Year Orientation sessions.

If you attend a Family Orientation (spaces are limited), you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear about helpful campus resources available to CSUSM students
  • Take a campus tour
  • Interact with current student leaders serving on the volunteer Orientation Team
  • 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.

Please encourage your student to check their email and this website frequently for Orientation updates!

Families are also invited to join the "Cougar Family Network" to receive campus news and updates throughout the year!