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First Year Orientation





All newly admitted First Year students must attend Orientation in order to register for courses prior to the first day of the admitted semester. Orientation for First Year students is a full-day experience where they can expect to:

  • Meet fellow new and current students, faculty, and staff
  • Explore the campus
  • Learn about CSUSM resources
  • Learn how to get involved on campus
  • Begin building Cougar pride
  • Receive academic advising and begin the course registration process

Orientation is designed to assist students in making a smooth and easy transition to CSUSM and welcome them into our community. Orientation sessions run June through August in order to accommodate the busy schedules of our incoming students and their families. Students need to attend only one Orientation.

What do I have to complete before I can make an Orientation reservation?

There are several requirements that must be completed before having access to registering for an orientation date, to enrolling in course and to attending orientation. Students must be aware of these requirements found in the checklist above. Not adhering to the deadlines and requirements may result in their admission being revoked.   

First Year Orientation for First Time Freshmen

  • Orientation for first year students is 8am-5pm. No guests permitted unless it is a Family Orientation.
Family Orientation for Families of First Time Freshmen
  • Family Orientations run concurrently to student sessions from 8am-5pm and are offered on select First Year Orientation dates. Reservations for up to 2 guests per student are permitted. 
Spanish Orientation for Families of First Time Freshmen
  • We hold three Saturday Spanish Orientations that run concurrently to student sessions from 8am-5pm. Reservations for up to 2 guests per student are permitted through MYCSUSM under the Spanish Family Orientation Sessions. 

First Year Orientation Dates and Reservations

After a student accepts the intent to enroll and pays the $150 enrollment deposit, an Orientation hold will be visible in MyCSUSM for those who need to attend Orientation. This hold prevents course registration and will be removed the day of a student's Orientation. A student's registration occurs at their scheduled Orientation. If an Orientation hold is not on a student's account, they may not have to attend Orientation. Contact Orientation and New Student Programs with any questions.

Orientation reservations can be made now in MyCSUSM. Students should never make arrangements (i.e. travel, work, etc) to attend a particular Orientation until it has been reserved.

Paying Your Orientation Fee