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First Year Orientation

2018 First Year Front Page

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
  • Receive academic advising and course registration support
  • 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.

Please Note: All newly admitted students must attend Orientation in order to finalize their course schedule prior to the first day of the admitted semester.

Orientation dates will be open for reservations at the end of April via your MyCSUSM account.

If you have any questions, please contact Orientation & New Student Programs at (760) 750-4930 or

First Year with Family Orientations

Family Orientation for Families of First Time Freshmen
  • 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 Orientation for Families of First Time Freshmen
  • 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 Next Steps Checklist

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How to make an Orientation Reservation

  • Submit Intent to Enroll
  • Clear any Housing Holds (if applicable)
  • Login to MyCSUSM and select "Orientation Sign Up"