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Transfer Orientation

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

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Transfer Orientation is the university's response to the unique needs of busy transfer students. It is a stream-lined, half-day, academic advising and course registration process. Transfer Orientation gives incoming students the opportunity to visit the campus, learn about helpful resources, receive academic advising, begin the course registration process, and take care of critical business prior to the start of the semester. The cost to attend is $70 per student. Due to space restrictions, guests are not permitted to attend.  

What can I expect at Orientation?

Orientation sessions run June through August. Various sessions are offered to accommodate the busy lives of Transfer students. Students who choose not to attend Orientation will not have access to register for courses until the first day of the admitted semester.

Orientation is, for many students, the first time they are getting the opportunity to see what CSUSM has to offer. At Orientation, students will: meet other new and current students, explore the campus, learn about CSUSM resources, receive group academic advising, meet faculty and staff, begin the course selection process, and more that will help them feel welcomed and a part of the CSUSM community.

Orientation for transfer students is a half day session, either AM or PM. AM sessions run 8am-12:30pm and PM sessions run 1pm-5:30pm. No guests are permitted to attend. Some Transfer Orientation sessions will be offered for specific majors.

If you have any questions, visit our FAQ Page.

Transfer Orientation Dates

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. All new students have been issued an enrollment appointment date of June 9th. This date does not indicate that course registration will be available. 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.

Is your Orientation coming up? Review our helpful information on how to prepare and what to bring here:TRANSFER ORIENTATION

Paying your Orientation Fee

Orientation is a fee based program, meaning, without the fee, we cannot offer this service to our new students. Therefore, we have strict policies in place to ensure we receive these fees. When students make an Orientation reservation in MyCSUSM, the Orientation fee will be automatically charged to the student account. Students must pay the Orientation fee prior to attending their reserved session. Please do not send payment prior to a reservation being made. Students who have not paid the Orientation fee within a week of their scheduled session will not be permitted to attend. 

The cost to attend Transfer Orientation is $70 per student. No guests are permitted to attend.

Students who choose not to attend Orientation will not have access to register for courses until the first day of the admitted semester.

Orientation Fee Payment Options:

Pay Online:

Log on to MyCSUSM and access Student Services to pay your fees directly using your MasterCard, Discover Card, VISA, American Express or Electronic Check (a 2.75% convenience charge will be assessed for all credit card payments. There is no convenience fee for electronic check payments.)IMPORTANT: DO NOT PAY THE ORIENTATION FEE UNTIL YOU HAVE MADE A RESERVATION!

Pay in person:

Cash, checks & ATM Debit cards are accepted at the Office of Student Financial Services in Cougar Central located in Craven Hall 3800.

Pay by mail:

Checks/money orders can be mailed to:

     CSUSM
     ATTN: Cashiers
     333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
     San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Check/money order can be dropped in the drop box located in Tukwut Courtyard outside of Cougar Central (Craven Hall 3800). 

Please make checks payable to "CSUSM" and write your student ID number on the check.  For all services, please have your student/picture ID available for verification.