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First Year Students

Welcome first year Cougars!

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
  • Learn about CSUSM services, policies, and procedures
  • Learn how to get involved on campus
  • Explore the campus

First Year Orientation sessions are a 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.

Orientation Reservations:

  • Open: Spring 2020
  • Close: May 31, 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

  • Submit Intent to Enroll (Once submitted, 24 Hour Processing Period)
  • Clear any Housing Holds (if applicable)
  • Login to MyCSUSM and select "Orientation Reservation"

First Year with Family Orientations

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. We also offer three Saturday Spanish-Speaking Family Orientations on various dates throughout the summer. 


First Year Path to CSUSM Checklist

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

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