First-Time Freshmen

In keeping with the goal of New Student Orientation, we have designed this program to meet the needs of incoming first-time freshmen by:

  • Providing the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and information about campus resources and services
  • Informing students on how to achieve academic success
  • Encouraging interaction among current and new students to ensure a smooth transition
  • Connecting and networking with college administration, faculty and staff
  • Informing students of involvement opportunities in a range of areas

Register for New Student Orientation

Please take the time to register for New Student Orientation. Space is limited.

Orientation Dates

Freshmen will register online for a specific orientation date. These dates have been determined based on college and/or program affiliation. If you do not know the college or program affiliation, please contact your academic advisor. Dates are subject to change based on time and date of printing and posting. Students should look for the official New Student Orientation registration postcard in the mail around late June.

DateTimeCollege or Program Affiliation
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

College of Health and Human Development

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.Undecided / Undeclared
Thursday, Aug. 7, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Friday, Aug. 9, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.College of Business and Economics
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Thursday, Aug. 14, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.College of Science and Mathematics
Friday, Aug. 15, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

College of Humanities

Undecided / Undeclared
Monday, Aug. 18, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

EOP Residential Bridge

EOP Fresh Start

Undecided / Undeclared

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

College of Health and Human Development

Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Merge Day with NCOD 
Friday, Aug. 22, 20148 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

Living Learning Communities

Fresh Start Program

Undecided / Undeclared

Orientation Schedules

First-Time Freshman Schedule (Tentative)

8 a.m. Check-In

8:20 a.m. First Group Meeting

9 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. Technology Services

9:50 a.m. Steps to Academic Success

10:35 a.m. Northridge Students Live

11:35 a.m. Campus Tour

12:05 p.m. Lunch and Service Fair

1:45 p.m. Classrooms and Community

3:15 p.m. TAKE XXVI

5:15 p.m. TAKE XXVI Small Group Discussions

Components and Learning Outcomes

The goal of New Student Orientation is to support the continuous process of integrating new students into the academic, cultural and social climate of California State University, Northridge.

CSUN offers a comprehensive one-day New Student Orientation program for first-year students prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The New Student Orientation program offers students the opportunity to become familiar with some of the faculty and staff from the CSUN campus, as well as student orientation leaders, who support and mentor new students as they begin their CSUN journey. At New Student Orientation, students will become familiar with the campus and be introduced to student services, university requirements and expectations, first-year planning, diversity education and the opportunity for networking with other incoming students. In support of this goal and with recommendations from the Orientation Advisory Committee, the following components with specific learning outcomes have been created.

University Welcome

An ongoing goal of the New Student Orientation program is to convey the purpose of higher education and the mission of California State University, Northridge. Opening remarks will be scripted in to ensure continuity of message.

Learning outcomes

New students will express familiarity with the purpose of higher education and begin to identify how that purpose relates to their educational goals. 

Group Meetings and Transitions

These meetings will include icebreakers and activities that will allow students to feel more comfortable in their new surroundings and with their orientation groups. Meetings will be designed with strategic probing questions in order to encourage interaction between students and orientation leaders. In these group meetings, students will be provided with campus facts and information, led to key locations students should be familiar with on campus, and informed of services and classes offered in the buildings pointed out. There will also be opportunities for students and group members to share informal information about college life and discuss any concerns new students may have. Orientation leaders will be prepared to answer any questions that students may have or provide guidance as to where a student can be better assisted. This group will allow students to develop an initial network of support at CSUN through interaction on the day of orientation, during Welcome All Matadors Festival and the Presidents Celebration. They will follow-up with contacts on emails and informal gatherings from orientation leaders and other mentors.

Learning Outcomes

New students will be able to:

  • Establish at least one interpersonal connection with a peer of sufficient depth.
  • Identify at least one peer who could serve as a resource and support that would continue after New Student Orientation.
  • Express familiarity with the physical layout of the campus.
  • Identify the location of campus buildings, parking structures and lots, and more specifically where their classes will be held.
  • Identify locations of business resources on campus and other major resource areas such as the Klotz Student Health Center (SHC), the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, the University Student Union (USU) and the Student Services Building.
  • Identify their new orientation leaders as support systems within the university.

Northridge Students Live

This component is a talk show format that will be interactive with an engaging style that will introduce new students to key service areas of the campus. It is focused on main points that each service offers first year students. Each service area will be introduced and spoken about by various orientation staff, leaders and coordinators, where they will prompt questions and show pre-taped video clips of services that will ultimately lead to answers. Pre-taped video clips will provide depth on informational content. This component will promote the learning of the resources designed to introduce them to support services at CSUN as well as help new students succeed.

Learning outcomes

New students will:

  • Express familiarity with key campus services and resources that are available to them.
  • Identify key service areas and be able to state services available within these areas.

Steps to Academic Success

This component will be presented by staff members from a college advising center. A template will be created to provide basic information and follow-up reinforcement of the student's academic advisement. The template will then be personalized to incorporate specific college information, including students' majors of interest information. Key components will include a refresher introduction to the college structure including principle leaders, general awareness of important forms and deadlines, methods of taking control over one's own education, an overview of Solar/Portal, an introduction of the four to five year completion strategy for graduation and resource information.

Learning outcomes

New students will be able to:

  • Identify the college in which their major exists and identify resources available to them from the college.
  • Identify how to add and drop classes online.
  • Develop a familiarity with the Schedule of Classes and the University Catalog and know the location of their major and its information within the catalog.
  • Estimate their time to graduation and understand their major requirements for graduation.
  • Understand the importance of the myNorthridgePortal.

Classrooms and Community

A continuing component, Classrooms and Community will feature a panel of three to five students, which will highlight their individual success stories of how they are achieving their academic goals. A trained faculty or staff member facilitator will provide an interactive discussion regarding the university classroom, including differences between high school and college, appropriate classroom conduct, meeting faculty expectations, ethical issues such as cheating, plagiarism (including using the Web and internet resources for cheating), and campus community standards. A focus of the student facilitation will be a discussion of adult responsibilities, sexual assault, student records and FERPA rights.

Learning outcomes

New students will:

  • Identify the differences between the high school classroom, university classroom and appropriate classroom conduct.
  • Develop an understanding of student success strategies from peer discussions.
  • Be familiarized with the university’s academic expectations.
  • Be introduced to CSUN's sexual assault policy and how to protect and educate themselves in accordance to AB 1088.

TAKE Performance and TAKE Small Group Discussions

TAKE is an interactive stage performance is in its 24th year of evolution. CSUN student peer educators write, produce and perform skits surrounding challenging social issues that college students may face today, including body abuse, relationships, prejudice and transition. A facilitated discussion with small groups will occur immediately afterwards.

The TAKE small group discussions are facilitated by specially trained student orientation leaders in tandem with a member of the TAKE cast. Students have the opportunity to further explore the issues presented in TAKE in a more intimate environment. With the help of the facilitator, more in depth discussion and further questions and probing will occur.

Learning outcomes

New students will be able to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of some of the issues they may face as developing adults in a college environment.
  • Understand and identify various college concerns and campus resources that can assist in overcoming a social issue that may be prevalent in a college student's life.

Orientation Essentials

We look forward to seeing you at your New Student Orientation. Here are some essential tips and reminders: 

  • Your orientation parking pass will be emailed to you when you register for your New Student Orientation. Be sure to bring it with you.
  • When you come to campus, be sure you are in the designated parking lot or structure that is on your parking pass. For directions and lot locations, see our campus map.
  • Bring you class schedule to the orientation so that orientation leaders may help you map out your first few days on campus, making your initial class meetings a breeze.

Bring a CSUN student ID or another form of picture ID to check in to the program. For a CSUN student ID, visit Bayramian Hall student services.


First-Time Freshman Checklist

2013-14 Handbook

Student Service Centers and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) Advisement

Maps and Permits (Maps and permits will be able to download and print as the programming dates gets closer. Please check back this page around late July.) 

Photo Gallery

Freshman Convocation


If you have any further questions, please contact the New Student Orientation staff at (818) 677-4100 or via email at newstudentorientation@csun.edu. You may also review the FAQs page for any questions you may have.

Disclaimer: The New Student Orientation website contains information authorized and available at the time of publication. Its content, including dates and fee amounts, is subject to change without prior notice or obligation.