About Us


Hello New Matadors

Congratulations and welcome to CSUN! New Student Orientation will give you the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, obtain valuable information on how to succeed academically, as well as how to get involved on campus. More importantly, you will learn your role in our university and become part of the CSUN community.

This Orientation website will assist you in your transition to the university and is a reference that can be used throughout your career at CSUN. The website is a valuable tool that contains important policies and service information, serves as a resource for services, club information, organization details and campus events, as well as provide a link to your orientation leaders and an opportunity for you to become a leader.

We hope you will enjoy being a part of the CSUN community and that your experiences here will stay with you for a lifetime. The campus community is committed to making your transition as meaningful and smooth as possible. We encourage you to ask questions, get involved and take advantage of all the resources CSUN has to offer you

Best wishes,

New Student Orientation Team


Staff Profiles and Contact Information

The Office of Student Involvement and Development oversees New Student Orientation and Freshman Convocation at California State University, Northridge. Should you have any questions regarding New Student Orientation, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-2393.


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Christopher J. R. Aston
Assistant Director

Christopher Aston is responsible for university programs that bookend student life at CSUN, including New Student Orientation (NSO) for freshman, transfer and international student populations, and the university’s Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies as well as other annual welcoming events. Mr. Aston manages and supervises the NSO leadership programs, which include a team of more than 150 leaders and mentors charged with supporting the continuous process of integrating new students into the academic, cultural and social context at CSUN. His guidance and leadership extend past the Office of Student Involvement and Development as an adjunct professor through undergraduate studies, instructing courses for University 100, the Freshman Seminar at CSUN. Additionally, Mr. Aston has taught courses in the Department of Communication Studies, where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees.

Anthony D. Bennett

Anthony Bennett
Activities Assistant

Anthony Bennett assists with the coordination the University's New Student Orientation program efforts as well as Commencement & Honors Convocation ceremonies. Having graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Sociology from CSUN in 2013, Anthony has been working for the Office of Student Involvement and Development staff since January 2014.




Ashley Simmons - Image 2015Ashley Simmons
Activities Coordinator

Ashley Simmons assists with the coordination and execution of the University's New Student Programs including New Student Orientation (NSO), and CSUN's welcome events, among others. She directly oversees the Commencement Ceremonies as well as the Discover, Inquire, and Grow in Los Angeles (DIG LA) programming efforts.  Ms. Simmons has worked for CSUN since 2014 after having worked within Student Affairs for both USC and Cal Poly Pomona which is where she earned her Bachelors Degree.