• NSO 2016

    NSO leadership team

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

Registration for New Student Orientation
Registration will begin in July. Please check your CSUN e-mail (e.g. ) for registration instructions as the orientation date approaches.

Orientation Dates

Orientation dates are 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. Registration postcards and emails will be sent out to new students late June to early July with further information on how to register.


Spring Orientation - 2016
(for new students attending CSUN beginning Spring 2016)


Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

8 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

University Student Union (USU)

Summer Orientation - 2016
(for new students attending CSUN beginning Summer and/or Fall 2016)
Orientation Dates Based on College or Program Affiliation

DateTimeCollege or Program Affiliation

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

College of Health and Human Development
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Undecided / Undeclared

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

College of Science and Mathematics

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

College of Humanities
Undecided / Undeclared

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

EOP Fresh Start
Undecided / Undeclared

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

College of Health and Human Development
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
Merge Day with NCOD

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Living Learning Communities
Themed Living Communities
Undecided / Undeclared

Spring Orientation Schedule


Check-in will take place in the University Student Union (USU) beginning at 8:00am.

*Light refreshments will be provided during check-in.

USU Tour and NetworkingHosted by CSUN New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders, you will receive a tour of the University Student Union (USU) highlighting areas of interest to new students at CSUN.  
University WelcomeDr. William Watkins, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, will briefly preview topics discussed during orientation day.
Steps to Academic Success

Presented by the International Advisor from Undergraduate Studies students will become familiar with the CSUN College structure (contacts, resources and who to know). Additionally, information will be provided regarding the University Catalog, Schedule of Classes, www.csun.edu/portal, "DPR", Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam and other general information.  Various topics are addressed including: Differences between US Universities/Community Colleges, myths and truths of an American College,  campus/local/state and federal laws as they relate to student safety and well-being – including sections on Title IX, sexual assault, Violence Against Women Act, student records, and FERPA rights.

Forms and deadlines on taking control of one's own education will also be highlighted.  If you haven’t registered for classes at the time of this program, further information will be available for you on how to navigate through the next steps.

Classrooms & CommunitiesAdditionally this component will highlight student success stories concerning a traditional CSUN university classroom experiences. Various topics are addressed including: Differences between high school, community college, and US universities; appropriate classroom conduct; faculty expectations; ethical issues, cheating, and plagiarism (including using the Web and internet resources for cheating); campus community standards; Title IX and Sexual Assault information, and myths/truths  of living and interacting with American students.
Campus Engagement OpportunitiesCampus tours will be provided for students where they will be given information from the following resources: Oviatt Library, Learning Resource Center, Information Technology, Career Center, University Counseling Services, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Student Heath Center, and the Matador Bookstore.

Fall Orientation Schedules

*Schedule is subject to slight change.

First-Time Freshman Schedule (Fall Semesters)

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 Program

5:15 p.m. TAKE Program 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.

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' major/program/option of interest. Key components will include a refresher introduction to the college structure and build awareness around tools and resources that will allow students to take control over one’s own education.

Learning Outcomes

New students will:

  • Be able to identify the college in which their major exists.
  • Develop a familiarity with the utility EOP Satellite Centers.
  • Develop a familiarity with the utility of online services such as the University Catalog and “How To” guides.
  • Become familiar with requirements/components in obtaining a degree.
  • Develop a familiarity with basic academic policies

Northridge Students Live

This component is a video/talk show format that will be interactive and engaging style that will introduce new students to key service areas of the campus, focused on main points that the 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, show pre-taped video clips of services that will ultimately lead to answers. Pre-taped video clips will provide depth 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.
  • begin to identify areas on campus surrounding their success, and be able to state services available within these areas.

Classrooms and Community

A continuing component, Classrooms & Community will feature a panel of 1-3 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 (i.e. cheating, plagiarism including using the Web and internet resources for cheating), and campus community standards. This facilitation will also focus campus, local, state, and federal laws as they relate to student safety and well-being – including sections on Title IX, sexual assault, Violence Against Women Act, student records, and FERPA rights, and credit card information.

Learning Outcomes:

New Students will:

  • Be able to identify some differences between the high school classroom, university classroom
  • Have awareness of appropriate classroom conduct.
  • Become aware of at least one example of a student success strategy as told by their peers.
  • Become aware of university academic expectations as it relates to the student conduct code, and its references to cheating and plagiarism.
  • Become aware of the university’s services, resources, and responses surrounding various laws, policies, and executive orders promoting student safety and education (incl. AB 1088, EO 1098 - Title IX, Sexual Assault, Violence Against Women Act, FERPA, etc.)

Orientation Essentials

  • Mandatory Event – Orientation is mandatory and you are expected to attend.

  • Orientation Schedule You will receive a campus tour, and participate in a variety of workshops and activities, both indoors and outdoors; please dress appropriately.
  • Parking  If you will be driving to campus, we have made arrangements for you to park in Student Lot G3 which is located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St. Parking permits will be distributed at the parking kiosk once you turn onto campus from the Prairie St. entrance. Orientation leaders will be available at the Parking Lot that morning, for assistance should it be needed.
  • Check-In at 8:00 AM in the University Student Union. Refer to the map on the parking pass, or if you'd like a fuller version of the map (without the parking pass attached) please click here. Please have your photo ID. 
  • Meals include a light continental breakfast and a Subway box lunch.  Special dietary needs can be requested ahead of time.
    • Water Bottles – Help us reduce waste of single-use plastic bottles by bringing your own water bottle. There are refill stations located throughout campus. If you do not have a reusable water bottle, water will be provided. For more information about CSUN’s sustainability efforts, visit www.csun.edu/sustainability and visit their table at the Resource Fair. 
  • Contact the orientation staff at newstudentorientation@csun.edu  or call us at (818) 677-4100 and ask to speak to someone regarding Freshman Orientation should you have any questions or concerns. 
  • Schedule of Classes – It may be helpful for you to bring your schedule of classes with you as you’ll have an opportunity to identify buildings with your Orientation leader.  
  • User ID – There will be time for you to register for the Student Recreation Center (SRC) after the Orientation, which will require you to have your User ID (also referred to you as your “Moodle log in”).
  • Parents –New Student Orientation is for New Students only - we know you’re going to make some fantastic connections! For this reason, we ask that Parents and Guests meet up with you at the end of the day. More information can be found at www.csun.edu/nso/parentday
  • First time freshman checklist – To address general questions and concerns (not related to orientation) you can refer to the University's First time freshman checklist.
  • Academic Advisement – Be sure to see an academic advisor to help you with class selection.  Selection of classes will not occur during your Orientation date.
  • Orientation Payment— This mandatory non-refundable $75.00 fee is assessed automatically. 
      • Students receiving financial aid packages: This is a separate fee from tuition and cannot be paid with money awarded by Financial Aid initially.  
      • Can’t seem to find the “orientation fee” on your student portal: If you are not seeing the ‘orientation fee’ , the chances are that you’ve already paid for it when you made your initial payment for tuition.  Keep an eye on your student financial account just to be safe, and you can check with University Cash Services If you have any questions at (818) 677-8000 or university_cash_services@csun.edu. Reminder: Failure to pay by January 25th will result in a hold blocking all University services. This is a separate fee from tuition and cannot be paid with money awarded by Financial Aid.



First-Time Freshman Checklist

2015-16 Handbook

New Student 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

Missed your New Student Orientation?

Those who missed their New Student Orientation (NSO), please come to the Office of Student Involvement and Development located in the University Student Union (USU) to pick up materials that were distributed.  We'll be sure to cross you off the list, acknowledging you have received necessary information covered at NSO.

While supplies last, we can also send you away with a official CSUN drawstring backpack.


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.