First-Time Freshmen Orientation


The New Student Orientation (NSO) experience is a required for all entering Freshman students and will occur over the summer leading up till the Fall semester. All new students will partake in the following:

NSO Online - Is a set of comprehensive modules that address university programs, services, and resources available in a virtual and eventual on-campus capacity. You will be able to complete NSO Online at your own pace throughout the month of July.

NSO Live! - Is our way of engaging with you! NSO Leaders will be facilitating small groups through Zoom on a wide set of topics including Student Involvement and Belonging, Academic Success, and Information Technology. These smaller virtual gatherings can assist in answering lingering questions and offer a more individualized opportunity to connect with other CSUN students.  

NSO Resources and Services Fair - As another part of your New Student Orientation experience, you can sign up for the optional virtual NSO Resources and Services Fair, where you can ask questions and interact with representatives across campus via Zoom.

On-Campus Tours - Following COVID-19 safety guidelines, we will be offering optional one-hour on-campus tours to get you familiar with the university. 

Registration will begin Mid-July. All new students will receive emails and postcards signaling they can begin the NSO registration process.  

Use the drop tabs below to find more information.  

NSO Online

The NSO Online platform is the first step in the NSO process and it offers a set of comprehensive modules that address university programs, services, and resources available to you in a virtual and eventual on-campus capacity. Complete this online program at your own pace. 

Resources and Services Fair Week

NSO Resources and Services Fair - Offered on Monday, July 26th - Thursday, July 29th, is an optional event. By registering for the event, you will get the chance to interact with representatives from different departments across campus. The Resources and Services Fair will give you the opportunity to connect with departments like Financial Aid, Admission and Records, University Counseling Services, Associated Students, Klotz Student Health Center, etc., before you begin your first semester at CSUN. 

To register for this optional event please select the link. REGISTER HERE. 

Monday, July 26th 202110 am - 12 pm or 4 pm - 6 pm
Tuesday, July 27th 202110 am - 12 pm or 4 pm - 6 pm
Wednesday, July 28th 202110 am - 12 pm or 4 pm - 6 pm
Thursday, July 29th 202110 am - 12 pm or 4 pm - 6 pm

NSO Live! Dates

Summer 2021 Dates:

Dates for FreshmenCollege/GroupTime
Wednesday, August 4

Exploratory Students

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm
Friday, August 6

Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Health & Human Development #1

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm & 4pm -8 pm

Tuesday, August 10

Health & Human Development #2

Social & Behavioral Sciences #1

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm

4pm - 8pm

Wednesday, August 11

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media & Communication

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm

Thursday, August 12

David Nazarian College of Business & Economics

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm

Friday, August 13

Engineering & Computer Sciences #1

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm

Tuesday, August 17

Social & Behavioral Sciences #2

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm

Wednesday, August 18

Science & Mathematics

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm

Thursday, August 19

Exploratory Students


Engineering & Computer Sciences #2

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm

Tuesday, August 24

Early Start


Exploratory Students

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm

4pm - 8pm

Friday, August 27

Exploratory Students

All Students

10am - 2pm 

4pm - 8pm

NSO Live! Tentative Agenda

Morning Session

9:45 amSoft Check-In for Students
10:00 amNSO Live! Begins/ General Welcome
10:15 amPersonal Welcome & Meeting Others
10:30 amStudent Involvement and Belonging
11:15 amAcademic Success
12:00 pmLunch Break
12:30 pmInformation Technology
1:00 pmTAKE 33
2:00 pmNSO Live! Concludes

Evening Session

3:45 pmSoft Check-In for Students
4:00 pmNSO Live! Begins/ General Welcome
4:15 pmPersonal Welcome & Meeting Others
4:30 pmStudent Involvement and Belonging
5:15 pmAcademic Success
6:00 pmDinner Break
6:30 pmInformation Technology
7:00 pmTAKE 33
8:00 pmNSO Live! Concludes

NSO Live! Essentials

  1. Be prepared
    1. Arrive on time
    2. Bring a Pen & Paper for notes
    3. Show your CSUN Pride by wearing your CSUN gear!
  2. Be aware of your audio and video settings
    1. Make sure you have internet access
    2. Become familiar with your laptop and its settings in case of a technical issue
    3. Make sure your sound and camera is operable
    4. Be aware that when you log onto zoom, attendees will be able to see and hear you 
  3. Tips for the best look!
    1. Good lighting (The light should be in front and facing you!)
    2. Correct angle to show your whole face
    3. Have a clean and clear virtual background
  4. Try your best to eliminate any distractions
    1. Notify others in your home that you will be on zoom for a specified amount of time
    2. Have a clean space prepared
    3. Don’t have any inappropriate images or obscure room decor visible
  5. Show us who you are by listing your pronouns (Optional)
    1. Pronouns: How you choose to identify yourself or how you wish to be addressed as an individual   
    2. Why do we do this?
      1. We want to be as inclusive and respectful as possible. As people transition into their college years as their most authentic selves it is important that we not only respect each others differences but address each other as we wish to be represented. To clarify this section is optional and NOT mandatory.
      2. Example: Ciana (She / Her / Hers) or Rave (He / Him/ Hers) or Charlie (Them / Their / Thiers)
  6. Private Messages are NOT private
    1. The host can see private messages
    2. Be mindful of who you’re speaking with and what you’re saying

NSO Live! Components and Learning Outcomes

Hello new matador! We are currently in the process of finalizing your 2021 New Student Orientation experience. Please, refer back to this website in April to get all the details.


Extended programs beyond NSO

There are various entities on campus that provide additional programming for interested students which typically occur after NSO. Feel free to contact these departments for additional information:

Student Population:Hosted by:Date:More information:
Veteran Students USU Veterans Resource CenterTBDwww.csun.edu/vrc/events
LGBTQ+USU Pride Center


DACA/Dream ActEOP Dream CenterTBDbit.ly/undocu-studentorientation


Please visit our FAQs page to better prepare you for your orientation experience. 

On-Campus Tours (In-Person)

This is about a 45-minute experience with student leaders to introduce you to your new campus. Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 students may register for the optional supplement now; please ONLY select ONE time and day as it is first come and first serve basis. To officially sign up for a tour, you can select the "On-Campus Tours Sign Up" button below and use the event password: FALL2021TOUR

Our office does appreciate your patience and flexibility as we accommodate all incoming students to the best of our ability. 


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.