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First-Time Freshmen Orientation

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
Postcards and Emails with registration instructions are sent to new students about a month prior to programs taking place.  You can also visit this web-page for registration information as it becomes available. Click the drop down options below to learn more about DATES, NSO SCHEDULES and other important information.  

Orientation Dates


Tentative Dates for Students attending CSUN starting Fall 2020

8/4/20Tues.College of Health and Human Development #1
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences #1
8/5/20Weds.Exploratory Students
8/6/20Thurs.Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, & Communication
8/7/20Fri.David Nazarian College of Business & Economics


College of Engineering & Computer Science #1
8/12/20Weds.College of Social & Behavioral Sciences #2
8/13/20Thurs.College of Science and Mathematics
8/14/20Fri.College of Humanities
College of Engineering & Computer Science #2


Mon.Exploratory Students
EOP Fresh Start Students


College of Health & Human Development #2
Michael D. Eisner College of Education (Deaf Studies)
Merge Day (NCOD Students)

8/21/20Fri.Living & Learning, and Themed Learning Communities (Housing)
Exploratory Students
  • WHAT DAY IS MY NSO? NSO dates are organized by College or in some cases by affiliated group (ex: Exploratory Majors, Housing students etc.)
  • WHEN DO I CONFIRM THAT I'M COMING? Students will receive notification about registering/confirming their attendance at NSO sometime around mid-June.
  • CHANGING NSO DATES? Students are able to request a change of NSO date if you have switched majors or are no longer part of an affiliated group. 

Orientation Schedule / Agenda

*Schedule is subject to slight change.

Example Schedule for Freshman NSO

8:00 AMCheck-In & Introductions to Groups
8:30 AMGroup Meetings
9:00 AMCampus Tours
10:00 AMUniversity Welcome
10:40 AMInformation Technology
10:55 AMStudent Life Presentation
11:15 AMSteps to Academic Success
12:00 PMLunch & Campus Resources/Services Fair
1:55 PMClassrooms & Community / Surveying 
3:30 PMTAKE 32 (Stage Performance)
5:15 PMGroup Discussion & Wrap Up

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 context 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.


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. 


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.


This component will be presented by a staff member from the Matador Advisement Hub (HUB). 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


Occurring in two parts, these components introduce new students to key service areas of the campus promoting resources designed to support academic, social, and cultural needs to enable success.   Location, hours of operation, and accessibility are also covered. 

PART 1 (VIDEOS & DISCUSSION – Using a variety of short videos, students will be provided information and examples of what student life looks like on campus.  Departments highlighted include Housing & Conference Services, Student Involvement & Development, Associated Students, the University Student Union, and the International & Exchange Student Center.  After videos are viewed, staff and student mentors provide additional details and open up for a questions & answers. 

PART 2 (TABLING FAIR) – Campus Departments/Service areas directly interface with new students providing promotional materials and answering general questions. 

Learning Outcomes
New students will:

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


A trained faculty or staff member facilitator and a student mentor 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.)


TAKE is a live stage performance. 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:

  • Develop a basic understanding of some of the issues they may face as developing adults in a college environment.
  • Able to understand and identify various resources on and off campus that can assist in overcoming academic, cultural, and social issues/problems prevalent in a college student's life.


Orientation Essentials (what to bring, where to go, etc.)


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If you will be driving to campus, we have made arrangements for you to park in the G3 Lot or G3 Parking Structure which is located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St. Please click here to print out a free 1-day parking permit.

If you don't have access to a printer you can obtain a one-day permit from an attendant at the parking kiosk adjacent to the G3 lot/structure. Be sure to arrive early and inform them that you are attending your New Student Orientation. 

Orientation leaders (in red CSUN Polo shirts) will be available in the parking area that morning for assistance should it be needed.



Your NSO day will start at 8AM, at the University Student Union (USU) Plaza Del Sol. 

Light breakfast refreshments (Water, Juice, & Fresh Pastries, etc.) will be available. Check-in tables and NSO leaders will be present to direct you further.  Please have a photo ID to help along the check-in process. 

(8AM TO 6:30PM)


Although it seems like a long day, many suggest it goes by very quickly as we have a full list of workshops, tours, and networking opportunities. Information provided is necessary for all student to receive, and you will be expected to be attend the entire day.



This non-refundable $75.00 dollar fee is placed on your student account automatically.  
Students with Financial Aid Packages: This is a separate fee from tuition and cannot be paid with money awarded by Financial Aid initially.

Why can't find the charge on my student financial page?  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

NOTE: Failure to pay university fees can result in a hold blocking all University services. This fee is listed under "Non-Refundable Fees & Charges" dropdown option on the CSUN Student Finance webpage. 



Please refer to "Orientation Schedule/Agenda" drop down screen found on NSO Freshman webpage.


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Light breakfast refreshments (Water, Juice, & Fresh Pastries, etc.) will be available, as well as a full lunch with a variety of options.  

Although lunch options will meet most dietary needs (ex: Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.), we'd like as much notice as possible.  When you check in, please be sure to let your NSO leaders know of your dietary preferences. All planned meals will be catered by CSUN Dining.

NOTE: Water Bottles – Help us reduce waste of single-use plastic bottles by bringing your own water bottle.  You will provided with a reusable water bottle during lunch as well. There are water refill stations located throughout campus. For more information about CSUN’s sustainability efforts, visit www.csun.edu/sustainability and visit their table at the Resource Fair.



Most materials will be provided for you, including a CSUN Drawstring Backpack, New Student Handbook, and other items that will encourage your success. You may consider bringing the following items:  

  • 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”).

  • Photo ID: This will be for check-in purposes. It doesn't have to be a CSUN ID card. 

Also, the locations visited/used during NSO will be ADA accessible.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions on personal items that you may consider bringing: medical devices, wheelchairs, medications, etc.) 

How to Access your Event Pass (Please have your pass ready for orientation)

Your Event Pass is a unique code that allows you to quickly check-in to events happening on campus. A seamless process and easy-to-use interface will make checking in for events a part of your new routine.

Start by signing into your MataSync account here using your CSUN User ID and Password. If this is your first time signing into the site, please follow the prompts to activate your account. After you have successfully logged in, click on your profile picture in the top right of the screen (it may display your first initial if you do not have a profile picture). Once the drop-down menu appears, the Event Pass option will be the first option at the top of the list.  Click this and it will display your unique code.

If you’re viewing the Event Pass from your mobile browser, you should see the option to add the pass to your Apple Wallet or Android Pay. These options make it easier to access your Event Pass at a later date. You can also choose to take a screenshot of your pass or print it. All of these options will still scan as expected. Once you’ve decided on how to store your Event Pass, get out there and attend an event!


The NSO program is for students only; however, here are a few other opportunities for that Parents / Guardians to take advantage of: 


To address general questions and concerns related to advisement (being admitted into CSUN and obtaining classes) you can refer to the University's First time freshman advisement checklist.


Be sure to see an academic adviser to help you with class selection.  Selection of classes will not occur during your Orientation date.


Missed your New Student Orientation?

Those who missed their New Student Orientation (NSO), please come to the Office of Student Involvement and Development, once the semester begins, 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, and provide you additional information on further steps if needed. 

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

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 CenterTBDwww.csun.edu/pride/events
DACA/Dream ActEOP Dream CenterTBDbit.ly/undocu-studentorientation


If you have any further questions, please contact the New Student Orientation staff at (818) 677-4100 or via email at orientation@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.