*Schedule is subject to slight change.
Example Schedule for Freshman NSO
|8:00 AM||Check-In & Introductions to Groups|
|8:30 AM||Group Meetings|
|9:00 AM||Campus Tours|
|10:00 AM||University Welcome|
|10:40 AM||Information Technology|
|10:55 AM||Student Life Presentation|
|11:15 AM||Steps to Academic Success|
|12:00 PM||Lunch & Campus Resources/Services Fair|
|1:55 PM||Classrooms & Community / Surveying |
|3:30 PM||TAKE 30 (Stage Performance)|
|5:15 PM||Group Discussion & Wrap Up|
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)
Component: TAKE Performance & TAKE Small Group Discussions
TAKE is an interactive stage performance is in its 28th 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.
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.
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, 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.