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New Student Orientation is a full-day event the University sets aside to prepare all of its new students for the academic, cultural and social climate of California State University, Northridge. Throughout the Orientation Day, new students will be advised on appropriate steps to take in order to achieve academic success in and out of the classroom. Students will also get a chance to meet their peers, both fellow new students and continuing CSUN students, who will offer help and suggestions to assist with a smooth transition into CSUN.
Step 1: Go to http://nso.studentaffairs.csun.edu/
Step 2: Enter your last name as it appears on your application
Step 3: Enter your 10 digit CSUN I.D. number provided for you on your original registration for classes.
Step 4: Reserve your date.
Step 5: Print out your confirmation.
New Student Orientation is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is limited to 500 students per session. Your assigned date has been determined by your specific major or special program.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the entire program will be finished by 6:30 p.m. Each component of the program essential and will help you in becoming acquainted with the CSUN campus. For more information on the components please click on "Orientation Schedule."
Yes. This is a university program that all first time freshmen are required to attend.
A $75 Orientation Fee is charged to every first time freshman during their first semester. This fee is automated and will not be refunded for students who do not participate. To view your account go to Student Center (SOLAR)>Finances>Account Information.
No. Under Federal regulations, the $75 Orientation fee cannot be paid by your financial aid. A separate charge of $75 will appear on your account. To view your account go to Student Center (SOLAR)>Finances>Account Information.
Yes. Lunch will be provided for New Student Orientation.
There are eight academic colleges within California State University, Northridge. View the list of all colleges and all majors within each college. If you have not declared a major there are specific days set aside for students who are Undeclared/Undecided to attend Orientation.
Yes, EOP students entering CSUN are required to attend New Student Orientation as this is an essential university program.
Yes. Each day of Orientation is designed for a specific college of the University. A professional staff member will advise students on their first year experience as it relates to their specific department. Another advantage of attending Orientation is that students will meet other students with the same major, whom they are likely to be in classes with.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Name, Student ID #, Assigned Orientation date, Desired Orientation date, and the reasoning for the change.
If you are unable to attend your assigned date, we strongly encourage reviewing the Orientation Dates and attending an "Undecided/Undeclared" day of Orientation, as the information is general whereas, the other Orientations are college specific.
Parking is available in Lot G3, located on Zelzah Avenue and Prairie Street. There will be directional signs posted leading you to the parking lot. Students will be provided with a courtesy parking pass on the day of their Orientation.
*Please note the parking pass is only valid the day of your Orientation. All other days require a CSUN parking permit.
If you misplaced your parking pass an orientation leader will be available in the G3 lot to provide you with a new one.
*Remember, New Student Orientation is a full day program. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Keep in mind the warm Northridge climate when choosing your wardrobe.
No. Because Orientation is designed to be one of the first opportunities that a new student has in understanding what the independent college experience is like, family and friends are not permitted to attend. The day is designed specifically to assist students in learning about the responsibilities and challenges they may expect as a new student attending CSUN. Orientation provides information on what students can do and possible resources to seek when assistance is needed. Students will also benefit by having an opportunity to connect with other students who can relate to similar issues or feelings that are typical of new students transitioning into college.
There are several options for family and friends to explore in the Northridge area while you are attending Orientation. Northridge has malls, movie theatres, bowling alleys, miniature golf parks, and bookstores that your family and friends may enjoy. A more detailed list with directions will be available for distribution on the days of Orienation.
No. Academic advisement and University Registration are separate events and will not occur at Orientation. For more information please contact your advisor. View the listing of department academic advisors.
When you are admitted to Cal State Northridge, your CSUN Student ID is issued by the Admissions and Records Department. You may sign up for your CSUN e-mail address by going to http://library.csun.edu/. Click on Webmail and follow the instructions to complete the process. If you need additional assistance please contact the Office of Student Development at (818) 677-4100.
The EPT and the ELM are English and Math Placement Tests which most incoming students take in order for the University to place them at the appropriate English and Math level. To find more information on testing, please call (818) 677-2369 or go to http://www.csun.edu/testing/.
Information about accommodations for students with disabilities can be obtained by contacting the Disability Resources and Educational Services office at (818) 677-2684. Further questions or concerns may be answered by contacting the Office of Student Development at (818) 677-4100.
If your personal information is incorrect, you must correct it through Admissions and Records. For a name change fill out the form at www.csun.edu/anr/forms/name_change.pdf and return it to Admissions and Records in Bayramian Hall.
You may change your address or phone number by logging on to your CSUN web portal account. Click on Student Center, scroll to the bottom and click either the Address or Phone Number link, which ever you wish to change.
For additional matters, please visit Admissions and Records in Bayramian Hall or contact them at (818) 677-3700.
For students who will be observing Ramadan and fasting during the Orientation day, a boxed lunch can be set aside to be picked up at the conclusion of the Orientation day. Arrangements can be made with an Orientation Coordinator during the Orientation day. Should you have any questions, please call (818) 677-4100 and speak with an Orientation Coordinator.
If you have any further questions please contact the Orientation Staff via e-mail at NewStudentOrientation@csun.edu or at (818) 677-4100.
The New Student Orientation web site 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.