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What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is an event that the university offers to prepare all of its new students for the academic, social, and cultural change into California State University, Northridge. Throughout the Orientation Day, new students will be advised on appropriate steps to take in order to achieve academic success. 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 ensure a smooth transition into CSUN.

How do I register for International Student Orientation?

After your successful completion of your MOODLE Steps for International Students, you will want to confirm your attendance to your pre-assigned orientation date. Please follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to Register for the New Student Orientation.

Step 2: Enter your last name and your CSUN student ID number as it appears on your student portal. (If you do not have a CSUN student ID number, please call Admissions and Records at (818) 677-3700.)

Step3: Confirm your registration date.  Print your confirmation and parking pass (bring both with you to your orientation day)

If you have any questions, you can feel free to contact us through email at newstudentorientation@csun.edu

How long does orientation last?

Check-in and Campus Tours will begin at 8 a.m.; the program officially starting at 9:30 a.m. We plan on having you with us till 2:15 p.m. Each component of the program is important and will help you in becoming acquainted with the CSUN campus. For more information on the components please visit the International page.

Is the orientation mandatory and does it matter what day I attend orientation?

Yes. It is very important that you attend the International Orientation. This day is designed to meet your specific needs as an international student. Please make sure to check and mark the date of your orientation.

Is it mandatory for me to attend International Student Orientation?

No. However, it is highly recommended that you attend International Orientation. By attending on your assigned date you will benefit greatly because it will allow you to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of international students so that you remain in status and are aware of the university and government policies and procedures. You will also have the chance to ask questions to people who work within International and Exchange Student Center, and meet other international students.

Do I have to pay to attend International Student Orientation?

There is a $75.00 dollar fee to attend New Student Orientation for International Students. These fees will be handled through Student Financial Services. Freshman Students will be assessed this fee automatically. Transferring and Graduate Students will be assessed this fee after you have attended this event. Please do not bring this fee with you to the orientation, as we will not accept cash or checks. Please be advised that your receipt will be available in your student account as an itemized payment and can be found by logging in into myNorthridge Portal. Choose View Account Information under the My Financial Obligations tab to review your payment after you have come to your orientation.

Will I get academic advisement or be able to register for my classes during my orientation day?

Yes, however, this varies based on your academic college. Various colleges will help assist their students register on the day of orientation, or set up a meeting to have you come back to their office at a later time. Academic advisement and university registration are separate events and will not occur at the orientation itself. By reviewing the International Student Orientation schedule, it is suggested that there will be a time when you meet with your academic college.

To find out what academic college you're in, refer to the University Catalog for a list of colleges and departments.

Where do I park during the orientation?

Parking is available in Lot G3, located on Zelzah Ave. and Prairie St. 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 that 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 parking lot to provide you with a new one.

What should I bring to the orientation?

  • Class Schedule (if you have one at this time): Orientation leaders will be able to point out the location of your classes.
  • Good and Positive Attitude: to make the most out your Orientation experience.
  • Courtesy Parking Permit: you will need to display this in your vehicle when parking in Parking Lot G3.

Also, keep in mind the warm Northridge climate when choosing your wardrobe.

Can family and friends attend the orientation with me?

No, the orientation is designed as one of the first experiences that a new student has in understanding what the independent college experience is like. Therefore, family and friends are not permitted to attend. The day is designed specifically to assist the students in learning about the responsibilities and challenges that they might expect as a new student attending CSUN. The orientation provides information and resources to assist students with specific issues. 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 international students transitioning into this university.

What can family and friends do while I am at Orientation?

There are several things that family and friends can do in the Northridge area, while you are attending Orientation. Northridge has malls, movie theatres, bowling alleys, miniature golf-park and bookstores that your family and friends may enjoy. A more detailed list with directions will be available for distribution on the day of your orientation.

Where can I obtain my CSUN student ID number and email?

When you are admitted to CSUN, your CSUN student ID is issued by the Admissions and Records department. You may also sign up for your CSUN email address at your earliest convenience. If you need additional assistance please contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-4100.

What is the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)?

The EPT and ELM are placement tests that 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 visit the Testing Center website.

What is the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE)?

The University has implemented the California State University Trustee Policy for the Writing Skills Graduation Requirement for all Upper-Division students. All students must pass the UDWPE as a requirement for graduation.

To find more information on testing, please call (818) 677-2369 or visit the Testing Center website.


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.

If you have any questions about your immigration status please contact your International Student Advisor at the International and Exchange Student Center at: (818) 677-3053.

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.