The NSO online link should be active starting Friday, January 8th, by 5pm.
We are excited to offer new incoming students an online orientation experience.
All new students are required to participate in NSO Online which is a virtual platform providing the ability to learn about CSUN resources, policies, and procedures from the comfort of your own space, and at your own time. The platform is accessible to you throughout the entirety of your time at CSUN so you can always feel free to use it as a reference.
Emails with further registration instructions will be sent to all students in January.
The second phase of your orientation experience will take on the date listed below. You only have to register for one 2-hour session. Registration for this session will open in January.
|Thursday, January 21||All Colleges/Groups||10 am - 12 pm or 4 pm - 6 pm|
We look forward to seeing you at your New Student Orientation. Here are some essential tips and reminders:
- Mandatory Information- Orientation information is mandatory and you are expected to participate in the full program.
- Cost to attend
- A mandatory fee of $55.00 dollars will be automatically billed to your student account
- 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 login").
- F-1 Freshman & Transfer Students (Undergraduate Level who wish to obtain a Bachelor Degree): An academic advisor from Undergraduate Studies will be speaking with you and can perhaps answer general questions on class scheduling. F-
- F-1 Graduate Students (Graduate Level who wish to obtain a Masters or Doctoral Degree): Graduate Students may attend NSO coordinated out of our office; however, there is also a “New Graduate Student Orientation” program provided through the office of Research and Graduate Studies. For more information on that event please click here.
- F-1 Academic Advisement - Be sure to see an academic advisor if possible BEFORE your New Student Orientation to help you with class selection if possible.
- If you are in the United States, you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with one of the International Academic Advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Studies by calling 818-677-2969 or emailing email@example.com.
- Bring your unofficial transcripts for all courses taken at a community college or another four-year university to your advisement meeting.
- Students outside of the U.S. and arriving on July 23 or later, are also encouraged to firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
- 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.
- Orientation Payment— The mandatory non-refundable $55.00 fee issued for Orientation should be paid as soon as possible. This fee could be paid through the "My Checklist" portion of your student portal or by visiting Cash Services, which is located in the first floor of Bayramian Hall. This is a separate fee from tuition and cannot be paid with money awarded by Financial Aid. If you have any questions regarding the Orientation fee, please contact University Cash Services (818) 677-8000 or email@example.com.
- Contact the orientation staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (818) 677-4100 and ask to speak to someone regarding Orientation should you have any questions or concerns.
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. 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.
Component #1: Personal Welcome and Meeting Others
Facilitated by NSO Leaders, this zoom component will help set a tone for the rest of the zoom sessions. Student Leaders will create a comfortable environment and lead the new students in a series of ice-breakers and short discussions on what they can expect for other components to come.
- SLO: Establish at least one interpersonal connection with a peer of sufficient depth.
- SLO: Identify at least one peer who could serve as a resource/support that would continue after NSO.
- SLO: Identify their new orientation leaders as support systems within the university.
Component #2: Student Involvement
Facilitated by NSO Leaders - a quick video commercial will be shared that details various aspects of student life which include programing and services from the Associated Students, University Student Union, Matador Involvement Center, and International & Exchange Student Center. Student facilitators will promote conversation around resources and services that support student life on campus including the use of Matasync, and partaking in leadership opportunities, volunteering, and other academic, cultural, or social clubs/organizations.
- SLO: Express familiarity with key campus services and resources that are available to them.
- SLO: Identify locations and utility of campus centers as they relate to personal interests and affinities.
- SLO: Become aware of opportunities surrounding student clubs & organizations.
- SLO: Identify Matasync as a primary online tool used for involvement.
Component #3: Academic Success
Facilitated by an NSO Leader and CSUN Peer Mentor, this session will remind and underscore the importance of academic success revisiting messages provided to students during NSO online. Through group discussion facilitators will also discuss tips and techniques on studying, taking tests, developing personal goals and creating success strategies
- SLO: Develop a better understanding with the utility of Academic Advisement.
- SLO: Be able to identify their major/college (or potential majors/colleges for exploratory students) and sources of academic support.
- SLO: Become familiar with requirements/components in obtaining a degree.
- SLO: Become aware of student success strategies through group discussion.
Component #4: Information Technology
NSO Leaders will go over PowerPoint slides prepared by Information Technology (IT), which covers all the technological support available to all CSUN students. Leaders will instruct new students on how they can download and utilize specific software designed to assist in their academic achievement.
- SLO: Become familiar with programs like Canvas/Zoom.
- SLO: Understand the technological support students have available to them.
- SLO: Become aware of efficient online learner strategies.
- SLO: Become aware of IT services and resources.
Please visit our FAQs page to better prepare you for your orientation experience.