International Students

Greetings Matador!

We are excited to officially welcome you to the Matador Family! NSO is a required activity for International Students and will occur in two phases this January which are explained below. 

NSO Online 
NSO Online is a set of comprehensive modules that address university programs, services, and resources available in a virtual and eventual on-campus capacity. Students are able to complete NSO Online at their own pace throughout the month of January. It's important to have NSO Online completed by the time students participate in NSO Live! 

NSO Live! 
NSO Live! is our way of engaging with our newest Matadors! NSO Leaders will be facilitating small groups through Zoom on a wide set of topics including Student Involvement & Belonging, Academic Success, and Information Technology. These smaller virtual gatherings can assist in answering lingering questions and offer a more individualized opportunity to connect with other CSUN students. 

What Next? 
Postcards and emails will be sent out to all new students prompting them to register for NSO.

Register for New Student Orientation 

(this is Step 5 of  the Immigration Requirements / on the "Canvas" interface)  

The 5th step of the "Six-step immigration requirements for F-1 Students" includes your attendance to the New Student Orientation program.

You will register/confirm your attendance for New Student Orientation in mid-June. Check back with this website for the registration link at that time.  

You will need your CSUN User Name and Password to register. Before you register, please be sure to review the additional information on this website including the Orientation Dates, Orientation Essentials, Resources, and Topics Discussed at Orientation, which are in drop-down pages below.

If the CANVAS interface isn't working properly for you, you may register through our website. 

For international students, please register for New Student Orientation.

NSO Online

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. 

NSO Live! Dates

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 21All Colleges/Groups10 am - 12 pm or 4 pm - 6 pm

NSO Live! Agenda

Example Morning Session:

9:45amSoft Check in 
10:00amNSO Live start - Welcome
10:15amStudent Involvement & Belonging
10:45amAcademic Success 
11:15amInformation Technology
11:45amFinal Questions & Wrap Up

Example Evening Session:

3:45pmSoft Check In
4:00pmNSO Live start - Welcome
4:15pmStudent Involvement & Belonging
4:45pmAcademic Success 
5:15pmInformation Technology
5:45pmFinal Questions & Wrap Up

NSO Live! Preparation

  1. Be prepared
    1. Arrive on time
    2. Bring a Pen & Paper for notes
    3. Bring a Water Bottle
    4. Show your CSUN Pride by wearing your CSUN gear!
  2. Be aware of your audio and video settings
    1. Make sure you have internet access
    2. Become familiar with your laptop and its settings in case of a technical issue
    3. Make sure your sound and camera is operable
    4. Be aware that when you log onto zoom, attendees will be able to see and hear you 
  3. Tips for the best look!
    1. Good lighting (The light should be in front and facing you!)
    2. Correct angle to show your whole face
    3. Have a clean and clear virtual background
  4. Try your best to eliminate any distractions
    1. Notify others in your home that you will be on zoom for a specified amount of time
    2. Have a clean space prepared
    3. Don’t have any inappropriate images or obscure room decor visible
  5. Show us who you are by listing your pronouns (Optional)
    1. Pronouns: How you choose to identify yourself or how you wish to be addressed as an individual   
    2. Why do we do this?
      1. We want to be as inclusive and respectful as possible. As people transition into their college years as their most authentic selves it is important that we not only respect each others differences but address each other as we wish to be represented. To clarify this section is optional and NOT mandatory.
      2. Example: Ciana (She / Her / Hers) or Rave (He / Him/ Hers) or Charlie (Them / Their / Thiers)
  6. Private Messages are NOT private
    1. The host can see private messages
    2. Be mindful of who you’re speaking with and what you’re saying

Orientation Essentials

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 ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu.
    • 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 emailugs.intladvisor@csun.edu 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 university_cash_services@csun.edu.
  • Contact the orientation staff at orientation@csun.edu or call us at (818) 677-4100 and ask to speak to someone regarding Orientation should you have any questions or concerns.

NSO Components and Student 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. 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.


General Resources:

International Student Handbook 

International Student Handbook



Please visit our FAQs page to better prepare you for your orientation experience. 


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.

In the interest of everyone's well-being and consistent with the goal of reducing opportunities for exposure to COVID-19, all in-person events offered through the Office of Student Involvement & Development are cancelled until further notice. The department will continue to operate virtually and you can learn more about those opportunities by visiting the websites for The Matador Involvement Center (Leadership, Clubs & Organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Volunteer Programs, The Food Pantry, and Cal Fresh), Commencement & Honors ConvocationNew Student Orientation (NSO)Discover Inquire, & Grow in Los Angeles, and the CSUN Mentorship Program.  

You can find more information about COVID-19 campus planning, preparedness and prevention at csun.edu/COVID-19.