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Transfer FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on new student summer orientation. If your question isn't addressed below or on our site, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Student Involvement and Development by email orientation@csun.edu

What is Transfer Student Orientation?

The Transfer Student Orientation is designed to help students understand college expectations and individual responsibilities as CSUN students. In addition, transfer students will familiarize themselves with building locations and important campus services. The orientation allows transfer students the opportunity to meet highly trained orientation leaders, who provide valuable information, guidance and insight about the university. Overall, the Transfer Student Orientation allows transfer students to become knowledgeable and well-prepared students to begin their journey towards graduation with confidence.

Will Orientation take place online?


We are excited to offer new incoming students an online orientation experience. 

Our online transfer orientation provides the ability to learn about CSUN resources, policies, procedures, and campus layout from the comfort of your own space, in your own time. The online orientation also gives you the ability to access the orientation sections you've already completed. It's a great way to have all of the information you may need accessible to you throughout your CSUN career. 

Information for NSO Online will be made available in early January. Students will receive postcards and emails with instructions on how to register.  

Once you receive the registration email/postcards you can register for the online orientation experience through our registration website.  

How do I register?


To register, please visit http://nso.studentaffairs.csun.edu/ to utilize your CSUN student ID number and last name.

Your CSUN student ID number can be found in various student documents that you have received from the Office of Admissions and Records. Your CSUN student ID number can most easily be found on your student admissions packet, which showed you your date to register for classes.

How long is Transfer Student Orientation?

We find that it takes about 2 hours to compete. NSO Online is a module that allows the student to watch and review at your own pace though.

NSO Fees

Yes, the fee for the Transfer Student Orientation is $35. Following orientation attendance, the university will bill each student automatically. This charge can be found on the student's myNorthridge Portal account by choosing View Account Information under the "Financial Matters" tab. 

You will not need to make the payment right away, but all fees (NSO included) on your student account should be paid for prior to you registering for classes in the coming semester.  For example, If you are entering CSUN during the Fall semester, you will likely be prompted to select/register for Spring classes between November through December.  A registration hold may be placed on an account if fees aren't paid for at the time of registration. 

If you have any questions or concerns surrounding the NSO fee (financial hardship, making payments, etc.) you can reach out to the NSO staff through email at .  Be sure to provide us your full name and Student ID in addition to your  message/question so we can assist you as quickly as possible.  


Will financial aid cover my NSO fee?

Financial aid rewards do not cover the orientation fee initially, and therefore will not be automatically deducted.  Those choosing to attend Transfer Orientation, or NSO Online, will be billed separately at which time a student can use any method to make a payment. 

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

Academic advisement and registering for classes are separate and do not occur at the orientation. For more information, please contact your advisor. You may refer to the University Catalog for a list of colleges and departments.

Where can I obtain my CSUN student ID and email?

*COVID-19 may impact how students obtain their CSUN ID.

When you are admitted to the university, 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 Admissions and Records at (818) 677-3700.  

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

The UDWPE is an exam that every student must pass to demonstrate their writing skills. To find more information on testing, please call (818) 677-2369 or visit the Testing Center website.

How do I change my personal information if it is incorrect?

If your personal information is incorrect, you must correct it through Admissions and Records. For a name change, fill out the Name Change Form and return it to Admissions and Records in Bayramian Hall.

You may change your address or phone number by logging on to myNorthridge Portal. Click on Student Center (SOLAR), scroll to the bottom and click either the address or phone number link, whichever you wish to change.

For additional matters, please visit Admissions and Records in Bayramian Hall or contact them at (818) 677-3700.

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.