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Transfer Students

In keeping with the goal of New Student Orientation, we have designed this program to meet the needs of incoming transfer students through the following:

  • 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.
  • Connection and networking with college administration, faculty and staff.
  • Introducing career planning to encourage thoughtful and informed decisions about coursework and major opportunities.
  • Informing students on topics related to financial matters which will bring attention to obligations, opportunities and responsibilities

Orientation Dates

For Students attending CSUN starting Fall 2019

All transfer orientation program components are designed to be applicable for all students (all majors, from all colleges). On dates that include an ‘academic college session’ students from that college will be grouped together and attend a college-specific academic workshop in place of a more general academic workshop. 

7/31/19Weds.8 am - 12:30 pmMorning Session  
7/31/19Weds.4 pm - 8:30 pmEvening Session 
8/12/19Mon.8 am - 12:30 pmMorning Session 
8/12/19Mon.4 pm - 8:30 pmEvening Session 


8 am - 12:30 pmMorning Session 
8/13/19Tues.4 pm - 8:30 pmEvening Session 
8/22/19Thurs.4 pm - 8:30 pm

Evening Session

Academic College Session - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Orientation Schedule

Transfer Orientation - Example Schedule (morning program)




8:00 AM

Check-In (light breakfast provided)

USU Plaza Del Sol

8:15 AM

Campus Tours


9:15 AM

Campus Resources & Services Fair

USU Northridge Center Complex

10:15 AM

University Welcome

Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall

10:35 AM

Information Technology


10:50 AM

Student Life Video Presentation


11:10 AM

TAKE Presentation


11:30 AM

Steps to Academic Success


12:30 PM


Sierra Center Marketplace


Transfer Orientation - Example Schedule (evening program)




4:00 PM 


USU Plaza Del Sol

4:15 PM  

Campus Resources & Services Fair

USU Northridge Center Complex

4:45 PM

University Welcome

 Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall

5:00 PM

Information Technology


5:15 PM

Student Life Video Presentations


5:35 PM

TAKE Presentation


5:50 PM

Steps to Academic Success


6:50 PM

Dinner & Campus Tours

Sierra Center Marketplace

Orientation Essentials (what to bring, where to go, etc.)


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If you will be driving to campus, we have made arrangements for you to park in the G3 Lot or G3 Parking Structure which is located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St. Please click here to print your day parking pass. 

If you don't have access to a printer you can obtain a one-day permit from an attendant at the parking kiosk adjacent to the G3 lot/structure. Be sure to arrive early and inform them that you are attending your New Student Orientation. 

Orientation leaders (in red CSUN Polo shirts) will be available in the parking area that morning for assistance should it be needed.

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Your NSO day will start at the University Student Union (USU) Plaza Del Sol. 

Light refreshments (Water, Juice, & Fresh Pastries/snacks etc.) will be available. Check-in tables and NSO leaders will be present to direct you further.  Please have a photo ID to help along the check-in process. 


Please refer to "Orientation Schedule" drop down screen found on NSO Transfer webpage.



This non-refundable $35.00 dollar fee is placed on your student account once registering for the event. You will see the charge on your account Students with Financial Aid Packages: This is a separate fee from tuition and cannot be paid with money awarded by Financial Aid initially.

Why can't find the charge on my student financial page?  Keep an eye on your student financial account just to be safe, and you can check with University Cash Services If you have any questions at (818) 677-8000 or university_cash_services@csun.edu

NOTE: Failure to pay university fees can result in a hold blocking all University services. This fee is listed under "Non-Refundable Fees & Charges" drop-down option on the CSUN Student Finance webpage.


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For morning programs: Light breakfast refreshments (Water, Juice, & Fresh Pastries, etc.) will be available as well as a full lunch.
For afternoon/evening programs: A full dinner will be provided

Although meal options will meet most dietary needs (ex: Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.), we'd like as much notice as possible.  When you check in, please be sure to let your NSO leaders know of your dietary preferences. All planned meals will be catered by CSUN Dining.

NOTE: Water Bottles – Help us reduce waste of single-use plastic bottles. You will be provided with a reusable water bottle during lunch; however feel free to bring your own bottle should you wish to stay hydrated prior to the lunchtime meal. There are water refill stations located throughout campus. For more information about CSUN’s sustainability efforts, visit www.csun.edu/sustainability and visit their table at the Resource Fair.



Most materials will be provided for you, including a CSUN Drawstring Backpack, New Student Handbook, and other items that will encourage your success. You may consider bringing the following items:  

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Photo ID: This will be for check-in purposes. It doesn't have to be a CSUN ID card. 

Also, the locations visited/used during NSO will be ADA accessible.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions on personal items that you may consider bringing: medical devices, wheelchairs, medications, etc.) 


The NSO program is for students only; however, should anyone be accompanying you, we'll have additional orientation leaders who can direct them to the nearest operating facilities as well as provide quick facts on how to navigate the campus with a self-guided tour.


To address general questions and concerns (not related to orientation) you can refer to the University's First-Time Transfer Advising List. Be sure to see an academic adviser to help you with class selection.  Selection of classes will not occur during your Orientation date.


Extended Programs beyond NSO

There are various entities on campus that provide additional programming for interested students which typically occur after NSO. We will continually update this website with information should other programs be offered.  


If you have any further questions, please contact the New Student Orientation staff at (818) 677-4100 or via email at orientation@csun.edu. You may also review the FAQs page for any questions you may have.

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.