NSO

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Transfer Students

Hello NEW MATADORS!

The New Student Orientation (NSO) experience for all new Transfer Students will occur over the winter leading up till the Spring semester. 

NSO ONLINE- A set of comprehensive modules that address university programs, services, and resources available in a virtual and eventual on-campus capacity. You will be able to complete NSO Online at your own pace throughout the month of January. All new Transfer Students can partake in the NSO Online experience.

ON CAMPUS TRANSFER ORIENTATION (NSO) - Is an optional in-person opportunity to engage with your new campus! NSO Leaders will be facilitating small groups on a wide set of topics including Student Involvement and Belonging, Academic Success, and Information Technology. This experience can assist in answering lingering questions and offer a more individualized opportunity to connect with other CSUN 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:

  • Showcasing a welcoming environment that builds a sense of community
  • Providing an opportunity to gain knowledge and information on campus resources and services
  • Offering a framework that will allow students to make informed and appropriate academic plans and social choices
  • Encouraging connections among current and new students, faculty, and staff
  • Building awareness of campus locations/geography
  • Enhancing understanding of strategies for success
Registration for Transfer students admitted in Spring 2023 will begin early-December 2022 to register for either NSO Online or the in-person Transfer Orientations (NSO) on Friday, January 13. All new students will receive emails and postcards signaling they can begin the NSO registration process. 

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NSO Dates

More details regarding NSO dates will be made available December 2022.

Orientation TypeDates
Transfer Orientation #1 (Morning starting at 9AM)Friday, January 13 , 2023
Transfer Orientation #2 (Afternoon starting at 3PM)Friday, January 13 , 2023

NSO Tentative Agenda

The following agendas are examples of Transfer Orientation (NSO) events:

Morning Session

Time:Component:
9:00 amCheck-In for Students (Breakfast & Refreshments Served)
9:30 amCampus Tours
10:40 amUniversity Welcome
10:50 amStudent Engagement & Well-Being
11:10 amSteps to Academic Success
11:30 amClassrooms & Community
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmCSUN Panel - Students, Faculty, & Staff Perspectives
2:00 pmNSO Program Concludes

Afternoon Session

Time:Component:
3:00 pmCheck-In for Students (Snack and Refreshments Served)
3:30 pmCampus Tours
4:40 pmUniversity Welcome
4:50 pmStudent Engagement & Well-Being
5:10 pmSteps to Academic Success
5:30 pmClassrooms & Community
6:30 pmDinner 
7:30 pmCSUN Panel - Students, Faculty, & Staff Perspectives
8:00 pmNSO Program Concludes

 

Components & Learning Outcomes

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:

  • Showcase a welcoming environment that builds a sense of community
  • Providing an opportunity to gain knowledge and information on campus resources and services
  • Provide a framework that will allow students to make informed and appropriate academic plans and social choices
  • Encourage connections among current and new students, faculty, and staff
  • Building awareness of campus locations/geography
  • Enhance understanding of strategies for success

Below are a listing of program components with their associated Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

Component:  Campus Tour & Networking
Orientation leaders will conduct a tour of major of campus facilities highlighting areas of interest to new students transferring into CSUN.  New Students will be matched to specific orientation leaders/touring groups based off of similar college/major related areas of study. 

Learning Outcomes - New students will be able to:

  • Establish at least one interpersonal connection with a peer of sufficient depth.
  • Identify at least one peer who could serve as a resource and support that would continue after New Student Orientation.
  • Express familiarity with the physical layout of the campus.
  • Identify the location of campus buildings, parking structures and lots, and more specifically where their classes will be held.
  • Identify locations of business resources on campus and other major resource areas such as the Klotz Student Health Center (SHC), the University Library, the University Student Union (USU) and Bayramian Hall.

Component: Opening Presentations (incl. Welcome, Technology at CSUN, Student Involvement)
Various presentations will highlight various services including  tools students have access to at CSUN including: CSUN User Accounts, Email, My CSUN Portal/SOLAR, Hardware/Software available to all students, Network & Wireless, Phones, Electronic Storage, and basic Web Navigation, Student Involvement opportunities with the Associated Students, University Student Union, and the Matador Involvement Center.

Learning Outcomes - New students will be able to:

  • Express familiarity with services and tools available at CSUN related to Information Technology
  • Know what locations are available to them when they have technological questions, and/or concerns.
  • Know various campus entities that can assist with involvement at CSUN

Component: Steps to Academic Success
Presented by an academic advisor, new students will be introduced to the overall University, and Academic College structures (contacts, resources and who to know).  Also, students will be provided basic information on the University Catalog, Schedule of Classes, Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam, and general information on tools, important forms, and deadlines for taking control of one’s education. 

Learning Outcomes - New students will be able to:

  • Know available resources students have access to concerning academic success, including the University Catalog, Schedule of Classes and “How To” guides.
  • Identify the basic university and academic college structure.
  • Understand the requirements/components in obtaining a degree as well as tools that will enable them to manage their own path to graduation.
  • Develop a familiarity with the utility EOP Satellite Centers.

 

Component:  CSUN Resources & Services (Tabling)
University department representatives will speak directly on resources and services under two general themes; Service Centers & Research, and Involvement & Support Opportunities. 

Learning Outcomes-  New students will be able to:

  • Express familiarity with key campus services and resources that are available to them.
  • Identify areas and be able to state services available within these areas.              

 

 

Resources

MATERIALS PROVIDED AT ORIENTATION

OTHER IMPORTANT RESOURCES

 

 

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.  

Student PopulationHosted ByDate:More information
Veteran StudentsUSU Veterans Resource CenterTBDwww.csun.edu/vrc/events
LGBTQ+USU Pride CenterTBDwww.csun.edu/pride/events
DACA/Dream ActEOP Dream CenterTBDhttps://www.csun.edu/dreamcenter

Additionally, please look into these various Cultural Welcomes offered by the Diversity and Inclusion department of the University Student Union:

Latinx Welcome | TBD
Location: TBD

AAPI Welcome | TBD
Location: TBD

AAPI Welcome Pt. 2 | TBD
Location: TBD

Welcome Black | TBD
Location: TBD

FAQs

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

 
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.