NSO dates for students entering CSUN Spring 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Below are a listing of program components with their associated Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for Transfer Students.
COMPONENTS: Group Meetings & Tours
NSO Leaders will assist new students throughout the day in learning about the academic, cultural, and social contexts on campus through group meetings, tours and workshops.
During group meetings and tours, new students will be provided campus facts, led to key locations, and informed of services/classes offered in various buildings. There will also be opportunities for students and group members to share informal information about college life and discuss any concerns that students may have. Orientation leaders will be prepared to answer any questions that students may have or provide guidance as to where a student can be better assisted. This group will allow students to develop an initial network of support at CSUN through interaction on the day of Orientation, during Welcome All Matadors Week and the Presidents Celebration, and will follow-up with contacts on emails and informal gatherings from orientation leaders/mentors.
As a result of these components, new students will:
- 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 location of business resources on campus and other major resource areas such as the Klotz Student Health Center (SHC), the Oviatt Library, the University Student Union (USU), and the Student Services Building.
- Identify their new orientation leaders as support systems within the university.
COMPONENT: University Welcome
The University Welcome will be provided by campus leadership (President, Vice Presidents, etc.) and aim to convey the purpose of higher education and the mission of CSUN. Opening remarks will be scripted in to insure continuity of message.
As a result of this component, new students will:
- Express familiarity with the purpose of higher education and begin to identify how it relates to their educational goals.
COMPONENT: Information Technology
This component will be presented by staff from Information Technology and provides information on a variety of topics surrounding the navigation of the CSUN Mobile App, MS Office for Students, MyCSUNSoftware, Portfolium, and MyCSUNBox, among others.
As a result of this component, new students will:
- Gain awareness of how to navigate the student portal.
- Express greater understanding and familiarity of tools available on the CSUN website.
- New Students will become aware of various online and in-person technological resources.
COMPONENT(S): Campus Resources & Services / Student Life Presentations
Occurring in two parts, these components introduce new students to key service areas of the campus promoting resources designed to support academic, social, and cultural needs to enable success. Location, hours of operation, and accessibility are also covered.
- PART 1 (TABLING FAIR) – Campus Departments/Service areas directly interface with new students providing promotional materials and answering general questions.
- PART 2 (VIDEOS & PERFORMANCE) – Using a variety of short videos, students will be provided information and examples of what student life looks like on campus. Departments highlighted include Housing & Conference Services, Student Involvement & Development, Associated Students, the University Student Union, and the International & Exchange Student Center. Also, a live stage performance of CSUN student peer educators will touch upon topical issues students may face including: mental and physical health, relationships, prejudice, and transition. Performances are delivered as monologues and a discussion on campus support is followed.
Through this component new students will:
- Express familiarity with key campus services and resources that are available to them.
- Deepen one's understanding of issues faced as developing adults in a college environment.
- Identify various resources on and off campus that can assist in overcoming academic, cultural, and social issues/problems prevalent in a college student's life.
COMPONENT(S): Steps to Academic Success (Presentation)
Component: Steps to Academic Success
Presenting this component, staff from college/university advising resource center/EOP Satellites members aim to reinforce messaging on academic advisement. If available (or relevant) unique and college-specific information will be incorporated including major/program/option of interests, as well as college-based “points of pride” as well as college greetings from key college administrators (Dean/Associate Dean/Dept. Chairs). Key components will include a refresher introduction to the college structure and build awareness around tools and resources that will allow students to take control over one’s own education. This presentation will end with a video on the university’s student success campaign “Matadors Rising”.
Through this component, new students will:
- Be able to identify the College in which their major exists.
- Become familiar of/with requirements/components in obtaining a degree.
- Become familiar/aware of student tools in obtaining their degree
- Develop a familiarity with basic academic policies
- Develop a familiarity with the utility advisement and support services within the colleges (or within the University for Exploratory Majors).
- Develop a familiarity with the utility of online services such as the University Catalog and “How To” guides.
- Become familiar/aware of the University’s Matadors Rising campaign.
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.
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 comfortability 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.
You can register for the online orientation experience through our registration website, available here - online orientation registration.