Transfer Students

Greetings Matador!

We are excited to officially welcome you to the Matador Family! This year, NSO will be occurring to two different phases which are explained below. 

NSO ONLINE (All students must participate)
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 July and August.   

NSO LIVE! (optional for transfer students)
NSO Live! is our way of engaging with you! NSO Leaders will be facilitating small groups through Zoom on a wide set of topics. These smaller virtual gatherings can assist in answering lingering questions and offer a more individualized opportunity to connect with other CSUN students. Students wishing to participate in the optional NSO Live! session should have finished their NSO online program prior.   

What Next? 
Postcards and/or emails are sent out to all new students prompting them to register for NSO. The message on registration for NSO is as follows:

  1. Click the "Register" button (located on the left side of the NSO Transfer page)
  2. Enter CSUN portal username & password
  3. Follow prompts and select optional NSO Live! session
  4. Check for confirmation email (sent to CSUN email address) and utilize the appropriate links to NSO ONLINE and NSO LIVE! at the times indicated.

 Feel free to click on the drop-down tabs below to learn more about NSO online and the NSO Live!

NSO Online

The NSO online link should be active for new Spring students soon. Please check back with us at a later time.  

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. 

Postcards and/or emails with further registration instructions will be sent to all new students in late June/early July for students entering in the Fall, and in December for students entering in the Spring.  

NSO Live! Dates

NSO Live! dates will be posted soon. Please check back with us at a later time. 

FALL 2020:
Looking to engage with other students before you start your classes? Have any other lingering questions? Sign up for one of these NSO Live! sessions to help you get better prepared for transition to CSUN. 

Dates for TransferCollege/GroupTime
Saturday, August 1All Colleges10 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, August 1All Colleges1 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, August 1All Colleges4 pm - 5:30 pm
Monday, August 10All Colleges10 am - 11:30 am
Monday, August 10All Colleges1 pm - 2:30 pm
Monday, August 10All Colleges4 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, August 19All Colleges10 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday, August 19All Colleges1 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday, August 19All Colleges4 pm - 5:30 pm

NSO Live! Agenda

Example NSO Live Agenda:



10:00 AM

NSO LIVE starts

Personal Welcome & Meeting Others in a Virtual World

10:20 AM

Student Involvement & Belonging

10:45 AM

Tips for Academic Success

11:00 AM

Questions & Answers *possible Virtual Tour

11:30 AM


NSO Live! Essentials

  1. Be prepared
    1. Arrive on time
    2. Bring a Pen & Paper for notes
    3. 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 Raven (He/Him/His) or Charlie (They/Them/Theirs)
  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

Components & Learning Outcomes

For NSO Live!:

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.
  • SLO: Identify at least one student leader who could serve as a resource/support that would continue after NSO.

Component #2: Student Involvement
Facilitated by NSO Leaders - quick video commercials will be shared which will then be further discussed detailing various aspects of student life.  These will 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. (ex: Pride Center, Veterans Resource Center, Dream Center, & Matador Involvement Center, etc.)
  • 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 NSO Leaders 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.

For on-campus NSO programs:

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 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.
  • Informing students of involvement opportunities in a range of areas and topics. 

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”.

Learning Outcomes
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.


Click here to review the 'First-Time Transfer Student Checklist'

 2019 - 2020 Handbook

Presentation Slides

Steps to Academic Success

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


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.