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    Welcome To CSUN

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

Spring Orientation
(includes Transfer and Freshman Students)

  • Thursday - January 11, 2018


Orientation Schedule

Transfer Orientation - Example Schedule (morning program)

8:00 AMCheck-In (Plaza del Sol USU) 
8:15 AMCampus Tours
9:15 AMCampus Resource & Services Fair (USU - Northridge Center Complex)
10:15 AMUniversity Welcome (Plaza Del Sol  - Performance Hall)
10:35 AMInformation Technology
10:50 AMSteps to Academic Success
11:30 AMStudent Life Video Presentations
11:50 AMTransition to Lunch
12:00 PMLunch (Sierra Center Marketplace)

 Transfer Orientation - Example Schedule (evening program)

4:00 PMCheck-In  (Plaza del Sol USU) 
4:15 PMCampus Resources & Services Fair (USU Northridge Center Complex)
4:45 PMUniversity Welcome (Performance Hall)
5:00 PMInformation Technology
5:15 PMSteps to Academic Success
5:30 PMStudent Life at CSUN
6:10 PMDinner (Sierra Center)
7:00 PMCampus Tours

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


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We have made arrangements for you to park in the G3 parking structure  located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St.

Parking permits will be distributed at the parking kiosk/Information Booth once you turn onto campus from the Prairie St. entrance. Please tell the parking booth attendant that you are here for New Student Orientation and you will be provided a permit free of charge. 

There will be New Student Orientation Leaders (in CSUN Red Polos) at the parking lot to assist with navigating to the Check-In area.

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Your NSO day will start at 8AM, at the University Student Union (USU) Plaza Del Sol. 

Light breakfast refreshments (Water, Juice, & Fresh Pastries, 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 after you have attended the program.  

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 (also referred to you as your “Moodle log in”).

  • 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.



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.