Congratulations on choosing CSUDH as your four-year university and to starting on the path toward your college degree, an important and serious step in your future. To help you make the best possible start to your college experience at CSUDH, we require all first-time freshmen to attend New Student Orientation (NSO), a program designed just for you and your parents or guardians.
NSO is the only way for you to register for your first-semester classes. We also know you may have questions about what to expect, where to go, and what next steps to take. To help answer your questions and ease your transition to university life, we require all incoming freshman students to attend Freshman New Student Orientation (NSO).
Freshman NSO is mandatory, but it’s also a great introduction to CSUDH and an essential part of your success on campus. At Freshman NSO, you’ll be connected to the information and resources you need to start strong, including:
You’ll need to meet a number of requirements before you can reserve your spot for Freshman New Student Orientation (NSO):
NSO registration opens in May. Once registration opens, you’ll receive an email with information on how to reserve your spot online. Be sure to check both your personal and Toro email for this notice. To reserve a spot for NSO you must have completed your Intent to Enroll and have received your EPT/ELM scores. If you believe you have completed both items, but have not received an email, please call (310) 243-2113.
Spots for orientation can only be reserved online. They cannot be reserved by emailing or calling CSUDH.back to top
Orientation sessions are scheduled during the summer. Students may select the date that works best for them, on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend reserving your orientation spot online early so you can select dates that meet your schedule.
The orientation program for first-year students is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch is included with the orientation fee.
The 2016 Freshman Orientation dates are:
There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to reserve your first choice of dates, so we encourage flexibility. Students should NEVER make travel plans until an orientation reservation has been confirmed.back to top
A $87 (non-refundable) orientation charge will be placed on your my.CSUDH.EDU student account 5-7 business days before your registered orientation date. This fee must be paid on or before your orientation date.*
IMPORTANT: If you decide to cancel, you must do so online 10 days before your registered orientation date to avoid having a fee placed on your account. All fees are non-refundable once they are placed on your account.
*If you filed your FAFSA and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 4,000 or less, your Freshman NSO fee will be deferred. If you qualify, your non-refundable NSO fee will automatically be deducted from your Fall financial aid disbursement--you will not need to contact the Financial Aid Office for this.back to top
We want your family to share your CSUDH experience with you. Which is why we've created a Parent Orientation that runs concurrent to Freshman NSO, but is a separate program specifically designed to meet the needs of your parent, guardian, or sponsor. Parent Orientations are held on select Freshman NSO dates, and are available in either English or Spanish.
The cost for Parent Orientation is $15 per parent/guardian/sponsor. A Parent Orientation registration email will be sent to the student 24 hours after they register for Freshman NSO. Online registration and fee payment for Parent Orientation must be completed five days before the student's confirmed registration date.back to top
Please call (310) 243-2113 for more information.back to top