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Freshman Orientation

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.

Why should I attend?
What do I have to do before I can go?
How do I sign up?
When is orientation?
How much does it cost?
Can my parents/guardians come?
Who can I contact for more info?


Why should I attend?

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:

  • Hands-on help with online registration for your fall courses.
  • Academic assistance to help you choose the right classes for your degree and interests.
  • Useful information on your financial aid options and how to accept awards.
  • Introduction to student life and the many clubs, organizations, activities and events happening right here on campus.
  • Interactive tours of our beautiful campus including the Welch Hall administration building, classrooms, our stunning renovated library and our award-winning Loker Student Union.
  • Answers to your questions provided by our friendly student services staff.
  • Tools for success including a CSUDH Toro planner/handbook and your student I.D.
  • Information on how to jump-start your course work and requirements by attending our innovative Dominguez Hills First Year Experience (#DHFYE) summer programs.
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What do I have to do before I can go?

You’ll need to meet a number of requirements before you can reserve your spot for Freshman New Student Orientation (NSO):

  • Activate your my.CSUDH.EDU account. Your login information was included in your acknowledgement letter.
  • Submit your Intent to Enroll on my.CSUDH.EDU by May 1, 2015. Attending mandatory orientation finalizes your intent to attend CSUDH.
  • Take the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam and get your scores, if they haven’t already been received by CSUDH:
    • Only students who have received an exemption (not conditional exemption) are excused from completing the ELM and EPT exams. If you are uncertain of your status, check at MyCSUDH.edu.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application by March 2 and supporting documentation by May 15, unless you will be paying all tuition costs without the use of any financial aid, including student loans.
Missing these requirements as well as university deadlines may keep you from attending CSUDH.

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How do I sign up?

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.

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When is orientation?

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 2015 Freshman Orientation dates are:

  • June 4
  • June 12
  • June 20
  • June 26
  • July 16
  • July 31

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.

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How much does it cost?

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 2015-2016 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 2015 financial aid disbursement--you will not need to contact the Financial Aid Office for this.

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Can my parents/guardians come?

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.

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Who can I contact for more info?

Please call (310) 243-2113 for more information.

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