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Orientation Leaders will help students register for classes.

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Campus Activities

During Orientation you will have the opportunity to meet with various campus organizations to enhance your time at Sac State.

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Orientation is a great way to meet other students in your major.

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Students display their brand new Sac State one card. Welcome to Sac State!

Winter Orientation

Welcome to Sacramento State!

As a new student, you have the opportunity to continue your education in an environment rich with opportunity. Since every university/college is different, your first step is to attend Orientation. Orientation is required for all new students.  Students cannot register for classes until they attend Orientation. 

Orientation takes place January 5-12, 2016. For specifc dates by major click here. Reservations for Orientation will begin November 1, 2015. The deadline to register for Orientation is December 1, 2015.

What Happens at Orientation

During Orientation, students will meet with major and General Education advisors and register for spring courses. During these sessions, advisors will discuss academic policies, transferable units and course selection. Students will also have the opportunity to attend workshops about campus departments such as; Housing, Parking, Career Center, Study Abroud and Campus Life. By the end of Orientation, students will know university policies and deadlines, academic requirements, campus programs and services, and be familiar with the campus.

Orientation Program Fees

Students: $56*
Parent/Guest: $51

Fees for Orientation cover the cost of staffing, parking, refreshments and program materials. Financial aid does not apply to Orientation fees.

Paying Orientation Fees

Pay online (see CashNet below) OR by sending a check or money order with a copy of your confirmation page to: Sacramento State, New Student Orientation, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6134. Make checks/money orders payable to Sacramento State. We cannot accept cash or credit cards the day of your Orientation. Cash can be accepted at Student Financial Services prior to your Orientation session. To confirm your orientation date, orientation fees are due within seven days of placing your reservation. Fee Reduction Form.

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*A limited amount of financial assistance is available on a first come first serve basis. This is for students who wish to attend but might otherwise be unable. Financial assistance does not apply to guest. Orientation fee reduction request well be processed after your Orientation Reservation has been posted. Fee reduction forms must be received and approved prior to your Orientation date. Fee reduction forms will not be accepted the day of Orientation. Contact (916) 278-4794 for details. Fee Reduction Form.

Please note: Refunds can be given only if you request a cancellation in writing at least two business days in advance of your assigned date. You can email us your written cancellation to Refunds will be processed once a month. For changes in your reservations, call (916) 278-7841.

Services to Students With Disabilities

Requests for sign language interpreters, real time captioners, materials in alternative formats, or ADA accommodations should be made no later than December 14, 2015. For arrangements, contact the Services to Students with Disabilities office at (916) 278-6955 voice or (916) 278-7239 TTY.

Scholarship/Recruited Athletes

All scholarship recruited transfer student-athletes are required to participate in University Orientation programs. Athletic advisors will be available to answer academic and NCAA eligibility questions. Student athletes should also contact their coaches regarding additional academic and life skills programs. Clarification: This University Orientation requirement applies to recruited athletes participating in NCAA-sponsored Intercollegiate Athletic Department sports.

Child Care

Students who are in need of child care (ages 1-5 years) during Orientation may arrange for free child care from the ASI Children's Center. This is based on space availability and requests for care should be made no later than December 18, 2015. For arrangements, call the ASI Children's Center at (916) 278-6216.