First Year Orientation
Welcome to Sacramento State!
Orientation is a REQUIRED two-day program for all new first year students. Orientation is designed to help new students get off to the right start by helping them learn about academic requirements, meeting with faculty major advisors and learning about campus programs and services. Students cannot register for classes unless they attend Orientation. Please note that First Year Orientation is a two-day program and students are required to attend BOTH days.
Students who are admitted into EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) attend a separate Orientation session on Monday, July 1, 2013. Click here for details
F.R.O.S.H. Night: Students - are you looking for a place to stay during your Orientation session and experience a sample of campus life? Join us for F.R.O.S.H. NIGHT. (F.R.O.S.H. Night is only available to students - not their parents or guests). This is an excellent opportunity to meet new classmates regardless of whether you will live on campus or commute this fall.
First Year Orientation takes place July 1-29. For specifc dates by major click here. Reservations for Orientation will begin April 2, 2013.
What Happens at Orientation?
- Student: $72
- Parent/Guest: $46/person
- F.R.O.S.H. Night: $62 (students only)
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 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 five days of placing your reservation.
Fees for Orientation cover the cost of staffing, lunch, parking, and program materials. Financial aid does not apply to Orientation fees.
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. Email your written cancellation at email@example.com. Refunds will be processed once a month. For changes in reservations, call (916) 278-7841.
If applicable, ELM/EPT placement tests must be taken and scored BEFORE you can attend Orientation. Out-of-state students should consult ELM/EPT exemptions for testing details.
Early Start is a new enrollment requirement for some Fall 2013 First-time Freshmen (FTF). Test scores determine whether a student is required to participate in Early Start. The CSU wants to help first-time freshmen applicants get an “Early Start” toward their preparation for college level work beginning in Fall 2013, new freshmen who need extra preparation to be ready for college-level English and/or math must start that process no later than the summer before their first term.
Visit the Early Start website for more information.
Requests for sign language interpreters, real time captioners, materials in alternative formats, or ADA accommodations should be made at least 10 working days in advance by contacting the Services to Students with Disabilities office at (916) 278-6955 voice or (916) 278-7239 TTY
All scholarship and/or recruited student-athletes are required to participate in University Orientation programs. Student-athletes must attend Orientation as undeclared majors and choose from sessions B, C, D or E. Student-athletes and their parents/guardians will attend a 90-minute presentation specific to athletes' academic needs. Student-athletes should also contact their athletic coaches regarding additional summer academic/life skills programs scheduled for August. Note: This University Orientation requirement applies to recruited and/or scholarship athletes participating in NCAA-sponsored Intercollegiate Athletic Department sports.
Student veterans are required to attend New Student Orientation and are encouraged to attend Veteran Orientation on Thursday, June 6th from 7:45am-4:30pm. Student veterans will obtain information regarding General Education and major course requirements, lunch, tour of campus, and will register for fall courses. The Veteran Success Center (VSC) staff will be present to conduct a specific presentation of their services, assist in filing VA claim forms for education benefits, and answer general questions. Sign up for this orientation designed specifically for student veterans by phone (916) 278-5082 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who are unable to attend this session will need to register for one of the First Year Orientation sessions between July 2nd and July 29th. Details on those sessions can be found on this website.
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 service is based on space availability and requests for care should be made at least seven working days in advance. For arrangements call the ASI Children's Center at (916) 278-6216. Child care will not be available on Saturdays.