First Year Orientation

photo1During Freshman Orientation, new students register for their fall classes.


Orientation leaders being introduced.

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Orientation Leaders are available throughout the day.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding First-Year Orientation

Q: Do I have to attend Orientation?

A: YES. All incoming first year students are required to attend Orientation. Orientation is especially important for incoming students because it is a chance for them to receive academic advising prior to their first registration.

Additionally, parents, siblings, friends, or other guests cannot “fill in” at Orientation in place of the new student. It is important for each student to learn first-hand information about the expectations of Sac State.

Q: How do I get information about Orientation?

A:  All admitted first year students will receive Orientation information via US Postal Service in early April. If you have not received any Orientation information, call (916) 278-7841 Monday through Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm.

Q: What happens if I don’t attend Orientation?

A: Students who do not attend Orientation will not be allowed to register for classes. If you are unable to attend Orientation due to a hardship or family emergency, contact the New Student Orientation office at (916) 278-7841.

Q: Do I have to take placement tests?

A:  It depends on how well you scored on SAT or ACT exams. For more detailed information, please click here:ELM/EPT.

New students will not be permitted to attend Orientation (and register for classes) until Sac State has received ELM/EPT scores or proof of exemption.

Q: What do my Orientation fees pay for?

A: Your orientation fees support all printed Orientation materials (both those mailed and which you will receive at orientation), as well as for meals, parking and staffing. Financial aid may not be used for Orientation fees.

Q: Can my family and friends attend?

A: We invite you to bring your parents to Orientation as we have a special session tailored toward them—the Parent Orientation program—which occurs on the first day of your two-day session. They will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn about campus services and activities, and meet faculty.

During Orientation, students and parents will attend some sessions together, and others separately. Friends, siblings, spouses, partners and other guests who attend Orientation with students must follow the Parent Orientation schedule.

Q: Is there anything I need to bring to Orientation?

A: Yes. Please refer to the What to Bring to Orientation page for details.

Q: Who can I call with questions?

A: Friendly and knowledgeable Orientation staff are ready to answer your questions. Call (916) 278-7841, Monday through Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm, or email