First Year Orientation

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Parents & Guardian Program

Congratulations on your son's or daughter's acceptance into Sacramento State! We are excited that your student chose Sacramento State - we feel he/she has made an excellent choice for many reasons. Your student's next step is to attend First Year Orientation. As a parent or guardian, we hope you will attend Orientation, as well.

Our First Year Orientation Parent & Guardian Program is designed to help you learn as much as possible about the University so you will be in a better position to encourage and support your student while he/she is pursuing a degree at Sacramento State. During Orientation, you will learn about academic requirements necessary for your student to earn a degree and the numerous programs and services available to help him or her reach that goal. Many of these services are free!

In addition, please check out the Sacramento State Parents & Families Program for more information and resources you might find beneficial.

First Year Orientation Schedule

We have a busy day planned for you and your student. For a more detailed schedule, check out the First Year Orientation Schedule.

First Year Parent and Guardian Schedule
Time Event
8:15am - 8:45am Check-In*
8:45am - 9:20am Welcome*
9:25am - 9:40am Introduction to the Parents & Families Program
9:45am - 10:15am Academic Requirements
10:15am - 11:10am Tour
11:15am - 11:40am Paying for College
11:40am - 12:00pm First Year Programs
12:00pm - 12:30pm Student Engagement
12:30pm- 1:20pm Lunch* 
1:30pm - 3:00pm Major Advising*
3:15pm - 4:00pm Putting it all together
4:00pm - 4:30pm Final Questions/Assessment/Meet up with Student

*Joint Student and Parent Activity.

(There is no parent program on Day Two)

F.R.O.S.H. Night

With over 28,000 students and a large campus, Sacramento State can be a bit intimidating for new students. To help students feel more comfortable and connect with students in a similar situation, First Year Orientation offers a special optional program: F.R.O.S.H. Night.

During F.R.O.S.H. Night, your student will spend the night in the residence halls and participate in fun, engaging activities to help them get to know other students. In addition, Orientation staff will be on hand to help them put together their class schedule. This is a great opportunity for new students regardless of whether your student will commute or live on campus this fall.  For details, check out F.R.O.S.H. Night website.

Orientation Program Fees

  • Students: $80*
  • Parent/Guest: $53/person
  • F.R.O.S.H. Night: $53(students only)

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 payable to Sacramento State. We cannot accept cash or credit cards the day of your Orientation. Cash can be accepted at the Bursar's Office prior to your Orientation session. To confirm your orientation date, orientation fees are due within seven days of placing your reservation.

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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 reserved. 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. First Year 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. Email your written cancellation to Refunds will be processed once a month. For changes in reservations or questions call (916) 278-7841.

EOP First Year Students

All incoming EOP admitted first year students (freshman) are required to participate in the EOP Orientation. EOP students will attend a separate Orientation program on June 27th.

Scholarship/Recruited Athletes

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 or D  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.

Campus Services

Orientation, features informative workshops on campus programs and services. There will also be staff members from specific programs and services available to answer your questions during lunch (including Financial Aid and Veterans Success Center). For additional information, visit the Parent Talk website.

Veteran Students and Dependents of Veterans

First Year student veterans are required to attend New Student Orientation and are encouraged to attend orientation on Thursday June 1st from 7:50am - 4:30pm. Student veterans will obtain information regarding General Education and major course requirement, lunch, tour of campus and will register for fall courses. The Veterans Service Center (VSC) staff will be present to conduct a specific presentation of their services, assist in filing VA claim forms for federal and state education assistance programs, and on applying for and using their federal and state sponsored educational benefits, and answer general questions. Sign up for this orientation designed specifically for student veterans by phone (916) 278-7841 or via email at

Students who are unable to attend this session will need to register for one of the First Year Orientation sessions between June 20 - August 2. Details on those sessions can be found on this website.