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Major course advising at orientation.

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An incoming student meeting her assigned orientation leader.

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Stingers Up!

New student at orientation showing her school pride with Herky. Stingers Up!

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Campus Involvement

Students learning about ways to be involved in campus clubs and activities.


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. 

Transfer Orientation takes place June 5 - 20, 2017. For specific dates by major click here. Reservations for Orientation will begin April 1, 2017. The deadline to register for Orientation is May 19, 2017.

What Happens at Orientation

During Orientation, students will meet with major and General Education advisors and register for fall 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, Campus Safety, Career Center, Study Abroad 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: $60*
Parent/Guest: $53/person

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. 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 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. Transfer 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 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.

Scholarship/Recruited Athletes

All scholarship recruited transfer student-athletes are required to participate in the University Orientation programs and are encouraged to attend the Recruited Athletes Orientation on Thursday June 1st from 8:00am - 4:30pm. 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.

Students who are unable to attend this session will need to register for one of the Transfer Orientation Sessions between June 5 - 20. Details on those sessions can be found on this website.

EOP Students

Transfer students admitted into the EOP program are encouraged to attend EOP Orientation on Thursday June 1st from 8:00am - 4:30pm. During this session, students will meet with General Education and major advisors, tour campus and meet with the EOP advisors.

Students who are unable to attend this session will need to register for one of the Transfer Orientation Sessions between June 5 - 20. Details on those sessions can be found on this website.


Student veterans are required to attend New Student Orientation and are encouraged to attend Veteran Orientation on Thursday June 1st from 8:00am - 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) 278-7841 or via email at

Students who are unable to attend this session will need to register for one of the Transfer Orientation Sessions between June 5 - 20. Details on those sessions can be found on this website.

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 at least seven working days in advance. For arrangements, call the ASI Children's Center at (916) 278-6216.