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Summer Orientation Workshops

Welcome, New Hornets & Families!

Sac State is a wonderful university with a diverse student body, amazing programs, and active campus life. Although we are not able to bring you to campus for your orientation experience, many of our campus programs would like to meet you virtually.

Check out the list of workshops offered during your Orientation session dates below: Parents and supporters are also invited to attend the workshops.

First-Year Student Workshop Dates

JULY: 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30
2, 3, 4, 5

Workshops have three sessions each day:

  • 1:15 - 1:40 pm
  • 1:45 - 2:10 pm
  • 2:15 - 2:45 pm


Note: All workshops in this section are available for both First-Year Students & Transfer Students.

College of Education - Child Development and Teacher Credentialing Program Admission Criteria
Interested in teaching? Learn the process to become a bilingual K-12 Teacher engaging in one of the most rewarding professions. We will review the requirements for our teaching credentialing programs so come prepared to map out your academic action plans in a space to discuss any questions/issues you may have.

Attend the College of Education's Workshop

Navigating College with Peer to Peer Academic Support
The Peer and Academic Resource Center will help you navigate the expectation of college from advising, friendships to getting the best grades in difficult classes. Learn through your peer how to adjust to college life!

Attend the PARC's Workshop

Sac State Library 101
Learn about online and in-person services and resources that will get you on the path to academic success.

Attend the Library's Workshop

The World Awaits - Study Abroad
Gain career development skills that employers look for, define your college experience, and meet graduation requirements while exploring the world through study abroad.

Attend the Study Abroad's Workshop

Campus Involvement

Note: All workshops in this section are available for both First-Year Students & Transfer Students.

Be WELL: Fitness, Sports, Recreation, and More!
Information and Q&A session led by the @wellsacstate team about how to get involved in campus recreation programs, services, and jobs!

Attend The WELL's Workshop

Getting Involved at Sac State
Join Student Organizations & Leadership and Associated Students, Inc. as they discuss the many ways to get engaged at Sac State through clubs, sports, Greek Life, student government, recreation, and a variety of other campus programs and services.

Attend SOAL's and ASI's Workshop

Students Today, Alumni Forever
Learn about the Student Alumni Association (SAA), a student organization that works with Sacramento State Alumni Association connecting students to one another, alumni, and the university.

Attend the SAA's Workshop

UNIQUE Programs- Bringing Entertainment to Campus
UNIQUE Programs plans, promotes, and produce concerts, lectures, comedy shows, movies, and more for students to attend and get involved through volunteering.

Attend UNIQUE's Workshop

Welcome to The University Union- Campus Life Starts Here!
Often known as the "living room of the campus", the Union will be your home away from home and is also "home" to many campus resources plus food vendors, events, Games Room, art gallery, Info Desk, and other amenities and services to enhance your Sacramento State experience.

Attend the University Union's Workshop

Want to Make a Difference in Your Community?
Join us to learn more about service learning, community service, and academic internships offered by the Sac State Community Engagement Center.

Attend the Community Engagement Center Workshop


Note: All workshops in this section are available for both First-Year Students & Transfer Students.

Create YOUR College Financial Plan
Start off right by creating YOUR personal college financial plan, from understanding Sac State resources to comparing student loans, this session will help you create a financial plan suited for your needs.

Attend the Create YOUR College Financial Plan Workshop

Paying for College
Join us to learn about payment options and financial aid!

Attend the Paying for College Workshop

Student Employment

Note: All sessions in this section are available for both First-Year Students & Transfer Students.

Careers and Student Jobs
Learn about how the Career Center, University Enterprises, Inc., and California Intern Network can help you find student job opportunities and succeed in your future career. Watch the Recorded Presentation Session.

Live Zoom Q&A sessions to ask staff for more information about student jobs and careers will take place on the following dates and times:

  • July 19: 1:15 - 1:40 pm, 1:45 - 2:10 pm, or 2:15 - 2:40 pm
  • July 20: 1:15 - 1:40 pm, 1:45 - 2:10 pm, or 2:15 - 2:40 pm

Attend the Career & Student Jobs Sessions

Student Services

Note: NOT all workshops in this section are available for both First-Year Students & Transfer Students, please check both sub-sections available for the sessions that correspond to you.

Workshops Available for First-Year and Transfer Students

Bookstore Basics: How to save money and get what you need
Everything you need to know about navigating the bookstore’s website, programs that save you money and how the bookstore sets you up for success at Sac State.

Attend the Bookstore's Workshop

Cultural Empowerment Centers & Support Programs
The Dreamer Resource Center, Multi-Cultural Center, Pride Center, Serna Center, and Women’s Resource Center will discuss how they support diverse students and how you can get involved. Learn how to access services such as peer mentoring, academic/financial aid guidance, social support groups, civic engagement opportunities, and job opportunities.

Attend the Cultural Empowerment Centers Workshop

First-Gen Student Success
This workshop will overview the Center for First-Gen Student Initiatives campus-wide efforts to advance and support First-Gen success.

Attend the First-Gen Student Success Workshop

Getting Started with Canvas & Technology Tools
Learn how to access and submit assignments using Canvas, view live and recorded class sessions, connect to your campus email and calendar, and take advantage of free on-campus and remote technology resources.

Attend the Canvas & Technology Tools Workshop

Live Like A Hornet with On-Campus Housing!
Come learn about living on campus at North Village and Hornet Commons, or at the only University-affiliated off-campus housing option. We will discuss important dates, move-in information, our amenities offered, and how to apply!

Attend the Housing Workshop

Navigating Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation at Sac State
The topics covered in the webinar will be directly related to our mission of creating a safe and supportive environment against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Attend the Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Workshop

OASIS seeks to connect new students of African descent with support services, student clubs and organizations, and the larger Black community at Sacramento State.

Attend the OASIS Workshop

Parking and Alternative Transportation
Learn about parking on campus and your alternative transportation options.

Attend the Parking & Alternative Transportation Workshop

Stay Healthy with Student Health & Counseling Services
Join us to hear about how Student Health & Counseling Services can support your health and wellbeing, and learn about ways to get involved in campus wellness!

Attend the Stay Healthy Workshop

Want to Make a Difference in Your Community?
Join us to learn more about service learning, community service and academic internships offered by the Sac State Community engagement Center.

Attend the Make a Difference in Your Community Workshop

We Are The Guardian Scholars
Overview of the program for students who identify as a former/current foster youth, which may include but not limited to orphan, adopted, emancipated, homeless/unaccompanied youth (McKinney Vento), and ward of the court.

Attend the Guardian Scholars Workshop

We Got Your Back- Food, Housing and Money Resources at Sacramento State
Learn about food, housing and financial help available to students at Sacramento State.

Attend the Food, Housing, and Money Resources Workshop

Welcome to the Student Service Center! (First-Year Students ONLY)
An overview of student services offered from our office such as registration, student record updates, financial aid advising, and more!

Attend the SSC Workshop

Workshops ONLY for Transfer Students

ADT: What are the Guarantees? (Transfer Students ONLY)
This session is for transfer students who earned an Associate Degree for Transfer and want to learn more about their guaranteed ADT benefits.

Attend the ADT's Workshop

Got Kids? (Transfer Students ONLY)
Get connected with other students who are parents and learn about support services and resources to help you manage classes and family life.

Attend the Got Kids Workshop

Meet SAGE, the College of Arts & Letters Student Success Center (Transfer Students ONLY)
Calling all College of Arts & Letters students! Meet your advisors and find out what we can help you with. SAGE, the Arts & Letters Student Success Center, is your one-stop shop for academic advising and launch point if you're not sure where to start. You've got questions and we've got answers!

(This session is not available June 19 through 22)

Attend the SAGE Workshop

Additional Programming for New Students

The Mindset That Empowers You to Own Your Future

Transfer Student Dates & Times: June 30 at 1:15 pm, 1:45 pm, and 2:15 pm
First-Year Student Dates & Times: July 19 at 1:15 pm, 1:45 pm, and 2:15 pm
An introduction to the entrepreneurial mindset which can empower ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary while taking ownership of their future helping themselves develop the attitudes, skills, and behaviors that enabling their success in college and in life.

Virtual Detective Games – FREE!!

All Students: July 14 and August 11
UNIQUE Programs will be hosting two exciting, interactive, virtual detective games! Communicate live with Detectives Wilder & Axley and work with other Sac State students to test your web sleuth skills to scour the web for clues and solve riddles to save the mystery. Registration is required and a Zoom link will be sent only to those who register. Capacity is 25 for each event.

Wednesday, July 14: NATURE CALLS, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, August 11: GLOBE TROTTER, 7:30 pm

Visit to register.

Register with UNIQUE


All Students: July 16 and August 13
The University Union Games Room will be presenting two fun, casual video game tournaments where you can compete with other Sac State students. Both tournaments will be on Nintendo Switch and utilizing Discord for communication. Play for fun or play to win! We will be awarding prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Register by midnight the night before each tournament. Open only to current and incoming Sacramento State students.

Friday, July 16: SUPER SMASH BROS, 7:30 pm

Friday, August 13: MARIO KART 8 DELUXE, 7:30 pm

For more info on how to join, visit our Discord at

Join Us On Discord


All Students: July 29
Did you know that you are more likely to get a career-track job upon graduation if you've had an internship? Attend virtual National Intern Day events to celebrate Hornet success stories, explore internship opportunities, and learn internship to career strategies. Students can register on Handshake for National Intern Day virtual events:

Register on Handshake

For more info on National Intern Day, visit Career Center