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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 until they attend Orientation. Please note that First Year Orientation is a two-day program and students are required to attend BOTH days.

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. Please  click here  for more information on F.R.O.S.H. Night.

Students attend Orientation based on their major of interest. However, please note that there are specific dates for the following:

    • EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) – EOP Recruited Students - July 8th & 9th - Click  here  for more information.
    • Scholarship and/or Recruited Student-Athletes - Scholarship and/or Recruited Student-Athletes – June 28th, July1st or 11th (Session A, B or D) – Click  here  for more information
    • Veterans - For Student Veterans – Monday June 10th - Click  here  for more information
    • Honors – For Students joining the Honors Program – June 28th, July 1st or July 11th (Session A, B or D) - Click  here  for more information
    • Spanish Language Guest Program – For Spanish Speaking Parents July 8th - Click  here  for more information.

New Student Orientation at Sacramento State is a mandatory, two-step process and begins with Hornet Pre-Orientation.

After submitting your Intent to Enroll, you can begin Hornet Pre-Orientation. This online program will outline Sac State information you need to be aware of prior to attending in-person Orientation.  Topics covered include: advising resources, academics, paying for college, student services, student life and planning for Orientation.  You will need to complete this 45 minute program prior to attending on-campus Orientation.

Hornet Pre-Orientation is located in your Student Center on the lower right under the Important Links heading (see picture below).  For best results, we recommend using Google Chrome. 


Math Placement Exams

The ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL) mathematics assessment is an online, adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of mathematics topics.

The following majors require first-year students to complete ALEKS PPL prior to attending Orientation.

Biological Sciences
Business Administration
Child Development
Civil Engineering
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Management
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences 
Fashion Merchandising and Management
Health Science
Kinesiology (Exercise Science concentration only)
Liberal Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Nutrition and Food

For further details on ALEKS PPL, visit:

Chemistry Placement Exam 

Major Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Dietetics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geology, Mechanical Engineering and Physics
Required Courses Chemistry 1A or 1E
Prerequisites Passing score on ALEKS PPL: 61 for CHEM 1A and 76 for CHEM 1E
Calculators Yes

For further details on the Chemistry Diagnostic Exam, visit:

First Year Orientation takes place  June 28 - August 1, 2019. Please find your major and identify your session option(s). 

Orientation dates will be posted through the month of March, keep checking back to see when your Major will be at Orientation.

Anthropology Session 
Art Session 
Asian Studies Session  Emphasis: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South & Southeast Asian Studies
Biological Sciences Session 
Business-Expressed Interest  Session 
Chemistry  Session 
Child Development Session 
Civil Engineering* Session 
Communication Sciences & Disorders Session 
Communication Studies Session  
Computer Engineering* Session 
Computer Science* Session  
Construction Management* Session 
Criminal Justice-Expressed Interest Session   Students interested in Forensics should attend Biology or Chemistry session
Dance Session 
Deaf Studies Session 
Economics Session 
Electrical Engineering* Session 
English Session  
Environmental Studies Session
Ethnic Studies Session  Emphasis: Asian American, Chicano, Native American, and Pan African Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences Session  Family Studies and FACS Education 
Fashion Merchandising & Management Session
Film Studies Session 
French Session 
Geography Session 
Geology Session 
Gerontology Session 
Graphic Design* Session 
Health Science-Expressed Interest Session  Health Science is for careers in Public Health. It is not a Pre-Med program.
History Session 
Humanities & Religious Studies Session 
Interior Design* Session 
Journalism Session 
Kinesiology Session 
Liberal Studies Session 
Mathematics Session 
Mechanical Engineering* Session 
Music Session 
Nursing-Expressed Interest Session 
Nutrition and Food Session Includes Dietetics
Philosophy Session  
Photography Session 
Physics Session 
Political Science Session
Psychology-Expressed Interest Session  
Recreation, Parks, Tourism Administration Session  Includes a concentration in Receation Therapy, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Recreation & Park Management
Social Science Session 
Social Work Session 
Sociology Session  
Spanish Session 
Theatre Session 
Undeclared Session  
Women's Studies Session 

* Indicates pre-major


Session Dates
Session A June 28-29 
Session B July 1-2
Session C July 8-9 (EOP, Camp & Full Circle Project)
Session D July 11-12
Session E July 15-16
Session F July 17-18
Session G July 19-20
Session H July 22-23
Session I July 25-26
Session J July 29-30
Session K July 31-August 1

(Students Schedule. Click here to see Parent Schedule.)

Day One

Time Event
7:30am - 8:30am

Chemistry Exam (see below) 

8:15am - 8:45am Check-In/Meet Your Team*
8:45am - 9:20am Hornet Welcome*
9:25am - 10:35am Making a Successful Transition
10:35am - 11:15am Campus Tour
11:20am - 11:35am First Year Programs
11:35am - 11:55am Campus Life
12:00pm - 12:50pm Lunch*
1:00pm - 2:30pm Major Advising*
2:40pm - 3:10pm Team Meeting
3:10pm - 4:30pm Schedule Planning
4:30pm End of Day One/Check-In for F.R.O.S.H. Night

*Joint Student and Guest Activity.

Guest Schedule

Day Two (Student Only)

Time Event
7:45am - 8:30am Check-In/Schedule Review
8:30am - 8:55am A Taste of Sac State
8:55am - 9:40am Are You Smarter Than Herky?
9:40am - 9:50am Group Photo
10:00am - 11:35am Class Registration
11:40am - 12:00pm Hornet Wrap Up

Chemistry Placement Exam Information

Major Biology, Chemistry, Dietetics, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical), Environmental Studies, Geology and Physics 
Required Courses Chemistry 1A or 1E
Prerequisites Passing score on ALEKS PPL: 61 for CHEM 1A and 76 for CHEM 1E
Calculators Yes

Student: $85

Parents/Guest: $57/person

F.R.O.S.H. Night: $57 (students only) 

Fees for Orientation cover the cost of staffing, lunch, parking, and program materials. Financial aid does not apply to Orientation fees.

*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. 

New students enrolling in Fall 2019 will attend Orientation June 28 - August 1, 2019. Orientation sessions are based on the student's major. Reservations are processed online via your MySacState account. Students who do not attend Orientation will not be permitted to enroll this Fall.

Registration for Orientation will begin April 5, 2019

Registration for Orientation will end June 14, 2019

Step One: Accept Admissions

Step Two: Before you can register for Orientation, Admissions will need to verify information submitted to the University. For details, check the Admissions "I have been Admitted" page.

Step Three: Log into MySacState

Step Four: Click STUDENT CENTER in the center of the page.

Step Five: Click New Student Orientation on the lower left side of the page and follow the directions.

Orientation sessions are based on the student's major. If a student’s major of interest has changed since he or she applied to Sac State, the student should select an orientation date based on his or her new major of interest. If a student needs to officially change their major, he or she can discuss that with an advisor during major advising.

Step Six: Confirm your reservation, and make note of how to pay your orientation fee and print your parking permit (see below). Students will receive an email confirmation of their reservation.

Sign-up for Orientation at MySacState

Pay online 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.

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.

*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.

Pre-Orientation Online Program:

All new students must complete the pre-orientation online program prior to attending Orientation. This program takes about 45 minutes to complete and provides an introduction to Sac State requirements, programs and services. To access, sign into your My Sac State Student Center. The link Mandatory Hornet Online Pre-Orientation can be found on the right side uner the heading Important Links.

Submit Picture for Sac State OneCard (ID Card):

  • Log into to upload a picture for your Sac State OneCard (ID Card) at least two days before your orientation date
  • Pay $15 fee online when it posts to your MySacState Student Center

 Download the checklist and bring it with you to ensure you have a smooth and productive Orientation.

  • First Year Orientation Checklist  (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Orientation check-in begins promptly at 8:15 am in the University Union. Be sure to bring your confirmation letter and parking permit.

Coming to F.R.O.S.H. Night? Don't forget to print your checklist and release waivers.

Below is a list of what students should do following Orientation:

Register for Classes - Students register for classes during Orientation. Schedule changes can continue through August 1, 2019. Late registration begins mid-August.

Pay Registration Fees - After registering for classes, students must visit their My Sac State account to check their Student Center for account information. Students MUST pay their registration fees during the period indicated. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of registered classes. If students filed for financial aid (loans, grants, work-study), they should contact Financial Aid or visit their website for additional information. Students can check their award status in My Sac State.

Purchase a Parking Permit - Parking permits can be purchased at an additional charge when paying registration fees. Students can also purchase parking permits at the Bursar's Office in Lassen Hall or the University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS) office in Folsom Hall. Daily passes can be purchased in designated parking lots for $7. For Residence Hall permits, call UTAPS at (916) 278-7275. For information about Permits for Students with Disabilities call Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) at (916) 278-6955. Semester parking permits are currently $174.

Locate and Arrange for Housing - Looking for a convenient place to live in Sacramento? There are many options. Students can live in our residence halls, live in campus affiliated apartments (Upper Eastside Lofts) or get information on roommates and local apartments. For details, contact Housing & Residential Life at (916) 278-6655.

Make Sure You Have a OneCard Student ID - If you didn’t get your student ID card during Orientation, visit the Bursar's office in Lassen Hall.

Submit Final Transcripts - All new students are required to submit their final official transcripts no later than June 30, 2019. This requirement includes submission of any AP scores. Mail to Enrollment Services, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819.

Purchase Textbooks and Technology - Students can purchase textbooks online through the Hornet Bookstore. In addition, students can purchase computers and software at special academic prices through the Hornet Bookstore Computer department. For details on books and technology, visit the Hornet Bookstore.

Present Proof of Immunization - All students born after January 1, 1957, are required to show proof of immunity to measles and rubella. Students 18 years and younger are required to show proof of immunization against hepatitis B. Students should present copies of their immunization records to the Sac State Health Center. Verifications of immunity will be requested during the first semester. Failure to comply with this requirement will prevent students from registering in future semesters.

Explore On-Campus Employment - There are a variety of on-campus jobs available for students who wish to earn money and gain valuable experience. Visit the Career Center website and the Student Employment website for job listings.

Schedule a Library tour – The Sacramento State Library has many resources and study spaces available for students. Check it out!

Find upcoming Campus Events using the Sac State Events Calendar – Research shows that students who get involved outside the classroom do better inside the classroom. Sac State has literally hundreds of ways for you to get involved—from student clubs and organizations and intramural sports to outdoor fun through PEAK adventures and getting fit at The WELL. There’s something for every student—reach out, and engage with the campus community!

Go To Class - The first day of classes is Monday, August  26, 2019.