First Year FAQ


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.

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.

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.

A. No, you do not need to take the ELM or EPT placement tests.

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.

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.

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