Parents & Guests FAQ

A: We encourage parents, guardians and spouses to attend Orientation so they will be in a better position to encourage and support their student while he/she is pursuing a degree at Sacramento State. During Orientation, parents/guests will learn the academic requirements necessary for their student to earn a degree and the numerous programs and services to help them succeed.

A: Orientation fees support all printed materials mailed to your student as well as additional materials you and your student will receive when you arrive: the Student Planner, and the Family Guide. Fees also support meals, parking and staffing. Financial Aid may not be used for Orientation fee.

A: No. It is important that students learn first-hand the academic requirements.

A: Yes. Friends and siblings who attend Orientation will follow the guest schedule and pay the guest fee. We encourage students to make alternate arrangements for young children.

A: The day after students register for classes, a fee statement will appear on the Student Center of his or her My Sac State account. Students MUST pay their registration fees during the period indicated. Students who don't pay their fees by the due date will have all of their classes dropped. A representative from the Bursar's Office will be available to answer questions during lunch at Orientation.

For questions regarding financial aid (loans, grants, work-study), students should contact Financial Aid. Financial Aid representatives will also be available to answer questions during lunch at Orientation.

A: Download the checklist and bring it with you to ensure your student has a smooth and productive Orientation. 

Orientation Checklist

Orientation check-in begins promptly at 7:45 AM for Transfers and 8:15 AM for First years in the University Union. Be sure to bring your confirmation letter and parking permit.

A: Friendly and knowledgeable Orientation staff are available to answer your questions. Call (916) 278-7841, Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. or email them at