Transfer Orientation

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 and returning students. Students cannot register for classes until they attend Orientation.

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 - June 10th - Click  here  for more information.
  • Scholarship and/or Recruited Student-Athletes - Scholarship and/or Recruited Student - Athletes – June 10th – Click  here  for more information
  • Veterans – For Student Veterans – June 10th - 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. 


Transfer Orientation takes place June 10 - June 25, 2019. For specific dates by major click here.

Registration opens - April 1, 2019

Registration closes - May 17, 2019

During Orientation, students will meet with major and General Education advisors and register for spring 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.

Students: $64
Parent/Guest: $57

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

New transfer students enrolling in Fall 2019 will attend Orientation in June 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 1, 2019.

Registration for Orientation will end May 17, 2019.

Step One: Accept Admissions

Step Two: Before you can register for Orientation, Admissions will need to verify information regarding transcripts. 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 My Sac State

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.

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.

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 Pre-Orientaiton can be found on the right side under the heading Important Links.

Submit Picture for Sac State OneCard (ID Card):

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

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

  • Transfer Orientation Checklist (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Orientation check-in begins promptly at 7:45 am in the University Union. Be sure to bring your confirmation letter and parking permit.


Check-out the library quad during the first two weeks of classes. Many student clubs and organizations will be looking for new members.

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 August 13 and ends August 23.

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 on 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.