Summer Step 6—Attend New Student Orientation

All New Students Are Expected to Attend Orientation

SDSU is committed to your academic success. Therefore, you are expected to attend New Student Orientation to help you learn the essentials for being a successful student.

Freshmen who attend New Student Orientation* will:

  • Register for fall 2018 classes. Your final official high school transcript must be received in the SDSU Office of Admissions at least one week prior to your orientation date. If we do not receive your transcript by this date, an administrative hold will be placed on your University record and you will be unable to register for fall classes. This transcript is in addition to the transcripts you submitted with your Intent to Enroll.
  • Receive a personalized information packet showing what classes you need to take.

* You must attend the entire orientation program to register for classes (approximately 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

Why You Must Attend

  • Understand General Education, major, testing, and graduation requirements.
  • Receive essential academic planning and course registration assistance.
  • Learn how to use SDSU's registration system and other SDSU WebPortal services.
  • Meet with assistant deans, faculty and trained student ambassadors.
  • Learn more about SDSU's programs designed specifically for first-year students.
  • Learn what it means to be a member of the SDSU community.

How to Reserve Your Space at Orientation

New Student Orientation for SDSU freshmen is offered in late July and early August. Students attending the on-campus FAST program should sign up for the July 21 New Student Orientation, which is held on a Saturday to avoid conflict with your on-campus classes. For additional information, refer to your admission letter.

Dates fill up quickly, so be prepared to make your reservation early. You can make your reservation online on May 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. PST. Space is limited for each orientation program (to allow students to make connections).

Specific details about New Student Orientation will be available on the Office of New Student and Parent Programs website by April. For more information, call the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at (619) 594-1509.

What Last Year's Students Said About Orientation

More than 94 percent of freshmen students left orientation with a schedule of classes for their first semester and an understanding of how to use SDSU's online registration system.

After completing last year's orientation program, 95 percent of the students who returned an evaluation would recommend attending orientation to future students.

Parent Orientation

Parent involvement plays a key role in the academic success of students during their college years. For this reason, SDSU sponsors a Parent Orientation program that runs concurrently with the student program. Students and parents will be separated into different sessions. Research shows that students who bring parents to orientation are more likely to earn a higher grade point average and persist to their second year of school.

By attending orientation, parents will:

  • Learn how to contribute to the personal development and academic success of their student.
  • Learn what it means to be a member of the SDSU community.
  • Learn about academic programs, including General Education and graduation requirements, and student support services.
  • Meet faculty, staff and current students.
  • Become members of the Aztec Parents Association.

Ninety-seven percent of parents who completed a program evaluation recommended attending Parent Orientation to future Aztec parents. In addition, parents attending orientation automatically become members of the Aztec Parents Association.