Step 7—Attend New Student Orientation

All New Students Are Expected to Attend Orientation

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

Students who attend New Student Orientation* will:

  • Register for fall 2018 classes
  • Receive a preliminary degree evaluation showing how your classes will transfer to SDSU

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

Why You Must Attend

  • Receive essential academic planning and course registration assistance
  • Meet with assistant deans, faculty and trained student Ambassadors
  • Learn how to use SDSU's online registration system and other SDSU WebPortal services
  • Explore job and financial assistance opportunities
  • Find the answers you need to make your transition to SDSU successful
  • Learn what it means to be a member of the SDSU community

New Student Transfer Orientation is held in August. It is important you choose to attend orientation on a date when your specific major will be represented, so review the website carefully. Space is limited for each orientation program (to allow students to make connections). You can make your reservation online beginning on May 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. PST.

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 the students surveyed had an understanding of the requirements of their academic program.

After attending orientation, 95 percent have a better understanding of graduation requirements.

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 some of the New Student Orientation programs. After the welcome, 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 in their academic pursuits.

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 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 for as long as their student is enrolled at SDSU.