Orientation

Freshman Orientation

Intent and NSO Deadline May 1

We are thrilled to welcome you to our Toro family. To get you started, all undergraduate students must participate in our mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO). Freshmen orientation is a time where you will get to meet your peers, interact with staff and faculty and begin your transition from high school to University. We know from past experience that students who engage in NSO are more successful because they are knowledgeable in the support services we provide. During NSO you will not only register for fall courses but you will also learn about how you can jump start your education by participating in our Early Start summer school. Make sure you read the following information so that you have a strong start as you embark on your journey at CSUDH.

Who Can Attend?

New Student Orientation is only open to conditionally admitted students who have submitted their intent to enroll and paid the $125 intent to enroll deposit, and have registered and paid the $99 NSO fee by the May 1st deadline. Students who do not meet admission requirements or deadlines are not eligible to attend NSO. Students who are waitlisted or in the process of appealing an admissions decision are not eligible to attend NSO.

Students will only receive full admission once final transcripts are received and verified by the admissions office. The final transcript deadline is July 15, 2020. Verified transcripts must have your graduation date conferred as well as meeting all admission requirements.  There may be instances where a student attends NSO and then the admissions status changes based on a review of final transcripts.

Guests are not permitted to attend the student NSO program, unless approved by the NSO committee prior to the event. To be approved, students must provide documentation showing serious and compelling reasons that a guest is needed. Reasons include but are not limited to disability accommodations. If you have a disability and require accommodation for the NSO event, please email orientation@csudh.edu at least 10 days prior to the scheduled NSO date to discuss your accommodation request. Other guests may sign up for the Parent/Guardian Program.

Parent/Guardian Program

Freshmen NSO offers a parent/guardian program that is separate from the student program. The parent/guardian program is optional and is designed to provide parents and guardians specific information about the opportunities that are available to CSUDH students. There will be presentations and discussions on Early Start, Dominguez Hills First Year Experience, Financial Aid, Student Records and Privacy, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with current students and Outreach and School Relations staff throughout the program to ensure all questions are answered. We understand that parents and guardians play a key role in the success of students, and we want you to feel confident having your child attend CSUDH. Participants may choose from an English or Spanish program on the day of NSO.

The Parent/Guardian program costs $30 per guest and is a non-refundable fee. Registration for the Parent/Guardian program information will be sent out once a student successfully registers for NSO.

What Do I Have To Do Before I Attend?

You will need to meet a number of requirements before you can register for Freshmen New Student Orientation (NSO):

  1. Activate your my.CSUDH.edu account. Your login information was included in your acknowledgement letter. If you are having difficulties activating your account please contact the IT Help Desk at 310-243-2500. Check your my.CSUDH.edu account regularly, as we may require you to submit additional documents including official test scores, or mid-semester transcripts. Failure to submit any documents by the specified deadline will result in the cancellation of your application. 
  2. Activate your ToroMail and check it regularly so you do not miss important information that may be sent to you.
  3. If you are applying for Financial Aid, make sure you have met all other deadlines for your Financial Aid application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is due March 2 and supporting documents by May 10. Although submitting a FAFSA application is not required to attend NSO, students interested in applying for financial aid should do so well before NSO in case there are issues or documentation that is required. You will be able to speak with a Financial Aid representative during NSO.
  4. Submit your Intent to Enroll and your $125 deposit that will be applied toward your tuition by May 1, 2020.
  5. Register and pay the $99 NSO fee by May 1, 2020. 
How Do I Register for NSO?

New Student Orientation registration is open to conditionally admitted students who have submitted their intent to enroll and paid the $125 intent to enroll deposit by the May 1st deadline. Students must register and pay the $99 NSO fee by May 1, 2020. 

Registration for NSO occurs in the my.CSUDH.edu account. Students must submit the Intent to Enroll before they are eligible to register for NSO. 

Once a student submits the $125 Intent to Enroll deposit, the student will wait 24 hours for their my.CSUDH.edu account to update, at which point the student will then have access to register for NSO. If you have submitted your Intent to Enroll deposit more than 24 hours prior and still do not have access NSO registration in the campus portal, contact the Orientation program for assistance. 

What Will NSO Cover?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program that helps students transition academically and socially from high school to University. At NSO, you will receive:

  1. Hands-on help with online registration for summer and fall courses
  2. Academic advising to ensure you are picking the right classes to graduate
  3. Useful financial aid information and information on how to choose and accept awards
  4. Introduction to student life, activities, events and support services on campus
  5. An opportunity to meet other freshmen who are within your major and college
  6. A CSUDH student I.D. (Please make sure you bring a photo ID when you attend NSO so that you may receive your ID)
  7. Information on how to jump-start your course work and begin earning units through our Early Start summer program

Please Note: University Housing accommodations will not be covered during New Student Orientation, if you have any questions regarding University Housing please email housing@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-2228.

What Should I Expect?

NSO is a mandatory enrollment requirement, and students who do not register for NSO or students who do not attend a scheduled NSO date will not be allowed to enroll for the academic term in which they applied. To prepare for NSO, please review the following information: 

  1. NSO is a full day event and students are expected to check-in on time and stay until the end of the day.
  2. If you arrive late to NSO or if you leave early from NSO, you will be marked as not attended and the NSO hold will be put back on your record. 
  3. You should wear comfortable clothing as there will be walking, sitting, standing and other activities.
  4. Lunch will be provided, however, we recommend that you bring water and a snack as breakfast and dinner are not provided.
  5. Admissions, Financial Aid and other CSUDH offices will be represented at NSO, so it is in your best interest to gather any information or documents that are still outstanding and turn them in before the deadline.
  6. If you miss your NSO date, you will need to petition to reschedule your NSO. Petitions are not a guarantee and official documentation as to why you missed your date will need to be provided. Only petitions that show sufficient official documentation as to why you were either medically or legally unable to register for NSO or attend a scheduled NSO date will be considered. It is important that you do not miss your registered NSO date.

If you have questions regarding the NSO requirement, or the policies regarding orientation, please email orientation@csudh.edu. 

When is Orientation?

Freshmen NSO sessions are scheduled in late May and the early part of June so that students complete NSO in time to attend Early Start summer programs. Students may select the date that works best for them, on a first-come, first serve basis. Seating is limited and the dates listed below may not be available if you wait too long to register. NSO Registration closes MAY 1st, so we encourage you to register early. 

NSO programs are scheduled by Academic College. Each undergraduate major falls within one of the academic colleges. Freshman students who applied as Undeclared will attend a NSO Date that has been designated for undeclared students. 

Please be aware that summer travel plans are not considered an approved reason to miss NSO. We highly recommend not making summer travel plans until after you attend NSO, as NSO is a mandatory enrollment requirement. 

College of Arts & Humanities

  • Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 

College of Education

  • Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 

College of Business Administration & Public Policy

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020

College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences

  • Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 

College of Health, Human Services & Nursing

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020

Undeclared Majors

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020
How Much Does NSO Cost?

The fee for New Student Orientation is $99. Students must submit payment for Orientation to finish and finalize their NSO registration. All Orientation fees are non-refundable regardless of whether the student does not attend the NSO date or their admission status changes. NSO fees will cover all services and materials provided during the entire event. Items provided include NSO Student Handbook, CSUDH gear and lunch.

I Missed NSO Registration/I Missed My Scheduled NSO

NSO is a mandatory enrollment requirement for all incoming undergraduate students (freshmen, transfer, returning). Students who missed the deadline to register for NSO, or students who do not attend a scheduled NSO date, are not eligible to enroll for the academic term in which they applied.

If you have any questions regarding the NSO requirement, please email orientation@csudh.edu or call 310-243-2113.

Contact Orientation

Phone: 310-243-2113
Email: orientation@csudh.edu