Freshmen Information

Information for Freshmen

Welcome to California State University, Dominguez Hills.  This page contains helpful information for incoming freshmen.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Incoming freshmen students must attend New Student Orientation (NSO). At NSO, students will learn about the university, meet with an advisor, plan a class schedule, and register for classes. For more information regarding NSO, click here.

English Placement Test and Entry Level Math (EPT/ELM)

For information regarding the EPT and/or ELM, and remedial courses, click here.

DHFYE: Dominguez Hills First Year Experience

The university assigns a high priority to a student’s first year of college because the first year establishes an essential foundation for a successful educational experience. The Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience supports every first-year freshmen student as they make CSUDH their home and strives to build a community of engaged student learners who value academic excellence, and intellectual and personal development.

Click here for more information regarding DHFYE.


Incoming freshmen will have their first advising session during NSO. In the Fall and Spring of the first year, freshmen will be required to attend a Mandatory Freshmen Advising (MFA) Workshop, conducted by the UAC. For more information regarding MFA Workshops, click here.

Recommended Schedule for First-Semester Freshmen

The UAC strongly recommends that first-semester freshmen enroll in the following schedule, comprised of four courses:

  1. English (based on EPT score or exemption)
  2. Math (based on ELM score or exemption)
  3. Lower division General Education (GE) course
  4. Lower division GE course or lower division major requirement, if applicable

Helpful Information

  • Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 semester units.
  • Dominguez Hills is on the semester system. There are 2 semesters per year: Fall and Spring.
  • Most full-time freshmen enroll in 12 to 15 units, four to five courses, each semester.
  • Generally, two hours of homework are required for each unit.
  • Degree requirements are divided among General Education, a major, and, if necessary, electives or a minor.
  • In the first two years, most incoming freshmen focus on GE courses and any lower division major requirements.
  • Lower division courses are numbered 100 to 299, upper division courses are numbered 300 to 499, and non-degree applicable courses are numbered 001 - 099.
  • A total of 24 semester units graded Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) can be applied to the bachelor's degree.

Remember! New freshmen should ask questions! Unlike high school, a college education is the responsibility of the student. Meet and interact with fellow students, advisors, and faculty. University life requires students to set priorities: attend class, write papers, take tests, read extensively, manage time, set academic goals, and at the same time, satisfy family, work, and social obligations. Maintain a calendar that includes the above goals and refer to it daily. Above all, make the university experience fun!

The information provided above is intended only as a guide. Consult the University Catalog and/or an academic advisor for complete information. For questions about the major, consult an advisor in the academic department.