Orientation & New Student Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an Orientation required?

Summer Orientation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended that you attend. An orientation session will supply important information about your upcoming college experience at CSU, Chico. The program will also help you understand academic requirements, student services, and will offer you the earliest possible access to registration for classes.

Can I bring a guest?

Parents and guests are welcome to attend orientation. Fees for parents and guests are the same as for students and are due at the time of your online registration. Parents have a separate program that runs concurrently with the student program. Students and parents will be separated for part of the day. Please note that the program is not designed for younger siblings, children, or friends of students; please make other arrangements for these guests

I live out of state and/or cannot attend Summer Orientation – are there any alternatives?

It is strongly recommended that all the new students attend a full orientation session if possible.  These sessions provide comprehensive advising assistance to new students and the earliest possible access to class registration for Fall 2018.

For those unable to attend either a full Orientation Session or a Express-Orientation, online orientation is available. It is suggested that students complete this orientation prior to registering for classes.

I am a transfer student waiting for my final grades, can I still attend?

Yes, but depending on your admission status, you may not be able to register for classes at orientation. If you have questions about your admission status, please call the Office of Admissions at (530) 898-6321.

I have special vision, mobility or communications needs, what can I do?

Chico State believes in providing access to its diverse students, employees, and community populations. Students and/or guests who anticipate needing special accommodations should email OrientationPrograms@csuchico.edu at least 10 days in advance of their orientation date. We will do our best to accommodate to your needs.

For additional information on the services offered by Chico State’s Accessibility Resource Center.

What days are Summer Orientation sessions being offered?

Orientation sessions are organized by college. Students should attend a session where their college is represented. Undeclared first year students may attend any session.

Can I just show up any day I want?

No. Space is limited so we are unable to guarantee you a spot in orientation if you do not register online prior to the orientation session you want to attend. You should also be aware that not all majors are represented at all orientation sessions. You should register for your session online to insure that we can accommodate you and that you are attending the appropriate session for your selected major.

When is the last day to register?

Space in each orientation session is limited and sessions fill quickly so plan on registering as soon as possible. The final day to register for an open orientation date online will be 10 days prior to the session date.

After I have registered online for the Summer Orientation program, how soon can I expect a response?

You will receive confirmation via email to your Chico State student email account within 24 hours. Please note:  All official university communication is done via email.  You will not receive a letter of confirmation. Please check your personal email address or your Chico State Portal Account.

Which orientation do I go to if I’m a double major?

We recommend that you choose whatever major you have more questions and/or concerns about or whichever major interests you most. Our staff is trained to help advise any major, so we can always assist with your questions. We also encourage you to make an appointment with your major advisors for both majors after you arrive here in the fall.

Which orientation do I attend if I haven’t yet chosen a major?

Those who have not declared a major (undeclared) can attend any Summer Orientation session designated for their entering status (first-year or transfer student.)

How do I switch orientation dates?

You can change the date online up to 10 days before the orientation you are hoping to attend as long as the original date you are signed up for has not passed.

If your original date has passed, you will be charged a rescheduling fee of $20 to attend another session.

If you reschedule no later than 10 days prior to your scheduled session, no additional fees will be incurred.

If you have any further questions, contact our Orientation Office Coordinator at (530) 898-5714 or email OrientationPrograms@csuchico.edu.

Please have your student ID or confirmation number when you call.
What does my summer orientation fee cover?

Summer Orientation is funded via participant fees. Cost to attend covers event staffing, facilities, morning beverages, lunch, afternoon refreshments, and program materials. Fees do not include travel or accommodations, so  these will need to be made on an individual basis (See Travel & Accommodations tab)

If I cancel, can I get a refund?

Yes, if you cancel 10 business days prior to your orientation session. If you cancel your Orientation less than 10 business days before the reserved session, a $20 cancellation fee will apply. Please call our Orientation Office Coordinator at (530)898-5714 or email OrientationPrograms@csuchico.edu.

Please do not include any credit card information in your email.
Will I be able to register for classes if I come to an orientation?

Yes. One of the goals of Orientation is to help you select and register for an appropriate load of fall courses. Ideally, you will leave the session knowing what classes you will be in the fall. You will have additional opportunities to adjust your course schedule after the session is over.

Will I meet with a major advisor?

By registering for a date that corresponds with your major, you will have the opportunity to meet with a major advisor or professional academic advisor. Please note that if you do not sign up for date when your major is represented, or if you change your major without changing to the appropriate orientation session, we cannot ensure that a major advisor will be available.

Can I show up just to register for classes?

No. You must attend all of the activities to be able to register for classes. We want to make sure you are well informed in order to make appropriate class selections, as well as to provide you with information you will need throughout your college career.

If I don’t have a major, will I be able to sign-up for classes?

Class registration is available for all students who have been fully admitted and have registered for a Summer Orientation session. We can assist you with picking appropriate classes to get you on the right track towards graduation. We can also help identify introductory courses that can be a good way to explore areas of interest, and provide you with great campus resources that can help you eventually choose a major.

What's the weather going to be like?

Average weather for June and July in Chico is around mid-90's, but can reach up into the hundreds. You might also want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as some of the air conditioned buildings can get chilly. Comfortable shoes are recommended. 

We recommend that you check the forecast for the day(s) you are going to be at Orientation. This will be a full day of activities and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


Check the Weather!
What do I need to bring to orientation?

You can find a list of everything you need at one of the following Preparation pages:




Now that I have registered what do I need to do before I come to orientation?

There several things that you may need to do. Please refer to the Summer Orientation checklists, which can be found at:

First-Year Checklist

Transfer Checklist
How do I get there from the airport?

Please refer to our Directions to Campus page.

What hotels are available?

Please refer to our Lodging page.

Where can I get a map of the town?
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