Orientation & New Student Programs

After Orientation

What's next?

Summer Orientation can be a whirlwind experience. We realize that it is impossible to remember everything that was covered, so the following is a resource for you to use through your first semester at CSU, Chico. Also, mark your calendar and plan to attend Wildcat Welcome. This event offers you the opportunity to meet other students who are new to the University. You get to participate in the Wildcat Welcome opening weekend events such as the Wildcat Welcome and Convocation as well as the mandatory department meetings on Friday, August 19th, and other fun-filled activities!

Registration Fees

  • Make sure that you pay your Registration Fees by the deadline.
  • For more information regarding registration fees, check your portal account or contact Student Financial Services at (530) 898-5936.

Financial Aid

  • If you have applied for financial aid, make sure you have viewed and accepted, or declined, your award offer.
  • To do this, access your Portal Account enter your Student Center, scroll to Finances and click on View Financial Aid.
  • Click here for information on the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. You can also contact the Financial Aid Office at (530) 898-6451 or at finaid@csuchico.edu with questions.


  • If you have applied for a CSU, Chico Scholarship, note that recipients are notified in June by e-mail to your Wildcat Mail account. Non-recipients are not notified.
  • If you have received a private scholarship, you will need to complete a Financial Aid Update form through the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.  Be sure the check is mailed or delivered to the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office as soon as possible.

Adding/Dropping Courses

  • Can’t remember all those dates your peer advisor gave you at Summer Orientation? Check out this printable version of Important Dates (PDF) for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Open registration begins July 31. September 1st is the last day to drop classes on-line and receive a refund.
  • The last day to drop classes without a “serious and compelling reason” is September 15th.
  • To review the registration process, please use the following link to help you with any questions you have about registering online: Registration Guide

University Housing

Moving into University Housing this fall? Check your move-in dates and visit the University Housing and Food Services website for more information regarding policies, upcoming events, and payment deadlines.


Studies suggest that students who have all their course materials at the start of the term are more successful. Don’t miss out: set yourself up for success! Buy or rent, print or digital. No matter how you prefer them, the Wildcat Store in the BMU has the options you want for the textbooks you need. New books are perfect if you plan to keep them for reference. They are free from highlighter marks and coffee stains.  Don’t mind a few notes in the margin? Used books might be more your style. They save you money and are more ecofriendly. Don’t want the hassle of selling your books at the end of the term? Renting is for you. You keep them the whole term, even highlight and take notes if you want to, then send them back at the end. Renting textbooks can save you up to 65% to 80% off the cost of purchasing a new one, this gives you extra cash to stock up on the fun stuff. Visit the Chico State Wildcat Bookstore website to order your textbooks.


The Wildcat Store is your official Apple Campus Store, offering educational pricing to meet your academic needs. We offer Apple, Asus, Samsung, and Dell computers and a full line of accessories including printers, GoPro cameras, and Beats. We are also a certified Apple and a certified Dell repair center. Contact the Wildcat Store computer department at 530-898-4447 for more information.