Orientation & New Student Programs

After Orientation

What's next?

Summer Orientation can be a whirlwind experience!  We realize that it may be impossible to remember everything that was covered, so the following is a resource for your student to use throughout their first semester at CSU, Chico. Please encourage your student to attend Wildcat Welcome. This event offers students the opportunity to meet other students who are new to the University.

Registration Fees

  • Make sure Registration Fees are paid on time.
  • For more information regarding registration fees, check your portal account or contact Student Financial Services at (530) 898-5936.

Financial Aid

  • Students who have applied for financial aid, must view and accept or decline their award offer.
  • To do this, students should access their Portal Account, enter their Student Center, scroll to Finances and click on View Financial Aid.
  • Click here for information on the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. Contact the Financial Aid Office at (530) 898-6451 or at finaid@csuchico.edu with any questions.


  • If students 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 students have received a private scholarship, they 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

  • Check out this printable version of Important Dates (PDF) for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • 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

Is your student moving into University Housing this fall? Check 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. Students can buy or rent textbooks in print or digital formats at the Wildcat Store in the BMU New books are good if students plan to keep them for reference. They are free from highlighter marks and coffee stains.  If students don’t mind a few notes in the margin then used books are fine and save money. Students can also rent books. Renting textbooks can save  up to 65% to 80% off the cost of purchasing a new one, Visit the Chico State Wildcat Bookstore website to order textbooks.


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