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Orientation & New Student Programs

Welcome to the Wildcat Family!

Temporary Virtual Services

The health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost concern. Given the current recommendations of the Butte County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Orientation & New Student Programs has temporarily shifted to virtual services.

Our physical office will remain closed, but our virtual office is open from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Thursday.

For assistance please call 530-898-5714 or email

Orientation registration is now open! Please use Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari to access this site. For help registering, please view this video.

Due to COVID-19, all Orientation activities will be conducted online this summer. The Orientation team remains here to support your transition to campus, learn about the many valuable resources, connect with other incoming students, and assist with course registration for Fall classes. To participate in Orientation, follow the 3 steps below:

Step 1

After declaring your intention to enroll register for an Orientation session. Note- If you just submitted your intent to enroll you must wait 24 hours to be eligible to register. Select the “Register Now” button on the left hand side of this page and log in with your Wildcat account username and password. Follow the steps until see a green check mark that say “successfully completed.

Step 2

Complete this Pre-Orientation program. The 45-minute program will introduce you to campus life, academics, and what it means to be a Wildcat! To access the program you will need your Chico State user name and ID. Take notes and we will discuss the program with a trained Peer Advisor during your Orientation session (Step 3). Completion of Step 2 is required before you can proceed to Step 3.

Step 3

On the  Orientation session date you selected when you registered in Step 1, you will attend an online virtual orientation. The link to the online virtual orientation will be emailed a few days prior to your session date. The session will begin in the morning where you will be assigned to a small group of incoming students.  A trained Peer Advisor, who is a current Chico State student, will guide you through the process to make a successful transition to college and answer any general questions. You’ll be introduced to your major advisor, receive proper course advising, and register for your first semester at Chico State! We will be with you every step of the way to answer your questions on your journey to be a Wildcat!

Please download the Virtual Student Guide (PDF) and this General Education Planning Sheet (PDF) that will be utilized during Step 3! 

What you can expect at Orientation:

  • Meet with faculty and academic advisors
  • Register for Fall classes
  • Discuss Academic expectations
  • Discover resources designed to help you succeed
  • Develop a network of campus contacts
  • Learn about opportunities and organizations to get involved in on campus
  • Meet current and new students and start building new friendships
  • Begin your Wildcat journey!
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