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Orientation & New Student Programs

Welcome to Chico State!

Temporary Virtual Services

Due to COVID-19, the Orientation & New Student Programs physical office is closed, but we are still here for you! We are supporting new students  by offering virtual services from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. To contact us, please email or voicemail at 530-898-5714  and we will promptly connect with you. 

Summer Orientation registration is now open! 

Due to COVID-19, all Orientation activities will be conducted online this year. The Orientation team remains here to support your transition to campus. To participate in Orientation, follow the 3 step process below:

Step 1  

After declaring your intention to enroll, register for an Orientation session. 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 a green check mark notes that you have  “successfully completed” registration.   For help registering, please view this video(opens in new window) 

 Step 2  

Complete the Pre-Orientation program(opens in new window). The 45-minute program will help you be prepared for orientation, 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 your selected Orientation session date, which you selected 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 at 8:30 a.m. and 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!  

*New incoming students will meet with advisors during orientation. Students must attend Orientation before scheduling meetings with an academic advisor.  

Complete the Review the pre-orientation checklist prior to your session:    

·        First Year student checklist(opens in new window)    

·        Transfer student checklist(opens in new window)    

Orientation is the start of your Chico State journey! It is a one-day program designed to help new students successfully launch their Chico State career and transition to the university. New students will learn about Chico State resources and services, meet with your major department, new and current students, and will receive guided assistance to register for fall classes and begin your next steps. Attending orientation will also provide the earliest opportunity to register fall courses. 

What you can expect at Orientation:  

  • Meet with faculty and academic advisors to receive course advising
  • Receive support when registering for fall classes. Orientation is the first opportunity for new students to enroll in courses!
  • 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 other new students and start building new friendships 
  • Begin your Wildcat journey! 

We can’t wait to meet you online this summer!

Wildcat Orientation Team

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