Orientation & New Student Programs

First-Year Checklist

Before Orientation:

  • Financial Aid-If you have applied for financial aid, be sure to view and accept, or decline, your award offer. In your Portal Account, enter your Student Center, scroll to Finances and click View Financial Aid. Questions, contact Financial Aid. 
  • Pre-Orientation Online. You can find the  Pre-Orientation program Completing the 45 minute program will help you be prepared for your Orientation session. If you have not yet completed the program online please do at least 2 days prior to Orientation. 
  • COVID Vaccine Self Certification. To meet the CSU's COVID-19 vaccine requirement, Chico State has set-up a self-certification portal where students log-in and certify to 1) being fully vaccinated; 2) qualifying for a religious exemption; 3) qualifying for a medical exemption; or 4) not planning to access campus facilities at all. Visit portal.csuchico.edu, login, click on Student Center, select Student Records and it is under Covid 19 Vaccination. ALL STUDENTS MUST SELF CERTIFY BEFORE THEY CAN REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT ORIENTATION. All students must login, choose, and submit one of those four options. Students who have questions can email eoc@csuchico.edu.
  • Participants who need special accommodations - Contact Summer Orientation at least 5 days prior to your scheduled session.
  • Still unsure about your major? Take FOCUS 2! The brief 15-minute survey will ask you general questions and provide Chico State majors/occupations based upon your responses. If you plan to change your major, please let the Orientation Office know as soon as possible.
  • Become familiar with Zoom.Virtual orientation will be delivered via a platform called Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, you can watch our introduction video here.    

After Orientation:

  • Submit final transcripts to Admissions. Log into your Student Center (go to the Chico State webpage, select portal, then Student Center). and check your To-Do list for any remaining items.
  • Get your Wildcat ID Card! Your Wildcat ID Card can assist with local transportation, printing on campus, and some local businesses in Chico provide discounts if you show your student ID! Follow the instructions on the link here(opens in new window) to upload your photo for your ID cards. Then follow the instructions on this link(opens in new window) below to book your appointment. 
  • Pay registration Fees - Pay your fees or have sufficient Pending Financial Aid by the fee payment due date. Learn more about fees, viewing your Student Center, and financial aid disbursements and refunds at Student Financial Services.
  • Order Textbooks -Visit the Wildcat Store website to order your textbooks.
  • Complete the online Alcohol Edu and Not Anymore programs. These will become available two weeks before the semester starts. (You can access the link through your Portal.)
  • Make the most of your college experience. Search over 200 campus clubs and organizations.
  • Classes begin Monday, January 24th, 2022!