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Orientation & New Student Programs

Summer Orientation FAQs

Is an Orientation required?

Summer Orientation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. An orientation session will supply important information about your upcoming college experience at Chico State. The program will also help you understand academic requirements, student services, and will offer you the earliest possible access to registration for classes.

Can I bring a guest?

Parents and guests are welcome to register to attend orientation. However, parents have a separate program that runs concurrently with the student program. Students and parents will be separated for part of the day. Please note that the program is not designed for younger siblings, children, or friends of students; please make other arrangements for these guests. Fees for parents and guests are the same as for students and are due at the time of your online registration.

I live out of state and/or cannot attend Summer Orientation – are there any alternatives?

It is strongly recommended that all the new students attend an in-person session if possible.  These sessions provide comprehensive advising assistance to new students and the earliest possible access to class registration for Fall 2020.

Students who are unable to attend orientation on campus will be sent a link to online orientation in early August.

I am a transfer student waiting for my final grades, can I still attend?
Yes, but depending on your admission status, you may not be able to register for classes at orientation. If you have questions about your admission status, please call the Office of Admissions at 530-898-6322.
I have special vision, mobility or communications needs, what can I do?

Chico State believes in providing access to its diverse students, employees, and community populations. Students and/or guests who anticipate needing special accommodations should email at least 5 days in advance of their orientation date. We will do our best to accommodate to your needs.

For additional information on the services offered by Chico State’s Accessibility Resource Center.(opens in new window)

What days are Summer Orientation sessions being offered?

Orientation sessions are organized by college. Students should attend a session where their college is represented. Undeclared first year students may attend any session.

Can I just show up any day I want?

No. Space is limited so we are unable to guarantee you a spot in orientation if you do not register online prior to the orientation session you want to attend. You should also be aware that not all majors are represented at all orientation sessions. You should register for your session online to insure that we can accommodate you and that you are attending the appropriate session for your selected major.

When is the last day to register?

Space in each orientation session is limited and sessions fill quickly so plan on registering as soon as possible. The final day to register for an open orientation date online will be 5 days prior to the session date.

After I have registered online for the Summer Orientation program, how soon can I expect a response?

You will receive confirmation via email to your Chico State student email account within 24 hours. Please note:  All official university communication is done via your Chico State student email.  You will not receive a written letter of confirmation. Please bring, or have access to, your confirmation email when you come to your session. 

Which orientation do I go to if I’m a double major?

We recommend that you choose whatever major you have more questions and/or concerns about or whichever major interests you most. Our staff is trained to help advise any major, so we can always assist with your questions. We also encourage you to make an appointment with your major advisors for both majors after you arrive here in the fall.

Which orientation do I attend if I haven’t yet chosen a major?

First-year students who have not declared a major (undeclared) can attend any Summer Orientation session. Transfer students should select a session which represents their current major.

How do I switch orientation dates?

Yes, you can change your session date 3 business days before your scheduled orientation session.

To change your session date, you must call Orientation & New Student Programs at 530-898-5714 or email 3 business days before your scheduled orientation session

Please have your student ID or confirmation number when you call or include both in your email.
What does my summer orientation fee cover?

Summer Orientation is funded via participant fees. Cost to attend covers event staffing, facilities, morning beverages, lunch, afternoon refreshments, and program materials. Fees do not include travel or accommodations, so  these will need to be made on an individual basis (See Travel & Accommodations tab)

If I cancel, can I get a refund?

Yes, you can cancel your registration or that of your guest or guests.

To cancel your registration, you must email 5 business days before your scheduled orientation session.

Please include in the email your name, Student ID, a callback number, and which registration you wish to  cancel.
Will I be able to register for classes if I come to an orientation?

Yes. One of the goals of Orientation is to help you select and register for an appropriate load of fall courses. Ideally, you will leave the session knowing what classes you will be taking in the fall. You will have additional opportunities to adjust your course schedule after the session is over.

Will I meet with a major advisor?

By registering for a date that corresponds with your major, you will have the opportunity to meet with a major advisor, professional academic advisor, or department representative. Please note that if you do not sign up for date when your major is represented, or if you change your major without changing to the appropriate orientation session, we cannot ensure that a major advisor will be available.

Can I show up just to register for classes?

No. You must attend all of the activities to be able to register for classes. We want to make sure you are well informed in order to make appropriate class selections, as well as to provide you with information you will need throughout your college career.

If I don’t have a major, will I be able to sign-up for classes?

Class registration is available for all students who have been fully admitted and have registered for a Summer Orientation session. We can assist you with picking appropriate classes to get you on the right track towards graduation. We can also help identify introductory courses that can be a good way to explore areas of interest, and provide you with great campus resources that can help you eventually choose a major.

What's the weather going to be like?

Average weather for June and July in Chico is around mid-90's, but can reach up into the hundreds. You might also want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as some of the air conditioned buildings can get chilly. Comfortable shoes are recommended. 

We recommend that you check the forecast for the day(s) you are going to be at Orientation. This will be a full day of activities and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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What do I need to do to prepare for my Orientation?

You can find a list of everything you need at one of the following Preparation pages:

Preparing for Orientation:First-Year

Preparing for Orientation:Transfer

Preparing for Orientation:Parent/Guest

How do I get there from the airport?
What hotels are available?

Please refer to our Lodging page.

Where can I get a map of the town?
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