Orientation & New Student Programs

First-Year Orientation Program

Enrolling in a university is one of life’s major steps, and we want to help you experience an enjoyable and smooth transition into college!

We strongly encourage you to attend a Summer Orientation session to introduce you to the Chico State community and to prepare you for your university career.

For the optimal orientation experience, choose an orientation date when your major will be represented in order to receive advising in your proposed major. If you are an undeclared first year student, you may attend any session and you will receive advising from professional advisors in the Academic Advising office.

Orientation will be fully online this year. Monitor your email, a few weeks prior your scheduled Orientation session you will receive a link to your specific zoom session.

First Year Schedule




University Welcome from the President and Orientation Team

Receive a warm welcome from the campus community. 


Small Group Discussion

In small groups with other incoming students, learn what it takes to graduate on time, explore general education, and gain other essential information about transitioning to Chico State.


Campus Resource Fair

This is your opportunity to check out all that Chico State has to offer. A variety of campus offices and departments will be available via individual zoom rooms to provide information on resources and support services available to you.


Major Advising


Meet with a representative from your major to learn about opportunities and course selection for fall.


Course Registration

Select and register for fall classes with assistance from staff.

For details about orientation, go to What to Expect.

Did you submit an application for the Educational Opportunity Program?

Are you a Military Veteran attending college for the first time?

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