Orientation & New Student Programs

What to Expect

Please note: If you plan to bring a parent or guest, the Parent/Guest Program runs concurrently but is a separate program. This means students and guests will attend different programs during the day.

Small Group Discussion

A peer advisor from the Summer Orientation program will share:

  • University requirements
  • Course selection strategies
  • Registration procedures
  • Valuable ‘Insider’ tips on how to successfully start your university career


As a transfer student, it is essential to choose an orientation date in which your major or possible major will be represented. Refer to the Session Dates link for college and department advising dates. A major advisor will:

  • Help you explore the program you have chosen
  • Explain specific major requirements
  • Assist you with course selection

Registration for Classes

By attending a Summer Orientation session you have the earliest possible access for new students to register for Fall 2019! This portion of the orientation is your chance to register for classes with help from major and peer advisors. You will also learn to navigate through your Chico State portal account, how to complete registration, how to utilize planning tools, etc. 

Please note: If you still have outstanding coursework and/or units required to meet your admission requirements, you will not be able to register for classes at Summer Orientation until your final Spring grade(s)have been received and processed by Admissions. Please bring copies of your unofficial transcripts with you to orientation to have for reference in selecting classes.

Housing Information and Tips

University Housing will be available to answer questions and provide helpful tips about living both on and off campus. For those of you planning to live in one of the residence halls, tours of an On-Campus Residence Hall and University Village will be available at the conclusion of your orientation session at approximately 4:30pm.

Information Fair

You will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from various areas such as Financial Aid, University Housing, Student Health Center, Study Abroad, Honors, and more.

Campus Tour

During a walk through our beautiful campus, your guide will answer any questions you have about campus resources, our community, and student life.


Sessions include morning coffee/orange juice, lunch, as well as refreshments at program conclusion.

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