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Questions About Freshman Orientation

Registration opens April 2 on MyCSUEB.  To sign up, log into MyCSUEB, if you have the option to select type of view, click "Classic View" and then follow the image below to navigate to the orientation registration:



If you have registered for orientation, we will email you approximately two weeks prior to your session to confirm your date and time, and also provide further details of what to expect during orientation.

You should also bring a valid photo ID to get your university ID card while at orientation. Bring a laptop, tablet, phone or electronic device if possible. We also recommend that you bring any and all papers sent to you by the University.

Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming Freshman and it's the best way to enter CSUEB. To ensure that the classes you want to take are the right classes for you, come to Orientation. Orientation provides the most complete academic advising and is also a great way to get familiar with the campus and meet other new students like you. Studies show that students who attend orientation have higher grade point averages, are less likely to be on academic probation, and are likely to graduate sooner. To see a sneak peek of the program, click here.

All freshman orientations are two full days, roughly 7:30am - 5:30pm on both days.  Freshmen who opt to also participate in our Pioneer Overnight Experience will join in the festivities of the evening program which will run from 5:30pm - midnight on the first day.  After an exciting and activity packed evening, you will get to stay overnight in the Pioneer dorms.

Freshmen participating in the Pioneer Overnight Experience get to stay in the Pioneer Dorms.  Even if you live locally, you are welcome to sign up for the Pioneer Overnight Experience to engage in exciting evening activities with fellow Pioneers and get a taste of dorm life.

If you opt to do Freshman Orientation without the overnight option, you are responsible for securing your own overnight housing. 

Yes, breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.  Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available.

Your parents and family attend a separate orientation program - Family Orientation. It is specifically designed for them and takes place on the same day of your orientation session. There is a separate fee for parents and guests.

Although it might be nice to have a companion along, their presence might distract you from meeting other new students like yourself and you may miss valuable information. All guests will be charged a fee and will be expected to attend the separate Family Orientation Program.

If you don't attend orientation, it may be difficult to get academic advising. It can affect your course registration and limit the selection of classes available to you. The major departments set aside these dates/times to specifically meet with new students. Although parents/siblings are invited to our Family Orientation, they cannot attend orientation in place of the student. It is important for the student to learn first-hand the academic information and expectations of them as a CSUEB student.

We expect all students to participate both full days and stay for the whole program.  We offer multiple sessions to accommodate your busy schedule.

Your $110 required nonrefundable pre-enrollment fee will be applied towards the mandatory freshman orientation. In addition to serving as your enrollment fee, the fee will pay for your orientation materials, meals, and activities. 

Click here to learn how to make an online payment

As of July 26, all Freshman orientations have ended.  If you have missed Freshman orientation and need to sign up for the catch all session (August 14 from 8:00am-5:00pm) email and provide the following information:

  • full name and net ID
  • request for August 14 make up/catch all orientation
  • reason you're requesting August 14

The friendly and knowledgeable Student Life and Leadership Programs Staff are ready to answer your questions. Call (510) 885-3872 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM or email us at

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