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What can I expect for this summer’s orientations?

Orientation Registration Update as of 5/11/20:

The health and well-being of our campus community is our primary concern.  Due to COVID-19, the University has made the tough decision to move all in-person orientations to an online or virtual format for this summer. 


Orientation registration will open June 2, 2020.  For a list of session dates and how to register, click on the Freshman or Transfer orientation page.

After you register for orientation, visit

All our in-person orientation sessions have been moved to an online/virtual format which will consist of three parts:

The Basics:

  • Our Zoom sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place throughout July, and will last 1 hour each.
  • We will host 10 Freshman Zoom sessions and 16 Transfer Zoom sessions.
  • When orientation registration opens, you will select a day/time and sign up for a specific session. There will be roughly 150 other new students also participating in your Zoom meeting.
  • You will be provided the Zoom link and instructions in advance, and join the Zoom meeting on your specific day/time you signed up for.

What does this portion cover?

  • This portion will provide an overview of the University and what to expect for orientation. You will also have opportunity to connect with our Orientation Team Leaders, who are eager to assist you and ensure you have a smooth transition to the University.  They will be available throughout summer to answer questions you may have!
  • Lastly, this portion will also provide next steps on how to access Part 2 via Blackboard.

The Basics:

  • Blackboard is Cal State State East Bay’s Learning Management System.
  • You will complete this portion next, and it is done at your own pace.
  • This portion is projected to be available mid-July through end of August.
  • As it will take a few hours to complete, we recommend you complete this portion in multiple sittings rather than all at once.

What does this portion cover?

  • This portion will provide an overview of campus resources, services, and departments.  
  • You will also learn about your rights as a student, and what Cal State East Bay expects of you as a Pioneer

The Basics:

  • If it is deemed safe to gather on campus by end of summer, festivities will take place on both the Hayward and Concord campus at the end of August.  

What does this portion cover?

  • We intend to welcome our new students to the Pioneer Family with activities and events to get you connected to campus.
  • Join us as we showcase our departments, student clubs, and organizations, and kick off the start of the school year! This is also your chance to connect in-person with our Orientation Team Leaders, student leaders, staff, faculty, and find your place in the Pioneer community.

Please note that advising and course registration is not dependent on orientation.  For more information about academic advising, please send an email with your name, net ID and questions to the Freshman student email: or the Transfer student email:

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