Welcome to San Francisco State

Welcome to the Gator Family! 

Welcome new Gators! New Student Programs (NSP) assists new SFSU students in the transition to college academics and campus community. Orientation is the important process that runs throughout the summer. This site will provide you with the essential resources for your first-year as a new Gator. Registration is required for all orientation sessions!
Orientation registration is now open! See the information below to get started!

Click here to check out why you should accept your admissions offer and become a Gator!


University Information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)



Please visit the University website to review all information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Questions Regarding Summer Orientation 2020 & COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States and California, San Francisco State has limited services at this time. However, the University and New Student Programs is currently evaluating options to provide an enjoyable and beneficial orientation experience.

As of March 30th, 2020, New Student Orientation will be facilitated online. Our team is currently in the process of developing the online orientation materials and we will update this website periodically with more information on a regular basis. We're very excited to engage with you and provide all new students a meaningful experience while they successfully transition to San Francisco State University!  







Please continue to check this website for important updates/changes to New Student Orientation for Summer 2020. 

In the meantime, please continue to review the University website, register for Summer Orientation on April 1, 2020, and contact our office via email if you have any questions.

What does the $50 online orientation fee cover?

Due to COVID-19, we have reduced the current $70 in-person orientation fee to $50 for online orientation. This $50 online orientation fee covers the cost of the design and development of the online orientation program and future extended orientation programming and service provided in the Fall. In order to provide a comprehensive online orientation program, we employ current SF State students as Orientation Leaders during the summer, who support all new students in their orientation experience. We also involve faculty and staff to create an online program that is meaningful and comprehensive of a successful transition to San Francisco State and college life. Further, this fee helps cover the cost of additional technology that will be used to support the creation of an online orientation for thousands of new students. Additionally, when students come to campus in Fall 2020, we will provide extended in-person orientation programming, workshops, and SF State related materials. Your $50 fee helps with future new student programming, events, and a holistic first-year experience, all while maintaining our team of staff and student orientation leaders.


During this time the New Student Programs Office is operating remotely. We are available to assist you and answer any questions you might have about new student orientation, first-year experience and your transition to San Francisco State.


Email will be the best method to connect with us, Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00 PM, we strive to answer your email quickly. Please don't hesitate to contact us: nsp@sfsu.edu



To help you navigate Orientation-Live! and your online orientatino experience, we have provided you a digital "help desk" via Zoom. Please utilize the link below to drop-in to the waiting room to meet with one of our New Student Programs staff. We're happy to help!

The Orientation Help Desk is available starting June 8th every Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. We utlize the Zoom waiting room feature to best support each individual personally and confidentially. Thank you!


Click the link below to access the Orientation Help Desk


Meeting ID: 916 6288 3545

Password: 328195


We hope you, your family, supporters, and friends remain healthy during this complicated time.  

-The New Student Programs Team-


Orientation Registration for all sessions is OPEN NOW | CLICK HERE TO START




Orientation Registration for Fall 2020 is now open! Please note that new first-year and transfer students, including up to two guests per student, will participate in Summer Orientation for the Fall 2020 Orientation online. More information will be updated here soon! If you have any questions or concerns, please email New Student Programs at nsp@sfsu.edu 

Please note: You MUST accept your ADMISSIONS OFFER AND PAY YOUR ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT first before registering for orientation. 

Click here for Summer Orientation Session Dates


Want to connect with more departments across campus?
Register for our Orientation Wednesday Webinar Series!
Click here to RSVP to our webinars! 







On-campus housing at San Francisco State University is limited and in high demand. While living on campus is not required, it is also not guaranteed and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Housing Office highly recommends students submit their housing application as soon as the housing portal opens in order to increase their chances of obtaining a space and to avoid being put on the wait list. 
Because housing is limited, completing the application and submitting the initial fee by March 31 is essential and increases your chances for obtaining housing. 

Explore First-Year Resources on Your Mobile Device! 

Make sure to download our SFSU Gator Guides Mobile App!  Inside the app has tons of content to help make your transition to SF State as easy as possible. 

  Click here to Download the Gator Guides App

  We also update the Gator Guides Mobile App regularly with new content so that you're always aware of what is going on around campus!  

  If you prefer a web-version, please click here!