New Student Orientation

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New Students: It All Starts Here!

Congratulations on your admission and welcome to San Francisco State University! We can’t wait to meet you at New Student Orientation. Please see below for more information about New Student Orientation. Orientation dates and registration will be announced soon. New Student Orientation is a one day program which aims to assist in your transition to our university.

Coming Soon!

New Student Orientation for Summer 2022 sign-up will open Monday April 11th!

Please keep an eye out on your email and social media as to when the official date we will open the system for students to sign up for New Student Orientation.

Did you miss your New Student Orientation? No worries we got you covered. We have a webpage which will help you navigate our systems, learn about resources, and register for your upcoming semester courses including how to contact an academic advisor.

In order to secure your spot for New Student Orientation and to best prepare you for your transition to San Francisco State this checklist is designed to help identify tasks and be a general guide to complete prior to starting full time at San Francisco State University. To make your transition to SF State as smooth as possible, we highly encourage you to follow all checklist items and complete each task before you sign up for a New Student Orientation session.

New Student Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation Session Dates

Each year New Student and Family Programs hosts Summer and Winter orientation programs to prepare new students for their first semester at SF State.

  • Summer Orientation occurs throughout June, July, and August, before each Fall semester.  
  • Winter Orientation occurs in January before each Spring semester.

Students who will be starting in Fall, should attend Summer Orientation.

Students who will be starting in Spring, should attend Winter Orientation.

Sign-Up for Orientation

Undergraduate students can register for Summer or Winter Orientation during the open registration windows. Historically, Summer Orientation registration opens during the first week of April, and Winter Orientation registration opens at the beginning of November each year.

All students are encouraged to proactively plan and register for orientation well in advance of their orientation session. After students register for orientation they will receive an email confirmation, details that outline important next steps to attend or *complete orientation, and how to best prepare for academic advising, course registration, and student life at San Francisco State.

A breakdown of Orientation fees:

  • > Full-Day Orientation Session:
    Remote (Via Zoom) In-Person (1 Day/ Over Night Program)
    $50 $70
  • > Guest/Parent Orientation Session:
    Remote In-Person (1 Day Program) In-Person Overnight Program
    $10 $40 $60

The Orientation Fee covers the following but is not limited to:

  • Technology/software to provide an online orientation experience 
  • Payment for student leaders and student staff (Orientation Leaders)
  • Promotional items during the incoming semester
  • New student programming, workshops, and events
  • Extended orientation programming
  • GatorFest! - a campus-wide welcome festival from August - October (free admission to all students)

The online orientation fee covers the cost of the design and development of the annual orientation program (online/in-person), and future extended orientation programming and services. In order to provide a comprehensive orientation program, we employ current SF State students as Orientation Leaders/Peer Mentors (30-40 student staff on an annual basis) during the summer and fall term, who support and mentor new students in their orientation experience and offer on-going peer mentoring throughout the semester. We also involve staff to create orientation and first-year experience programming that is meaningful and comprehensive of a successful transition to San Francisco State and college life. Further, the orientation fee supports the cost of technology that is used to support the orientation registration process, communication systems, mobile engagement, resources, events, and promotional items that are provided to students. Finally, the $50 - $70 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 for future cohorts of San Francisco State student and their student supporters.

No. Summer New Student Orientation is not mandatory, but it is considered a valuable first step to your experience at SF State.

We understand that situations may arise that prevent you from attending the initial date you chose for your New Student Orientation session. There are two different ways in which you can change your Orientation session date.

  1. You can log back into your Orientation profile and select a new session date the same way you initially chose a date.
  2. If you are not seeing any other dates when you log into the system it is most likely because all sessions have reached their capacity. You can either email us ( or drop by our Zoom Help Desk where a member of our team will assist you in switching your session date.


Yes! Guest are encouraged to attend New Student Orientation. During Orientation, parents, families, and other student supporters will participate in a separate schedule created specifically for supporters. If guests have any questions about their program, feel free to direct them to the Parent & Families tab at the top of the page. Here they can get connected with campus resources and other information to stay informed about SFSU and best practices for supporting students.

We understand that the Orientation dates provided may not be ideal for every students. With that we do hope you are able to make it to one our sessions so you can begin navigating social and academic life at SF State with support and success.

If you are unable to attend any of our New Student Orientation Sessions, we highly recommend reviewing the Collaborative Sites page on your SF State iLearn. This page offers a deep dive into academic resources you can utilize during your time here at SF State.

If you are not able to access the page or still have questions please feel free to email us at or drop in to our New Student Orientation Help Desk to speak with one of our staff members. 

Orientation lasts from 8:00am - 5:00pm for 1-day and remote programs. Overnight programs for students runs from 8:00am - 12:00am on the first day, and 7:00am (starting with breakfast) to 4:00pm on the second day.

For guests, the overnight program concludes at 8:30 pm on the first day, and 4:00pm on the second day. Please anticipate being there for the whole time. 

Yes. We have on-campus and remote options available based on preference. We offer a 1-day on-campus program, an overnight on-campus program, and then a 1-day remote program (via Zoom).

Important Steps Before Orientation

  1. Submit Official Transcripts
    • Your offer of Conditional Admission is based on the information you reported in your Cal State Apply admission application. We will need to confirm that you reported accurately in your application and that you are on track to complete all admission requirements BEFORE you attend New Student Orientation. If you are unsure of the status of any required admissions documents please contact the Admissions Office at 

      Submit official transcripts so that we can confirm your offer. Check your To-Do List in your Student Center to see which documents are needed. For more information about how to submit transcripts and how to view your To-Do List, visit the Submitting Transcripts page.

  2. Accept Admissions Offer 
    • If San Francisco State is the right place for you to pursue your education this coming Spring, we encourage you to accept your admission offer as soon as possible. Accepting your offer allows you to begin steps like signing up for New Student Orientation and receiving confirmation for University Housing.  

  3. Pay the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit

    • Students entering San Francisco State must accept their admission offer online and pay a $100 non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit (unless eligible for an automatic waiver) in their Student Center at by the dates listed below.

    • Students admitted after the deadline must accept their offer within two weeks of the date of their admission notice. The $100 non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition fees when you enroll in classes.

Why Attend New Student Orientation

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Connect With Peers & Build Your Community

At New Student Orientation, you will have the opportunity to connect with other newly admitted students to San Francisco State University. This is a great opportunity to begin to network with them as many of them may be in the same classes as you or even in the same club/organization that you decide to join. As we transition back onto campus, starting to develop and connect with your community at SFSU can support your sense of belonging at SFSU!

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Register for Classes & Learn About Resources for Success

At New Student Orientation you will register for your courses and meet the many departments and resources that are here to help you. New Student Orientation will provide you the opportunity to listen and ask questions regarding graduation requirements and the various campus resources that you can utilize as a student here at SFSU. Whether it is academic-based or more focused on your well-being SFSU has it all. 

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Learn About Leadership Opportunities

Learn about different opportunities to get involved on campus. One great way to do so is learning about the Orientation Leaders (OL's) The Orientation Leaders will be in contact with you through out the summer for support and are current students at SFSU. They know the ins and outs and importance of getting involved on campus. They are here to help support you and help you have a smooth transition. 

Learn more about the Orientation Team below!

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Become Part of the SF State Community

At SFSU our motto is "Experientia Docet" or experience teaches. At SFSU we want students to experience different cultures, belief, and values of not only other students but faculty and staff. At SFSU we value social justice and equity. We understand we live in an imperfect world but, with the experiences you bring and the experiences you will gain from SFSU we know you will begin to question the world around you. SFSU recognizes the importance of acceptance of our students backgrounds and that Black Lives Matter. SFSU gives students various opportunities for students to educate themselves but also question the world around them.


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Orientation is for Everyone

New Student & Family Programs welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please email our department as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed. We ask that you please send any requests for accommodations at least 5 business days before your scheduled orientation session.

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Get To Know The City

San Francisco State University will be your home away from home for a few years so why not learn more about the community you will be a part of. Whether you are from the Bay Area, Out of State, or even internationally, San Francisco offers a place for everyone. Learn about the San Francisco Area and all that is has to offer from the beauty of nature, to the must see photo opportunities. SF has it all and is waiting for you to come and explore our beautiful city!


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Learn About Academic Success

New Student Orientation will give you the opportunity to listen and ask questions of our academic partners. They will provide you with resources, opportunities, tips and tricks, and general information on all things academic. This is a great opportunity to navigate the SFSU platform in which students register for courses and also find out what courses you may want to take and enroll in them.

First Year Advising Resources

Transfer Advising Resources

Major Exploration

New Student Orientation

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First Time Freshman

All the information you need in regards to New Student Orientation. Click below to learn about dates and how to sign up for your New Student Orientation!

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Transfer Students

All the information you need in regards to New Student Orientation. Click below to learn about dates and how to sign up for your New Student Orientation!

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Parent & Families

Welcome to our Parents, Families, and Student Supporters! We are happy you will also be joining the Gator Family. We have a resources and information specific to you and how you can help in your students transition to San Francisco Stater University. 

International Student Resources & Graduate Orientation

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International Students

The Office of International Programs provides campus-wide leadership and coordination in implementing the university's goals for international education and exchange. It works closely with faculty, staff, students, scholars, the local community, and international alumni in supporting initiatives to internationalize the campus.

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Graduate Students

Are you a newly admitted Graduate Student? If you are note that New Student Orientation under New Student & Family Programs holds New Student Orientation for Undergraduate Students only. You will want to use this link to make sure you are getting correct information for your specific graduate program. 

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Feeling Lost?

Can't find the information you are looking for? Have a specific questions that you want an answer too? Feel free to stop by our New Student Orientation Zoom Help Desk to speak with our staff! Our New Student Orientation Help desk is open 10am-12pm & 1pm-2pm Monday - Friday.