Did You Miss New Student Orientation?

Hello Gators! If you were unable to attend a formal Orientation Session, please review the following resources to help you prepare for your first semester at SF State. If you have any questions regarding academics or campus life, please reach out to New Student & Family Programs and we'll point you in the right direction.

Hear From Your Peers

We hope you were able to find the video above helpful for you and your transition here to SF State. Below are a few links that the New Student and Family Programs mentioned in their presentation.

Important Links:

Missed Orientation? Follow The Steps Below to Register for Classes!

Please follow these steps as you prepare for your first semester at SF State. These steps outline what to do to get registered for classes after the final Orientation session of the season has passed. 

Before you can access most SF State platforms, all new students will need to set up two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA is one way to keep your private information secure. If you need some help setting up your two-factor authentication, check out our 2FA webpage using the button below.

To Access your advising module, you will first need to follow this link to the Orientation Profile.

  1. You will use your SF State log in credentials (the same credentials you use to log into your SF State Student Center). After you log in you will be brought to your Orientation Profile Task List. 
  2. Click into "Academic Advising Module."
  3. Review and complete the module and attempt to register for classes on your own based on what you learned.

*Note: Freshman who missed orientation can access an additional resource in Canvas. Use the following link to enroll (you must be logged-in to Canvas): https://sfsu.instructure.com/enroll/JMYCMH

We know you may have some questions about your academics and registering for your courses. Our Academic Advisors in the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) are here to assist you with registering for classes.  

Step 1: Start Here

Log-in to Canvas using your SF State single sign-on credentials. This is where you will access your advising modules noted in Step 2.

Step 2: Complete the Freshman Missed Orientation Advising Module and Class Planner Worksheet

The Freshmen Class Planner is designed to help you understand the course priorities of what is appropriate for you to take in your first semester at SF State. The instructions for filling out this worksheet are in the Canvas course called "Freshman Missed Orientation Advising Module." To enroll in the canvas course use the following link: https://sfsu.instructure.com/enroll/JMYCMH.

This course is designed to help you fill out the Class Planner worksheet and will lead you through a few, short steps to help you prioritize which courses you should register for in your first semester.

Academic advising topics in the module include the following:

  • Preparing yourself for class registration
  • Fundamentals of class planning strategies
  • Learning about the "Golden Four" and other General Education requirements
  • Learning about the lower-division major requirements
  • Logging into and using your SF State Gateway/Student Center portal
  • Selecting classes for your first semester
  • Using class registration tools and resources to enroll for your first semester

Step 3: Connect with the Undergraduate Advising Center!

The UAC 1st & 2nd Year Advising Team is available to support you for course registration!  If you have questions or need support after reviewing the advising modules and filling out your Freshman Class Planner, please schedule an appointment with a UAC advisor by following email instructions or by calling (415) 338-2101 (and letting the front desk know that you are an incoming freshman who was unable to attend Orientation).

If you are a Transfer Student you will want to follow these steps below to get registered for your courses. 

  1. Review your Orientation Profile Academic Advising Modules

    1. The modules will walk you through where to find courses, how to register, transfer advising tools, and other useful resources.
  2. Review your Degree Roadmap
    1. Use this link to be taken to the SF State bulletin page, find your degree and use the roadmap as a framework for courses and requirements you may still need to satisfy.
  3. Try and Register for classes on your own with what you learned!
  4. Connect with advising.
    1. If you are experiencing any challenges or are unsure if courses transferred over you may get help from advising.
    2. Check your SF State email for a message from advising that provides information for how you can access registration support. This message will be sent after the final transfer orientation session of the season.
    3. Contact the Undergraduate Advising Center if you do not see an email from advising or if you need help.

* Due to large volumes of students needing assistance with registering for courses, academic advising appointments may be limited at this time. Consider accessing drop-in advising hours if you cannot make an appointment. Go to the Undergraduate Advising Center's website for more information.

The Academic Calendar is a great resource for keeping track of important dates, such as the first day of instruction, deadlines to add and drop classes, holidays, etc. For a registrar-specific calendar, click here.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or a little confused, no worries. Please feel free to reach out and we will be happy to assist you.

Phone: (415) 338-3060

email: nsp@sfsu.edu