First-Year New Student Orientation

Welcome First-Year Students to San Francisco State University!

We are so excited to welcome you to the Gator Family. This page is designed to help you before new student orientation, during, and post new student orientation. This page will answer any questions that you may have and hopefully get you excited for your new student orientation session and your transition to San Francisco State University!

Set Up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

All New Students will need to set up two-factor authentication to sign up for orientation and login to other SF State services. 2FA is important for keeping your online account information secure!

If you need some help setting up your two-factor authentication, check out our guides and resources using the button below.


Signing Up For Your New Student Orientation

Congrats on your admission to San Francisco State University! We are excited to welcome you to the Gator Family! Below are steps for you to follow to sign up for navigating your Orientation Profile and signing up for a New Student Orientation Session.

Accept Your Admissions Offer and Pay Your Enrollment Deposit

Before signing-up for New Student Orientation, all new students must formally accept their admissions offer (AAO) and pay the enrollment deposit. You must do this before you start the orientation registration process - it will take 24 hours to process your acceptance and process your enrollment information. 

All students will need to set up their Two-Factor Authentication for the university. This is to help protect you and your information. 

Your Orientation Profile is where you will be checking often and houses useful information for you. From understanding and checking your Student Center for holds and alerts to signing up for Orientation, your Orientation Profile has it all. The Orientation profile has important information for you and will help you as you navigate San Francisco State University.

* Please note you will not be able to get into your Orientation Profile until you set up your Two Factor Authentication.

The New Student & Family Programs team is here to assist you in any way that we can. We are a team of staff and student leaders who are here to answer any questions or navigate any problem that arise in your Orientation experience. 

We have a New Student Orientation Zoom Help Desk which is open for you to drop in and ask us any questions. You can also email us at or give our office a call at (415) 338-3060


We are excited to welcome you to San Francisco State University (SFSU / SF State) and we look forward to seeing you at New Student Orientation. To maximize your time and to prepare you for life at SF State, this section is designed to help you transition to life at SFSU. This section has useful information you should review before attending your New Student Orientation.

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Email is the primary form of communication from the University including important information regarding your New Student Orientation. We will be emailing your SF State account about updates and information you will need for New Student Orientation including your Zoom links and confirmation information.

Make sure to create and check your email often!

Your orientation modules are designed to help you with important updates and reminders to helpful academic resources like how to find and begin to register for your classes. You can always go back to the modules to refresh before your orientation session.

Zoom will be how we host our New Student Orientation. It will also be how many of your teachers will conduct your online courses. You will want to make sure that you set up your Zoom account.

Before logging in to your Zoom account, all New Students will need to set up two-factor authentication to  access their Zoom account and other online SF State services. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is important for keeping your online account information secure!

If you need some help setting up your two-factor authentication, check out our 2FA webpage using the button below.

Once you have set up your 2FA, you can get started logging in to your SFSU Zoom account!

For more items to review check out the New Student Checklist. This checklist will have more items for you to review prior to attending your New Student Orientation Session and the start of your first semester! 

  • Contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC)
    • San Francisco State University is dedicated to ensure that all aspects of campus life, learning, working and living - are universally accessible. If you anticipate needing accommodations as a student at SF State we recommend you contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC). You can register with the DPRC and document your disability to help you fully access student life at SF State. If you have any further questions or need assistance please contact DPRC.

    • Contact the DPRC at: | (415) 338-2472 


  • Review SF State Websites
    • The San Francisco State website is a rich resource of information but can be overwhelming as a first-year student. That is ok! We recommend navigating the website and record any questions you might have and bring those to be answered at your New Student Orientation Session. You will have many opportunities to ask you questions to peers, staff, and faculty at New Student Orientation.

What to Expect At New Student Orientation

So the day has come and your New Student Orientation is just around the corner! 

This section is designed to prepare you for your New Student Orientation. Orientation will be roughly from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

We have designated a whole day to help you network with new students, ask questions of current students, and celebrate your arrival as a new gator to San Francisco State University. You will have the opportunity to learn about campus resources and hear from your own academic departments. 

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To help you plan for your New Student Orientation Session below is a mock schedule of the day.

Mock Schedule

  • Morning Welcome
  • Student Presentation/Breakout
  • Academic Presentations
  • Academic Advising
  • Course Registration
  • Campus Resources Webinar

For the official schedule of Orientation, please download the SF State App. This app will be helpful for you before, during, and after New Student Orientation. You can find that SF State app via the Apple App and Google Play stores.

New Student Orientation will be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. The Orientation Leaders are able and willing to answer all your questions about life at SF State, favorite spots, and what to look forward to when you arrive on campus! 

There will also be different opportunities for you to ask more specific questions. Prepare any questions that you may have and bring them to your New Student Orientation Session and get them answered so you feel comfortable and confident when it comes to your transition to SF State. 

We at New Student & Family Programs want to celebrate you and your decision to attend San Francisco State. We want you to have fun at New Student Orientation and to get the most out of your experience.

It will feel new and probably a bit awkward, that's ok! Keep in mind you're not alone and it's ok to ask for help! 

This checklist will have items for you to review during your New Student Orientation Session. 

  • Prepare for Your Academic Advising Information Session
    • Academic advising is fundamental for a successful college career. If you have questions about your major, specific courses, or anything related to your studies at SF State, the advising staff and resources are essential. 


  • Make Connections with Peers, Faculty, and Staff
    • This is a great time to connect with your peers and with your academic advisors. Faculty and staff are here to help in your transition and the Orientation Leaders are here to answer any questions you may have.

Post Orientation

Now that your New Student Orientation is over you still have access to all the resources you did at your Orientation. But now that you may have registered for your courses and made some new friends, it is time to begin looking at resources and different ways to get involved on campus. This section is to help you find resources for your first day day of school and beyond.

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The start of the semester is always filled with excitement and nerves. For our students joining us in Fall be on the lookout for GatorFest which are events and programs designed to help in your transition to SF State. For students joining in the Spring be on the lookout for events and programs that are focused on your welcome to campus.

Events can be found on the GatorGuides App as well as the GatorXperience Page!

A great way to network and connect with other students who have the same interest as you is to join a club or organization. SF State has over 100 different active clubs and organizations that you can be a part of. To check out events and what organizations you can be a part of head on over to the GatoXperience page. 

Your GatorMentor is here to help you. GatorMentos are Orientation Leaders who are here to provide you with useful information and reminders through your first year at SF State. GatorMentors are here to answer any of the questions you may have or to help you transition to life at SF State. GatorMentors will contact you via SF State email so keep your eyes open when the fall semester starts. 

This checklist will help with your transition post orientation. 

  • Check your SF State email daily
    • Email is a primary and official form of University communications.



  • Review the Academic Calendar
    • The academic Calendar has all important information as to the first day of instruction, dates and deadlines, and other key dates to mark.


Instead of a traditional in-person orientaiton program at San Francisco State's main campus, Summer Orientation will provide an online experience that can be completed through a computer and an internet connection. The orientation program will review essential transition information, Univeristy services and resources, and provide advising and course registration information.

After completing your online orientation experience, you will be provided a specific Registration Date and Time. During this window of time, you can register for your classes during Orientation. Your registration date is typically the same date you're registered to "attend" Orientation. 

Yes. We are planning to host optional workshop and social experiences to meet student leaders (Orientation Leaders) and your fellow Gators during your online orientation experience.

Yes. Registering for New Student Orientation confirms your intent to register for classes with support from academic advisors before general open enrollment. Further, Orientation (while online) is an essential first step to start your transition to college life successfully. You can find the link to register for New Student Orientation via the home page or the New Student Orientation tab. 

No. Summer and Winter Orientation is not mandatory. However, New Student Orientation is considered an essential first step to be prepare for your transition to San Francisco State and college life. 

For the 2021 New Student Orientation Program, the Orientation Fees are the following:

  • Full-Day Orientation Session: $50.00
  • Guest/Parent Orientation Session: TBD

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 extended orientation programming and year-long programming and events (available to all new students once campus formally reopens)
  • Supporting new student programming, workshops, and events
  • Extended orientation programming for the academic year
  • GatorFest! - a campus-wide welcome week festival (free admission to all new students)

The $50 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 all new students in their orientation experience and on-going peer mentoring throughout the transition to campus. 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, and various publications, resources, events, and promotional items that are provided to students. Finally, the $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 for future cohorts of San Francisco State student and their student supporters.

Yes. While we're still exploring options of remote advising. Advising information and how-to-register tutorials will be available. You can always review/preview advising resources and the University bulletin with the provide links below:

Contact Us

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.

An 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:

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