Welcome Transfer 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!
New Student Orientation Updates
This section has all the updates and current information in regards to your new student Orientation. Check this section often as we always have new and exciting news to share with you.
We are happy to announce that there will be no orientation fee for summer 2021! Your new student orientation will be free!
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 will provide an online/remote orientation experience for all new first-year students that is meaningful, enjoyable, and beneficial to a successful transition to San Francisco State.
Thank you for understanding.
New Student Orientation Dates
|Monday||July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd|
|Tuesday||July 13th, July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd|
|Thursday||July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th|
|Friday||July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th|
Sign Up For New Student Orientation Starting Monday May 3rd
Accept Your Admissions Offer and Pay Your Enrollment Deposit
Before singing-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.
Sign-Up for New Student Orientation
- You must first accept your Admissions Offer and pay your Enrollment Deposit first, via your Student Center account (typically this is at the bottom page of the Student Center profile)
- If you accepted your Admissions Offer and paid the Enrollment Deposit TODAY, you may need to wait for a full business-day until a campus computer system refreshes to create your unique SFSU content/profile items
- Please have your SFSU (San Francisco State University) Student ID Number ready (SIS ID), this is typically a number starting with "9" and is nine digits long.
- Email: Your SFSU STATE Email Address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
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: email@example.com | (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 help prepare you for your New Student Orientation. Orientation will be roughly from 8:00 AM to 5:00 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.
To help you plan for your New Student Orientation Session below is a mock schedule of the day.
- Morning Welcome
- Student Presentation/Breakout
- Academic Presentations
- Academic Advising
- Course Registration for Fall 2021
- Campus Resources Webinar
For the official schedule of Orientation, please download the Gator Guides App. This app will be helpful for you before, during, and after New Student Orientation. You can scan your respective QR code below to download.
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.
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.
Welcome to GatorFest! GatorFest! is a great opportunity to network with other students, learn about different opportunities, and learn about the SF area. GatorFest! schedule will be out later in the summer (about two weeks before the start of the semester) -- it has different programs and involvement opportunities for the first few weeks of school.
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.
- Visit the Residential Life Website
- Learn about essential information about move-in, if you're planning on living on-campus.
- 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.