New Student Orientation

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program for all incoming Stanislaus State students designed to provide you with information about University requirements, general education requirements, major academic advising and student programs and services. Each NSO includes informational sessions with a variety of Stanislaus State staff and faculty to assist you with academic advising and course registration. Your attendance and participation in your New Student Orientation will greatly enhance your educational experience at Stanislaus State. By the end of the day, you will have a general understanding of the campus layout and university resources.

Orientation Dates: Summer 2018

Orientation Dates Information & Deadline
June 25-26 and June 28-29, 2018 First Year Students/Freshmen with majors in the following colleges are eligible to attend: College of Science and College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. See the list of majors by college. Students must register AND pay the NSO fee by 5:00pm on May 31, 2018

*There will be an optional two-day Parents/Family/Guest Orientation that will take place seperately from the First Year/Freshmen Orientation sessions.  However, parents/family/guests will need to make their own overnight accomdations. For discounted rates at local establishments please visit Fairfield Inn & Suites Turlock 

*If you are a Category I/II student who is a STEM major seeking to enroll in Math 1070/1080/1100/1410 in the fall 2018 term you will be required to take the Math Placement Exam.  If you fall into this category it is highly recommended that you take the Math Placement Exam prior to your arrival at New Student Orientation.  To determine whether you need to take the Math Placement Exam please visit the Math Assessment Test Page

July 9-10 and July 12-13, 2018 First Year Students/Freshmen with majors in the following colleges are eligible to attend: College of Business, College of Education, Kinesiology, and Social Work, and Undeclared. See the list of majors by college. Students must register AND pay the NSO fee by 5:00pm on May 31, 2018
July 26, 2018 (Stockton Center) This orientation is specifically for Transfer students planning to complete their degree at Stanislaus State's Stockton Center. Transfers with the following majors are eligible to attend: Business Administration - Accounting concentration, Business Administration - General Business concentration, Business Administration -Management-Human Resources concentration, Communication Studies, History, Liberal Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Students must register and pay by 5:00pm on May 31, 2018.
July 30, August 1, and August 3, 2018 All Transfer students are eligible to attend on any of the available dates. Students must register AND pay the NSO fee by 5:00pm on May 31, 2018.

Orientation Registration and Payment Information

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There is a mandatory New Student Orientation fee of $75 for all new students; payment is required by the specified deadline above. The NSO fee is a mandatory fee charged to all new undergraduate students at Stanislaus State.The NSO fee is separate from and in addition to other deposits, registration fees and tuition and cannot be covered by financial aid.

What Happens After I Register For NSO?

You will immediately receive a confirmation email to your email address. Please note all university communication will be sent to your email address.  Each month you will receive an email from New Student Orientation with information that will help you on your journey to becoming a Stanislaus State Warrior.  One week prior to your registration date, a reminder email will be sent. If you have questions please contact the NSO office at (209) 664-6757 or

Veteran Students

Student veterans and dependents of veterans are required to attend New Student Orientation. Staff of the Veteran Affairs Office will be available to answer questions and provide advice on completing and filing VA claims forms for federal and state education assistance programs and with applying for and using their federal and state sponsored educational benefits.

Veterans Affairs Website