New Student Orientation

Once you've accepted your admission to Stanislaus be sure to check your email for your invitation to register.

Spring 2016 Orientation Dates:



Friday, January 8th (Located at the Stockton Campus and ONLY FOR Transfers planning to complete their degree at the Stockton Center in the following majors: Business Administration, Accounting concentration; Communication Studies; Liberal Studies; Psychology)

Wednesday, January 13th (Located at the main campus in Turlock: open to all Freshmen and Transfer students)  








*Students must register AND pay the NSO fee by Friday, November 20th at 5pm.




Orientation Registration and Payment Information

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What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program for incoming CSU Stanislaus 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 CSU Stanislaus 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 CSU Stanislaus. By the end of the day, you will have a general understanding of the campus layout and university resources.

How Will NSO Benefit Me and Why Should I Attend NSO Early?

  • Preferred class selection and scheduling
  • Meet with faculty from your major in a group setting to discuss major requirements
  • Opportunity to become familiar with campus prior to first day of classes
  • Interaction with other new students as well as University faculty and staff
  • Gain knowledge of University policies and graduation requirements
  • Obtain information of campus services available to you as a student
  • Receive a student handbook

Requirements to attend NSO and How Much Does it Cost?

To be eligible to attend NSO and enroll in any courses, all students must take the EPT/ELM placement tests, or be exempt at the time of registering for NSO...You should register as soon as possible as space is very limited in each NSO and be sure to follow payment instructions found here.

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 CSU Stanislaus.The NSO fee is separate from and in addition to other deposits, registration fees and tuition and cannot be covered by financail aid. 

What Happens After I Register For NSO?

You will immediately receive a confirmation email to your email address. One week prior to your registration date, a reminder email will be sent to your address. 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 filling 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