Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to attend NSO?
Yes. NSO is mandatory for all new freshmen and transfer students. 

How/when do I sign up for NSO?
You may not register for NSO until you have been admitted to and accepted your admittance to Stanislaus State. To register, log on to your MyCSUStan Student Center - under the admissions section of the page, you will see a link for New Student Orientation. Select this link to go to the registration page. 

Note: This is a one time link. Once you have registered for NSO, you will be inelligible to use this link again. That does not mean that you are inelligible to attend the event. 

When is the deadline to register for NSO?
All students must register and pay for NSO no later than May 31st at 5pm. 

Will I receive individual help to select my classes?
Individual academic advising is not available. All advising takes place in a group setting according to your major. 

What if I need to change my major?
Orientation can assist you with receiving the correct advising for your intended major. The morning of orientation we will be able to switch your orientation group so that you will be with your intended major. Changing your major for the day will not change your major indefinitely. You will need to complete a Change of Degree Objective form and turn it into Enrollment Services.

How much does it cost to attend NSO?
There is a mandatory New Student Orientation fee of $75 for all new students; payment must be made prior to the registration deadline of May 31st at 5pm. 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 and tuition fees and cannot be covered by financial aid.

Will a meal be provided?
Lunch will be served at approximately 12pm for all participants. It is strongly recommended that you eat breakfast before you arrive, or pack a snack if you will need to eat before that time.

Note: Please contact our office if you have any dietary restrictions well in advance of your orientation date.

May I bring a guest?
Students may bring a parent/guest to particiapte in a separate parent/guest orientation only. Your parent or guest will NOT be allowed to be with you during the student portion. 

How long is orientation and do I have to stay the whole time?
The event will be from 8am - 4pm and attendance is mandatory for the entire event. There will be a check out procedure at the end of the day to ensure attendance. 

Where can I park?
Parking is FREE in lots 3 and 4 for those attending New Student Orientation. Please do not park in spaces designated faculty/staff, reserved, metered or handicapped (unless qualified). Parking is enforced.

NSO Parking Map