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 5 p.m. for Summer Orientation.

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 5 p.m.  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?

Freshmen Orientation

Day 1 - Lunch and dinner will be provided 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.

Day 2 - Breakfast will be provided for all participants. 

Transfer Orientation

Lunch will be provided 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.

Parent/Family/Guest Orientation

Lunch and dinner will be provided on Day 1 for all Parents/Family/Guests.  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?

Only students attending Freshmen Orientation may bring a parent/family/guest who will particiapte in a separate Parent/Family/Guest orientation. Your parent, family, or guest member will NOT be allowed to be with you during the student orientation. You are limited to bringing up to 2 parents/family/guests.  There is an additional $35 fee per person for additional parent/family/guest to attend the Parent/Family/Guest Orientation.  

How long is orientation and do I have to stay the whole time?

Freshmen Orientation

Freshmen Orientation is an overnight experience that will begin at 8 a.m. on Day 1 and will end at 1pm on Day 2.  Attendance is mandatory for the entire event. There will be a check out procedure at the end of the day to ensure attendance.

Transfer Orientation

The event will be from 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. and attendance is mandatory for the entire event. There will be a check out procedure at the end of the day to ensure attendance.

Parent/Family/Guest Orientation

The Parent/Family/Guest Orientation will only be available during the Freshmen Orientation.  It will take place in a separate location at the same time as the Freshmen Orientation.  It will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. on Day 1 and begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. on Day 2.  Parents/Family/Guests will need to provide their own overnight accomodations. 

Where will I stay overnight for the Freshmen Orientation?

All Freshmen attending New Student Orientation will participate in an overnight experience and be assigned a room and paired with other students on campus in the Residence Life Village. The Residence Life Village is a gated community located on the campus.  New Student Orientation Staff will be on site to provide overnight supervision.  Linens will be provided.  Be sure to bring your own toiletries. 

Where can I park?

​Freshmen Orientation

Parking is FREE in lots 6 and 7 for those attending New Student Orientation. Please do not park in spaces designated faculty/staff, reserved, metered or handicapped (unless qualified). Parking is enforced.

Transfer Orientation

Parking is FREE in lots 8 and 11A for those attending New Student Orientation. Please do not park in spaces designated faculty/staff, reserved, metered or handicapped (unless qualified). Parking is enforced.