Summer Orientations for Fall 2012 Incoming Freshmen
(9)Does tuition need to be paid in order to register for classes at orientation?
In order to get early academic advising and register early for fall classes, SFSU New Student Orientation is required for all first-time college students attending SF State. We want to welcome you, share our University, and give you an opportunity to learn the information needed to get you off to a good academic start. We urge you to make every effort to attend this important event. First-time students who participate in an Orientation Program are better prepared, encounter fewer problems, and generally have a very positive feeling about their experiences at San Francisco State. Plan to join us!
Advising is mandatory for new freshmen and Orientation is the way to receive advising and early priority registration for your classes. Orientation includes an in-depth workshop on graduation requirements. Peer advisors will be on hand to help you to plan and to register for classes.
Failure to register for classes at orientation means you will not have early priority for classes, and will have to add classes in August, after all other SF State students have registered. Thus, appropriate classes will be full or closed. You are no longer guaranteed enough classes for fall. Thus, make every effort to attend an orientation! When in doubt, contact us for guidance.
The Summer 2012 Orientations for Fall 2012 admitted Freshmen will occur in June & July.
All sessions will be conducted on our main campus in San Francisco - for our Southern California session options, see below.
Sessions are a first-come, first-serve basis and if the students complete ALL steps necessary to reserve a space in one of our Orientation sessions. Since registration for classes occurs at orientation, the earlier you attend one, the better chance to get all the classes you want!
- Friday June 1 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Monday June 4 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
After returning from Southern California, the rest of our Orientations are on-campus.
Early Start participants must have gone to the Early Start Smart Page before their orientation date.
- Saturday June 16 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Monday June 18 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Tuesday June 19 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Thursday June 21 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Friday June 22 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Saturday June 23 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Monday June 25 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Tuesday June 26 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Wednesday June 27 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Thursday June 28 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Saturday June 30 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Monday July 2 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Friday July 6 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Saturday July 7 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Monday July 9 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
- Wednesday July 25 - Cesar Chavez lobby, Check-in at 8:15am (programs ends ~3:30pm)
One family member and/or parent may accompany the student.
Plan to check in ON TIME at 8:15am and stay until around 3:30pm. Students who arrive late will have to reschedule.
University tuition must be pre-paid or financial aid awards must be on file in order to register for classes at Orientation.
Test scores or exemptions for ELM/ EPT must be on file.
Those who test after the deadline (May 5) are not allowed to attend SF State!
Once scores for ELM and EPT are received, those students who must participate in Early Start must have begun the process.
Have you already visited the campus?
Take part in our off-campus Summer Orientation!
For our Southern California incoming freshmen, we offer a special set of dates when the entire orientation team (over 45 of us!) travels to host three separate Freshmen dates at the Holiday Innin the city of Buena Park. Besides our advisors and peer advisors, we will have representatives from financial aid, admissions and housing to answer your questions and prepare you for fall.
This is an extremely popular event and we advise you to register for it early, as soon after you accept your admissions offer. Space is limited and first-come, first served. We cannot guarantee everyone a space in the sessions in Southern California, which means you need to come to campus for your orientation.
Advising for fall and early class registration will occur at our Southern Cal events, provided students are prepared. Once you register for the event, read the online confirmation carefully. Otherwise you may not be able to attend or register for fall classes!
Here are the dates:
- Thursday June 7 – check in 8:15 am; program lasts until 3:30 pm
- Friday June 8 - check in 8:15 am; program lasts until 3:30 pm
- Saturday June 9 - check in 8:15 am; program lasts until 3:00 pm
There is a fee of $75 per person for this event which covers your advising materials as well as continental breakfast and lunch. The price is higher than an on campus date, but we will save you travel to campus for an on-campus program, so it is a bargain!
Freshmen planning to attend any of these dates should take care of the following items:
- Students have accepted Admissions Offer and paid the enrollment deposit (unless waived). See New Student Requirements.
- Once SF State email account is created, students need to frequently check SF State email messages sent them! Orientation communication is done via websites and email!
- If required, any placement tests were taken by or before May 5th, 2012. See New Student Requirements.
- Immediately pay orientation fee after registering for a date. See fees information including ways to pay. Students have 2 weeks to make an orientation payment after registering for a date.
- Students have paid for tuition at least 1 week prior to their orientation date.
OR students have accepted a financial aid award online (See SF Gateway)
- Cleared all holds. View on MySFSU, Registration Time.
- Participated in the Early Start Program, if required. See New Student Requirements.
- Students and parents should review the orientation Preview website to prepare for registration on the day of their orientation.
If you are an international student we encourage you to attend an on campus date for Orientation. You will either come to one of our dates or attend the program for International Students in August. Watch your email for messages from Office of International Programs. If you are in California during summer orientation for freshmen, make every effort to attend! Students will register for classes earlier than those who do not, and thus have the benefit of early advising and class registration!
Freshmen register for classes on their Orientation date. But in order to register for classes, you MUST have taken your ELM and/or EPT scores or exemptions on file by the May 5th deadline.
Do you need to test? Your testing status is on your SF Gateway, New Student Requirements page LINK. Failure to take required tests by the May 5th deadline means you will no longer be allowed to attend SF State. Such a tragedy can be averted by signing up and taking a February, March or April exam(s) at any California State University.
Once you have tested, you may visit your SF Gateway and view your scores. Some scores will mean you have to participate in Early Start. Early Start students must participate in a summer course. Choose an orientation following your decision to Early Start using the Early Start Smart page on the New Student Requirements Checklist.
First time freshmen must participate in Early Start if their ELM/EPT test scores indicate. See Early Start website. Students must participate by going to the New Student Requirements page and selecting the link for Early Start and filling out the information on the Smart Page.
All freshmen for fall who need to participate in Early Start must commit to a summer remedial math or developmental English course. We encourage you to take ELM and/or EPT early if needed. Then if you must participate in Early Start, you will be able to do so before your orientation date.
Note: your registration for classes will be blocked for not participating in Early Start. Your test score will show you what fall classes in English and math you will take. Early Start is a way to BEGIN the skill building in math or English needed for success in college.
Any on-campus orientation will cost $35 per student and $25 per guest. The fees include your Orientation and advising materials and a meal.
Southern California orientation costs more, $75 per person. See this link for information about the Southern California program.
(9) University tuition (ie, the cost to register for classes) must be paid prior to orientation. Financial aid recipients who have accepted their award online on SF Gateway do not have to pay tuition, but must still pay orientation fees.
See more information regarding Orientation fees and Tuition.
Refer to New Student Requirements checklist.
1. You must Accept your Offer of Admission before you can sign up for Orientation.
2. Starting April 1st to May 1st, 2012, you may accept your admissions offer for Fall 2012.
3. You must pay an enrollment deposit, if not waived, after accepting Admissions.
4. After Accepting your Offer, you may sign up for an orientation. Follow LINKS on SF Gateway.
5. A tip! The university communicates to you via email. Check your email accounts frequently!
6. Once registered, pay your orientation fee immediately to secure your space.
7. The confirmation for orientation is an online document. Read it carefully for instructions.
8. See you at orientation!
Overnight accommodations during orientation on campus
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