First Year Experience

The first year in college is the foundation of a student's success in college, and for their lives after college. Cal State San Bernardino recognizes the importance and value of this positive first-year experience for students, and the need for the university to facilitate students' effective transition to the University by providing a variety of experiences, opportunities, and foundational skills to help them become successful students.

First Year Experience (FYE) is an area of the Division of Student Affairs committed to supporting the academic and social transition to California State University San Bernardino. We define first-year student as any undergraduate student attending the University for the first time.

First Year Experience seeks to help students understand expectations associated with being a member of CSUSB community and educate first-year students about various support services on campus. First Year Experience provides support, resources, and programs for first-year freshman and transfer students as they build the foundation of their student experience.

Our office hosts a number of events each year that contributes to the success of our new students.

New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is a new tradition here at CSUSB but it serves as the official welcome for all new students to CSUSB. Just before the first day of classes each fall, all new transfer students, freshmen, and their families or guests are invited to a welcome by the entire university. Featuring President Morales, the college deans, and our athletics and cheer and dance teams, New Student Convocation is your official welcome into the CSUSB community. Returning students are invited to attend as well, as they open the doors to your time as a Coyote too. Just as Commencement celebrates the completion of your academic journey, Convocation commemorates your beginning.

Ask Me!

Lost? Aren’t sure where to find a classroom or office? Where do you get your parking permit? During the first days of every fall and winter quarter, Ask Me! tables are stationed around campus to provide you support, directions, and answers to anything you need to know to have a successful first week and overall experience at CSUSB. With four locations around campus, current students, faculty, and staff support this campaign and YOU in your first days on campus.

In addition to resources, you’ll learn about upcoming campus events and programs, have a chance to win some of your first CSUSB swag, and maybe even spot Cody the Coyote celebrating the start of a new academic year.


Halfway through each fall quarter, Orientation and First Year Experience hosts our Reconnect workshop series. Are you overwhelmed with your transition to CSUSB? Do you still have questions that weren’t answered at SOAR? Are you ready for registration for your next quarter? These programs help answer questions that you might still have about campus, academics, or how to get involved now that you’re settled in. Additionally, we work with our colleagues at Advising and Academic Services to ensure you’re prepared to register for your second quarter and are ready for another great quarter on campus. These programs are held separately for both transfer students and freshmen. Look for more information coming after the beginning of fall quarter!