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PDC First-Year Program

Information regarding Orientation for Fall 2022 admitted students will be available in early spring 2022. 

Welcome to California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus! We are excited that you have selected CSUSB to pursue your undergraduate education. The Orientation program provides you with key resources and tools to help with your transition into the CSUSB community as you bond with other members of the Coyote community, your peers, and the Orientation Leaders.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2021 first-year orientation programs will be via an online experience to ensure a safe experience for all participants. Orientation and First Year Experience, along with our campus partners, have created a virtual experience for you to ensure a successful transition to CSUSB. 

First Year Orientation 2021

First Year Orientation will consist of:

  1. Pre-Orientation: an online program (available 24-48 hours after registering for your Orientation LIVE! session)

  2. Orientation LIVE!: a webinar experience which will include academic advising and course registration (attendance required to remove your orientation hold); and 

  3. Connections: enhanced fall social programming to connect you to campus.

Deadline to register for any session is June 30 or your admissions will be cancelled. In the meantime, explore the university website and prepare to become a part of the Coyote community

Important Information

Before You Attend Orientation

Accept Your Offer of Admissions

All students must accept their offer of admission and pay their Enrollment Confirmation Deposit BEFORE May 1. Accepting your admission and paying your deposit are two separate processes; both need to be completed in order to fully accept your Admissions. Visit our How To Guide for step-by-step directions. 

Please note that the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit is separate from any Orientation fees. The non-refundable, non-transferable deposit declares your intent to attend CSUSB and can be paid through your myCoyote account. Once you pay your confirmation deposit, please allow 24-48 hours before you register for an Orientation session. For more information, visit Admissions and Student Recruitment.

Emergency Contact Information

You are required to complete the Emergency Contact information on your myCoyote Self Service Student Center before registering for Orientation. This information will only be used in case of an emergency and someone needs to be contacted on your behalf. Be sure to keep this information updated with CSUSB.

Submit Your Official Transcripts

Partial transcripts are due to Admissions and Student Recruitment by February 15. Failure to submit final transcripts by the July 15 deadline will result in your offer for admission being cancelled and you will not be able to register for courses at CSUSB.

In order to be considered fully admitted to CSUSB, you must submit official transcripts to demonstrate that your final grades and coursework continue to reflect your eligibility to the university, and that you have graduated from high school. Applicants will be considered fully admitted when an admissions officer verifies that the student has completed all coursework in progress at a satisfactory level.

All official transcripts may be mailed to:

CSUSB Admissions & Student Recruitment
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Review Orientation Cost / Fees and Waiver of Liability

Students who register to participate in the Orientation program agree to the cost of the program, any fees that might be charged, and a waiver of liability. It is important that you read these policies prior to registering for Orientation.

Once you complete the steps on the First Year Student Checklist, you should be able to register for your Orientation session.

Program Dates

Before You Register

  • Deadline to register for any session is June 30 or your admissions will be cancelled.
  • Due to limited space, it is advised that you register for the first available session.
  • You will not be able to register for orientation once a session date has closed.
  • Please make sure you do not have any outside conflicts (such as work, classes, etc.) with the scheduled orientation sessions. Expect to be on your Orientation LIVE! session to be four (4) hours. You must be on for the entire duration of the LIVE! session to have your Orientation Hold removed.


Information regarding your Orientation LIVE! session will be sent to your CSUSB email account. Be sure you are checking that account for your Zoom link and details. Also be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder, as some messages have been filtered there.


First Year Orientation Dates -- Orientation LIVE!
Session Number Date Time Registration Deadline Status
1 Thursday, June 3 10:00 AM Thursday, May 27 Closed
2 Wednesday, June 9 1:00 PM Wednesday, June 2 Closed
3 Thursday, June 17 3:00 PM Thursday, June 10 Closed
4 Monday, June 28 10:00 AM Thursday, June 24  Open

Your Orientation hold is not removed from your account until you attend the Orientation program in full.  You will not be able to register for classes until your Orientation hold is removed.

Please check your CSUSB e-mail account for updates. Orientation information will not be sent to your personal email account.


New Student Orientation is a mandatory program for all newly admitted students that provides you with key resources and tools to help with your transition into the CSUSB community and help continue your journey towards academic success.

Orientation will consist of:

  1. Pre-Orientation: an online program (available 24-48 hours after registering for your Orientation LIVE! session). This is available on your myCoyote portal, under My Tasks. Please access via Student Log In, not as a Guest. If Student Log In does not allow you access, please allow another 24 hours for system updates!

  2. Orientation LIVE!: a webinar experience which will include academic advising and course registration (attendance required to remove your orientation hold); and 

  3. Connections: enhanced fall social programming to connect you to campus. 

Information regarding your Orientation LIVE! session will be sent to your CSUSB email address ONLY. Please check that email account for your Zoom link and other details. 

How to Register for Orientation

Orientation Registration

You may begin to register for your Orientation session date starting in March. Registration will be online and based on the following:

  1. You have accepted your offer of admissions.
  2. You have paid the $100 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit to CSUSB.
  3. If you are choosing to participate in the Early Start Program, you know which dates your classes are. Choose an Orientation date that does not conflict with these courses. 

Keep in Mind

  1. Space is limited for each orientation date. The earlier you pay your confirmation deposit to accept your offer of admission and complete all other admissions requirements, the more likely you are to obtain the Orientation date of your choice.
  2. Orientation dates fill up quickly. Dates that were once available may be closed when you revisit them, so have an alternate date in mind.

How to Register

In order to register for an Orientation session, you will need to:

  1. Know your Coyote (student) ID number – each student is given a nine-digit identification number upon submission of their application for admission (ex: 000123456).  The number is listed on all of the communication set to you by Admissions & Student Recruitment.  If you can't locate your Coyote ID, please contact Admissions & Student Recruitment at 909.537.5188.
  2. Know your CSUSB Coyote e-mail address – Orientation information will be sent to you electronically to your CSUSB e-mail address, not a personal email address. 
  3. Know any scheduling conflicts – Orientation is a three-hour program; make sure you plan accordingly to attend the entire day. Your Orientation hold is not removed unless you complete the orientation program in full, and you will not be able to register for courses with this hold.
  4. Be prepared to provide information for your parent / family member(s) – Our Parent and Family Orientation sessions are offered on specific dates. If your parent(s)/family member(s) are interested in receiving more information, make sure you include their name and email address on the page in our registration system. For more information please go to our Parent and Family Orientation page. 
  5. Log into myCoyote.
  6. Select the Orientation registration link - This will be located under My Tasks, entitled Orientation Registration.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to register for your Orientation session. 

Making Changes to your Orientation Session

If you need to change your Orientation date:

  1. Send us an email at In the e-mail be sure to include the following information:
  • First and Last Name
  • Coyote ID Number
  • Original Orientation date your are registered for
  • New Orientation date you want to switch into
  • Contact phone number


  1. Call Orientation and First Year Experience at (909) 537-5233.  Please be ready to provide the above information when you call.

NOTE: Changing your Orientation session is subject to availability in another session. If you change your Orientation date more than once, you will be changed an administrative fee of $25 per change. Please review the Program Costs and Fees page.

If you need to change one of the following:

  • Update Your Contact Information: You can update your information on your myCoyote portal.

Change Your Major: If you have paid your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit, you must change your major with the Office of the Registrar, using the following instructions and guidelines

If you have not yet paid your deposit, contact Admissions and Student Recruitment at (909) 537-5188 for more information. 

Advising and Registration

Academic advising is an educational process by which you are integrated into the university community. This is accomplished by assisting you in the transition from high school to college, providing accurate information about academic major requirements, promoting learning and utilization of academic and campus resources, and facilitating academic major and career exploration. During Orientation, you will participate in a group advising experience. You will learn about academic program requirements, academic policies and procedures, and other services that will help you achieve academic success.

To minimize stress, assist in the transition from high school to college, support the Graduation Initiative 2025 and help students meet their academic goal of obtaining a degree in four years, the university designed and implemented the strategy of Pack Enrollment. The purpose of Pack Enrollment is to enroll incoming first-year students into a minimum of 12 units. Students will have their schedules in early July and are free to make any changes they deem necessary to ensure their success at CSUSB. The classes provided are a careful mixture of major required coursework and General Education.

During Orientation, Students will receive guidance on how to make adjustments to their schedules in myCoyote should they require.