PDC First-Year Program

Welcome to California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus! We are excited that you have selected CSUSB at PDC 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 Class of 2022, fellow upper classmen, and the student Orientation Team. Through workshops, discussions, guest speakers and special events, this experience will prepare you for life as a Coyote. At Orientation you will:

  • Learn about services and resources available at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
  • Plan your academic schedule and register for classes
  • Become familiar with CSUSB policies and procedures
  • Learn about campus life
  • Receive your student ID card – Coyote Onecard
  • Meet other new students, faculty, and staff
  • Start building Coyote PRIDE: Power, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, Enthusiasm
  • Bring a laptop or tablet to orientation to assist you in;
    • viewing the online Schedule of Classes 
    • accessing the CSUSB General Catalog and PDC major roadmaps
    • registering for your first quater at PDC
  • The time you spend at Orientation is the beginning of your educational career at PDC; please approach your time at Orientation seriously and be ready to take full advantage of what is offered during your session.
  • The Office of Orientation and First Year Experience strictly adheres to the campus policy forbidding alcohol and/or drug use. Failure to abide by this policy could result in you being asked to leave Orientation without enrolling in your classes or refunding any of your Orientation fees.
  • Although it is our hope that you will take advantage of everything offered at Orientation, failure to attend or participate in any part of the session is your own responsibility, and can jeopardize proper academic advising and course enrollment.

Important Information

Before You Attend Orientation

Make sure your major is offered at the Palm Desert Campus

You must verify whether your major is offered at the Palm Desert Campus before you attend Orientation. List of PDC Undergradute Degrees. If your major is not offered at the Palm Desert Campus, you will have to attend Orientation at the San Bernardino Campus.

Accept Your Offer of Admissions

All students must accept their offer of admission by paying their Enrollment Confirmation Deposit BEFORE May 1st; please note that this fee is separate from any Orientation fees. The non-refundable, non-transferable deposit declares your intent to attend Cal State San Bernardino and can be paid through your myCoyote account. You can also pay your deposit in person at the Palm Desert Campus in the Mary Stuart Roger's Gateway Building Room 203. We accept cash and debit for in-person payment. Once you pay your confirmation deposit, please allow 48 hours before you register for a 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 Portal 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.

Review Orientation Cost / Fee's 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.

Submit your Final Transcripts

In order to be considered 'fully admitted' to Cal State San Bernardino, you must submit official transcripts with final grades and course work that reflect you have maintained your eligibility to the university. This includes a transcript that reflects graduation 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.

Failure to submit final transcripts by the July 1st deadline will result in your offer for admission being revoked and you will not be able to attend courses at Cal State San Bernardino.

All official transcripts may be mailed to:

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


You can submit transcript in person at the Palm Desert Campus in the Mary Stuart Roger's Gateway Building Room 203.

Once you complete these few steps, you should be able to register for your Orientation session. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Program Dates

Before You Register

  • Deadline to register for any session is July 15 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, school, sports, etc.) with the scheduled orientation dates.
  • Refer to the program schedule below for more details to determine if you are required to complete Early Start and/or Coyote First STEP program.
  • If you register for the two-day orientation program, you will stay overnight in the on-campus residence halls.

First Year Orientation regsitration is now CLOSED!

First Year Students


If you do not need to participate in the Early Start and/or Coyote First STEP program, you are required to attend a two-day orientation session. Please select the session that best fits your schedule.

Session Number Dates Registration Deadline Status
1 July 16 - 17* July 9 CLOSED
2 July 22 - 23* July 15 CLOSED
3 July 24 - 25* July 17 CLOSED
4 August 6 - 7 July 30 CLOSED
5 August 12 - 13 August 5 CLOSED
6 August 14 - 15 August 7 CLOSED
7 August 19 - 20 August 12 CLOSED
8 August 26 - 27 August 19 CLOSED

*Honors students are encouraged to enroll in one of these sessions. Specific Honors programming will be offered during these sessions.

Website may not reflect current-time statuses on orientation sessions; visit the registration page via your myCoyote portal to view available sessions.

English ONLY Students or Math RECOMMENDED Students

If you are only participating in the Early Start English program or are participating in math as a recommended student (June 19 - July 25), you are required to attend a two-day orientation. Please select the session that best fits your schedule. 

Session Number Dates Registration Deadline Status
4 August 6 - 7 July 30 CLOSED
5 August 12 - 13 August 5 CLOSED
6 August 14 - 15 August 7 CLOSED
7 August 19 - 20 August 12 CLOSED
8 August 26 - 27 August 19 CLOSED

Website may not reflect current-time statuses on orientation sessions; visit the registration page via your myCoyote portal to view available sessions.

Coyote First STEP Students

If you are required to participate in the Coyote First STEP Program, Early Start Math (ESM) 105, your Orientation program will be split into two parts.
Please register for your Coyote First STEP program before you register for Orientation. Once you register in your math course, please allow 24-48 hours before registering for orientation.
For more information regarding Coyote First STEP, please visit the Early Start Program's website.

Session ESM 105 Course Dates Orientation Dates Registration Deadline Status
Summer 6W1 June 19 - July 25 Day 1: June 18
Day 2: July 29
June 11 CLOSED
Summer 6W2 July 31 - September 5 Day 1: July 30
Day 2: September 6
July 23 CLOSED

Your Orientation hold is not removed from your account until you attend both days of the orientation programs.  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.


Listed below is a general overview of the orientation program. The schedule is subject to change before the orientation sessions begin.

Day One

Check in TimeBegins at 7:30 am

  • Orientation Check-in – Receive orientation materials, meet with your Orientation Leaders, and meet other new students.
  • Welcome – Receive a warm welcome from President Morales and Dr. Brown-Welty, learn about the day's schedule, and meet the Orientation Team.
  • Student Conduct and Ethical Development – Learn about your social and ethical responsibilities as a member of the university community. Learn about Title IX and your responsibilities on campus in regards to sexual and interpersonal misconduct.
  • Financial Aid & Paying For College – Learn about financial aid and programs to help meet the costs of obtaining a college education. Workshop also includes information on ways to better manage your finances while in college.
  • Campus Tours – Don't know your way around campus? Your Orientation Leader will give you an informative tour of campus and point out places if interest. Don't know where your classes are, where to buy your text books, or what to do between classes? They'll help you find out.
  • Lunch –Get to know your pack while you enjoy lunch on campus with the rest of the PDC Pack.
  • Academic Advising Overview/Coyote Prep – Learn about the academic requirements needed to graduate with a bachelor's degree from CSUSB. You will also learn how to navigate MyCoyote and how to read/interpret your PAWS report.

Day Two

  • Breakfast – Didn't have time to grab breakfast this morning? Don't worry, have breakfast on us!
  • Diversity – Participate in activities that will raise your awareness of dimensions.
  • Health & Wellness – Enjoy skits that promote mental, physical, and emotional health. Learn about the various services offered by the Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • Student Involvement – Learn about ways to get involved as a student here on campus.
  • Lunch –Hang out with your new friends and enjoy lunch on us.
  • College Sessions – Receive an overview of your respective colleges, including faculty expectations. You will also have the opportunity to receive group advising with the professional advising team from your college.
  • Class Registration – The moment you've all been waiting for. Put all of your advising to work and select you classes for the Fall Quarter. You are officially a college student!
  • Closing – You've made it to the end of your orientation session. Before you leave, you will get a chance to hear from the campus Dea, and also watching a motivating video presented by Alumni Affairs.

How to Register for Orientation

You may begin to register for your Orientation session date starting in Spring 2018. Registration will be online once you have paid the confirmation deposit.

Keep in mind:

There is only ONE option for Orientation at the Palm Desert Campus. There are no make ups for Orientation at Palm Desert.

How to Register:

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

  1. Know your 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 sent to you by the Admissions Office. If you can't locate your Coyote ID, please call the Admissions Office at 909-537-5188.
  2. Know your e-mail address – Orientation information will be sent to you electronically to your Coyote e-mail address.
  3. Know any scheduling conflicts – Palm Desert Orientation is ONLY offered once and is a two (2) day program; make sure you plan accordingly to attend both days.
  4. Be prepared to register your family member (s) – Family orientation is offered on specific dates. If your parents / family plan to attend family orientation, then you both must sign up for the same orientation date. For more information about parent orientation, please go to the following link: Family Orientation
  5. Log into MyCoyote
  6. Select the Orientation Registration link– This will be located on the left hand menu.
  7. Follow on screen instructions

Please send us an email at orientation@csusb.edu if you need to change one of the following:

  • Contact information (e-mail or phone number)
  • Add or cancel your parents into the Parent and Family Orientation

Please include the following information in your email:

  • Student First and Last Name
  • Student ID number
  • What information you are changing

Advising & 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 select your Fall Quarter classes, learn about academic program requirements, academic policies and procedures, and other services that will help you achieve you academic success.

Enrollment in courses for Fall Quarter also takes place during your Orientation session. All students will be able to leave Orientation with at least 12 units.

Class Registration at Orientation is ONLY available if you do not have any holds or your record. To verify of you have any holds that need to be cleared, please visit your My Coyote Portal.


Family Orientation

Family Orientation at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus (PDC) is a half-day program for parents and/or family of incoming first-year's at PDC. Family Orientation is an opportunity for parents and/or family members to meet campus staff and administrators and to learn how parents and/or family members can support their student's transition into a four-year university. The Family Orientation is no charge. To RSVP for Parent Orientation, please e-mail Karina Daza at karina.daza@csusb.edu.

Please make sure to include the following in your email:

  • Your student's name
  • The number of people attending Family Orientation


1 July 12 Half-Day Program Open