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PDC Transfer Program

Welcome to the Pack and California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus! We are excited that you have selected CSUSB to continue with your undergraduate education. The Orientation program is a mandatory program that provides you with key resources to help with your transition into the CSUSB community and your journey towards your academic goals. Recognizing that the information provided to first-year freshmen students differs from transfer students, we have designed your specific orientation session to address the most critical of information for your transition and success at CSUSB.

Blue banner reads the parts of Orientation: 1) Pre-Orientation 2) Orientation 3) Post-Orientation

Transfer Orientation will consist of:

  • Pre-Orientation: online modules to start introducing you to campus and its resources, and get a taste of what it means to be a student at CSUSB,
  • Orientation: an on-campus experience which will include connecting with your peers, opportunities to learn more about campus, academic advising, and 
  • Connections: enhanced fall social programming to connect you to campus and your peers! 

When you register for Orientation, you're selecting the date for your on-campus orientation session. Read more below to learn about program dates, details, and all you need to know!

If you are pursuing a major offered at the Palm Desert Campus and will be taking your courses here, then you may complete the Orientation requirement at PDC. Otherwise, you must attend Orientation at the San Bernardino Campus. See the complete list of PDC Undergraduate Degrees.

Changing Your Orientation Date

Changing Your Orientation Date

If you need to change your Orientation date:

  1. Send us an email at In your request, please include the following information:
  • First and Last Name
  • Student ID Number
  • Original Orientation date your are registered for
  • New Orientation date you want to switch into
  • Contact phone number


   2.  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 charged an administrative fee of $25 per change. Please review the Program Costs and Fees page.

Cancelling Your Orientation Registration

To cancel your orientation:

  1. Please contact Admissions and Student Recruitment at (909) 537-5188 or to withdraw your admissions from CSUSB. 
  2. Once your admissions cancellation is processed, your orientation date will automatically be cancelled. 

How to Register for Orientation

How to Register

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

Accept Your Offer of Admission

All students must accept their offer of admission BEFORE June 3. Visit the Admissions Next Steps for information and step-by-step directions. Once you accept your admissions, please allow 24-48 hours before you register for an Orientation session. 

Preparing to Register for Orientation
  1. Know your Coyote (student) ID number - and myCoyote log-in information.
  2. Know any scheduling conflicts – Orientation is a mandatory, two-day program. Make sure you plan accordingly to attend the entire session. 

Register for Orientation!

  1. Click here to register


   2. Log into myCoyote. Navigate across the top to the Checklist Items menu, in which you will find Orientation Registration. Follow the on-screen instructions to register for your Orientation session. 

Program Dates

  • Deadline to register for any session is July 15  or your admissions will be cancelled.

  • When choosing your Orientation session, please make sure you do not have any outside confiicts (such as work, classes, appointments, etc.) with your selected Orientation date.

Information regarding your Orientation session will be sent to your CSUSB email account. 

Registration is now open! 

Transfer Orientation Dates 
Session  Date Time Registration Deadline Status
1 Wednesday, July 10 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday, July 3 Open
2 Tuesday, July 25 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday, July 18 Open

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

Your Orientation hold is not removed from your account until you participate in the entire Transfer Orientation program.  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.


Although not everything can be covered during Orientation, the full-day schedule is designed to provide you with the most important information as you transition into CSUSB. During Orientation, you will be put into Pack groups with other new students within the same college, lead by a returning student Orientation Leader to guide you through the day.

Check In

Check in begins at 7:00 AM. Students who arrive after 9:00 AM are considered late and will need to reschedule their orientation session.

Program Schedule
  • Welcome
  • Campus Navigation
  • Engagement Opportunities 
  • Money Management - Financial Aid & Student Financial Services
  • Lunch
  • Campus Resource Fair
  • Life at PDC
  • Academics at CSUSB

Advising and Registration

Academic advising is an educational process by which you are integrated into the university's academic community. Academic Advisors help newly admitted transfer students make informed decisions about their course selection and university policies and procedures. 

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 you academic success. Enrollment in courses for fall semester will take place during your assigned registration date and time. Your registration date and time will be available on your myCoyote portal.

Before You Attend Orientation

In order to have a successful Orientation session and smooth transition, you'll want to have done the following before you attend Orientation.

  • Pre-Orientation - an online program to start introducing you to CSUSB resources, services, and getting acquainted with some of the terminology used on campus!
    • This is available on your myCoyote portal, under My Tasks, 24-48 hours after registering for your Orientation date, or at Pre-Orientation Online. 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! 
  • Review Orientation Cost/Fees & Waiver of Liability - Students who register to participate in Orientation agree to the cost of the program, any fees that may be charged, and waiver of liability. It is important that you review these policies
  • Emergency Contact Information - You are required to submit your emergency contact information on your myCoyote Self Service Student Center. Be sure to keep this information updated with CSUSB.
Don't Forget!
  • Submit Your Final Transcripts - You can attend orientation without having submitted them, but we want you to be aware of the deadline!  Your final transcripts are due to CSUSB Admissions and Student Recruitment by Monday, July 15, 2024