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First-Year Orientation

Welcome to California State University, San Bernardino! 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 student Orientation Leaders. 

Traditionally, our first-year orientation program is a two day day, overnight in-person experience on campus. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 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 2020

First Year Orientation will consist of:

  1. an online Pre-Orientation course via Blackboard (available 24 hours after registering for your webinar session)
  2. a webinar experience which will include academic advising and course registration, and 
  3. enhanced fall social programming to connect you to campus. 

 

Deadline to register for any session is July 15 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

There are a few steps you must complete before you register and attend Orientation:

Accept Your Offer of Admission

All students must accept their offer of admission by paying their Enrollment Confirmation Deposit BEFORE June 1. Please note that this fee 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

OR

You may deliver sealed official transcripts to the CSUSB Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment in University Hall, Room 107.

Early Start/Coyote First STEP Program 

The Early Start Program was mandated by the CSU Board of Trustees in response to numbers of new students requiring recommendation in mathematics and/or English. The goals of the CSU Early Start Program include better preparation of new students in mathematics and/or English. For Fall 2020, this requirement has been waived, but is still an optional program to participate in at the student’s choosing. If you choose to participate, this will impact which orientation dates you can register for. To receive information about the Coyote First STEP program, please visit their website.

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 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, classes, etc.) with the scheduled orientation sessions; plan on three (3) hours for your webinar.

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

Orientation registration is now CLOSED.

If you are not participating in the Coyote First STEP program, choose any of the dates below that best fit your schedule. Again, please ensure you are available for the full three (3) hours of your webinar session.

First Year Orientation Dates
Session Number Date Time Registration Deadline Status

1

Tuesday, June 30

10:00 AM

Tuesday, June 23

CLOSED

2 Tuesday, July 7 3:00 PM Tuesday, June 30 CLOSED
3 Thursday, July 9 10:00 AM Thursday, July 2 CLOSED
4 Monday, July 13 3:00 PM Monday, July 6 CLOSED
5 Saturday, July 18 10:00 AM Friday, July 10 CLOSED
6 Wednesday, July 22 3:00 PM Wednesday, July 15 CLOSED
7 Friday, July 24 10:00 AM Friday, July 17 CLOSED
8 Tuesday, July 28 3:00 PM Tuesday, July 21 CLOSED
9 Thursday, July 30 10:00 AM Thursday, July 23 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 choosing to participate in the Coyote First STEP Program, Early Start Math (ESM) 101 or Early Start English (ESE) 105, your dates are impacted due to the schedule of courses (July 6-17, 2020). 
 
For more information regarding Coyote First STEP, please visit the Early Start Program's website.

First Year Orientation Dates - Coyote First STEP Students
Session Number Date Time Registration Deadline Status

1

Tuesday, June 30

10:00 AM

Tuesday, June 23

CLOSED

2 Saturday, July 18 10:00 AM Friday, July 10 CLOSED
3 Wednesday, July 22 3:00 PM Wednesday, July 15 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.

Schedule

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.

First Year Orientation will consist of:

  1. an online Pre-Orientation course via Blackboard (available 24 hours after registering for your webinar session)
  2. a webinar experience which include advising and course registration information, and 
  3. enhanced fall social programming to connect you to campus.

 

Information regarding your Zoom webinar 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 May 2020. Registration will be online and based on the following:

  1. You have paid the confirmation deposit to CSUSB.
  2. You have registered for Coyote First STEP classes (if choosing to participate).

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 a 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 orientation@csusb.edu. In the e-mail be sure to 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

or

  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.

You will register for courses after you complete your webinar session. Your Orientation hold will be removed 24-48 hours after your session, at which point you are eligible to enroll in fall courses.

NOTE: Class registration is ONLY available if you do not have any holds on your record. To verify if you have any holds that need to be cleared, please visit your myCoyote Portal.

Parent and Family Orientation Program

This year, we will offer a Parent and Family Orientation program online via virtual presentations. Each presentation will be topic-specific, including Financing College, Academic Success and Support, Campus Resources, and Supporting Your First Year Student.

We encourage parent and family members to participate in our virtual orientation sessions, however, it is not required. If your family members are interested in participating in our virtual sessions, please include their contact information when you register. Note, you are not registering your family member for these sessions. They will need to individually sign up for each session they are interested in. All sessions will also be concurrently offered in Spanish.

For more information about the Parent and Family Orientation program and how to register, please visit the Parent and Family Orientation page.

First Year Fridays

The First Year Friday series was offered throughout the summer to connect new students to campus resources, departments, and services. See below for session topics. To view a recording, click the title of each session; after completing a brief registration page, you will be able to view the entire session.

 

Ombuds: Unique Name, Important Service

Ombuds is one who is familiar with campus policies, students' rights and responsibilities, and can help find useful options within these guidelines. The Ombuds Program is a great resource when students don’t know where to get information for a particular situation, or as a last resort, when normal channels of communication have failed to bring resolution to a difficult situation The Ombuds provides a “safe” space to discuss issues, listen to concerns and is a neutral resource, using informal mediation and/or other problem-solving techniques who facilitates communication between and among individuals. Learn more about this important campus resources and how they can serve you!

 

How to Get Involved (Even Virtually!)

Interested in getting involved at CSUSB, but not sure where to begin? Staff from the Office of Student Engagement and our Associated Students, Incorporated, will introduce  opportunities to get involved. We will also discuss what student involvement looks like in an online environment and how you can get involved while studying remotely.

 

Academic Support for Your Success

Join us to learn more about the resources we have to guide you through a successful academic journey at CSUSB. Hear from our Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Writing Center programs, in addition to learning more about our campus’ Student Mentor Program and Pan-African Collegiate Scholars!

 

Four Year Pledge 411

So… you want to graduate in four years. Interested in learning more about the Four Year Pledge? Want to be sure you know the requirements and what’s expected of you? Applications are due August 7, so attend this session to be sure all you need to before you submit your application!

 

Mental Health and You

Join us to learn more about the resources we have at CSUSB to support your mental health and personal well-being. During this session you will hear from a representative from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the campus Case Management Specialist and Homeless & Foster Student Liaison from the University’s CARE Team to learn more about how CSUSB supports you.

 

Are You Ready for Fall? – Final Q&A Before the Semester Begins

Still have questions you need answered before the start of the fall semester? During this session, we will hold a Q&A with professionals from Orientation and First Year Experience, and Advising & Academic Services. Join us to make sure you are ready to start the fall semester and begin your time as a Coyote!