First Year Experience

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience office ensures that every new student experiences a positive orientation and transition to campus. Through events, shared resources, and communication, the FYE office works to empower and support every student to be successful and thrive. In addition to supporting new students' transitions, the FYE office also employs Otter Orientation Leaders, providing a high quality leadership and job opportunity to over 30 students each year.

Top 6 Ways to Get Involved

  • Wear CSUMB Colors on Thursday
  • Explore RAFT Weekend
  • Join a Student Club
  • Peruse the Common Read
  • Attend Welcome Events
  • Finish the Bucket List Challenge


New Student Otter Orientation

New Student Otter Orientation aims to include all new first-time (First Year and Transfer) students and their families/supporters as they transition into the CSUMB community.


One tradition that no one should pass up is getting involved on campus! Being a student is more than just the classroom, develop your interests by seeking out the many opportunities available to you. Don’t see something for you? Try starting a new club!

Contact First Year Experience

Phone: 831-582-4693

Email: Send an email

Building: Otter Student Union, Room 305

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.