First Year Students
New Student Otter Orientation
It is mandatory that all new students attend New Student Otter Orientation Prior to beginning their first semester at CSUMB. Attending orientation allows you to receive early course registration, and during New Student Otter Orientation, you will:
- Learn about CSUMB-specific policies, programs, and services
- Hear about the importance of being involved with our CSUMB community
- Explore campus while meeting new peers and fellow classmates
- Gain an on-campus connection through your Orientation Leader
- Speak with an Academic Advisor from your major
How To Prepare for Orientation
Students may register for orientation after their $100 Enrollment Confirmation Fee is processed (this may take up to 3 business days). Please note, the Enrollment Deposit Fee is separate from the Orientation Fee.
Beginning 6-8 weeks before the orientation, you will need to register for New Student Otter Orientation by clicking on the green button at the top of this page. You can do this after receiving an email from our Office of Admissions letting you know you are eligible to begin your orientation registration process.
Walk-in's are allowed, however it is strongly preferred that you register in advance to help customize your orientation session.
Who's invited? Our Guest Policy
We highly encourage parents, guardians, and other supporters to attend our concurrent Supporter Orientation program. Please note each supporter is an additional $40/guest fee beyond the student fee. Guest fees will be charged to your student account the week after orientation. All guest fees must be paid through CashNet with credit/debit card or e-check. This program will prepare families of students for joining our community and is designed for parents and guardians of students. It is not recommended to bring young children to orientation.
Spanish Speaking Supporter Orientation
For parents, guardians, and other supporters who prefer receiving content in Spanish, we are happy to offer a Spanish language orientation program on some of our orientation dates (indicated above). Check out our Spanish Supporter Page and/or call our office for more information.
The $140 student orientation fee will be applied to all students regardless of their attendance at orientation. The student orientation fee will be charge to your student account the week after orientation. Student fees may be paid either through CashNet with credit/debit card or e-check or through student accounts on OASIS with any expected financial aid. The orientation fee is used to pay for the orientation program, including materials, phone app, parking, professional staff, student staff, facilities, and of course the lunch that is provided on the day of.
Student fee payments may be made through OASIS by using a credit/debit card or e-check. You also have the option to wait for any expected financial aid to pay the student fee through your student account on OASIS at a later date. Guest fees must be paid through CashNet using credit/debit card or e-check. We recommend using e-check to avoid any extra processing fees.
As a new student, you need to choose a photo to upload for your OtterID Card. Your OtterID Card is your Student Identification (ID) card and will allow you to interact with campus in many ways including programming such as Otter Days, Access to buildings including residence halls, and it serves as your MST bus pass among other things. Be sure to upload your photo by the deadline to receive it at orientation. To upload your photo, please go to the OtterID card website.
Search for "CSUMB" in the Apple or Android App Store. Once downloaded, click into the "First Year Experience" Guide and use the menus to find your schedule for the day, maps, parking information, and lots of other useful content!
In order to enhance your Orientation experience and better prepare you to meet your advisor at orientation, you will want to review our Center for Advising, Career & Student Success videos that will show you how navigate your CMS/Student Center, view available classes, create your Schedule Planner, and finally, how to put your classes in your shopping cart. You can start using these features about a week before your orientation begins. You will register for classes following orientation.
- Comfortable shoes for walking around campus
- Sweatshirt/light jacket as our weather is unpredictable
- Photo ID (School or State-issued)
Directional signs will be placed on campus to assist you with getting to our designated parking lot (#59). You will find Orientation Leaders with parking permits and helpful instructions waiting for you there. A complimentary parking pass will be provided to you upon arrival!
Please be aware that your Orientation Parking permit is only valid in our designated lot (#59) and you will receive a parking citation if you park elsewhere on the day of orientation without paying for an additional permit.
You can find directions to campus based on the area you are coming from on our Maps & Directions page.
Check-In will be held in the Lobby of the University Center (Building 29). Please arrive no later than 8am on the day of your orientation session in order to ensure you have enough time to park and check in before the program begins.
Visit Early Start for information regarding the Early Start program.
For disability accommodations, to request sign language interpreters, or for any questions, etc., please inform us at least one month prior to your orientation session by calling us at (831) 582-4693 or by emailing email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 831-582-4693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.