First Year Students

New Student Otter Orientation

It is expected that all new students attend New Student Otter Orientation Prior to beginning their first semester at CSUMB. Attending orientation allows you to receive priority 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
Orientation leaders and students
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Fall 2018 New Student Otter Orientation Information

Orientation begins at 8:30am and ends at 5:00pm. Plan to arrive between 7:30am - 8am in order to have enough time to Park, Check-In to our program, and be seated by our ushers before the program begins. Student must register for orientation in advance in order to attend and will not be permitted to leave early.

Be aware, there are a limited number of spaces for each major during each orientation and they are reserved on a first come first served basis. As a result, your preferred date may not be available. Please plan accordingly. Signing up early is the best way to ensure you can attend on your preferred date:

How To Prepare for Orientation

1. Register to Attend Orientation

Reservation Information

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. Keep in mind you will not be fully registered for orientation until you have fully paid your orientation fee through your CMS portal.

Students must pre-register, walk-ins will not be allowed. Registration will be limited and open on a first come, first served basis. There is no waiting list.

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 fee beyond the student fee. 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.

Fee Information

The orientation fee is used to pay for the orientation program. Your fee pays for materials, phone app, parking, professional staff, student staff, facilities, and of course the lunch that is provided on the day of.

For June 2018 Orientation Programs, the Student Orientation Fee is $100 and supporters are $40 each.


Payments should be made through the CMS portal by using a credit/debit card or e-check. You will be prompted to make payment during your reservation process through Cashnet. We recommend the e-check payment to avoid paying processing fees.

If your FAFSA indicates that you have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0, you may be eligible for a partial orientation fee waiver that will reduce your student Orientation fee to $70. You will automatically receive this partial fee waiver when registering for orientation if you qualify. If you would like to check the status of your EFC, contact our Financial Aid Advisors.

Refund Policy

Please be aware that all orientation fees are non-refundable even in the case of administrative withdrawal, revoked admission, deciding to attend another institution, and/or missing or not attending an orientation you've signed up for.

Cancellations can be requested by contacting our office at least 10 business days before your selected orientation date. Cancellations made after this time will not be refunded.

2. Submit your Otter ID Card Photo

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.

3. Download CSUMB App

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!

4. Complete Online Pre-Orientation

About a week before your orientation takes place, check your iLearn and complete the Online Orientation module. This will prepare you for the in-person orientation and has some required components that don't fit within the one-day orientation program. Be sure to be familiar with its content as it will be discussed during the day of your orientation.

5. Review Advising Information

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.

Day-Of Logistics

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes for walking around campus
  • Sweatshirt/light jacket as our weather is unpredictable
  • Photo ID (School or State-issued)

Parking & Directions

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.

Early Start

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

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at 831-582-4693 or

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