Otter Days 2018

Otter Days is a series of events starting on Friday, August 24 through Tuesday, August 28 for new students. More welcome events will continue through September 9! Otter Days participation is required for all incoming first year students and recommended for incoming transfer students. Not only is it fun, but you'll learn a lot about the school, make new friends, attend awesome events, and participate in workshops that will help you have a successful start to the school year. For questions or accommodations, please contact

All events are free with your Otter ID card unless otherwise noted, please bring your Otter ID to all events!

Highlighted Otter Days Events

Friday, August 24

Hydration Station

Come stop by the Recreation tent and grab some water or Gatorade on us while you're moving in!

Men's Soccer Exhibition Game

Men's Soccer hosts Dominican for an exhibition game. Take a break from moving in and come cheer on our Men's Soccer players!

Parent & Family Reception

Come join CSUMB administrators, staff, and faculty at this reception designed just for you! This is the last big event for supporters before departing from campus after move-in and is a great place to grab a snack or drink and interact with campus!

Ice Cream Social

Take a break from unpacking and enjoy some FREE ice cream. This is an opportunity to meet new people, hang out with old friends, and have some fun before the school year begins! The bookstore will be open late and has coupons to help you get a new piece of gear for the new year.

Ben Seidman, Comedian Magician

Ben Seidman is the only person to have served as resident magician at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He is Johnny Knoxville's personal magic teacher and has performed for Robin Willians, Zedd, Christina Hendricks, Stephen Merchant and Carrot Top. He's also created magic for Criss Angel! Be prepared for a transformative evening of magic and comedy!

Paint U

Paint University, AKA PaintU is bringing the Paint Party Experience that has been packing out nightclubs and festivals around the world to CSUMB. PaintU is a heart-pounding, non stop EXPERIENCE that is more than your average dance party.Paint U will truly bring that WOW factor to get your academic year started with some Paint & Dancing FUN ! The Lights, The Sounds, The Paint, this welcome back party will be an unforgetable night !

Saturday, August 25

Welcome Brunch

Students and Families can share brunch selections in the Dining Commons. Meal plan/charges apply.

College Mixers

Come meet your dean, faculty, alumni and fellow students in your college.

Resource Fair

Meet staff from many on-campus resources and community resources such as banks, mobile companies, and local vendors. Come check out what campus and the local area has to offer you!

Rec Fest

You Otter Play.. Come join the CSUMB Recreation family in celebrating our third annual #CSUMBRecFest highlighting health, wellness and recreation opportunities for students on and off campus. This event will host our Sports Clubs, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Rec, and Otter Cycle Center. There will be food, games, and special events. This an awesome chance to make some new connections with the CSUMB Recreation community and find your own special way to recreate, have fun, and live healthy.

Class Finding Tours

Meet up with your Otter Days Leader and bring your class schedule. They'll walk you through the academic buildings so you know where to find your classes!

Comedy Sportz: Improv Show

Saturday, August 25
7:00pm — 9:00pm
University Center Room Ballroom


The Multicultural Greek Council welcomes you back to school with laughter. It's not a comedy show about sports, it's a comedy show played like a sport! For accommodations, contact

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Target Run Late Night Event

Shop 'til you drop at Late Night Shopping at Target in Marina - open only to the CSUMB community from 10PM-12AM on August 25 ! Join us for door prizes, games, music, and fun!

Sunday, August 26

New Student Convocation

Featuring Derek w/leadership chats & Kristen as Otterfair facilitator

Welcome BBQ

Sunday, August 26
12:00pm — 3:00pm
Main Quad

Main Quad

Come enjoy a fantastic feast and carnival games and listen to Los Rakas!

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Check out Los Rakas

Mandatory Floor/Court Meetings

All students living on campus are required to attend their individual floor and court meetings. Contact your Residential Advisor (RA) for exact location and time.

Monday, August 27

Drive, Park, Donut, Class

Park in Lot 59 or 71 and meet up with our street team to get a free Donut to start your morning on the first day of class!

Lemonade Stand

Monday, August 27
11:00am — 1:30pm

Main Quad

Find out about UPB events for the semester!

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How to Start a Student Organization

Interested in starting a new club or organization on campus? Come to this meeting to hear how!

Otter Spirit Craft & Connect

Feeling artsy? Come on over to create, craft, and connect with your fellow Otters! We'll provide the supplies, you provide the creativity.

Tuesday, August 28

Library Resource Open House

Learn about the services and resources available in the library. Meet representatives from Library, CLC, UROC, CACSS, PGCC.

Vision Leadership Certificate Kickoff

Join us for the kickoff of the "Vision Leadership Certificate." Attendees will be able to sign up to be a part of this amazing leadership experience.

Welcome programming continues...

Wednesday, August 29

Intramural Sports: Grass Volleyball

You Otter Play.. Come join the CSUMB Recreation family in front of Heron Hall to play Grass Volleyball. Meet new people and create your own community.

East Campus Transfer & Family Meet-Up

Come meet fellow transfer and family students and get your picture taken with Monte! Light refreshments will be provided.

Area Council Open House

Students interested in Area Council positions can engage with RHA leadership about these opportunities and go over elections packets

Intramural Sports: FIFA18(Virtual Sports)

You Otter Play.. Come join the CSUMB Recreation family in East Lounge to play EA Sports (FIFA). Meet new people and create your own gaming community.

Thursday, August 30

Challenge Course Open House

Come check out the CSUMB Challenge Course and experience the thrill of the ropes course. Meet us at the Student Recreation front desk, located in the Student Center (bldg.12), and walk over with an Outdoor Leader or meet us there!

Otter Feel Welcome

(Formerly, Vision Student Reception) Come and create community with students, staff, and faculty who identify as a member of an underrepresented group including, but not limited to: various racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, citizenships and first in their family to attend college. There will be resources, performances, and free food!

Yard Show

Thursday, August 30
7:00pm — 8:30pm
Divarty Quad


All Greek organizations on campus will come together to stroll, and step to showcase their organizations to all those interested! Contact for more information.

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Intramural Sports: 6v6 Dodgeball

You Otter Play.. Come join the CSUMB Recreation family Open Gym to play 6v6 Dodgeball. Meet new people and create your own community.

Friday, August 31

First Friday Service Event

Friday, August 31
10:00am — 1:00pm
Student Center Room East Lounge

Meet in the Student Center East Lounge.


Join the Catalyst Center every "First Friday" of the month for a new service opportunity. Transportation is provided. Contact for questions or accommodations.

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Mountain Bike Ride

Free mountain bike ride on the Fort Ord Trails located in our back yard! We gear the ride to your level. You will recieve a free bike rental and helmet. Eat a good breakfast and bring some water and a small snack for the ride!

Saturday, September 1

Outdoor Movie on the Quad: Black Panther

Grab your blankets and snacks and join us on the main quad as we travel to Wakanda and watch Black Panther! Rain Location: Student Center East Lounge.

Sunday, September 2

Bucket List Challenge

Go to or stop by to grab a hard copy from the front desk at the Student Center- try to cross off as many items from the bucket list as possible. Upload your photos the CSUMB App in the First Year Experience guide photo album and you could walk away with some amazing prizes!

Monday, September 3

RHA Pool Party

Splash into the new semester and join us at our annual pool party! We provide the music, you provide the people! Rain Location: BBC.

Tuesday, September 4

New Student Union Showcase

Come meet the Otter Student Union Board of Directors and learn about the new student union building!

Sustainability Mix and Mingle

Meet up with fellow sustainability-interested people. There will be food, information, and opportunities to get involved with sustainability!

Meet The Greeks

Tuesday, September 4
7:00pm — 9:00pm
Student Center Room East Lounge


A chance for students who are interested in Greek Life to meet all Greek organizations on campus to find out more about each organization, what they do, and what they stand for.

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Wednesday, September 5

Otter Showcase

This student organization fair is your one-stop shop for all things involvement. Come on out and choose your next adventure!

OC3 Open House

Internships! Clubs! Events! Free food! Come and learn about opportunities that the Otter Cross Cultural Center offers to students, staff, and faculty members on campus. Free food and shirts will be provided.

Sunday, September 9

Student Organization Executive Officer Retreat

Required training retreat for all student organization officers.