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Fall 2018 Freshman Orientation

Contact Us

There will be many people on campus at Orientation to answer questions you may have.

If you need to ask about something prior to your Orientation day, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of New Student and Parent Programs

(619) 594-1509

Office Location:
Student Services West, room 1602

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,



Mailing Address:
New Student and Parent Programs
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7441

Parent Orientation (July 2018)

Parent involvement plays a key role in the academic success of students during their college years. For this reason, SDSU sponsors a Parent Orientation that runs concurrently with the student orientation.

Research shows that students who bring parents to orientation are more likely to earn a higher grade point average and persist to their second year of school.

Here's why Parents must attend:

A family arrives for orientation.
  • Contribute to the personal development and academic success of your student
  • Meet faculty, staff, and students and learn about academic programs and student support services
  • Become a member of the Aztec Parents Association (APA). This one-time fee includes the APA membership for as long as your student is enrolled at SDSU
  • Learn what it means to be a member of the SDSU community
  • Learn about your student's academic program and campus policies and procedures

Among parents who completed a program evaluation, 96% recommended attending Parent Orientation to future Aztec parents. Even if you have another son or daughter in college and/or if you are a local parent, it is important to attend Parent Orientation to learn about SDSU’s programs and services, and how your student can successfully graduate in a timely fashion.

All parent(s) and/or guest(s) planning to attend should be included in the student's reservation*. Space is limited for each orientation program (to allow students to make connections). Do not make travel arrangements before you have made a reservation for New Student orientation. You can make your reservation online beginning May 10, 2018 at 10am (PST).

If you and/or your student can only travel to San Diego once for any SDSU events, your student is expected to attend New Student Orientation in July.

* All guests are required to register and attend the Parent Orientation program. Guests under 15 years of age are not encouraged to attend.

Aztec Parents Association

Parents as Partners in contributing to student success!

Aztec Parents Association logoParents have a personal connection to SDSU through the Aztec Parents Association. Membership in the Aztec Parents Association will help you stay informed and involved with what's going on at the university. You will be informed about new opportunities, invited to exciting activities, and you will receive News for Aztec Parents. Best of all, whenever you have questions or concerns, you will have a knowledgeable, personal contact on campus.

Your membership in the Aztec Parents Association will start during Parent Orientation and will remain active as long as your student is enrolled at SDSU.

We look forward to seeing you at Parent Orientation!

(NOTE: Information is Subject to Change)  

*In order for your student to register for classes at orientation, students MUST complete the following steps:

  1. Pay the full amount of your course registration fees two weeks prior to attending orientation in order to have your fees processed on time. If you pay online, your fees will be processed by the next business day. You MUST pay your fees on time or you will not be able to register for classes at orientation.
  2. You MUST clear any holds indicated on the "My Registration" page located in your SDSU WebPortal. It can take up to 48 hours to clear some holds. Please plan accordingly or you will not be able to register for classes at orientation.
  3. Must attend the entire orientation program approximately from 8 am - 6 pm