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Fall 2019 Transfer 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

Transfer Orientation (August 2019)

All transfer students are expected to attend New Student Orientation

Here’s why you must attend:

  • Register for classes (if basic course registration fees are paid with no holds, transcripts have been received, and you attend the entire orientation program approximately 8 am - 6 pm)
  • Receive a preliminary degree evaluation showing how your classes will transfer to SDSU
  • Understand General Education, major, testing, and graduation requirements
  • Receive essential academic planning and course registration assistance
  • Learn how to use SDSU’s Web registration system
  • Meet in groups by major with Assistant Dean, faculty advisor, and trained student Ambassadors
  • Ease your transition to SDSU
  • Learn what it means to be a responsible member of the SDSU community

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 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10 am (PST).

Once in the registration system you will be able to choose from ONLY the dates still available for your major. If you can travel to San Diego only once for any SDSU events, please attend New Student Orientation in August.

students walking to their Orientation session

Orientation also includes:

  • New Student and Family Convocation
    Saturday, August 24, 2019
    A ceremony to officially welcome all new students and their families to the SDSU community. All new students are expected to attend and are encouraged to bring their families and guests with them.
  • Welcome Week (for students only)
    Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 31, 2019
    A series of programs and activities to welcome you to campus life

*In order to register for classes, you 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. Submit Final transcripts - includes final grades.
  4. Must attend the entire orientation program approximately from 8 am - 6 pm

What students have to say...

Student talking“The academic advice I received from my faculty advisor and assistant dean eased my transition from the community college to SDSU.”

“At Orientation, I made strong connections with new and current students. It helped guide me in the right direction in choosing classes.”

“My Orientation Leader was awesome. She made me feel comfortable about coming to SDSU.”

(NOTE: Information is Subject to Change)