Cal State LA proudly welcomes its incoming freshman class! Now that you have completed your high school journey, we want to be sure that you have the information and resources to get your college experience off to a great start.

Incoming freshmen students who have been conditionally admitted to the university and have paid their Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) will receive an email invitation beginning April 2017, with instructions on how to sign-up for an orientation date. The ECD deadline is May 1, 2017; students submitting deposits after this deadline will not be eligible to attend Orientation. Based on the major you selected, you will be placed in one of the academic colleges. Each college has specific orientation dates, which are listed below.

Summer 2017

College of Arts and Letters

Wednesday, June 21
Thursday, June 29
Thursday, July 13 (with Parents/Family Support Members)           


College of Business and Economics

Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, July 20 (with Parents/Family Support Members)


Charter College of Education

Tuesday, June 20
Friday, August 4 (with Parents/Family Support Members)

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

Friday, June 23
Thursday, June 29
Friday, August 4 (with Parents/Family Support Members)


Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services

Tuesday, June 13
Thursday, June 22
Friday, June 30
Thursday, July 20 (with Parents/Family Support Members)


College of Natural and Social Sciences

Thursday, June 15
Tuesday, June 27
Thursday, July 13 (with Parents/Family Support Members)



Tuesday, June 20
Tuesday, June 27
Friday, August 4 (with Parents/Family Support Members)


Overnight Orientation

Thursday and Friday, July 27-28

Please note: the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST)  may require students to attend a second day of orientation. If this applies to you, you will be contacted directly by a representative from your college with more information.

Change of Major

Orientation can assist with you with receiving the correct advisement for your intended major. If you are currently registered with one major, but are certain that you will be changing your major, you should contact our office so we can help you identify the correct Orientation session to attend. Please be aware of the following conditions:

  • Reserving/attending an Orientation session different from your original major does not change your major. You will need to complete a Change of Major form once school begins to officially change your major.
  • Requesting an Orientation session for an impacted major does not guarantee you admission to that program. You will still need to apply/meet any additional requirements for that program in order to be successfully admitted. For more information regarding the specific admissions requirements for impacted majors, please contact that department.

Course Registration and Tuition Payment

New freshmen will register for classes on their Orientation date. Students must pay all tuition fees prior to registering for classes. Additionally, all active registration holds must be resolved prior to your Orientation date. Some possible causes for registration holds may include:

  • Incomplete Financial Aid documents
  • Incomplete Admissions verifications/documents
  • Incomplete/missing test score information
  • Unpaid balance for tuition and fees

You can use your Student Portal to pay your tuition and check for holds. To access your portal, you will need to have activated your myCalStateLA Identity Account. Use the Tuition and Fee Payment Calculator tool on GET to help calculate your total tuition cost.

Individual academic counseling/advising is not available. All advising/counseling takes place in a group setting. Be sure to complete the Online Pre-Orientation, and take advantage of the resources found at the links above. Bring any questions about classes you have with you, in order to get the most out of your group advisement appointment.

Testing Requirement

Unless exempt, the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam and the English Placement Test (EPT) are required in order for you to register for the fall semester. For more information, or to register for a placement test, please visit the University Testing Center.

Early Start Program

If you are required to participate in the Early Start Program and registered for Early Start Math classes, please do not sign up for an orientation date that will conflict with your Early Start course's final exam date. The final exam is scheduled to take place on the last day of each Early Start class. For more information regarding the Cal State LA Early Start, click here.

Final Transcripts

The official transcript deadline is July 15, 2017. All final, official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions before this date. Late transcripts will NOT be accepted. Eligibility for enrollment will be determined using coursework completed and listed in these transcripts. Failure to meet the admission requirements and all related enrollment deadlines will make you ineligible to enroll for Fall 2017. For more information about submitting documents, please click here.


Office Hours

Monday -Thursday
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday

Office Location

    Student Affairs Building
    Room 106