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 on or around May 6, 2018, with instructions on how to sign-up for an orientation date. The ECD deadline is May 1, 2018; 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 2018


College of Arts and Letters

Monday, June 18
Thursday + Friday, June 28-29 (Overnight Orientation)
Monday, July 9 (with Parents/Family Support Members)   


College of Business and Economics

Monday, June 11
Friday, June 22 (with Parents/Family Support Members)
Thursday + Friday, July 26-27 (Overnight Orientation)


Charter College of Education

Friday, June 15

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

Wednesday, June 20
Thursday + Friday, June 28-29 (Overnight Orientation)
Monday, July 9
Tuesday, July 10
  • Please note: The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST) requires incoming freshmen students to attend a one-day College Orientation prior to the Golden Eagle Orientation required by the university. Click on the following link for more information:


Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services

Friday, June 22 (with Parents/Family Support Members)
Monday, June 25
Monday, July 2
Tuesday, July 10
Thursday + Friday, July 26-27 (Overnight Orientation)


College of Natural and Social Sciences

Wednesday, June 13
Tuesday, June 26
Friday, July 6 (with Parents/Family Support Members)
Thursday + Friday, July 26-27 (Overnight Orientation)



Friday, June 15
Wednesday, June 20
Thursday + Friday, June 28-29 (Overnight Orientation)
Friday, July 6 (with Parents/Family Support Members)

Overnight Orientation

Thursday and Friday, June 28-29
Thursday and Friday, July 26-27

What Else Do You Need To Know???

Change of Major

You may NOT change your major prior to attending Orientation. This means you will need to attend the Orientation session that corresponds to the major you selected at the time of your admissions application. As a freshman, if you know that you are planning to change your major, please inform your academic advisor during the course registration portion of the Orientation day for additional assistance.

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.

Course Counseling/Advising

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.

Final Transcripts

The official transcript deadline is July 2018. 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 2018. For more information about submitting documents, please visit this page.


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