What happens during Orientation?
Orientation is a one-day comprehensive program designed for you to complete all of your pre-Cleveland State needs in just one day so that you are ready to become a successful college student. Orientation includes placement testing, academic advising, course selection and registration, Viking ID cards, tours and information about financial aid, safety, parking and student involvement. During Orientation, you will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, CSU Orientation Guide and a free CSU t-shirt. On the day of Orientation, you will be placed in a small group of other students with an outstanding upperclassman as your Orientation Leader for the day.
When should I register for an Orientation date?
As soon as possible! Spaces available in Orientation programs fill up quickly, so don't delay in registering for an Orientation program. Also, the earlier you attend an Orientation program means the better selection of classes available. You can register for an Orientation program as soon as you have been accepted to Cleveland State University.
Do I have to attend Orientation?
Yes. Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming freshmen at Cleveland State. All new students have a hold on their records preventing them from registering for classes before attending Orientation. The hold is removed at Orientation. If you are a transfer student, Orientation is an OPTIONAL program. If you are 26 years of age or older, please contact our office for additional options and services.
What if I already attended Orientation?
If you already attended Incoming Freshmen Orientation at Cleveland State but you were not able to attend classes the following semester, you will not have to repeat the Orientation. Also, you will not be charged twice for the program. In order to register for classes and to ensure that you will not be billed twice, you must do the following:
Do I have to stay for the whole Orientation day?
Yes. It is required that you stay for the whole day. We cannot guarantee all of the services (i.e. advising, placement testing, ID cards, course registration) if you are not in attendance for the full day.
Do I get to schedule my courses on the day of Orientation?
Yes. You will meet with an advisor on the day of Orientation to learn about general education requirements and to choose your courses. Next, an Orientation leader will assist you in registering for your classes via CampusNet.
Can I bring a guest with me to Orientation?
Family members and guests are welcome to attend Family Orientation. Family members must pay $30 to attend the program. This covers the program materials and meals provided. Family Orientation is geared for family members of new students rather than friends. Family members will not be with their student for parts of the day (i.e. placement testing and advising).
Can a parent go to the advising appointment during Orientation?
No. Family members are not able to join their students during the advising times due to FERPA guidelines. Family members will be in Family Orientation during this time. Family members, however, will be meeting with Cleveland State staff to understand what their student is experiencing. Following Orientation, we encourage students to share their course schedules with their family members.
How do I know which placement tests to take?
CampusNet explains what tests students need to take based on the math and verbal scores from the ACT/SAT. To access your placement testing information, logon to CampusNet and use the Applicant tab at the top of the screen.
How much does it cost to attend Orientation and how do I pay this fee?
Incoming Freshmen Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming freshmen at Cleveland State. The cost of Orientation is $60, regardless of attendance, and will be billed directly to your student account. You do not need to pay this fee when you arrive for Orientation; it will appear on your first or second bill from the University after attending the program.
How do I know if I am confirmed to attend Orientation?
All students will receive their confirmation information sent to their home address. This letter will include the date of the Orientation program, the number of family members signed up to attend, what to bring, a parking pass for the day, and other important information regarding Orientation. It is important that you attend Orientation on the date scheduled and the number of family members scheduled attend as well.
What if I am unable to attend Orientation?
If you need to cancel or change the date of your Orientation program, you must contact the Orientation staff at least 3 days before the scheduled program. If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from attending Orientation, please contact our office to speak with a staff member.
Do I have to attend Incoming Freshmen Orientation if I am ...
Currently a student in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program?
No. A student who is currently enrolled in CSU's PSEO Program does not need to attend Incoming Freshmen Orientation. However, a CSU PSEOP student who is now enrolling as a full-time CSU undergraduate student is required to attend Incoming Freshmen Orientation. PSEOP students can call 216.687.2279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A transfer student?
Transfer Orientation is highly recommended, but not mandatory. Transfer Orientation programs are designed specifically for incoming transfer students. Transfer Orientation is a convenient half-day afternoon program that includes advising, registration, ID cards, a campus tour and CSU information.
A graduate student?
No. If you have questions about the College of Graduate Studies , please call their office at 216.687.9370 or visit their website at http://www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege.
An international student?
The Center for International Services and Programs requires all new international students to attend an International Student Orientation. For more information, please call the Center for International Services and Programs at 216.687.3910 or visit their website.
What else should I be doing before classes begin?
Classes for Spring 2009 semester begin Tuesday, January 20 (if taking a Saturday class, the first day is January 17). Classes for Fall 2009 semester begin Monday, August 24 (if taking a Saturday class, the first day is August 22).
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