The CSU Viking Welcome Page


orientation fair, t-shirt, meeting people

Orientation is the key to a successful transition to CSU!

It’s fun, informative and a chance to immerse yourself in all things CSU before classes begin. Orientation is mandatory for incoming freshmen and optional – but highly recommended – for transfer students. We offer in-person and online options so you can get the most of out of your experience.

  • Schedule your advising appointment
  • Get your Viking ID card
  • Explore campus services
  • Meet fellow Vikings – students and staff!
  • Sessions on financial aid, academic success, student involvement and more

Transfer Students

Transfer students must schedule an appointment with their academic advisors to register for classes the first time. Orientation, while not mandatory, is a great opportunity to learn more about campus and meet other incoming students. Transfer students can register for in-person or online events.

Action Item iconSchedule an appointment with your advisor.




Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with important next steps. Incoming freshman must attend orientation in order to register for classes. Registration opens in October!

Action Item iconLog into your applicant student portal to register – or hit the giant button below.


Register button


Lightbulb-TipTIP: Attending the earliest orientation date possible means the best selection of courses and course times offered. Don’t wait – seize the date!



MagnusFest is your official campus welcome party! It’s an exciting celebration with food, entertainment, your new Viking classmates and future friends, informational tables and fun! It is a mandatory, student-only event – but we promise it’s worth it. There’s no better way to kick-off your first semester at Cleveland State!

Look for more MagnusFest details following orientation.


More InfoQuestions about Orientation? Try our Orientation FAQs or contact us at 216.523.7416 or

*Orientation information, dates and fees may be subject to change.