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Mandatory for incoming freshmen students and optional but highly recommended for transfer students, Orientation helps you make a successful transition to CSU and sets you on the path toward graduation.

New Student Orientation for Incoming First-Year Students and Family Members

Orientation includes:

  • Meeting your college and academic advisor
  • Class registration
  • Getting your  Viking Card (ID Card)
  • Exploring campus
  • Learning about the University
  • Meeting current students and staff
  • Important sessions on financial aid, academic success, student involvement and more

Family Members:
Your family members are encouraged to attend the optional concurrent Family Orientation program and spend Orientation day learning about the University and how to support you as you enter college. Family members will not be with you for the entire program, including academic advising.



Orientation Day Two is a mandatory student-only event that occurs two days before weekday classes begin. It’s an exciting day that celebrates your first day on campus, eases the transition to CSU and sets a foundation for success from your first day on campus through to graduation. It’s your chance to re-familiarize yourself with campus, attend Convocation, meet new friends and more. You will receive more information about MagnusFest at your first Orientation session.

New Student Orientation Program Policies and Fees:
Orientation is a mandatory program for all first-year students and an optional program for family members. All first-year students have an academic hold placed on their records preventing them from registering for classes on their own.

The cost for Orientation and your Viking ID card is covered with your Enrollment Fee. Your enrollment fee must be paid prior to registering for your Orientation Date. Up to two parents or family members may attend at no additional cost.

CSU defines first-year students as any students who are enrolling as a degree-seeking college student for the first time. If you earned college credit while still attending high school (i.e. College Credit Plus), you are still required to attend a New Student Orientation program.

If you are attending CSU from a long distance (i.e. California, Texas, overseas, etc.) and are unable to attend an Orientation program, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for additional options.


Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation is an optional but highly recommended program for all incoming transfer students. Cleveland State offers transfer students two convenient Orientation options.

OPTION 1:  Transfer Orientation on Campus
Attending Transfer Orientation on campus gives you the opportunity to complete your CSU business in a single day. This program includes receiving your CSU ID card (Viking Card) and a campus tour, as well as information on financial aid, parking, student involvement and more.

The cost for Transfer Orientation is $26* per student and $10* per family member guest. The fee(s) will be billed directly to your student account and will appear on CampusNet. The student and family member (if applicable) fees will still be billed if you attend Orientation, but decide not to attend CSU.

OPTION 2:  Transfer Orientation Online
CSU also offers an Online Transfer Orientation. The Online Transfer Orientation provides information that helps ease your transition to CSU and prepare you for academic success. Please note that you will still need to come to campus to complete some items (i.e. meeting with your advisor and getting your Viking ID card). This program is free.

After registering for the Transfer Orientation Online program, you will be added to the course in the Blackboard portal. Here's more information about registering for the online orientation program.



You will receive more information regarding Orientation in the mail and via e-mail letting you know when you can begin to sign up for Orientation. This information will provide you with more in-depth information related to the Orientation program you will attend.

We recommend attending the earliest Orientation date possible to receive the best selection of courses and times offered. Call 216.687.9379, or log on to CampusNet and click on the Applicant tab to sign up for an Orientation date. Only attend Orientation if you will be attending CSU for the upcoming semester.

Orientation dates for students starting classes Fall 2019 are as follows:

New Student Orientation for First-Year Students

Saturday, May 18
Thursday, May 23
Saturday, June 1
Thursday, June 6
Thursday, June 13
Thursday, June 20
Tuesday, June 25
Thursday, July 11
Thursday, July 18
Thursday, July 25

Transfer Orientation

Tuesday, April 16
Tuesday, June 4
Tuesday, July 9
Tuesday, August 13


If you have any questions, or if there is anything we can do to help your transition to CSU, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office. We look forward to seeing you at Orientation!

Phone:  216.687.9379
Office:  Euclid Commons (EC), Room 100

Orientation information including dates, costs and fees is current as of August 31, 2018, and may be subject to change.