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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.

At Cleveland State University we continue to closely monitor the spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus. All Orientation sessions will be held in an online format. You’ll still receive a Viking welcome, an opportunity to connect with current CSU students, faculty and staff, and advice on registering for classes, all from the comfort of your own home.

Incoming Summer and Fall 2022 students that are registered for Orientation will be receiving additional details about their online Orientation program as we get closer to their scheduled date. 

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

Orientation includes:

  • Meeting your college and academic advisor (within 5-7 business days of your orientation program)
  • Class registration
  • Getting your Viking ID Card 
  • Exploring campus services
  • 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.

You can learn more about Orientation and read our FAQs here


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 will appear with your Fall semester charges. 

CSU defines first-year students as any students who are enrolling as a degree-seeking college student for the first time. 


Transfer Orientation Online

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 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 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 216.523.7416 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 2022 will be announced in the coming months!

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:  216.523.7416
Office:  Euclid Commons (EC), Room 100

Orientation information including dates, costs and fees is current as of August 2021 and may be subject to change.