Graduate Orientation

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SDSU invites all new graduate and professional school students to participate in New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) this summer. The university-wide NGSO is part of a comprehensive First Year Experience program. This orientation will include information to ease your transition into graduate school. Students receive introductory information and instruction on the university’s resources, advising, student life, policies and procedures and more! Attendees also participate in activities aimed at facilitating a sense of community, belonging, equity and inclusion.

Students who attend NGSO will complete mandatory trainings as part of the orientation program. The training topics include but not limited to alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence and misconduct, hazing, and more. Students who do not attend NGSO will have to complete mandatory CSU/SDSU training at a later date. Please note, if students do not complete these trainings, whether through NGSO or on their own, this could cause a delay if not completed by the deadline to their next semester's course registration.

This is SDSU's university-wide orientation program. Your graduate program will communicate with you throughout the summer on a graduate-specific orientation program. Your registration and participation in New Graduate Student Orientation is optional.

NGSO provides students with a foundation for the rest of their time at SDSU.

Prior to completing the reservation, we highly encourage new students to become familiar with the information on this website. Remember to begin checking your SDSUid (SDSU Gmail account, not your personal email) for updates and communication from the university.

Information is subject to change.

The reservation system for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) opens Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PT. Students will need their SDSUid (SDSU Gmail account, not their personal email) and password to log in and complete the reservation.

General Dates

  • Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m.  PT | NGSO Reservation system opens
  • Wednesday, July 3 at 11:59 p.m. PT | Late fee for NGSO begins
  • Thursday, August 1 at 11:59 p.m. PT  | Deadline to register for NGSO
  • Day before your NGSO date at 7:59 p.m. PT | Deadline to complete Pre-Orientation modules
  • Monday, August 19 at 7:59 p.m. PT | Deadline to complete Post-Orientation Canvas modules


NGSO is a one-day program that takes place on Thursday, August 15 or Friday, August 16 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dates subject to change.

Advantages of Attending NGSO

  • Meet with staff, advisors, and trained SDSU student Ambassadors.
  • Learn what it means to be a responsible member of the SDSU community.
  • Embrace SDSU's values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Start making SDSU your new home by meeting other new graduate students and making friends.

Information is subject to change.

Please review this page in its entirety to ensure you understand the Pre-Orientation requirements prior to attending New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO).


Once you make your NGSO reservation, you will be ready to begin the online pre-orientation modules for San Diego State University (SDSU). They were created to prepare you for NGSO, and to provide you with an introduction and overview of your new home. You’ll learn about campus resources and build a strong foundation for your success at NGSO and beyond. Mandatory training for all SDSU students is incorporated into the modules. Registration holds will be placed if these trainings are not completed.

You will receive an email inviting you to complete the online Pre-Orientation Modules when you make your NGSO reservation. Please log in and complete the modules with your SDSUid Gmail and password. It is imperative that you complete the pre-orientation modules the day before your NGSO date at 7:59 p.m. PT.

The information below is also available on SDSU’s Steps to Enroll page.

Complete the Intent to Enroll Process

Submit all of the following items to the Office of Admissions. If all of the items are not received or postmarked by the date listed, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your offer of admission will be canceled.

  1. Accept Your Offer of Admission and Submit Your Nonrefundable Deposit in my.SDSU
    • Officially accept your offer of admission by submitting the online Intent to Enroll and paying the $400 nonrefundable and nontransferable deposit by the deadline indicated in my.SDSU. The $400 deposit will apply toward your fall basic tuition and fees. If you do not submit your Intent to Enroll in my.SDSU by the deadline, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your offer of admission will be canceled.
    • If you have questions or problems with your SDSUid, please visit the SDSUid Help page. Additionally, please reach out to the library technology center if you are experiencing difficulties with your account.
  2. Notify Program (if applicable)
    • Some programs may require admitted students to notify them that they are attending. In these cases, admitted students must complete both requirements (submit the online Intent to Enroll and pay the nonrefundable deposit in my.SDSU and notify the department) to officially accept the offer of admission.
    • Refer to the Graduate Programs web page and select your type of program to access contact information for your department.
  3. Final Official Transcripts
  • Degree in Progress: if your bachelor's degree was in progress as the time of admission, you are required to complete the degree prior to enrolling in your first semester at SDSU. A final official transcript with proof of degree must be provided to Graduate Admissions as soon as possible, but no later than September 30. Failure to submit the final transcript with proof of degree will result in a registration hold being placed on you record, which will prevent you from registering for the following term. If you do not complete the bachelor's degree prior to enrolling, you are not eligible for admission. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please contact Graduate Admissions immediately if your bachelor's degree will not be completed prior to enrolling.
  • Other Coursework: if you have any other coursework in progress at the time of admission, you are required to provide a final official transcript to Graduate Admissions as soon as possible, but no later than September 30.

Submit Proof of Immunizations

SDSU requires that students are currently immunized as a condition of enrollment. You are required to submit your immunizations and documentation no later than July 15, 2024 through HealtheConnect to avoid a registration hold. For information on what immunizations are required, visit

Pay Basic Tuition and Fees

For complete fee information, visit the University Bursar’s Office website.

Basic Tuition and Fees are due by the date posted in my.SDSU. Payment of the Intent to Enroll deposit is credited to the student's total Basic Tuition & Fees for the first semester. The First Year Experience (FYE) Fee is separate from this fee and will be posted in your my.SDSU at a later date.

SDSU has a "post-pay model" for paying Basic Tuition and Fees. After registration, you will be able to view and pay Basic Tuition and Fees for the given term you have enrolled in. Payment for fees must be paid by the due date posted in my.SDSU each term. To locate the fee payment date and registration time, visit my.SDSU and view your “Student Center." Students can view their overall balance by logging into their my.SDSU account.

Be sure to clear any registration holds. You can see any holds by going to your “Tasks” tile in my.SDSU and selecting the “Holds” tab. Follow any instructions to resolve the hold. It can take up to 48 hours to clear some holds. Please plan accordingly or you will not be able to register for classes at orientation.

For additional information, please contact the Cal Coast Student Financial Center for assistance.


To receive your SDSU ID card on your Orientation date you will need to complete the steps below by Sunday, June 9. You will need your student ID number (nine-digit number) and a government issued form of identification.

Create an account on the GET mobile app using your SDSUid email address. See video for help

Upload a photo and valid U.S. Government issued ID on the GET mobile app.

Check out the video on How to Get Your Card Step-by-Step.

Make sure you’ve read through the Pre-Orientation section before moving onto this section.


Please refer to the About page for the date. If no dates are available to choose from, please contact us at [email protected].


All sessions will be on-campus. Orientation is a one-day event. Plan to be on-campus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will receive an email.You will receive an email with your day-of schedule.

  • 8 a.m. Check-in at Hepner Hall
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome to SDSU!
  • 9:05 a.m. Resources for Success
  • 10:00 a.m. Finding Community
  • 11:00 a.m. DEI Workshops
  • 12:00 a.m. Lunch & Information Fair
  • 1:00 p.m. Current Success Sessions
  • 2:00 p.m. Cal Coast Student Financial Center Presents: Financial Aid Workshop (Optional)
  • 2:00 p.m. Optional Campus Tours (Tours are optional. Last tour departs at 1:15pm)

What to Bring

  • Bring valid picture identification, like a United States Driver’s License/Real ID, United States ID card, Passport or Military ID.
  • Wear casual clothing like a light jacket, hat/sunglasses and comfortable shoes for walking around campus.
  • Optional: Bring snacks, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and money for shopping at the SDSU Bookstore.

Transportation and Parking

We encourage use of the MTS trolley or bus to reach SDSU. SDSU is conveniently located on the MTS Green Line trolley and many MTS stations offer free parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged for those that drive as campus parking is limited.

A validated parking permit for Parking 3 (P3) is included in your reservation. Directions for parking validation and parking on campus will be provided the week before your New Student Orientation (NSO) date in an email.

A valid parking permit is required on campus at all times. Regulations are enforced at all times. Do not park outside P3 or in any reserved, faculty-staff, or other specially marked space. Failure to obtain a valid parking permit may result in a citation.


  • Get a good night’s rest and eat breakfast before arriving.
  • Attend the full program.
  • Know your RedID number (9 digit number that starts with “1” or “8”).
  • Know your SDSUid (SDSU Gmail) and password.

After your orientation date, you will be expected to complete the post-orientation requirements located in Canvas. The Canvas modules that you must complete will include Canvas 101, Aztec Culture Education, and Opioid Training and Education. More information on the modules and how to access them will be available later. Post-orientation modules will be due on Monday, August 19, at 7:59 p.m. PT


Please read through all sections before making your reservations. The reservation system will open on Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PT
  • Activate your SDSUid. As an admitted student, you will receive an email from [email protected] with instructions on how to activate your SDSUid account. Complete the steps in the email to activate your account. You will use your SDSUid and password to log in to the New Student Orientation reservation system.
  • SDSUid Gmail account is required. You must have your SDSUid Gmail account set up to receive the confirmation email BEFORE you make your reservation. For instructions to set up your SDSUid Gmail account, please visit the: Google G Suite for Students page.
  • Confirm your registration before you make travel arrangements.
  • Your orientation confirmation will be emailed to you. This contains valuable information, so please read it in its entirety. 

First Year Experience (FYE) Fee

The one-time First Year Experience (FYE) fee* is for all new students (first-year, transfer, and graduate) and covers Pre-Orientation modules, New Student Orientation, Student Handbooks, Post-Orientation modules and SDSU swag. The FYE fee also covers other activities, including: New Student and Family Convocation, Welcome Week, Aztec Nights and more. The fee is $324 will be billed on August 5.

First Year Experience Activities

Once you have attended orientation, you will continue to have opportunities during graduate school to get connected and make SDSU your new home. Be sure to consistently check your SDSU Gmail email for updates and communication. Below is a list of activities, events and initiatives that will support your success at SDSU!

  • Payment options for the Parent and Family Programs Fee (the FYE student fee will be billed separately):
  • Credit Card: As part of the online reservation process, payment may be made by credit card. MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover are accepted.

Acknowledgement of Payment Terms and Conditions

By completing this SDSU New Graduate Student Orientation reservation, I understand that I will be billed for the First Year Experience (FYE) fee ($324) on or after August 5 (due by August 20) and that a portion of this fee helps cover my attendance and participation in New Student Orientation. In addition, I acknowledge that if I added a Parent and Family Orientation to my reservation, I am responsible for payment of the Parent & Family Programs fee ($55/$25) upon completion of my reservation. If I am eligible for Financial Aid, I understand that if I do not have enough aid to pay the FYE fee, a bill will be added to my student account, and I will be responsible for payment billed on August 5.

I agree to the refund/cancellation policies of San Diego State University for both the First Year Experience and the Parent & Family Programs fees. If I, or my guest(s), decide not to complete New Student Orientation/Parent & Family Orientation for any reason (including my admission to the University being rescinded) I understand: 1) the First Year Experience fee and/or Parent & Family Programs fee will not be canceled or refunded to me and 2) if for some reason, my payment is reversed, I will be billed for the First Year Experience fee, Parent & Family Programs fee and any other applicable charges related to the payment reversal. I further understand any changes to my reservation will result in a $15 fee.

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