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New GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION (August 2022)

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The deadline for graduate student orientation registration (July 29) has passed. Please email our office if you have questions on next steps if you are unable to attend New Graduate Student Orientation.

Welcome to SDSU new graduate students! New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is SDSU's university-wide orientation program. Your graduate program will communicate with you throughout the summer on a graduate-specific orientation program. 

Please note: Your registration and participation in NGSO is optional, but highly encouraged. NGSO will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the involvement opportunities, resources and services, meet graduate students outside of your program and much more! 

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, May 24 - New Graduate Student Orientation Registration System Opens @ 10 am (PT)
  • Tuesday, July 5 - Pre-Orientation Modules sent to graduate students
  • Friday, July 29 - Deadline to Register for New Graduate Student Orientation

Bookmark the Graduate Studies website for deadlines and upcoming events: grad.sdsu.edu

New Graduate Student Orientation Dates

You have the option to register for one graduate student orientation session. You can choose from the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 13 (virtual) - Part I and Thursday, August 18 (in person) - Part II
  • Monday, August 15 (in person)
  • Tuesday, August 16 (inperson)

For students who are unable to attend in-person on August 15 or 16, and register for the virtual program on Saturday, August 13, an in-person component will be offered the morning of August 18, 2022.

New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

(All times are Pacific Daylight Time)

August 13

  • 9:00am-10:15am - New Graduate Student Orientation Welcome and Resources for Success
    • A session with representatives from various campus resources to support your success at SDSU
  • 10:30am-11:15am - Credential Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 10:30am-11:15am - Master’s Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 10:30am-11:15am - Doctoral Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association

August 18

  • 8:30am-9:00am - Check-in
  • 9:00am-9:15am - New Graduate Student Orientation Welcome
    • A welcome session with San Diego State University leadership
  • 9:15am-10:30am - Finding Community
    • Find ways to get involved and meet students outside of your program
  • 10:30am-12:00pm - Optional: Campus Tours
  • 10:30am-12:00pm - Optional: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops
  • 12:00pm - Lunch and Information Fair with Campus Partners
    • Meet with campus partners to learn more about services and resources available to you as a graduate student
  • 8:30am-8:50am - New Graduate Student Orientation Welcome
    • A welcome session with San Diego State University leadership
  • 8:50am-10:00am - Resources for Success
    • A session with representatives from various campus resources to support your success at SDSU
  • 10:00am-11:15am - Finding Community
    • Find ways to get involved and meet students outside of your program
  • 11:30am-12:15pm - Credential Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 11:30am-12:15pm - Master’s Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 11:30am-12:15pm - Doctoral Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 12:15pm-1:00pm - Lunch and Information Fair with Campus Partners
    • Meet with campus partners to learn more about services and resources available to you as a graduate student
  • 1:00pm - Optional: Campus Tours
    • Departing every 15 minutes. Last tour departs at 1:30pm
  • 1:00pm - Optional: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops
  • 1:00pm - Optional: Set Yourself Up for Success
    • Visit campus partners to finalize last minute items before the first day of class including getting your SDSU Card and visiting the SDSU Bookstore 
  • 8:30am-8:50am - New Graduate Student Orientation Welcome
    • A welcome session with San Diego State University leadership
  • 8:50am-10:00am - Resources for Success
    • A session with representatives from various campus resources to support your success at SDSU
  • 10:00am-11:15am - Finding Community
    • Find ways to get involved and meet students outside of your program
  • 11:30am-12:15pm - Credential Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 11:30am-12:15pm - Master’s Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 11:30am-12:15pm - Doctoral Student Panel with A.S. Graduate Student Association
  • 12:15pm-1:00pm - Lunch and Information Fair with Campus Partners
    • Meet with campus partners to learn more about services and resources available to you as a graduate student
  • 1:00pm - Optional: Campus Tours
    • Departing every 15 minutes. Last tour departs at 1:30pm
  • 1:00pm - Optional: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops
  • 1:00pm - Optional: Set Yourself Up for Success
    • Visit campus partners to finalize last minute items before the first day of class including getting your SDSU Card and visiting the SDSU Bookstore 

 

First-Year Experience (FYE) Fee Acknowledgement of Payment Terms and Conditions

By completing this SDSU New Student Orientation reservation, I understand that I will be billed for the First Year Experience (FYE) Fee ($300) on August 5 to my Online Student Account (due by August 15) and that a portion of this fee helps cover my attendance and participation in New Student Orientation. 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.

I agree to the cancellation/refund policies of San Diego State University for the First Year Experience Fee. If I decide not to complete New Student Orientation for any reason (including my admission to the University being rescinded) I understand: 1) the First Year Experience Fee will not be canceled/refunded to me and 2) if for some reason, my payment is reversed, I will be billed for the First Year Experience Fee and any other applicable charges related to the payment reversal. I further understand any changes to my reservation will result in a $20 fee.

The one-time First Year Experience (FYE) Fee includes:

The First Year Experience Fee includes Pre-Orientation, Orientation, Center for Graduate Life and Diversity and Graduate student activities during the first year of graduate school at SDSU. The non-refundable fee is $300 and will be billed August 5 to your Student Online Account. We recommend you pay this with you Basic Tuition and Fees on August 15.

Pre-Orientation

A robust set of online pre-orientation modules specifically designed for new graduate students, which provide an overview of SDSU’s resources and services through text, photos and videos.

New Graduate Student Orientation

  • A graduate student success session with representatives from various campus resources to support your success at SDSU.
  • Graduate Student Panel with the A.S. Graduate Student Association.
  • An information fair with campus resources and services.
  • An optional campus tour led by SDSU Ambassadors.

First-Year Experience Activities

Once you have attended orientation and registered for fall 2022 classes, you will continue to have opportunities to get connected and make SDSU your new home. Below is a list of activities, events and initiatives that will support your success at SDSU!

REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW STUDENTS (2022-2023)


The following information are the steps to enroll at SDSU. Please be sure to review all of the links below. 

Dates and information are subject to change.