Orientation Preview for Fall 2013
Once you have been admitted to San Francisco State University, you are ready to take the next steps! The following items are key in preparing for your upcoming orientation session:
- Check your admissions status for Spring 2013 [Check your admissions status NOW]
- Accept your Admissions Offer [Accept your admissions offer NOW]
- Sign up for a First-Time Freshmen Orientation [Register for an Orientation session]
If you have reached this site via a link from your Orientation Confirmation we are assuming that the above steps have already been completed.
Furthermore, the following are key items to take care of before your scheduled orientation session:
- Pay your University Tuition fees.
- Register and take your ELM/EPT placement tests if applicable.
- Pay your orientation fees.
- Come to your orientation session on-time and prepared!
My name is Karen Kingsbury and I am the Director of New Student Programs at SF State. I am happy you're looking at this site - it will make YOUR orientation day go more smoothly.
Please read the instructions on this page, and if you have questions, be sure to write them down and bring them to orientation! There are going to be lots of people here waiting to help you prepare for your first semester.
Some of the key people are the GatorAiders (below). They are your new-student peer advisors. They have been training for months in anticipation of your arrival at orientation. Be sure to ask them all your questions!
All of our orientation programs are coordinated and assisted by a group of trained peer advisors called "Gator Aiders" who have taken at least one semester of counseling classes in conjunction to their normal degree objectives. Our student staff represent majors from all college disciplines and a variety of student organizations.
In order to register for classes at your orientation session you must pay for SF State tuition fees. There are mulitiple ways to pay for tuition. All university payments, whether in-person or online, are ultimately processed through our Bursar's office. Look at our Bursar's website for the most current tuition fee information for in-state and out-of-state tuition costs.
Please note: tuition fees may increase mid-year depending on state budget measures!
In order to register for classes at SF State, you MUST have taken your Entry-Level Mathematics test (ELM) and/or your English Placement Test (EPT). You must test by the May 4th, 2013 deadline if the tests are required.
Check your testing status on your Notice of Admission letter. Failure to take required tests by the May 4th deadline means you will no longer be allowed to attend SF State.
The Orientation office may contact you regarding missing placement test scores before your orientation date. If there are any issues regading your scores, please contact the Testing Center:
Once you have received your placement test scores, download the "What Do Your Scores Mean" document in preparation to see what math and/or English course(s) you will place into for your first semester at SF State.
Orientation will cost $35 per student and $25 per guest. The fees include your Orientation and advising materials and a meal.
University tuition (i.e., the cost to register for classes) are separate from the orientation fees. Financial aid recipients who have accepted their award on SF Gateway do not have to pay tuition, but must still pay orientation fees.
See more information regarding Orientation fees and University Tuition.
Please come prepared for your orientation day! We start check-in promptly at 8:15 a.m.
Review all the material on this page and gather all documents that apply to your acceptance into SF State, including:
- Your Notice of Admissions letter
- Placement Test Scores printout
- Advanced Placement Test scores
- High School transcripts (just in case)
- College transcripts (if any)
- Orientation Confirmation printout
- Financial aid documents (if applicable)
- Housing information (if applicable)
- Immunization records (if applicable)
- A list of important questions to ask once you arrive!
It would be in your best interest to stay organized and keep all important school records and documents in one place!