Orientation Preview for Spring 2014
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.
Go to the SF State Gateway at http://gateway.sfsu.edu and follow the steps on the New Student Requirements Checklist
- Check your admissions status for Spring 2014 [Check your admissions status]
- Accept your Admissions Offer [Accept your admissions offer]
- 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 or already have accepted a Financial Aid offer.
- Register and take your ELM/EPT placement tests if applicable.
- Pay your orientation fees.
- Come to your orientation session on-time and prepared!
- Have completed your Directed Self-Placement for English requirement (if not exempt).
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 the next - then thoroughly complete the rest of this tutorial. 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 "GatorAiders" 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 or have Financial Aid on file and accepted.
Note for Financial Aid applicants: There is an additional step of accepting all (or only portions of) your financial aid offer for it to apply towards SF State tuiton!
There are multiple 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 have tested by the November 2nd, 2013 deadline if the tests are required.
Check your testing status on your Notice of Admission letter. Failure to take required tests by the November 2nd deadline means you will no longer be allowed to attend SF State.
The Orientation office may contact you via phone or email regarding missing placement test scores before your orientation date. If there are any issues regarding 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.
On-campus orientation sessions 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
- Sealed 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!