Orientation 2014 For First-Year Freshmen Students Admitted for Fall 2014

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All About New Student Orientation 2014

Did you miss all of our Summer 2014 Orientation sessions?

Before you can seek in-person advising in our office, we will ask you to complete the following items:



1. Logging into your Student Center

The following video is the best way to visually understand how to log onto your portal:


If you cannot view this video, then follow these steps:

  1. Open any web browser that is NOT Google Chrome.
  2. Go to www.SFSU.edu
  3. Click on "Login" at the top of the page
  4. Click on "SF State Gateway" portal link
  5. Type in your SF State Student ID# or SFSU email account and then your password
  6. Click "login"
  7. Under "Student" heading on your gateway portal, click "Schedule / Classes"
  8. Then, click onto "Fall 2014 Student Center" (see below)

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2. Check and clear all holds

Once you have logged in from Step 1, you can view any holds within the "Holds" box at the top-right of your portal page.

If you have any hold(s), click on "details" for hold details. You must clear ALL hold(s) before registering for classes.

If you do see a hold on your portal, view the link below for all possible holds and how (or where) to clear them:


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3. Print or create a Class Planner Worksheet

Download and print the class planner worksheet to help organize your possible class choices.


Make sure to bring this with you if you come for advising.

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4. General Education Requirements:

As a new freshmen, you will mostly be working on the lower-division General Education courses.

Lower Division GE:

US History & Government:

Undergraduate Education Overview:


A good schedule to start with for your fist semester would look something like the following:

  1. English 114, 104 (or 201+208 for multi-lingual speakers)
  2. Math (based on your placement and major)
  3. Critical Thinking or COMM 150
  4. U.S. History or U.S. Government
  5. Other lower-division GE, or
  6. Major prerequisites if you qualify (see below)

This is plenty to choose from to enroll into 12-16 units (max)

Note for AP credit scores!

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests with "passing" scores may count for GE credit. Make a note on your planning sheet if you have any test scores.

Refer to the following links:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores

International Baccalaureate (IB) Course Scores

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5. Major Class Options

If you are declared a major—look up and review your major requirements using the following resources.

Academic Programs (Majors):

Major 4-Year Road Maps:

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6. Search and enroll in classes:

For a video tutorials on using our enrollment system and shooping cart, see the following resources below:


Using Your Shopping Cart


Searching and Enrolling in Classes


Swapping, Dropping & Waitlisting classes


Enrolling in Lecture/Lab Combined Sections


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7. Tuition/Financial Aid

After you successfully register for your classes (either part-time or for full-time), now you can make sure that your tuition fees are taken care of—either by paying yourself and/or with the assistance of financial aid.

Tuition/Registration Fees:


Financial Aid (Cal Grants, Loans and Scholarships):



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