My First Year

Transitioning Into College

Welcome to Sonoma State University! Your first year in college is going to be one of the most exciting, and most challenging times of your life. Every incoming SSU student is given a unique opportunity to become involved in vibrant residential, academic, and extracurricular communities.

My First Year Checklist

As you can see from the steps below, as soon as you decide to become a Seawolf, you will choose your Freshman Learning Community and Residential Community; then when you arrive on campus for your first semester, you begin your involvement in the academic and campus life. SSU's faculty, staff and returning students will be here for you every step of the way to assist you in making a successful transition to our Seawolf community.

As you begin to complete your reservation for Fall, there are two action items that you will want to complete beginning in March. Those two items include accepting your housing offer and choosing a housing community, and selecting a Freshman Learning Community (FLC). In April, you will see an "FLC Selection" as a to-do item on your MySSU account. This to-do item will be removed once you have completed your FLC selection.

The following “My First Year Checklist” will help guide you through your options. Make sure to return to this checklist often to ensure that you are completing all the steps of the FLC selection process. Please take your time with each step and, if questions arise, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, otherwise feel free to contact us.

  • Step 1: Visit Freshman Learning Communities to learn about FLCs and how they support incoming freshman.
  • Step 2: Visit FLC and Your Housing to learn the difference between FLCs and housing.
  • Step 3: Visit Find Your FLC by Major to identify which FLCs work best for your major. There may be numerous FLCs recommended for your major.
  • Step 4: Learn more about the FLCs recommended to you by visiting Academic FLCs and Residential Academic Communities. It is important to take the time to learn about all the various options.
  • Step 5: For answers to commonly asked questions, visit Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Step 6: If you are not living on-campus, proceed to Step 7. If you are living on-campus, accept your Housing Offer and choose a living community. Housing offers are sent electronically on a space available basis. Accept your offer to live on-campus and choose a living community by the designated deadline. For more information, go to the Housing office.
    • Step 6a: If you have requested to live in a themed community (Adventure Living, Academic Achievement, Expressive Arts, Global Engagement, Leadership and Service, or Wellness), then you need to select an FLC. Proceed to Step 7.
    • Step 6b: If you have requested to live in a residential academic community (ACE, First-Gen, or FYE), then you do not need to select an FLC. Your FLC selection process is complete and the FLC Selection to-do item will be removed from your MySSU account. Proceed to Step 8.
  • Step 7: Visit Sign Up for an FLC to complete your FLC selection. Once your FLC selection is complete, the FLC Selection to-do item will be removed from your MySSU account.
  • Step 8: Learn more about ways to get involved in clubs and organizations by visiting Campus Life.
  • Step 9: Continue completing your Admitted Students Stay-On-Track Checklist.

Contact Us

Call Center hours are M - F, 9am - 4pm at 707-664-4464.

You can also email at any time. If you email on the weekend someone will return your message on Monday by the end of the work day.