Welcome to Sonoma State University!
As a new transfer student, you have the opportunity to continue your education in an environment rich with opportunity. Since every college is different, your first step as a Seawolf is to attend Transfer Orientation!
What Happens at Orientation
Transfer Orientation is designed to get transfer students acclimated to SSU. During this one-day orientation students will learn about campus services, receive advising, and meet SSU faculty, staff and students. Transfer Orientation is required for all incoming transfer students. By attending Orientation, students will receive a registration appointment and have their Orientation Hold removed from their MySSU account.
How to Sign Up
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We are currently offering two Transfer Orientation sessions for students coming into the Fall 2013 semester.
Orientation Program Fees
Students: $35 (This fee is combined with the Enrollment Reservation Deposit which totals $235)
There is no guest or parent program at Transfer Orientation. Due to space capacity, please do not bring parents/guests to Transfer Orientation.
Paying Orientation Fees
Fees for Orientation cover the cost of staffing, parking, refreshments and program materials. This $35 fee is combined with the Enrollment Reservation Deposit (ERD) and must be paid prior to signing up for Orientation.
Refund Policy: If you change your mind about attending Sonoma State University, you must notify the University in writing in order to receive a refund. The Enrollment Reservation Deposit (ERD) and Orientation Payment are 50% refundable if requested by May 1, 2013; non-refundable thereafter. E-mail your refund request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not eligible to receive a refund after attending Orientation, despite any change in your admission status.
All transfer students will have a hold on their MySSU account until they check-in and participate in Orientation. Once our office recognizes that you have attended Orientation, your hold will be removed and you will be able to register for classes.
Services to Students with Disabilities
Please contact the Orientation Office at 707-664-4464 or email@example.com to request services from the Disabilities Services for Students (DSS) office for your time at Transfer Orientation. We will be sure to get in touch with the DSS Office to make your accommodations happen.
All scholarship recruited athletes are required to participate in the mandatory orientation programs at Sonoma State University.
Veteran Students and Dependents of Veterans
Veteran students and dependents of veterans are required to attend the mandatory orientation programs at Sonoma State University. The Veterans Affairs Office staff will be available at Orientation to answer questions and provide advice on completing forms, joining the Veterans Club, and much more!
Q: Why are transfer students required to attend Orientation?
A: Advising is critical to student success and timeliness to graduation. To ensure that all new students understand academic policies, General Education and major requirements for graduation, all new students (transfer, returning students and freshmen) are required to attend Orientation. Parents, spouses, or siblings cannot attend Orientation in place of their student. It is important for each student to learn first-hand the information and expectations of Sonoma State University.
Q: What happens if I don't attend Transfer Orientation?
A: Students who do not attend Transfer Orientation will have their Orientation Hold stay on their account until Orientation is completed. This means that students will not be able to register for classes until Orientation is completed. If you have an Orientation Hold issue, please contact the Orientation Office at 707-664-4464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are my orientation fees paying for?
A: You orientation fees are paying for all program materials, meals, parking, and staffing.
Q: Can I bring a guest with me?
A: There is no guest or parent program at Transfer Orientation. Due to space capacity, please do not bring parents/guests to Transfer Orientation.
Q: What should I bring to Orientation?
A: Please refer to the What to Bring to Orientation (link to page) page for details.
Q: Who can I call with questions?
A: The friendly and knowledgeable Orientation staff is ready to answer your questions. Call 707-664-4464 Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm or e-mail us at email@example.com. During our peak times (February - July) we receive many phone calls and voicemails. We recommend e-mail before phone calls and if you do decide to call please leave a voicemail as we try to get back to you within 48 hours.