New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to your graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at Cal State LA!

The Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Resource Center are pleased to welcome you to our community of scholars and professionals. Cal State LA is a state comprehensive university with an urban mission of engagement, service, and the public good, and we aim to support you in your journey to advance this mission. Each semester, we offer a New Graduate Student Orientation Session to guide you in the right direction as you embark on your graduate studies. 

This orientation is not mandatory, but will prove to be incredibly helpful. Your department or college may also offer an orientation session, or as an international student you may be required attend an orientation hosted by the International Office; our session is not intended to replace these orientations, but will instead complement them. 

Date: Friday, August 19, 2016
Time: 2–5 p.m.
Location: Golden Eagle Ballrooms (3rd Floor, Golden Eagle Building)
Parking: Structure C is your best option, across from the Luckman Arts Complex, at the intersection of Rancho Paseo Castillo and Circle Drive. We strongly encourage you to purchase your semester permit online prior to orientation. Day and hourly parking is also available on the top level of Structure C.


A more detailed schedule will follow soon.

Session Time Location

Resource Fair, featuring representatives from various offices and organizations on campus. Students may also opt to use this time for any of the following:

  • Visit the Graduate Resource Center (located in the JFK Library, Level A)
  • Take self-guided tour (maps available at Resource Fair)
  • Obtain student ID (Golden Eagle Building, 2nd Floor)
2:00–3:00 p.m. Golden Eagle Ballrooms (3rd floor)
Program 3:00–5:00 p.m. Golden Eagle Ballrooms (3rd floor)

Register for Orientation Here! (You will be prompted to create a NEW account in order to register — this account is not the same as your Cal State LA login. Look for "Event Registration" in bottom left corner)

If you require accommodations due to special needs, please contact (323) 343–3820 at least 72 hours in advance.

Any further inquiries may be sent to