Golden Eagle Orientation

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Welcome to Cal State L.A.! We’re glad you’ve chosen to continue your education with us, and we are excited to help make your transition a smooth and positive experience!

Golden Eagle Orientation is a one-day program that will provide you with essential information to acquaint you with your new campus, and prepare you to begin classes.  As a part of orientation you will receive:

  • Academic advising
  • An introduction to campus services
  • A tour of campus
  • Assistance in registration for the upcoming class session
  • An opportunity to meet other new and returning students

Golden Eagle Orientation is offered for both first-time freshmen and transfer students; dates for orientation sessions are determined by your academic college. Participation in Orientation for freshmen students is required. Academic advisement is required for all new transfer students. Reservations are required; walk-ins will not be accommodated.

Please note: Freshmen students participating in EOP Summer Bridge are exempt from Golden Eagle Orientation. You will not need to sign-up for or attend Golden Eagle Orientation.

The Veterans Resource Center offers an orientation program exclusively for Cal State LA Student Veterans. To learn more, please contact the Veterans Resource Center.

Graduate Studies also offers orientation programs for incoming graduate students. Click here for more information.

The International Office offers a separate orientation for incoming international students. For more information, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: We have reached capacity for the two Friday sessions of Parent-Student Orientation. However, we do still have plenty of availability for the Saturday Parent-Only session, and we encourage you to consider that program, if you are interested. Reservations for the July 30th session will be active beginning the week of June 20th.

The deadline to sign up for Golden Eagle Orientation for all incoming students is Friday, June 17, 2016. Please note that, after this deadline, Orientation dates will not be changed.

Golden Eagle Parent Orientation is offered for the parents and/or guardians of first-time freshmen to help acquaint them with the college experience and how they can play a role in the success of their student. Parents are encouraged to attend. 

The fee to attend Golden Eagle Orientation is $70; this fee must be paid at the time of your reservation, and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Fee Waiver Requests will not be accepted. The fee to attend Golden Eagle Parent Orientation is $30 per person. This fee is also due at the time of the reservation, and is non-refundable.

Overnight accommodations are available on-campus through for students attending Orientation and one parent/guardian only. Minors not attending Orientation are not permitted to stay in University Housing. Due to the shortened summer, accommodations will only be available until July 29th; after this date, students will have to seek off-campus accommodations. For on-campus rate information, click here. For off-campus options, please click here.

For more information on each of the Golden Eagle Orientation programs, please click the appropriate link on the left.



Office Hours

Monday -Thursday:
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:

Office Location

    Student Affairs Building
    Room 106