Cal State LA proudly welcomes its incoming freshman class! Now that you have completed your high school journey, we want to be sure that you have the information and resources to get your college experience off to a great start.

Incoming freshmen students who have been conditionally admitted to the university and have cleared their Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) will receive an email invitation on or around May 8, 2020, with instructions on how to sign-up for a Remote Orientation day and time. Based on the major you selected, you will be placed in one of the academic colleges. Each college has specific orientation dates, which are listed below.

Summer 2020

College of Arts and Letters

Monday, June 8
Thursday, July 2

College of Business and Economics

Tuesday, June 9
Thursday, July 2

Charter College of Education

Friday, June 26

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

Wednesday, July 1
Tuesday, July 7
  • Please note: The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST) requires incoming freshmen students to participate in College Orientation prior to the Golden Eagle Orientation required by the university. Click on the following link for more information:

Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services

Thursday, June 11
Wednesday, June 17
Monday, June 22
Friday, June 26

College of Natural and Social Sciences

Monday, June 15
Wednesday, June 24
Monday, June 29


Friday, June 19
Monday, July 6

What Else Do You Need To Know?

Change of Major

You may NOT change your major prior to attending Orientation. This means you will need to attend the Orientation session that corresponds to the major you selected at the time of your admissions application. As a freshman, if you know that you are planning to change your major, please inform your academic advisor during the course registration portion of the Orientation day for additional assistance.

Course Registration and Tuition Payment

New freshmen will register for classes on their Orientation date. Students must pay all tuition fees prior to registering for classes. Additionally, all active registration holds must be resolved prior to your Orientation date. Some possible causes for registration holds may include:
  • Incomplete Financial Aid documents
  • Incomplete Admissions verifications/documents
  • Incomplete/missing test score information
  • Unpaid balance for tuition and fees
You can use your Student Portal to pay your tuition and check for holds. To access your portal, you will need to have activated your myCalStateLA Identity Account. Use the Tuition and Fee Payment Calculator tool on GET to help calculate your total tuition cost.

Course Counseling/Advising

Individual academic counseling/advising is not available. All advising/counseling takes place in a small group setting. Be sure to complete the Online Pre-Orientation, and take advantage of the resources found at the links above. Bring any questions about classes you have with you, in order to get the most out of your group advisement appointment.