Golden Eagle Orientation

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Remote Orientation

Sign up for Remote Orientation beginning April 5, 2021! Be sure to check your Cal State LA email account for instructions. Or, click the "Orientation Reservations" icon in your Student Portal.

The Priority Sign-Up Date is Friday, May 28, 2021.

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Golden Eagle Remote Orientation

Golden Eagle Remote Orientation is an approximately three-hour event hosted live via Zoom that will help you begin your transition into the University community.

Who is this for?

The program is required for all incoming undergraduate students, including:

  • first-time freshmen
  • transfer students
  • returning students
  • international students

Post-Baccalaureate students, graduate students (masters and doctoral degrees), and students attending the Downtown Los Angeles campus are not required to attend.

How to Sign Up

You will need to make a reservation to participate. Sign up now through the link in your Orientation Invitation email, or by selecting “Orientation Reservations” icon in your Student Portal.


The Orientation Fee is $70, and can be paid in full or in two $35-dollar installments by e-check or credit/debit card. If you choose to pay in installments, the first installment will be due when you sign up in order to complete your reservation. The second installment will be due after the start of the fall semester. 

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions

Prepare with Pre-Orientation

After you sign up for Remote Orientation, kickstart your transition to University life with Pre-Orientation. This is a virtual program that will provide you with many of the basics about your new campus home.

How to Get Started

You can access the program by clicking “Pre-Orientation” in your Student Portal. You can complete the program at your own pace. If you need to step away for a while, the system will remember your place and bring you back to that spot when you return. 


You should complete Pre-Orientation before you participate in your live Remote Orientation session.

Is This Mandatory?

Yes. You need to complete Pre-Orientation, Remote Orientation, and an academic advising group session. Details about these sessions will come from your college advising center starting in May. Check your Cal State LA email.  

If you have trouble accessing the Pre-Orientation, please contact New Student and Family Engagement at [email protected]. Be sure to include your CIN, and a screenshot if possible.

Information Sessions

Certain departments host Information Sessions, in addition to Golden Eagle Orientation, to share important news specific to different student populations. Please see below for possible information sessions that may pertain to you.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International Students are required to attend a separate information session, hosted by the International Office, concerning your transition to the United States and Cal State LA. For more information, please visit International Programs.

VETERANS: The Veterans Resource Center offers an information session exclusively for military-connected Cal State LA students, including veterans and the dependents of veterans. To learn more, please contact the Veterans Resource Center.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: The Office for Students with Disabilities offers multiple information sessions during the summer to help you better understand the transition to Cal State LA from your previous institution. Please visit the OSD website for more information.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: The Office of Graduate Studies also offers orientation programs for incoming graduate students. For more information, visit New Graduate Student Orientation


Join the Cal State LA Community

In addition to the mandatory Orientation events, we also have optional events to help you get to know your new classmates and start to build connections across majors and backgrounds!

Summer Launch/Autumn Blast

Play games, win prizes, and meet both new incoming as well as current students! You will also learn more about clubs and organizations you may be interested in joining once the semester starts.

Golden Eagle Orientation Discord

Chat online, ask questions, and meet other students who share similar interests. Find your group this summer and get an even better start to your college journey! You will receive more information about joining the Discord after you have completed your Remote Orientation reservation.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact [email protected].