It is important to prepare yourself before orientation, to ensure that you get the most out of your NSO experience.
Portal & E-mail
Before attending orientation, all students will need to set up their Student Portal and campus e-mail account. Once you set up your accounts it is critical that you begin checking both your Portal and Campus email regularly for important messages that will be posted on an ongoing basis. This will be the primary way the campus will communicate with you from now on. Don’t miss important deadlines, announcements and opportunities – both Orientation and non-Orientation related- that will be found in these two great resources for Cal State Fullerton students. If you need assistance setting up your campus e-mail, feel free to watch the web-tutorial.
It is required that you take your English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math (ELM) tests before the May, 3, 2014 deadline, unless you qualify for an exemption. This deadline is in place to ensure that you have your placement scores back in time to register for the correct courses at New Student Orientation.
Depending on your major, you may also need to take the Math Qualifying Exam (MQE) and the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE). You can learn more about Placement Tests here.
Check your “Holds”
It is vital that you check your negative service indicators, or ‘holds,’ before attending your New Student Orientation. Don’t worry, all incoming freshman have at least three ‘holds’ that will be taken care of at NSO (including New Student Advisement, Entry Level Math, and Entry Level English). If you would like to register at NSO, it is important to take care of any other ‘holds’ prior to your orientation session.
To learn about how to clear your 'holds,' please follow the steps below:
- Log into your Portal
- Click on Titan Online
- Click on Student Center
- On the right side of the screen, you should see a "Holds" box
- Under the Holds box you should see the following holds (Do not worry, all incoming freshmen will have the following holds, and they will be taken care of at New Student Orientation. It is important that you take care of any additional holds that you may see).
- New Student Advisement
- Entry Level/GE Math
- Entry Level/GE English
Note: Some students may also see “Financial Aid – Good News!” listed here. This is simply an informational hold indicating the student has pending Financial Aid.
- If you have any additional holds (other than those that are listed above), click Details at the bottom of the Holds box. From this page, you can click each hold to see detailed information, including appropriate contact information and any action you may need to take in order to release the hold.
Preparing for Academic Advisement
You are encouraged to preview the pre-advisement tutorial before you attend your New Student Orientation session. This is a 20 minute pod-cast that will help you better understand General Education at Cal State Fullerton.
Print your Titan Degree Audit
We encourage you to print and read your Titan Degree Audit (TDA). This is the primary advising tool that you will use at New Student Orientation, and for the rest of your time at CSUF.