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The Information Fair at New Student and Parent Orientation connects new students and their families to campus resources and opportunities. The Information Fair at New Student and Parent Orientation connects new students and their families to campus resources and opportunities.

New Student Orientation Kicks Off

SDSU welcomes new students and families to New Student and Parent Orientation starting July 15.
By Mallory Black

Nearly 14,000 incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families will begin their journeys at SDSU as part of New Student and Parent Orientation, which starts July 15.

Organized by the Division of Student Affairs – in collaboration with partners from across campus – New Student and Parent Orientation kicks off the Aztec Experience for incoming students and their families each summer. As part of the university-wide event, freshmen and transfer students meet assistant deans and faculty, learn about available campus resources such as Student Life and Leadership and Residential Education, and register for classes.

In addition to helping students feel welcomed and informed before the start of the semester, a key component of orientation at SDSU is establishing a partnership with new Aztec parents as their students leave for college. Research shows that students who bring their parents to orientation achieve higher grade point averages and are more likely to continue on to their sophomore year.

“We know from years of data the profound role that parents play in their student’s success,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera. “For students to succeed here at SDSU, it’s so important for them to feel connected. As fun as orientation is, we take it very seriously because it’s one of the first opportunities we get to build that connection with every student, to let them know we’re excited they’re here and we’re here to support them.”

Starting Fresh at State

Each year, New Student Orientation serves as a critical launching point to get new students excited about campus involvement and transformational experiences such as internships and study abroad programs while at SDSU.

For the past three years, SDSU Ambassadors Lauren Kukula and Andrea Costigliola have helped freshmen and transfer students during Orientation. Now seniors, this year’s orientation will be their last. 
“I have loved being an ambassador throughout the years, and I really love Orientation,” said Costigliola, president of the SDSU Ambassadors, who serve as SDSU’s official student representatives, tour guides and orientation leaders. “We give presentations about what to expect, how students can take advantage of academic resources and the ins and outs of being a student here at SDSU.”

To further help students acclimate to campus and university academics, students will create either a two- or four-year roadmap to guide their path to graduation with the help of academic advisors. Learning what it means to be a responsible member of the SDSU community is a major component of orientation, as incoming students become the newest members of the Aztec family.

Getting Oriented

At parent orientation, which runs concurrently with student orientation, parents receive an overview of campus resources and also meet campus representatives throughout the day. A student panel offers perspectives on college life at SDSU, and a Student Affairs overview panel gives parents a chance to ask their most-pressing questions. 

Through involvement in parent orientation, Rivera said parents become an asset to the higher education process.

“Parents are valued partners at SDSU,” Rivera said. “They not only provide their students with support, but the university as well. Parents impact student success and we are grateful for their involvement.”

Check-in for orientation will begin promptly at 8 a.m. at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. For questions about New Student and Parent Orientation, contact the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at (619) 594-1509.