General Questions

Is orientation required?

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. You are required to attend the entire orientation program in order to register and enroll in classes. If you do not attend or leave during any portion of the program, your admission will be withdrawn and you will need to reapply for the next available term. Students who arrive late will not be allowed to attend orientation.

I have registered for orientation but have decided not to attend; can I receive a refund?

The $175 portion of the IVO fee is non-refundable. All other charges are subject to partial refund. Please contact New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@csuci.edu for more details.

I can only attend a specific orientation session.  How do I specify this on the reservation form?

As part of your Intent to Enroll process, you will need to select your preferred orientation date.  The reservation system will indicate which dates are no longer available due to capacity.  Remember, dates are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so it is possible that you will not receive your first choice.  To ensure a space at IVO, register for a date that is open then contact New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs to be placed on a waiting list for an unavailable date at orientation@csuci.edu or 805-437-3160.  We will do our best to accommodate any special needs considering our space limitations.

I live locally; do I have to stay on campus during orientation?

All freshmen are required to stay on campus for orientation so that we may provide you with a holistic introduction to the campus community. Staying on campus provides you with an excellent opportunity to engage with your peers and become familiar with our community.

Are students allowed to leave campus during orientation?

Students will be busy on campus during the entire two days of orientation and are not permitted to leave campus.

Guest Information

Do my guests have to register for orientation and pay the fee?

During registration, students are given the option to add one or more guests and are then prompted to pay an additional fee for each guest. Any guest who is attending orientation with students must pay the required guest fee. If guests would like to stay overnight in student housing, there is an additional fee. Guests will not be housed with students, but will be in Anacapa Village with other parents.

I have a guest who wishes to attend only part of the two-day freshman orientation.  Can this person pay a pro-rated fee?

We do not offer pro-rated fees for guests. Any guests who wish to attend all or part of orientation must register and pay the entire guest orientation fee.

Do my guests have to stay in on-campus housing?

Guests attending freshman orientation are invited, but not required, to stay in our on-campus student housing.  All guests electing to stay in on-campus student housing are required to attend Island View Orientation. On-campus housing space for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do guests who are being accommodated in on-campus student housing stay with their student?

No, guests will be staying with three other family members of the same gender in Anacapa Village, which are the accommodations for upperclassmen during the school year. Students will be staying in Santa Cruz Village with three other students of the same gender in order to provide them with an opportunity to get to know their peers. Staying on campus provides students with an excellent opportunity to engage with their peers and become familiar with their community.

Preparation, Logistics, Etc.

May I buy my parking permit, ID card and books and pay tuition and/or housing fees at orientation?

You may pay for or purchase your parking permit, books and pay tuition and/or housing fees at orientation. Pictures will be taken for the ID card, but the cards will not be available until the beginning of August. All credit card transactions are done online. Please make sure that you come with the appropriate form(s) of payment. There will be time at the closing of orientation on day two to take care of campus business, as well as check out the student bookstore.

Will I register for classes at Island View Orientation?

Freshmen will learn about academic requirements and policies as well as receive academic advising at orientation.

Upon the completion of Island View Orientation, students will be given instructions on registering for classes. You are required to attend the entire orientation program in order to register and enroll in classes. If you do not attend or leave during any portion of the program, your admission will be withdrawn and you will need to reapply for the next available term. Students who arrive late will not be allowed to attend orientation.

What time is check-in?

While the IVO schedule is currently being finalized, check-in for freshman orientation typically takes place between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in Santa Cruz Village.

What time does orientation end?

While the IVO schedule is currently being finalized, we anticipate orientation will end at approximately 5:00 p.m. on day two.

Where is check-in?

Students should check-in in the South Quad. Directional signage will be provided on campus for your guidance.

Where do I park and do I need a permit?

Parking lots will be clearly marked when you arrive to campus; you will not need a permit.


If you have further questions, please contact New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@csuci.edu or call 805-437-3160.