Admission - Orientation
Orientation is an important first step to help new students learn to navigate SJSU, register for classes, and make the connections they need to be successful! These mandatory programs assist new students with making the transition to college. Orientation is delivered collaboratively by two SJSU departments, Academic Advising and Retention Services and New Student and Family Programs. These departments work with new students at Orientation and beyond by utilizing student leaders who are trained in issues of transition. At the program, professional staff advise students about required General Education courses, major courses, and prerequisites. Orientation staff who are knowledgeable about the campus will guide students and parents/guardians through experiences that educate them about campus programs and services.
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in partnership with Graduate Studies presents a program that is required of international students and serves as a check-in for immigration procedures and an introduction to study in the U.S. and SJSU. This program is shared with a general graduate student orientation for all entering graduate students, which is non-mandatory at this time for domestic students.
Transfer Orientation is managed by Academic Advising and Retention Services (AARS) collaboratively with major departments and other campus offices. It is a mandatory one-day program that acquaints students with the campus, introduces them to their colleges and major departments, and provides them with critical academic planning information.