Guest FAQs

Q: Can a parent, guardian or mentor attend Orientation in place of the student?
A: No. It is important that students learn first-hand the academic requirements, as well as meet new students, staff and faculty before they arrive for the start of the semester in August.

Q: Can I take my student out of orientation early?
A: No. Your student is required to stay through the evening sessions of orientation as well as the closing ceremony on the second day.

Q: What can students do before orientation, and what information can we send ahead of time or bring with us to orientation?
A: The easiest way to keep track of a student's tasks throughout the summer is to assist your student in following her/his "To Do" list. They can find all requirements listed on their MySSU page.

Q: Who can my student call if we have other questions?
A: The friendly and knowledgeable Orientation staff is ready to answer your questions. Call 707-664-4464 Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm or e-mail us at orientation@sonoma.edu. During our peak times (February - July) we receive many phone calls and voicemails. We recommend e-mail before phone calls, and if you do decide to call, please leave only one voicemail, as we try to get back to you within 48 hours and multiple messages causes delay.

Q: Does the fee that I pay for Guest Orientation cover my overnight lodging?
A: No. Because Guest Orientation is not required, your fee does NOT cover overnight accommodations. Your fee covers room space, meals, receptions, and staffing of your program. We will have discounted rates available at nearby hotels once. Please check back for further information in the future.

Q: Can I stay on campus while my student is in orientation?
A: No, unfortunately Sonoma State University does not offer overnight accommodations for parents during the orientation sessions. There are several local hotels in the area that are a great choice. We also have a hotel that has a discounted rate arranged.


Local Hotel Information:

Hilton Sonoma Wine CountrySanta Rosa, CA
** Discounted rate of $135/night.
HiltonLink is: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STSSCHF-SSU-20170604/index.jhtml

Guests can also make reservations by calling 1-800-486-1542, by going online to www.HiltonSonomaHotel.com or the Personalized Web Page.
Online, enter the group code in the designated field in order to receive the group rate (shown in the figure). The same goes for calling in, please let the booking agent know the group code or the group name.

Your Group Name is: Sonoma State Orientation
Your Group Code is: SSU

DoubleTree by Hilton HotelRohnert Park, CA
707-584-5466

Hampton Inn & SuitesRohnert Park, CA
707-586-8700

Motel 6 - Rohnert Park
707-585-8888

Good Nite InnRohnert Park
707-584-8180