Transfer FAQs

Q: Why are transfer students required to participate in Orientation?
A: Advising is critical to student success and timeliness to graduation. To ensure that all new students understand academic policies, General Education and major requirements for graduation, all new students (transfer, returning students and freshmen) are required to participate in Orientation. Parents, spouses, or siblings cannot complete Orientation in place of their student. It is important for each student to learn first-hand the information and expectations of Sonoma State University.

Q: What happens if I don't participate in Transfer Orientation?
A: Students who do not participate in Transfer Orientation will have their Orientation Hold stay on their account until Orientation is completed. This means that students will not be able to register for classes until Orientation is completed. If you have an Orientation Hold issue, please contact the Orientation Office at 707-664-4464 or orientation@sonoma.edu.

Q: What are my orientation fees paying for?
A: Fees for Orientation cover the cost of parking, facilities, staffing and advisement scheduled to be of assistance during the Orientation week. This $35 fee is combined with the Enrollment Reservation Deposit (ERD) and must be paid prior to signing up for Orientation.

Q: Who can I call with 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.