What is REQUIRED before and during the Orientation I attend?

Incoming Sonoma State Students must pay the Orientation fee before they can register for an orientation session. The cost of Orientation is $255. This fee INCLUDES your parking, meals, supplies given to you, overnight accommodations and staffing for the event.

Orientation is overnight and is mandatory for all students to spend the night on campus in the assigned room in a residence hall that they will receive when they arrive. If you have a special accommodation that we should be aware of, please contact the Orientation office at least one week prior to coming to Orientation at 707-664-4464 or orientation@sonoma.edu. Not staying on campus until the completion of Orientation could affect your enrollment in classes.

Directed Self-Placement at SSU

Directed Self-Placement (DSP) comprises a set of literacy tasks that students complete in an approximately 2-hour working session online in Moodle (SSU's learning management system). During the DSP process, students

  • engage in a series of college-level reading and writing tasks
  • reflect on their literacy skills preparation
  • learn about first year composition/reading courses at SSU
  • choose their first-year composition/reading course themselves and register for it during Summer Orientation.

For More information please visit SSU's Directed Self-Placement website

Placement Exams

If applicable, English (EPT) and Math (ELM) placement tests must be taken and scored BEFORE you can attend Orientation. Out of State students should consult the SSU Testing Office.

To find out if you need to take the EPT/ELM placement tests, please see your admission letter. It should say whether you need to take the test(s) or if you are exempt. The last date to take these tests and be sure that SSU receives your scores prior to your orientation session is May 4, 2016. This is important because without these test scores, you won't be able to sign up for a Math or English class.

The EPT/ELM placement tests can be taken at any California State University campus. Please remember that you need to register for these tests prior to showing up at a campus to take them. For test information, test dates, and test registration, please visit the SSU Testing Office.

Early Start Program

Early Start Program is an enrollment requirement for some Fall 2016 First-time Freshmen that correlates with student's EPT/ELM test scores. These test scores determine whether a student is required to participate in the Early Start Program. For more information regarding the Early Start Program, please visit the Early Start Program website.

Freshmen Learning Communities

Freshmen Learning Communities or FLC's are a required part of the Freshmen Experience. This will enhance your education experience on campus and in the classroom. As soon as you decide to become a Seawolf, you will choose your Freshmen Learning Community and Residential Community; then when you arrive on campus for your first semester, you begin your involvement in the academic and campus life. SSU's faculty, staff and returning students will be here for you every step of the way to assist you in making a success transition to our Seawolf community.

Visit Freshmen Learning Communities to learn about the many FLC choices, Qs & As, and view a comparison chart.

Disability Services for Students

If applicable, please contact the Disabilities Services for Students (DSS) office for your needs before, or at the time Summer Orientation.

Send Immunization Records

In accordance with CSU Policy & State law, prior to starting classes at SSU, entering students are required to provide copies of official records showing that they have received the following immunizations to the SSU Office of Admissions & Records, 1801 E. Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park CA 94928. These records are due at least 6-8 weeks before the start of the student's first semester at SSU:

  • Measles & Rubella (MMR vaccine) - Required of students born after 12/31/56. Records must show completion of TWO separate MMR shots after 12 months of age & at least one month apart.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine - Required of entering students who will be under 19 at the time their first semester of classes begins. This requirement persists until satisfied regardless of subsequent age. Records must show completion of a series of THREE appropriately spaced Hepatitis B shots.

For further information, including instructions and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the Student Health Center's guide to Immunizations and Requirements.