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New Student Orientation

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New Student Orientation is a mandatory, two-step process for all incoming students. Orientation is an exciting part of transitioning to college life and an important part of becoming a student at CSU Bakersfield. Join us to explore the academic, cultural, and social opportunities on campus and within the ‘runner community! We can’t wait to see you!

Step 1: Online Orientation: The Online Orientation will help you become familiar with the campus policies and procedures, academic programs, valuable resources, and understand what is expected from you as a student at CSUB. The orientation will take approximately 45 – 60 minutes to complete and must be completed prior to attending your Virtual Runner Rundown. You can complete it at your own pace, stop at any time, and pick up where you left off. You can access the Online Orientation on your myCSUB portal To Do List as New Student Orientation-Step 1 beginning November 1, 2022.

Step 2: Runner Rundown: Runner Rundown is a more robust and engaging program that will provide you with the opportunity to tour the campus, interact with students, staff and faculty, become familiar with college life and learn more about the programs and services that will help you succeed at CSUB. Runner Rundown will be offered on campus and virtually via zoom, you will be able to select a date based on your preference. You can register online through your myCSUB To Do List as New Student Orientation-Step 2 beginning November 1, 2022.

Date Location Registration Opens Registration Deadline
January 17, 2023 On Campus November 1, 2022 January 6, 2023
January 19, 2023 Zoom November 1, 2022 January 6, 2023

Guidelines to attend any New Student Orientation:

  • You must be admitted to CSUB and have completed your Intent to Enroll on your myCSUB portal in order to attend an Orientation program.
  • You must sign-up for Orientation by the deadline. There will be no admittance to the Orientation if you have not completed the steps above.
  • Late registration will not be permitted.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted, all students must register for orientation prior to attending.
  • There is a $25 non-refundable rescheduling fee once registration is submitted.
  • The Runner Rundown New Student Orientation fee is mandatory and non-refundable. All students who complete the Intent to Enroll will automatically be billed for orientation.

All Antelope Valley students please click further details regarding orientation.

*Note - There is a mandatory New Student Orientation fee for all new students. The fee is charged to all new undergraduate students at CSU Bakersfield. The fee is separate from and in addition to other deposits, registration fees and tuition.

Questions? Contact us!

New Student Orientation Department


Phone: 661-654-6856

Spring 2023 Classes Begin January 23, 2023