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New Student Orientation

CSU Bakersfield continues to closely monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it impacts our students and campus community. Registration for orientation will open April 1, 2020. Visit latest information about COVID-19.

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 college’s policies, 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 on-campus orientation. But feel free to complete it at your own pace; you will be allowed to stop at any time and pick up where you left off. You can access the Online Orientation beginning April 1, 2020 on your myCSUB portal To Do List.

Step 2: Runner Rundown: Runner Rundown is a more robust and engaging program that will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the programs and services that will help you succeed at CSUB. The campus recently confirmed that we will be moving towards a virtual program due to COVID-19. Students will still receive the resources and amenities that are typically provided during orientation in an alternative matter, details will follow.

Fall 2020 First-Time Freshmen Runner Rundown New Student Orientation
Orientation Date Time Registration Deadline Location
July 8, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CAPACITY IS REACHED Virtual via Zoom
July 9, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CAPACITY IS REACHED Virtual via Zoom
July 29, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. June 30, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
July 30, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. June 30, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
Fall 2020 Transfer Runner Rundown New Student Orientation
Orientation Date Time Registration Deadline Location
July 22, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CAPACITY IS REACHED Virtual via Zoom
July 23, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CAPACITY IS REACHED Virtual via Zoom
August 12, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. June 30, 2020 Virtual via Zoom
August 13, 2020 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. June 30, 2020 Virtual via Zoom

Register for the Runner Rundown today online or on campus:

Online: You can register for orientation through your myCSUB account. Payment is due immediately electronically by either e-check or credit card. When you click on the Step 2 link on your To Do List the next step is to click on Make a Payment. Please ensure you allow the pop-up blocker, a new window should open directing you to a different website to process your registration/payment. If you do not allow the pop-up blocker you will not be able to proceed. Instructions for payment and orientation registration

By Mail: Mail check or money order to the Cashier's Office, make sure you include your name, CSUB ID number, and reason for payment:

California State University, Bakersfield
ATTN: CASHIER’S OFFICE

9001 Stockdale Highway
AE 106 Mail Stop: 35ADM
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Guidelines to attend any New Student Orientation:

  • You must be admitted to CSUB and have ACCEPTED your admission on your myCSUB portal in order to attend an Orientation program.
  • You must sign-up for Orientation by the deadlines indicated.There will be no admittance to the Orientation if you have not completed the steps above.
  • NO WALK-INS WILL BE ADMITTED.

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!

Crystal Montoya
New Student Orientation Coordinator

Email: cmontoya2@csub.edu

The New Student Orientation Department is currently working remotely, please send all inquiries via email.

Fall 2020 Classes Begin August 24, 2020