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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. The Fall 2021 Virtual Runner Rundown New Student Orientation will be held virtually, registration opens April 1, 2021. 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 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 beginning April 1, 2021 on your myCSUB portal To Do List as New Student Orientation-Step 1.

Step 2: Virtual 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. Runner Rundown will be held virtually via zoom due to COVID-19. Students will still receive the resources and amenities that are typically provided during orientation in an alternative matter, details will be provided during your Virtual Runner Rundown. 

You can register online beginning April 1, 2021 through your myCSUB To Do List as New Student Orientation-Step 2. Click here for detailed instructions.

Orientation Date Group Registration Opens Registration Deadline
July 20, 2021 First Time Freshmen April 1, 2021 July 16, 2021
July 22, 2021 Transfer April 1, 2021 July 16, 2021
August 3, 2021 First Time Freshmen April 1, 2021 July 16, 2021
August 5, 2021 Transfer April 1, 2021 July 16, 2021
August 12, 2021 First Time Freshmen/ Transfer April 1, 2021 July 16, 2021

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.
  • The Runner Rundown New Student Orientation fee is non-refundable.

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


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

Fall 2021 Classes Begin Date TBA