Orientation Day Instructions and Next Steps 

Orientation Day Logistics

Students and families will check in for orientation between 8:30 am and 9:00 am in New Academic Library Auditorium on the 4th floor. Freshmen must attend orientation before they can register for classes. This includes transfer freshmen. Students are not allowed to leave orientation early. Students should plan to attend a day when his/her schedule permits to stay for the entire time. The orientation program will start promptly at 9:00 am. Depending on your registration appointment, students may be on campus until 5:00 pm. Fall Cougar Start U is a one-day orientation (may include a second day depending on circumstances) that has been designed to help with your transition to college. Students will get information needed to complete their enrollment process including information on financial aid, registration, campus life, and more. Students will meet with advisors and register for classes on that afternoon. Some registration appointments may be the next day. It is best to register for Cougar Start U early to secure a same-day registration appointment. Students will be emailed their registration appointments prior to the event date. Students who do not RSVP by June 5th, July 3rd, July 17th, or August 1st will not receive their registration appointment until the day of the orientation.

While students are waiting on their registration appointments, they will be able to meet with their financial aid counselor and finalize other campus business.

Registration

Students will meet with an academic advisor to select classes during the afternoon of their orientation date.  Some registration appointments may be next day.

Commitment Fee

Pay your commitment fee by going to the Cashier's Office located in the Cook Administration Building, Room 212 or by paying online.  Click HERE to pay your fee online.  The commitment fee is $50.00.  

Placement Exams

Please note that testing is required for all freshmen and some transfer students.  Students must take placement exams before orientation.  Students will not be allowed to register for classes until all necessary placement testing requirements have been completed.  Students do not need an appointment to take placement exams.  Exams are available on a walk-in basis Tuesday through Thursday.  Testing times are 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  You are encouraged to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled test time.  For more information on placement exams and a full schedule, please go to www.csu.edu/examinations. 

For a sample Cougar Start U schedule please click HERE.

Parking

Participants should park in lot A1 or A2 (Community Lane).  When entering campus, please tell gate attendant that you are attending Cougar Start U.  View campus map and directions to campus by clicking HERE

Lodging

For lodging contact the Chicago South Loop Hotel at 312.225.7000 or contact MaToya S. Marsh at 773.995.2150 with questions.

For disability accommodations, please contact the Abilities Office at 773.995.2380