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First-Year Student Fall Orientation



Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen) is designed to assist incoming students as they acclimate to college life at Southern, learn about the number of resources that support student success and receive academic advisement and register for their courses. Students and family members will have an opportunity to meet and interact with faculty, staff and most importantly, current Southern students, as well as other new students and parents. Each fun-filled session is informative, helpful and full of Southern spirit!

Orientation Registration for the Fall 2017 is open!

In order to place your reservation for one of the sessions below, you will visit the Next Steps page located in your MySCSU account. Instructions on how to access this information were included in your acceptance letter. You can also click here to learn more information on how to access Next Steps. 

Please note that space for each session is limited. All programs, activities, and educational workshops are mandatory (for first-year students). The first day of Orientation will begin with check-in at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 9:00 p.m. The second day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m. Students should plan to attend an orientation session that does not conflict with high school final exams, athletic competitions, proms, work schedules, banquets or graduation. In conjunction with New Student Orientation, there is a Parent/Family Orientation* program designed to provide parents and families with important information about Southern, its academic programs, student supportive services, financial aid and payment policies, unique challenges for new students, and many other topics. Parent Orientation runs on the first day of New Student Orientation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the schedule for mid-summer sessions is different. 

Session I Tuesday, June 6th- Wednesday, June 7th
Session II Tuesday, June 13th- Wednesday, June 14th
Session III Monday, June 19th- Tuesday, June 20th
Session IV Thursday, June 22nd- Friday, June 23rd
Session V Monday, June 26th- Tuesday, June 27th
Session VI Thursday, June 29th- Friday, June 30th 

Mid-Summer Orientation Programs
Session VII Tuesday, July 27th Mid-Summer Session, 9am- 4pm
Parent/Family Orientation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Session VIII, By appointment only. An orientation team member will contact students beginning July 21st once they have registered for this session. 

*Students will register their parents/family members for orientation through the Next Steps system. 


Download the full orientation program book here.



Each student has received a confirmation email with their specific date through their Southern email account, you can preview it here.