transfer Student orientation

Guide for Transfer Students

Orientation for Transfer Students

Transfer Student Orientation is the place where your journey begins at Southern. Participation in this one-day program is mandatory and is designed to ease your transition and give you the information you need to succeed at Southern. During Orientation you will be matched with an Orientation Ambassador and a small group of fellow transfer students. You will learn about resources for student success, make connections with other transfer students, be advised and register for classes as well as take a tour. Space in each session is limited and available on a "first come, first serve" basis. We strongly recommend that you sign up as soon as you can commit to a specific date.

We offer two types of Orientation:
1. A full-day Orientation beginning at 8:45 a.m. with programs scheduled until 4:30 p.m. These sessions run concurrently with orientation for first-year students (freshmen) and transfer students will follow a separate track. Transfer students who have earned 15 credits or less must attend one of these sessions. These sessions also include a Parent/Family Orientation program. 

2. A half-day Orientation beginning at 12pm and concluding at 4pm. Attendance at these sessions will be primarily transfer students. These sessions DO NOT include a Parent/Family Orientation program.

3. A Non-traditional Orientation reserved for students that are 26 years of age or older or students with life circumstances (family obligations, full-time employment, etc…) that prevent you from attending a full session. These will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on designated Mondays throughout the summer and will be limited in scope. These sessions DO NOT include a Parent/Family Orientation program.

Session A: Thursday, April 30th, 12pm- 4pm
Session B: Wednesday, May 20th, 12pm- 4pm
Session C: Thursday, June 11th (8:45AM - 4:30 Parent/Family Orientation offered)
Session D: Wednesday, June 17th (8:45AM - 4:30 Parent/Family Orientation offered)
Session E: Monday, June 22nd (8:45AM - 4:30 Parent/Family Orientation offered)
Session F: Thursday, June 25th (8:45AM - 4:30 Parent/Family Orientation offered
Session G: Monday, June 29th (8:45AM - 4:30 Parent/Family Orientation offered)
Session H: Monday July 6th (5:00- 8:30, non-traditional students
Session I: Friday, July 17th (8:45AM - 4:30 Parent/Family Orientation offered)
Session J: Wednesday, July 22nd (12:00 - 4:00)
Session K: Monday July 27th (5:00- 8:30, non-traditional students)
Session L: Friday, August 7th (8:45AM - 4:30 Parent/Family Orientation offered)
Session M: Monday, August 10th (5:00- 8:30, non-traditional students)
Session N: Friday, August 14th (12:00 - 4:00)
Session 0: Monday, August 17th (12:00 - 4:00)
Session P: Wednesday, August 19th (12:00 - 4:00)
Session Q: Friday, August 21st (12:00 - 4:00)

What to bring to orientation

All transfer students should bring pens, a notebook, casual and comfortable clothes, a sweater or jacket for air-conditioned buildings, rain gear in case of inclement weather, a very comfortable pair of walking shoes, an open mind, a warm smile, and Southern spirit. Also, students should remember to bring their MySCSU password, transcripts, and a photo ID.