Frequently Asked Questions
- Why does the university "expect" me to attend orientation?
- What will I get by attending Dog Days?
- I am in a program that has its own orientation. Should I attend Dog Days also?
- I am an International Student, do I attend Dog Days?
- I have special vision, mobility or communications needs, what can I do?
- I live out-of-state and can't make it to campus for Dog Days. What should I do?
- Why is there a fee for Dog Days?
- How long is a Dog Days session?
- Where do I park for Dog Days?
- Is childcare available at Dog Days?
- I want to be a teacher. What's my major?
- I want to work in a forensic crime lab when I graduate. What should I major in?
- How do I make a reservation for Dog Days?
- How do I pay the orientation fee for Dog Days?
- What if I still have questions about Dog Days?
- Refund policy
- Reschedule policy
- Cancellation policy
Q. Why does the university "expect" me to attend orientation?
A . Dog Days: New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming freshmen. Freshmen who do not attend orientation are subject to have their admission to the university rescinded.
Transfer students are encouraged to attend orientation. Research indicates that new students who attend an orientation session stay in school, get better grades, graduate sooner and are more satisfied with their college experience. California State University, Fresno wants each entering student to have the tools necessary in order to succeed. Attending an orientation program is the best way to obtain these tools.
Q. What will I get by attending Dog Days?
A. By attending Dog Days, you will receive many different tools and benefits to help you succeed in your stay at Fresno State. Some of these include:
- General education advising
- Major academic advising (summer orientations only)
- Students will meet with a major advisor and receive an academic roadmap. This is your opportunity to connect with an advisor within your department and make an appointment for one-on-one advising.(Due to the large number of students attending each session, you will not receive one-on-one major advising the day of your Orientation)
- Campus tours
- Chance to get your Fresno State BulldogCard (summer orientations only)
- Chance to meet other students in your major
- Early registration (as long as there are no holds on your student account)
- And much more!
A. That depends. Some programs offer orientation to just their specific program. Dog Days orients you to the university as a whole, covering such areas as academic requirements, registration procedures, campus life and student resources. In addition, Dog Days offers an early registration appointment to all eligible students who attend the entire orientation day.
If you are a part of any of the following programs you may not need to attend our program.
- Smittcamp Honors College : They hold their own orientation and provide students with a priority registration date. You're welcome to still attend Dog Days, but it is not required.
- International Students : You are not required to attend orientation. Your program will be going over a lot of the same things ours will but in more depth and length.
- Athletics: They hold their own orientation and provide students with a priority registration date. You're welcome to still attend Dog Days, but it is not required.
- CAMP program
For more information, we recommend you speak with someone in your program regarding whether or not you should attend Dog Days in addition to your program's orientation.
Q. I am an International Student, do I attend Dog Days?
A. Dog Days is not designed for International Students. Please contact the ISSP ( International Student Services and Programs) Office at 559.278.2782 for your orientation details.
Q. I have special vision, mobility or communications needs, what can I do?
A. Please notify our office a minimum of one week before your session date to inform us if you have any special needs or dietary restrictions. In cooperation with Services for Students with Disabilities we will be able to make the arrangements necessary to accommodate you and your trip to Fresno State.
Q. I live out-of-state and can't make it to campus for Dog Days. What should I do?
A. A time intensive online version of Dog Days is only available for students who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to make it to an on-campus Dog Days session. Please call or email us for further information regarding Dog Days: Online Orientation. The orientation fee is the same for students who complete the online option.
Q. Why is there a fee for Dog Days?
A. Dog Days is a self-funded, year-round program. The orientation fee covers not only the cost of the food and materials provided to you, but also the cost of facility rentals, student staff salaries, professional staff salaries, and more. The $70 orientation fee is a one-time fee for incoming students. The orientation fee is $20 for students entering in the Spring semester.
Q. How long is a Dog Days session?
A. Summer Dog Days check-in starts at 7:00 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. The day ends at approximately 4:00 p.m. If you would like to view a sample agenda, please visit our Orientation Schedule link.
Fall Dog Days check-in starts at 9:30am and the program begins at 10:00am. The day ends at approximately 2:00pm and no meals are provided.
Q. Where do I park for Dog Days?
A. Parking is limited to Lot C (or lot P for Spring semester orientations) in the green student parking locations only. This is important since there are also yellow parking slots, those are strictly for faculty only, and meters. You will need to print a parking permit from the yellow permit machines on your orientation day. The parking permit code will be included on your reservation confirmation. To get driving directions and view a campus map please visit our Directions and Parking link.
Parking is relaxed on weekends for students attending the Spring semester orientation.
Q. Is childcare available at Dog Days?
A. No, unfortunately Dog Days does not provide childcare services for students attending orientation. We encourage you to make alternate childcare arrangements, as your Dog Days session is a full day of activities and often too long for younger children.
Q. I want to be a teacher. What's my major?
A. It depends on what area of teaching you want to pursue. If you wish to teach in an elementary school setting, then you should declare your major as Liberal Studies. If you want to teach at the junior high or high school level, then your major is dependent upon what subject you wish to teach. For example, to teach high school English you should declare yourself an English Education major; whereas, if you want to teach physical education, you should be a Kinesiology major.
Q. I want to work in a forensic crime lab when I graduate. What should I major in?
A. Typically, crime labs such as the California Department of Justice forensic laboratory, located on the Fresno State campus, employ scientists. If you are interested in working in this field, a degree in chemistry is a great educational foundation. For further information, please contact the Chemistry Department to speak with an advisor.
Q. How do I make a reservation for Dog Days?
A. All reservations are made through your student portal at my.fresnostate.edu. Freshman must first "accept" your admission to the university prior to making your Dog Day reservation. REMEMBER, your orientation reservation is NOT confirmed until payment is made.
If you choose to apply for a fee waiver, do not pay for your orientation session until your fee waiver application has been processed. Students with a pending fee waiver application who pay will automatically have their fee waiver denied.
To make your reservation just follow the simple steps below.
- Log onto your my.fresnostate.edu Student Portal
- Click on Student Self-Service
- Click on Student Center
- On the Admissions section of the page click on Dog Days Orientation. If you are a freshman you must first accept your admission to the university by clicking first on the Accept/Decline link in the same section.
Q. How do I pay the orientation fee for Dog Days?
A. Payments are to be made at the Cashier's Office in the Joyal Administration building. Students can use any of the following forms of payment: cash, money orders, personal checks and credit cards ( Visa not accepted online ). Payment options are outlined below:
To pay online: a credit card or e-check is required. Students can log onto their student portal at my.fresnostate.edu and submit a payment through your Student Center.
To mail in your payment: make payable to Fresno State or California State University, Fresno and include DOG DAYS and your student ID number on the memo line. Mail to:
California State University , Fresno
Dog Days: New Student Orientation
5150 North Maple Avenue M/S JA58
Fresno , CA 93740-8026
To pay in-person: cash , money order, check , and credit cards are accepted at the cashiers office in the Joyal Administration Building.
Q. What if I still have questions about Dog Days?
Q. Refund policy
A. There are NO refunds for Dog Days. Once your payment has been made there are no refunds issued.
Q. Reschedule policy
A. We understand that sometimes, "things come up," and you may need to reschedule your orientation date. If you call the Dog Days office ( 559.278.4885) no later than 10 days prior to your scheduled session date, you may reschedule with no additional fee. If you call the Dog Days office less than 10 days prior to your scheduled Dog Days session date, you will be assessed a reschedule fee .
Be aware that transfer students who do not make a reservation prior to orientation and attempt to "walk-in" will be accepted only if there is room available and will be assessed an additional $10 walk-in fee.
Walk-in reservations are NOT allowed for Freshman students.
Q. Cancellation policy
A. Students who make a reservation but need to cancel must do so no later than 10 days prior to their scheduled session date.
Please call the Dog Days office (559.278.4885) for more information. You can also contact us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog Days: New Student Orientation facilitates the transition of new undergraduate students and their families to the university and prepares them for a successful educational experience.
- Facilitate initial academic advising, course selection and registration for new undergraduates
- Introduce new undergraduate students to their college/school administration
- Provide information about degree and major requirements through intentionally structured workshops involving faculty and staff advisors
- Introduce incoming students to the variety of on-campus resources and services available
- Motivate new students to get involved in the Fresno State community
- Provide information concerning policies, procedures, requirements and programs
- Help students identify and evaluate housing options
- Explain the processes for class scheduling and registration and provide trained supportive assistance to accomplish these tasks