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Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. Where do I park for Dog Days?
  2. Where do I check-in for Dog Days?
  3. How long is a Dog Days session?
  4. Is childcare available at Dog Days?
  5. I am unsure if I should attend the freshman two-day orientation session. Can you tell me more about it?
  6. I am participating in the two-day freshman orientation session. What should I bring for my stay?
  7. Can Dog Days hold my belongings for my overnight stay?
  8. I am a parent/guest and my student is staying overnight. Are there overnight accommodations available for parents/guests as well?
  9. I am registered for the two-day freshman orientation session. Can I leave the orientation during the evening and come back?
  10. How do I make a reservation for Dog Days?
  11. Refund policy
  12. Reschedule policy
  13. Cancellation policy
  14. How do I pay for the guest that is attending Dog Days with me?
  15. How do I remove a guest that is no longer attending Dog Days with me?
  16. Why does the University "expect" me to attend orientation?
  17. What will I get by attending Dog Days?
  18. I am in a program that has its own orientation. Should I attend Dog Days also?
  19. I am an International Student, do I attend Dog Days?
  20. I have special vision, mobility, or communication needs, what can I do?
  21. I live out-of-state and can't make it to campus for Dog Days. What should I do?
  22. Does Dog Days have a Veteran's Orientation?
  23. Why is there a fee for Dog Days?
  24. How long is a Dog Days session?
  25. I’d like to change my major. How do I do that?
  26. I want to be a teacher. What's my major?
  27. I want to work in a forensic crime lab when I graduate. What should I major in?
  28. What if I still have questions about Dog Days?

 

On your Orientation Day

Q. Where do I park for Dog Days?

A. Parking is limited to Lot P1 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. Parking is strickly enforced on campus. The parking permit will be sent to the students Fresno State e-mail account in the reminder email sent two weeks prior to their scheduled Dog Days Orientation. On each Dog Days Orientation there will be limited Dog Days staff in the P1 lot to pass out parking permits to those students who have forgotten to print their permit. 

Permits must be displayed on each vehicle for the duration of the day. Students and guests who fail to display their parking permit correctly will need to contest their parking ticket with Traffic Operations.

 

Q.  Where do I check-in for Dog Days?

A. The Dog Days check-in is located off of the Shaw & Maple entrance to campus. There will be four red and blue check-in tents in front of the Joyal Administration building. Students and guests will check in based upon the first letter of their last name. 

 

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. Freshman students who choose to attend the two-day overnight program must return for the second day of orientation which runs from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. All students must stay the entirety of their Dog Days session.

Winter Dog Days check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:00 a.m. The day ends at approximately 2:00 p.m. and meals are not provided.

 

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.

 

Overnight Orientation

Q. I am unsure if I should attend the freshman two-day orientation session. Can you tell me more about it?

A. The two-day orientation session is a great opportunity for first year students to connect with their peers in smaller groups. During the two-day session, students will participate in evening orientation programming, work with their orientation leaders to create their class schedule, and stay in one of the residence halls on-campus.

 

Q. I am participating in the freshman two-day orientation session. What should I bring for my stay?

A. Please click here for a list of recommended items. (PDF)

 

Q. Can Dog Days hold my belongings for my overnight stay?

A.  Yes. Dog Days will have a baggage check for all students participating in the overnight session but students are encouraged to keep their belongs in their vehicle if possible until the evening. Dog Days is not responsible for lost or damaged bags. There is one hour between the end of the day programming and the beginning of the evening programming giving ample time for students to get their belongings.

 

Q. I am a parent/guest and my student and my student is staying overnight. Are there overnight accommodations available for  parents/guests as well?

A. Yes. Please click here to fill out the form. Please note: students and their guests are staying in different residence halls for the duration of their stay. There will be no evening programming for parents and guests and guests are not permitted in the residence hall that Dog Days will be utilizing.

 

Q. I am registered for the two-day orientation session. Can I leave the orientation session during the evening and come back?

A. No. All students attending the two-day orientation session MUST stay on-campus for the entirety of the two-day session. For Rules & Regulations of the overnight session, please click here.

 

Reservations

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 are eligible and accept the Fee Deferment, you must pay your Dog Days fee by the University Census date typically in late August/Early September. Check the University Calendar for the specific date. Remember, students receiving the Fee Deferment must still pay your Dog Days fees. You just have more time than students not eligible for the Fee Deferment.

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. Refund policy

A. There are NO refunds for Dog Days. Once your payment has been made there are no refunds issued. If you have an extenuating circumstance, you can contact the Dog Days office.

 

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.

 

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 dogdays@mail.fresnostate.edu.

 

Q.How do I pay for the guest that is attending Dog Days with me?

A. You can pay for your guest online through your Fresno State Student Portal. When you login to your portal, you will see four green arrows.

    1. Select the third arrow “My Finances”

    2. Select “View E-Bills/Make a Payment”

    3. Select “Dog Days Guest Payment”

    4. Add to your shopping cart

    5. Checkout

 

Q. How do I remove a guest that is no longer attending Dog Days with me?

A. In order to remove a guest, you must contact the Dog Days office. You can contact us by telephone at 559.278.4885 or e-mail us at dogdays@mail.fresnostate.edu. Please remember to include your Fresno State ID number in all correspondences.

 

General Questions

Q. Why does the university "expect" me to attend orientation?

A . Dog Days: New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Freshmen and transfer students who do not attend orientation are subject to have their admission to the university rescinded.

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!

Q. I am in a program that has its own orientation. Should I attend Dog Days also?

A. All incoming students are required to attend Dog Days. 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 should contact their office for assistance to determine when your Dog Days will be held.

For more information, we recommend you speak with someone in your program regarding when your specific Dog Days will take place in addition to your program's orientation.

 

Q. I am an International Student, do I attend Dog Days?

A. Orientation for International students is conducted by the International Student Services and Programs Office. Call 559.278.2782 for your orientation details.

 

Accommodations

Q. I have special vision, mobility or communications needs, what can I do?

A. Please notify our office a minimum of two weeks 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. Services can only be provided for students. Unfortunately we do not provide services to guests in attendance.

 

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. dogdays@mail.fresnostate.edu. Students will need to complete an exemption form and submit supporting documentation.

The orientation fee is the same for students who complete the online option.

Q. Does Dog Days have a Veteran's Orientation?

A. No. In the past Dog Days provided an orientation specifically for military connected students which has been discontinued. Veteran students will attend the applicable freshmen or transfer student orientation. For questions please contact the Dog Days office at 559.278.4885.

 

 

Payments

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 $25 fee for guests is mandatory for all guests including children over the age of 5.

 

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. Freshman students who choose to attend the two-day overnight program must return for the second day of orientation which runs from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Winter Dog Days check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:00 a.m. The day ends at approximately 2:00 p.m. and meals are not provided.

 

 

Academic Advising

Q. I’d like to change my major. How do I do that?

A. To formally change your major with the university, you must go to the Admissions and Records office located in the Joyal Administration building and fill out the Change of Major Form.

 

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. What if I still have questions about Dog Days?

A. Feel free to call our office at 559.278.4885 or email us with any questions you may have: dogdays@mail.fresnostate.edu.

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