New Student Orientation

Welcome to Marymount California University!

We are excited to welcome the newest members of our MCU community to campus. Orientation is an important first step in your Marymount undergraduate experience and is designed to ease your transition into university life. Our student orientation leaders and staff will accompany you as you begin this exciting journey.

We invite all new students to become more familiar with Marymount by attending our mandatory Orientation sessions. Orientation will acquaint you with a number of activities that will introduce you to college life. Some aspects of Orientation include:

  • Creating your first Marymount memories
  • Mingling with other new students and your Student Orientation Staff (SOS)
  • Learning about resources on campus and how to locate them
  • Meeting Marymount faculty and staff

Schedules for Spring Orientation will be posted soon.

Your transition to college is a big step and New Student Orientation is created to make this transition as stress-free as possible. This weekend is all about you becoming familiar in a new environment, planning a year full of academic and social growth, all while getting to know new people.

Welcome to Marymount California University (MCU)!

Orientation is your introduction to all things Marymount – our academic programs, policies and services.

At International Student Move-In you’ll check-in with the Director of International Services, Ryan O’Connell. Be prepared to show your passport and F-1 visa. This check-in is to ensure that you’ve arrived safely into the U.S. and fulfills an immigration requirement.

As an international student you will attend specific Orientation sessions that will provide you with information regarding your immigration status and tips for adapting to the U.S. culture.

As a transfer student, you have probably already participated in some kind of college Orientation program. Still, it is important for you to attend Marymount’s Orientation because we are different from your previous institution and have programs, services and policies that are unique to our university.

Additionally, we have tailored an Orientation schedule based on transfer students’ needs and desires. Take advantage of this time to meet your faculty members, staff and other transfer students. We are dedicated to setting you up for success, and want you to have a great experience at Marymount.

Congratulations on your student’s acceptance to
Marymount California University!

The transition to college is a big step your student will take in his or her life. However, your student is not the only person making a transition. While they are learning how to live on their own and making their own decisions, you, too are confronted with a new set of realities. Orientation will help students, parents, and families gain a better understanding of what to expect during college, as well as introduce students and their families to the Marymount community.

We know you probably have questions and are eager to learn more about your student’s new university. We invite you to come learn and participate in our Family Orientation. Special sessions will be available to families while students attend their mandatory academic and social events.

Register for Orientation

If you have any questions please email Orientation@marymountcalifornia.edu.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to Marymount California University please make sure to complete all the steps in the guide above. You may download the Next Steps Guide here.

For your personalized checklist, please log into your student portal.  To access your portal, you will need your MCU student ID# and your date of birth (when you were admitted you were sent an email to activate your MCU account – this email has all the details you’ll need).

If you have trouble accessing your portal, please visit the Marymount IT department website.

What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?

New Student Orientation is designed to introduce you to University faculty and staff, students and resources.  It’s a fun-filled and informative time on campus, designed with you in mind!

Is Orientation required of all new students?

Attending Orientation is a university requirement for all new undergraduate students: first year, transfer and international students. New students will receive important materials and pertinent information that will be essential to a successful transition to Marymount (i.e., how to manage and operate Marymount academic systems, receiving your Student ID, etc.).

How do I register for Orientation?

All new students must register for Orientation after they have finalized their acceptance to Marymount and have paid their commitment deposit. You can find the registration link on our main Orientation page.

Can I pay for Orientation with a check or money order?

The Orientation fee is included in tuition for that billing period. If your tuition is paid, that covers the Orientation fee. Cash, money orders, credit and debit cards are all acceptable forms of payment. If you are paying for Orientation separately or would like more information regarding tuition and fees, please contact Business Services.

Can the Orientation fee be waived?

No. The Orientation fee cannot be waived.

What does the Orientation fee cover?

The Orientation fee covers the following:

  • The cost of all activities
  • All new student meals
  • Transportation to-and-from the residential sites to campus and all Orientation materials and supplies
  • Activities and programs during the first six weeks of the semester as students transition into college

If I am a commuter and attended a Summer Advising Day do I still have to attend Orientation?

Yes, but you are only required to attend on New Student and Family Orientation Day. If you are available we encourage you to attend the evening events on Thursday and Saturday as it is the perfect opportunity to build relationships with your peers.

What is an Orientation session? –  Fall Orientation only

There are different Orientation sessions that students attend.

  • New Student and Family Orientation Day – Students will gather in their assigned group (usually by Academic Society) to rotate through different sessions and activities. Transfer students have a similar, but unique track on this day.
  • Testing and Advising Day – There are two (2) tracks on this day. The Testing and Advising track is for students who did not have a chance to attend a Summer Advising session or need to revise their class schedule. The optional Mariner Day track is for students who have finished taking care of business and would like to experience our fantastic location.

Examples of Orientation sessions include: Marymount Academics, Start Smart, MyMarymount and IT training and many more.

What else can I expect at Orientation?

Of course it wouldn’t be Orientation if there weren’t fun-filled social events to help students meet other new students and create their first college memories. Students will have the opportunity to meet staff and faculty to ask questions about their majors, the resources available on campus or how to get involved. Last, students will also have the opportunity to “take care of business,” handle any holds on their student accounts, receive their Student ID’s, join their SOSers for a “finding your classes on campus” tour, and more.

May families attend?

We encourage families to attend New Student and Family Orientation Day. Family Orientation sessions are designed to answer family questions and concerns. The majority of the family sessions will run concurrently with student orientation sessions. We ask families to attend their specific sessions while their student attends the student specific sessions. This is intentional so students may begin their transition to life as a college student.

What do I need to bring to Orientation?

An open mind and a great attitude! We will supply students with everything else they may need – meals, materials, and lots of new information!

Please note: (Fall Orientation only) If this summer is anything like previous years during Orientation expect HOT days! It will be important for you to dress appropriately for the heat. We will provide you with water, limited air conditioning and some shade, but unfortunately we cannot control the outside temperature during Orientation. Believe us, if we could we would!

What is a SOSer?

Student Orientation Staff (also known as SOS or SOSers) are Orientation leaders that assist new students (first years, transfers and international students) with their transition to Marymount California University (MCU). SOSers are selected through an application and interview process, and participate in a one-week training prior to working with new students.

When can I move into my residence hall?

Move In Day is Thursday, August 24th, all new students are welcomed to move in beginning at 9am. Please contact Residential Life at reslife@marymountcalifornia.edu or 310-303-7316 with additional questions or concerns.

If I am a commuter and not living in Marymount residences, when do I arrive for Orientation?

Friday, for New Student and Family Orientation Day. Commuters are invited to join us for all social events in the evenings on Thursday-Saturday.

We highly encourage commuter students to get involved as much as possible during Orientation.

Where do I park when I arrive?

Parking is available anywhere on the Oceanview campus.  We are located at 30800 Palos Verdes Dr E, Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275.

Please note: DO NOT park on San Ramon Road. Marymount employees and students are not allowed to park on this road, and will receive parking citations from the city for violation. 

When do classes begin?

Fall semester classes begin Monday, August 28, 2017.

What important acronyms should I know?

CEC – Cecilia Hall

MSGA – Marymount Student Government Association

OS – Oceanside Building

OVC – Oceanview Campus

SOS – Student Orientation Staff

The Villas – Marymount California’s Residential Campus

WF – Waterfront Campus

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