Student at Marymount California University

New Student Orientation

Congratulations and Welcome to Marymount California University!

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. All new students are required to attend Orientation.

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

  • Learning about resources on campus
  • Meeting Marymount faculty and staff
  • Learning about our academic programs and majors
  • Mingling with other new students and your Student Orientation Staff (SOS)
  • Receiving your Marymount student ID card
  • Creating your first Marymount memories

Welcome to Marymount California University (MCU)! We are excited you have chosen to attend Marymount.

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.

Welcome to Marymount California University (MCU)!

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

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. Additionally, your Student Orientation Staff (SOS) has planned many fun events to help you meet new students, and get your first taste of college life.

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

This is an exciting time for you and your family. We know you probably have several 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.

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. Special sessions will be available to families while students attend their mandatory academic and social events.

Parents and families are not required to attend Orientation, but we hope you will join us!

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

Please check back soon for a new schedule

Your personalized checklist is in 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

See you this fall!

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 (such as their student ID cards), and pertinent information that will be essential to a successful transition to Marymount (i.e., how to manage and operate Marymount academic systems).

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.

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, 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
  • Up to 3 family members’ meals on Orientation Day 2
  • 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

What is an Orientation session? –  Fall Orientation only

There are different Orientation sessions that students attend.

  • Orientation Day 1 – There are three (3) different student population tracks on this day: international, transfer and first-year. You will join other new students to learn about various MCU resources.
  • Orientation Day 2 – Students will gather in their assigned group (usually by major) to rotate through different sessions and activities. Transfer students have their own track on this day.

Examples of Orientation sessions include: Marymount Academics, Financial Aid, Counseling Services, MyMarymount and IT training and many more.

What else can I expect at Orientation?

New students will have the opportunity to “take care of business” and handle any holds on their student accounts. They can take their student ID pictures, join their SOSers for a “resource walk,” and jump on a Marymount shuttle to tour our different campus and residential sites. 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. 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.

May families attend?

We encourage families to attend Orientation. 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 have the power to provide you with water and limited air conditioning and 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.

How many freshmen enroll each year? What is the total student enrollment?

About 450 new students enroll each fall and about 75 new students in the spring. MCU has a total enrollment of about 1,000 students.

When can I move into my residence hall?

Information will be emailed to you. Staff will be there to welcome and help students move in.

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

Commuters are invited to join us for all social events in the evenings of Orientation. If you decide not to attend any of the early events, then you are required to start on Orientation Day.

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

Where do I park/driving directions?

Parking is available anywhere on the Oceanview campus.  We are located at 30800 Palos Verdes Dr E, Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275.  See map below for directions!

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 22, 2016.

What happens in the first year course, ID 117: The Art of Being Human?

All first year students are required to take ID 117. This course is intended to further educate new students about the resources available on campus. It also helps new students learn more about themselves, identify their skills and passions, and meet similar minded students.

What are Mariner Madness Days?

Mariner Madness Days are fun-filled weeks of activities designed to help students become more integrated into university life. It begins during Orientation and continues for the first six weeks of classes on Saturdays. Previous events include a pool party, festivals, movie nights, a hypnotist and a student talent showcase.

Be a part of MCU tradition and join the fun! Ask your SOSers during Orientation for more information.

Office of Student Life

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