New Student Orientation

Orientation 2019 team

Greetings Mariner!

We are excited to officially welcome you to the Mariner Family! New Student Orientation (NSO) is a required activity for all incoming students (freshmen and transfer) that will occur in early January.  This spring, NSO will be delivered remotely as NSO Live! Orientation is still mandatory for our incoming students, we practice and prioritize the health, safety and well-being of the community.

NSO Live! (January 8, 10:00 am through 2:00 pm)
NSO Live! is our way of engaging with our newest Mariners! Orientation Leaders will facilitate small groups through Zoom on a wide set of topics including Student Involvement, Academic & Career Success at MCU, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These smaller virtual gatherings can assist you in meeting new students and setting you up for success at MCU.

Ask a Mariner Campaign (January 4-7th)
From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Student Life will host the “Ask a Mariner Campaign” the week before the mandatory New Student Orientation program as an opportunity for students and supporters (parents and family) to ask questions and to receive answers to any outstanding questions.  Need help accessing your MCU technology?  Not sure if you have submitted all of the necessary paperwork?  We are here to help!

Join the conversation on Zoom!


NSO Live for Supporters! (January 8, 2:00 pm through 3:30 pm)
Students and supporters (parents and family) may find informational videos on this page.  We welcome both students and supporters to connect with us doing the “Ask a Mariner Campaign.”  It is highly recommended to view these videos before attending any Q &A live sessions.

What’s Next? 
Postcards and emails were sent to all new students prompting them to register for NSO. The information in those communications are as follows:

  • Click the “Register” button
  • Check for confirmation email (sent to your MCU email address) and utilize the appropriate links to NSO LIVE! at the times indicated.
  • Check to make sure you are able to login to your MyMarymount Portal

Register for Spring 2021 orientation

Spring 2021 orientation details

We are excited to offer new incoming students an online orientation experience.

All new students are required to participate in NSO Online which is a virtual platform providing the ability to learn about MCU resources, culture, and policies from home. The event will be held via Zoom.  After registering on this page you will be emailed the event link for our live event on January 8, 2021.

Lost track of the NSO Live link?  Here it is!

9:45amSoft check In
10:00amNSO Live welcome
10:20amStudent involvement & belonging
11:15amAcademic and career success
12:30pmRock the Boat (diversity & debriefs)
1:30pmFinal questions & wrap up


What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is designed to introduce you to university faculty and staff, students and resources. It’s a fun-filled and informative time designed with you in mind! New students will receive important information about campus resources essential to a successful transition to Marymount, including how to manage and operate Marymount academic systems and receiving your student ID.

Is orientation required of all new students?

Attending orientation is a university requirement for all new undergraduate students whether you’re a first year, transfer or international student.

How do I register for orientation?

All new students must register for orientation after they have finalized their acceptance to Marymount and paid their commitment deposit. Register here.

When do classes begin?

Fall semester classes begin January 11, 2020.

What important acronyms should I know?

  • MCU – Marymount California University
  • CEC – Cecilia Hall
  • MSGA – Marymount Student Government Association
  • OS – Oceanside building
  • OVC – Oceanview campus
  • OL – Orientation Leaders
  • The Villas – Marymount California’s residential campus