New Student Orientation

Orientation 2019 team


New Student Orientation is a special time for us to to welcome you into the Mariner community and assist you in making the smoothest transition possible whether you’re a freshman in your first year or transferring from another school. While we’d love to be able to host you on campus, we are excited to engage with you virtually!

We require all freshmen and transfers to attend orientation and highly encourage you to also attend one of our summer advising days.

Orientation is your opportunity to learn more about campus resources and how to navigate the university. You’ll meet the people and systems you need to be a successful MCU student and start your journey on the right path. Your transition to MCU is just a few clicks away!

Orientation modules will be available through August 28.

Register for Fall 2020 orientation

Fall 2020 orientation details

Fall 2020

New Student Orientation modules – Open now through August 28

New Student Orientation virtual sessions – August 21

First day of fall semester – August 24

Check your MyMarymount email for details on how to access the orientation modules.

Need help with this? Contact Director of Student Life Jeremy Booker at or (310) 303-7295

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Welcome & Breakout Sessions

Students will join a Zoom room with their orientation leader to participate in icebreakers and games. 

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Evening Programming

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Campus Ministry:

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fitness at Night (Yoga):
Fitness at Night (Full-Body Workout)

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tiny Desk Concert:

Please select the appropriate orientation links below to virtually connect to your orientation experience.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet Your Major

Parents will learn about Marymount California University’s majors, co-curricular activities and academic societies.

Criminal Justice Majors:
Meet criminal justice faculty and learn about the Iustitia Society.

Multidisciplinary Studies Majors:
Meet MDS faculty and learn about the Veritas Society.

Digital Communication Media Majors
Meet DCM faculty and learn about the Lux Society.

Biology Majors
Meet biology faculty and learn about the Vita Society.

Business, Accounting, Management & Marketing Majors
Meet business faculty and learn about the Servi Mundi Society.

Psychology majors
Meet psychology faculty and learn about the Cor Mariae Society.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Effective Partnership

Parents and supporters are invited to join us for a series of presentations on how to be an effective partner in your student’s Mariner experience. The day will conclude with a staff and faculty Q & A.


Download MCU welcome slides from VP of Student Affairs Ryan Alcantara.

Download MCU Student Wellness Center’s start smart presentation.

Download MCU COVID-19 student policies and procedures.

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 August 24, 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

Important dates for new students

Now through August 28 – Orientation modules are open
August 20 – International student information session
August 21 – New student live virtual orientation sessions
August 24 – First day of classes

Helpful links

Campus Technology
Financial Aid
International Services
Residential Life FAQs
Student Wellness