Freshmen at Dog Days

Welcome New Bulldogs!

Dog Days Freshman Orientation is a program designed to assist you with your transition to the Fresno State community both academically and socially. Attending Orientation is an important step in making the transition to life as a Bulldog and is the best way to acclimate yourself as a new Fresno State student. Dog Days gives students the opportunity to meet with an academic counselor, meet with a major advisor and receive priority new student registration. It is also an opportunity to learn about all of the policies and procedures that are unique to Fresno State. 

Dog Days offers both a one-day traditional orientation as well as a new two-day orientation. Students who decide to attend the two-day experience will have the option of attending an optional overnight experience. There is limited space on the overnight but it will give students the opportunity to learn more about the campus and take part in interactive experiences with other new students with a variety of evening activities. Students who select the two-day orientation are required to attend both days. It is only the overnight programming which is optional.


There are three different options for incoming freshman during Dog Days

1. Two-Day Orientation

    The first two Dog Days this year are two-day orientations. The two-day program provides more information about support programs and resources on-campus. The program also alleviates some of the stress associated with class registration. Class registration takes place on the second day of orientation allowing students more time to plan their class schedule and review all the information regarding their major and general education requirements. Both days of the two-day orientation are mandatory. If you are unable to attend both days of the program you will not be cleared to register for classes.

2. Two-Day Orientation with Overnight

    The two-day orientation has an optional overnight component at an additional cost of $45. During the overnight program students will take part in a variety of activities coordinated by the office of Student Involvement. This fun and social experience will give students the opportunity to discover an entirely different aspect of campus and learn about getting involved. Orientation Leaders will be on hand throughout the evening to assist with class planning while in the dorms. There is no guest component to the overnight program. We'll provide you with dinner and you bring the energy. 

3. One-Day Orientation

    This traditional one-day orientation will provide you with all the necessary components for you to successfully transition to the university. You will receive your advising, learn about campus resources, and register for classes at the end of the day. 


Reserve your spot early for the Summer 2017, dates will fill up quickly! Dog Days Reservations will be accepted beginning March 15, 2017 through May 1, 2017.

Freshman who need to take the Entry Level Math (ELM) test or the English Placement Test (EPT) should take the test prior to April to ensure your test scores will arrive before your scheduled orientation. Check the Testing Services website to find out more.

In order to register for Dog Days, freshmen must first ACCEPT their admission to the university through the student portal.

All freshmen must sign-up and pay for their orientation by May 1st, 2017.

There is a lot of information to learn at orientation. Guests & Parents are welcome to attend. Students must be present for the entire orientation in order to be cleared for registration. No exceptions.

There are some things that need to be done before your DOG DAY. Check the pre-orientation checklist to make sure you come prepared.

Orientation Program Fees:

- Freshman: $70

- Optional Overnight: $45

- Parent/Guest: $25

* NO refunds will be issued once payment is made.

The orientation fee for freshmen students is $70, which covers:

  • Meals
  • Parking
  • Program materials
  • Facilities
  • Administrative costs
  • Staff salaries