Freshman Orientation Schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

Starting a new chapter in your life is exciting, but you're probably a little nervous too. Don't worry, that's where the Freshman Orientation Program comes in! It's designed to help support your transition to Humboldt State and show you what it means to be a member of our great community. You'll learn about how Humboldt State can best support you in your time here, and be connected to campus resources and opportunities to help you succeed. Plus, you'll have lots of time to get to know your new classmates, and maybe even make some good friends before the semester gets started. 

We've got lots of things planned for you, but your Orientation Ambassador will help guide you through the week.

NOTE: Students will rotate workshops with your assigned Ambassador. Orientation is Mandatory—please arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire duration of the sessions to ensure that you do not lose your group. Families are not permitted to attend with their student unless the title includes the word “Family”.

August 14, 2018

Orientation Check In

Meet your Orientation Ambassador and receive all your materials for the week.

12:00pm to 5:00pm
University Center Quad


Don't forget to grab some dinner with your new classmates! 

Be sure to make it to the Redwood Bowl Football Stadium on time for the Orientation welcome at 5:45. 

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Jolly Giant Commons Dining Hall, "The J"

Find your seat for the welcome

Move into the redwood bowl and find your seat for the welcome. 

5:45pm to 6:00pm
Redwood Bowl

Orientation Welcome

It all starts here! Kick off your first year as Lumberjack with a spirit-filled welcome from our Provost Alex Enyedi, a representative from our local Wiyot Tribe Ted Hernandez, the Marching Lumberjacks, Housing & Residence Life staff, and our Athletics Director Duncan Robins.   

6:00pm to 6:25pm
Redwood Bowl

Schedule Overview with Ambassador

Meet your Ambassador down at the football field after the Welcome and together, head to your assigned peer group room to review the orientation schedule for the week. You'll have a chance to meet everyone in your group and ask any questions you might have about the activities. 

6:30pm to 7:15pm
Football Field/Peer Group Room

Late Dinner

Just in cased you missed dinner the first time around the dining hall will still be open. 

7:00pm to 8:30pm
Jolly Giant Commons Dining Hall, "The J"

August 15, 2018

Meet with your Ambassador

Meet with your Ambassador and peer group for the day's activities. 

Peer Group Room; location determined by Ambassador


Groups will swap at 10:20am

Dean of Students Office 
Staff from the Dean of Students office will share information about the various services and functions they provide to campus. You will learn about our Campus Assistance, Response, and Engagement (CARE) program that can help connect you with resources on and off campus in times of need, as well as Student Rights & Responsibilities which facilitates your right to a safe learning environment by addressing the harm caused to the community. Additionally, Student Life will discuss ways to become involved in co-curricular activities through our Clubs & Activities office, and ways to engage with and give back to the community with our 50-year-old service learning program, Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.). Student Access Services will provide an overview of how to navigate temporary or long-term accessibility needs on campus through the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC), discuss options for testing outside the classroom with the Testing Center, and assist and guide Veterans in integrating their skills and experiences with the campus community through the Veterans Enrollment & Transition Services (VETS). 

Academic and Career Advising Center  - Connecting College to Careers 
Explore some of the myths and realities around finding a job, and learn how to connect your major to a career. 

9:30am to 11:20am
Dean of Students Office; John Van Duzer Theatre
Academic & Career Advising Center; University Center, Kate Buchanan Room


Lunch Group A: 11:30pm - 12:20pm 

Lunch Group B: 12:30pm - 1:20pm

11:30am to 1:20pm
Jolly Giant Commons Dining Hall, "The J"


Groups will swap at 2:20pm

Housing & Residence Life
Meet Rico and Donyet to learn about all the amazing opportunities within the residence halls to build community and connect with other HSU students. 

Peer Group Activity 
Spend some time with your new classmates and get the inside scoop about navigating Humboldt State from your Ambassador.


1:30pm to 3:20pm
Housing & Residence Life; University Center, Kate Buchanan Room
Peer Group Room; location determined by Ambassador

August 16, 2018

Meet with Ambassador

Meet with your Ambassador and peer group for the day's activities. 

Peer Group Room; location determined by Ambassador


Groups will swap at 10:20am

Cultural Awareness Part 1
Dr. Corliss Bennett, Director of the Cultural Centers For Academic Excellence, will help you learn about navigating your new surroundings. 

Campus Advocate Team
Learn about our nationally-recognized student bystander intervention program called CHECK IT, which is aimed at reducing sexualized violence, and hear from the North Coast Rape Crisis Team and our Title IX Coordinator, Marcus Winder.

9:30am to 11:20am
Cultural Awareness Part 1: John Van Duzer Theatre
Campus Advocate Team: University Center, Kate Buchanan Room


Lunch Group A: 11:30pm - 12:20pm

Lunch Group B: 12:30pm - 1:20pm

11:30am to 1:20pm
Jolly Giant Commons Dining Hall, "The J"


Orientation to Your Major: 1:30pm - 2:20pm 

Sit down with your department chair and fellow classmates to learn about your major. You’ll talk about expectations, unique opportunities, and how to succeed in your chosen field.

Majors and Minors Exploration: 2:30pm - 3:00pm
If you’re still unsure about a major, or just want to take a peek at something different, meet with faculty and other students to figure out what’s best for you. 

1:30pm to 3:00pm


Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 310


Art Building B, Room 204

Biological Sciences (Biology, Botany, and Zoology)

Founders Hall, Room 166, Green & Gold Room

Business, School of

Siemens Hall, Room 108


Science Building A, Room 460


Gist Hall, Room 124

Computer Science

Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 302

Criminology & Justice Studies

Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 204

Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 241

Dance Studies 

Campus Events Field 012


Siemens Hall, Room 115


Founders Hall, Room 236

Environmental Resource Engineering

Jenkins Hall, Room 214

Environmental Science & Management

Natural Resources Building, Room 101

Environmental Studies

Founders Hall, Room 108


Campus Events Field 013

Fisheries Biology

Wildlife & Fisheries Building, Room 122 

Meeting only from 1:30-2:20 

Forestry and Rangeland Resource Science

Forestry Building, Room 105

French & Spanish

Behavorial & Social Sciences Building, Room 209


Van Matre Hall, Room 109


Founders Hall, Room 127


Founders Hall, Room 203

International Studies

Founders Hall, 181

Journalism & Mass Communication

Siemens Hall, Room 116


Kinesology Building, Room 102

Liberal Studies-Child Development &
Lilberal ST-Child Dev-Elem Ed

Harry Griffith Hall, Room 105

Liberal Studies-Elementary Education

Harry Griffith Hall, Room 217


Music Building B, Room 203A


Behavorial & Social Science Building, Room 308

Native American Studies

Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 207


Natural Resources Building, Room 118


Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 211


Science A Building, Room 467

Political Science 

Founders Hall, Room 179


Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 162

Recreation Administration

Kinesiology Building, Room 106

Religious Studies 

Founders Hall, Room 201

Social Work

Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 408


Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 166


Gist Hall, Room 219


Wildlife Building, Room 258


Gist Hall, Room 218

RAMPage (Mandatory for RAMP Freshmen)

For HSU students selected to participate in R.A.M.P. (Retention thru Academic Mentoring Program): Check in officially with RAMP and meet your RAMP Academic Mentor. We’ll celebrate your arrival with a raffle and prizes for the first 100 students to check in. All freshman students are welcome!


Strongly Suggested
5:30pm to 7:00pm
University Center, Kate Buchanan Room

Bed Bath & Beyond Trip

Free food, games, prizes, discounts, and more! Did you plan on getting stuff for your room here in town, or maybe you realized you forgot a few essentials? Buy what you need with an exclusive event discount for your new life here at Humboldt. Shuttle leaves promptly at 7:30 so please arrive early.

Event Flyer

7:30pm to 11:00pm
Jolly Giant Commons Rec Room

August 17, 2018

Meet with Ambassador

Meet your Ambassador and peer group at your pre-arranged location.

Peer Group Room; location determined by Ambassador


Groups will swap at 10:20am

Alternative Transportation Fair
The HSU Office of Sustainability will be hosting a fair to promote alternative transportation options and resources to the campus community. The event will showcase Zagster bike share, ZipCar car share, ZimRide, electric cars and bikes, HSU Cycling Club and bike repair demos, and other groups offering information and resources. Attendees can also learn about Jack Pass bus service, Homeward Bound, and preferential parking for carpools. Bike maps, discounts and fun giveaways!

Cultural Awareness Part 2 
Break out into your peer groups and have some deeper conversations about supporting one another and coming together as a community. 

9:30am to 11:20am
Alternative Transportation Fair: Redwood Bowl Plaza
Cultural Awareness Part 2: Pre-determined by ambassador


Lunch Group A: 11:30pm - 12:20pm

Lunch Group B: 12:30pm - 1:20pm

11:30am to 1:20pm
Jolly Giant Commons Dining Hall, "The J"


Groups will swap at 2:20pm

Counseling & Psychological Services 
College can be difficult and stressful at times. Shane Calhoun and the rest of the team from Counseling & Psychological Services are here to help and will offer tips and strategies for navigating the challenges you might face as a new student. 

Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Ravin Craig and Mira Friedman will lead a talk with student Peer Health Educators about living a safe and healthy lifestyle, and let you know about the resources available to you on campus.



1:30pm to 3:20pm
Counseling & Psychological Services: University Center, Kate Buchanan Room
Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: John Van Duzer Theatre

Closing Orientation Survey

Closing Survey
We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and your direct feedback helps us to accomplish this goal. Please take just a few moments to complete our survey. 

3:30pm to 4:00pm
Peer Group Room

Orientation Celebration Carnival

An inclusive carnival with free food, cotton candy, popcorn, live music, lawn games, painting with darts, and so much more! Meet representatives from campus clubs, CHECK IT, and Peer Health. Also get some free food while you're at it! Don't forget the prizes available to win at any of our fun carnival themed activities. 

8:00pm to 11:00pm
University Center Quad

Additional Resources

Dining Locations & Hours

College Creek Marketplace

  • 7:30 am-midnight

The Depot-University Center (Opens 8/16)

  • 7:30 am-8:00 pm (5:00 pm on Friday)

The Giant’s Cupboard-Jolly Giant Commons

  • 6:00 pm-midnight (Wednesday-Thursday), 6:00 pm-2:00 am (Friday)

“The J” Cafeteria-Jolly Giant Commons 

  • Breakfast: 7:15 am-9:45 am 
  • Continental Breakfast: 9:45 am-10:30 am
  • Lunch: 10:30 am-1:30 pm 
  • Afternoon Limited Lunch: 1:30 pm-4:30pm 
  • Dinner: 4:30 pm-8:00 pm (7 pm on Friday)

Library Café (Opens 8/20)

  • 7:30 am-5:00 pm

Windows Café-University Center (Opens 8/16)

  • 11:00 am-2:00 pm

HSU Bookstore Hours

  • August 14 - 18 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • August 19 - 20 10:00am - 4:00pm