CSUN to ‘Welcome All Matadors’ Back to School

  • Dianne F. Harrison and students posing for a photo with big parody sun glasses.

    Students pose with CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison in a photo booth at the annual President's Picnic, Sept. 6, 2018. Photo by Lee Choo.

CSUN students will dive right into campus life when the fall semester begins Aug. 26. The first month of the semester will include an array of events to acclimate students to university life, connect students with campus clubs and organizations, and promote community involvement.

Welcome events will include the Associated Students (AS) Fair, Matafest, Sports-A-Palooza, the Annual President’s Picnic, New Student Convocation, Meet the Clubs and Matadors Day of Service. Don’t miss all the action:

AS Fair

On the first Tuesday of the semester, Aug. 27, stop by the Sierra Quad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn more about AS programs, play interactive games and get free swag. AS presents this annual fair to acquaint students with a wide array of resources, including student leadership programs, Outdoor Adventures, AS-driven sports clubs, sustainability and recycling initiatives, AS Children’s Center and the Ticket Office. There will be free food and tons of giveaways, including Matador T-shirts and water bottles.


Matadors hoping to get involved in intramural and club sports, dance and more can score at the annual Sports-A-Palooza on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to the Sierra Quad to meet and mingle with the 28 sports clubs active at CSUN.


It’s going to be a whole ‘new frontier’ at Matafest on Aug. 28. The University Student Union (USU) invites all students to the Western-themed celebration to explore USU programs and centers, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Plaza del Sol. City-slickers and cowboys alike can enjoy live music, play carnival games and eat free, delicious barbecue while learning about USU events, the Student Recreation Center gym, the Oasis Wellness Center and more.

Annual President’s Picnic 

The festivities continue Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Annual President’s Picnic on Bayramian Lawn. More than 8,000 students are expected to attend this free event and mingle with CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison and eat free food, have cold drinks, enjoy live music and get info at various booths. The picnic is offered in two time slots, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., to accommodate all student schedules.

Meet the Clubs

Are you looking for other students with similar interests? Look no further than the Sierra Quad on Sep. 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CSUN will host Meet the Clubs, a centralized, informational fair for students looking for community and opportunities to get more involved on campus.

Matadors Day of Service

Leave your mark on the community by joining your peers and alumni at the fifth annual Matadors Day of Service from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.  Volunteers are invited to give back to the community by participating in beautification projects at and around CSUN. There will be free food, entertainment and swag for participants. Register online by Aug. 29.

New Student Convocation

On Thursday, Sept. 12, the university will host the annual New Student Convocation at 6 p.m. on the Oviatt Library Lawn. This year’s unifying ceremony will feature Lauren Markham, author of the 2019 Freshman Common Reading book The Far Away Brothers.

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