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New Student Orientation 

When you participate in orientation, you will get help completing an abbreviated educational plan for your first one or two quarters. These are important steps in qualifying for priority registration and making the most of your time at De Anza.

We recommend completing the orientation before you make an appointment with a counselor, since the orientation program will answer many of your initial questions about classes, ed plans and related topics.

  • You must apply for admission first, in order to obtain your student identification number – known as a Campuswide ID or CWID – which you need to sign up for orientation.
  • We also recommend checking your placement and completing the assessment process before you take the orientation program.
  • You will qualify for priority registration for the following quarter, as soon as you complete the orientation and other required steps.
  • During the orientation, you'll learn how to build an education plan, which is another required step to get priority registration. You can learn more about this by visiting the Degree Audit webpage.

Completing Orientation

There are two ways to complete orientation:

  • In person: You can sign up for a session on campus that will take about 40 minutes
  • Online: You can take a course online that you can complete at your own page, in one sitting or multiple sittings 

You can choose the format you prefer. Learn more by clicking each of the red bars:

In-Person Orientation

We're currently offering in-person orientation in the RSS Building, Room 146. Each in-person session includes 

  • A 30-minute presentation, followed by
  • A brief (5-10 minutes) meeting with a counselor to discuss your educational plan for the first quarter

To sign up for an orientation, you will need your De Anza CWID – this is your 8-digit student identification number, also known as a Campuswide ID. You'll find your CWID in the email you receive from De Anza after you apply for admission.

Sign Up for In-Person Orientation

Having trouble logging in to the sign-up form?

Online (Self-Paced) Orientation

We're currently offering a self-paced online orientation that can be completed in one sitting or multiple sittings. It is presented as a course on the Canvas online learning platform, which is also used for online classes at De Anza

There is no fee to enroll in the orientation course – it's free! – but you will need your eight-digit De Anza student identification number, also known as a Campuswide ID or CWID, to log in. (You'll find your CWID in the email you receive from De Anza after you apply for admission.) Here are the steps to enroll:

  1. Click the yellow "Sign Up" button to enroll in the online orientation course on Canvas 
  2. Log in with your CWID and MyPortal password 
  3. Click the "Enroll in Course" button to register for Online Orientation
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the orientation
  5. Don't forget to click the link for an appointment to get help with your educational plan!

Sign Up for Online Orientation

Having trouble logging in? Read these notes:

  • Check the MyPortal log-in webpage for tips on getting your user name and setting your password.
  • If you are logging in to the self-paced online course for the first time and you see a message that says "Canvas doesn't have an account" for your CWID, please be patient. There may be a brief delay in creating your account. If you are still unable to access the self-paced online course after two days, please send an email with your name and CWID to Jayme Brown in the Office of Outreach at
  • If you have any other difficulties accessing the self-paced online course, and you received your CWID after April 2017, please contact the Office of Outreach at 408.864.8327 or
  • If you are having difficulty accessing the self-paced online course and you received your CWID before April 2017, please contact the Online Education office at 408.864.8969 or – and be sure to include your CWID in your message.


The sooner you complete orientation and other required steps, the sooner you will qualify for priority registration.

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