Get started and orientation

Welcome, new students! We’re so happy you’re joining us at Charles Sturt.

Starting university is an exciting and transformative chapter in your life. It can also be overwhelming – but we'll be here to support you every step of the way.

Follow our three-step guide for a successful start to your studies


Use checkpoints as your student road map

As soon as you accept your offer, you can start preparing for university.

'Checkpoints' are your secret weapon for managing everything on your student to-do list. They break down all the big, little, important and (sometimes) annoying things you need to do as a student. Whether you need to access support services, find the correct textbook list, understand your subject outline or get started with exams, Checkpoints can help.

Find Checkpoints in your Student Portal to see what to do, where to go and when you need to do it so you can breathe easy.

Get started with Checkpoints


Join us for orientation on campus, online or both!

Orientation is your introduction to life as a Charles Sturt student. It's a series of events and sessions run by faculties and student support services, where you'll have the chance to meet current students and get all the info you need to start your student journey.

Whether you're studying on campus or remotely, Orientation is your chance to:

  • ask questions about your course
  • immerse yourself in university life
  • meet your support crew
  • connect with other students joining you on your study adventure.

On-campus and online events

In Sessions 1 and 2, we offer both on-campus and online Orientation events. If you're an online student, you're welcome to attend non-academic Orientation events at your nearest Charles Sturt campus.

Please note: Orientation for Session 3 is online.

Everything you need to know about Orientation – including what's on and how to sign up to events – is in your student portal.

Sign up to orientation events


Smarten up your study skills

While you're waiting for your course to start – or even while you're studying  – you can access over 80 academic and learning skills support pages in the Student Portal. These include:

  • self-paced learning
  • interactive workshops
  • one-on-one training and online courses, and
  • grammar and spelling feedback on draft assignments.

Give yourself the best chance at graduating with top results.

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