HOUSING

G.R.E.A.T Escape Early Move in Experience

Dear Future Residents,

Welcome to CSUN Student Housing!

If you are a first-year resident in living learning or themed living communities – or, if you are a MataMore Resident – you are eligible to attend G.R.E.A.T. Escape!”

WHAT IS G.R.E.A.T. ESCAPE?

G.R.E.A.T. Escape is a weeklong early move-in program created to acclimate first year students to the college environment. Attending G.R.E.A.T. Escape, you have the chance to participate in interactive games, fun social events, and educational workshops geared towards establishing a successful career here at CSUN. Indulge in good food, win raffle prizes, and connect will other first year students. This program gives you the opportunity to become acquainted with the CSUN Housing community where you will acquire lifelong skills, social connections, and resources.

Our focus during this program is to help influence your transition to college, and prepare you with tools for success when challenges arise. The transition to CSUN can be difficult for many, but we want to ensure that you are equipped with the resources to make your transition easier. Becoming familiar with this new environment ensures that you receive the most interactive and engaging college experience.

WHEN IS G.R.E.AT. ESCAPE?

G.R.E.A.T. Escape is from Monday, August 19th to Friday, August 23rd. Students will move in on the morning of Monday, August 19th (see tentative schedule below)

WHAT WILL THE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?

Tentative schedule is displayed; a concrete schedule will be distributed upon arrival

GREAT ESCAPE 2019

AT A GLANCE

Monday - August 19, 2019
TimeEventLocation
9:00 am - 1:00 pmStudent Move-InIndividual Building Lobbies
2:30 pm - 4:30 pmFamily Orientation & Resource Fair (no students)English: Building 21 Multipurpose Room Spanish: Building 21 Classroom
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFamily BBQGeronimos Lawn
6:30pm - 7:00 pmFamily Farewell
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmPlay FairStudent Housing Sports Lawn
10:00 pm - 12:00 amPar-TEABuilding 21 Multipurpose Room
Tuesday - August 20, 2019
TimeEventLocation
9:00 am - 10:00 amGrab & Go BreakfastFreudian Sip in Bld 18
10:00 am - 11:00 amWorkshop Session 1Learning Center
11:00 am - 12:00 pmWorkshop Session 2Learning Center
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch (Provided)Geronimos
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmWorkshop Session 3Learning Center
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmPanel of MatadorsBuilding 21 Multipurpose Room
5:00 pm - 7:00 pmDinner (Provided)Geronimos
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmPool PartiesGreat Escape Pool Party: Building 12/13 Pool
Voices Off/Lighthouse Pool Party: Building 4 Pool
10:00 pm - 12:00 amPaint NightBuilding 21 Multipurpose Room
Wednesday - August 21, 2019
TimeEventLocation
9:00 am - 10:00 amGrab & Go BreakfastFreudian Sip in Bld 18
10:00 am - 11:00 amWorkshop Session 1Learning Center
11:00 am - 12:00 pmWorkshop Session 2Learning Center
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch (Provided)Geronimos
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmWorkshop Session 3Learning Center
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmPanel of MatadorsBuilding 21 Multipurpose Room
5:00 pm - 7:00 pmDinner (Provided)Geronimos
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmCasino NightsBuilding 21 Multipurpose Room
10:00 pm - 12:00 amGame NightCommunity Center
Thursday - August 22, 2019 (NCOD Students Attend Workshops)
TimeEventLocation
9:00 am - 10:00 amGrab & Go BreakfastFreudian Sip in Bld 18
10:00 am - 11:00 amWorkshop Session 1Learning Center
11:00 am - 12:00 pmWorkshop Session 2Learning Center
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch (Provided)Geronimos
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmWorkshop Session 3Learning Center
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmPanel of MatadorsBuilding 21 Multipurpose Room
5:00 pm - 7:00 pmDinner (Provided)Geronimos
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmOpen MicBuilding 21 Multipurpose Room
Friday - August 23, 2019
TimeEventLocation
7:30 a.mResidents Meet RAs in Lobby to Head to NSOIndividual Building Lobbies
8:00 a.m - 6:30 p.mCSUN New Student OrientationOn-Campus
7 p.m - 10 p.mOut of this World DanceBasketball Court

GREAT ESCAPE

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Choose Your Own Topic for Each Workshop Session

Tuesday - August 20, 2019
TimeWorkshop Session 1Location
  10am - 11amRoommate EtiquetteBldg. 21 MPR SIde A
Cleaning 101Bldg. 19 First Floor Lounge
Books & Supplies (Tips & Tricks)Bldg. 21 Classroom
TimeWorkshops Session 2Location
  11am -12pmGrocery ShoppingBldg. 21 MPR SIde A
Salsa Libre Dance LessonBldg. 19 First Floor Lounge
Laundry 101Bldg. 21 Classroom
TimeWorkshops Session 3Location
  2pm- 3pmRoommate EtiquetteBldg. 21 MPR Side A
Grocery ShoppingBldg. 19 First Floor Lounge
Books & Supplies (Tips & Tricks)Bldg. 21 Classroom
Wednesday - August 21, 2019
TimeWorkshop Session 1Location
10am - 11amRHABldg. 21 MPR
Scavenger HuntSuites Courtyard
TimeWorkshops Session 2Location
  11am - 12pmFirst Generation StudentBldg. 21 MPR Side A
PrivilegeBuilding
Let's Be Real - Safe Sex & ConsentBldg. 21 Classroom
TimeWorkshops Session 3Location
  2pm- 3pmFirst Generation StudentBldg. 21 MPR Side A
PrivilegeBldg. 19 First Floor Lounge
Let's Be Real - Safe Sex & ConsentBldg. 21 Classroom
Thursday - August 22, 2019
TimeWorkshops Session 1Location
  10am - 11amGive Yourself TimeBldg. 21 MPR Side A
Self-CareBldg. 19 First Floor Lounge
Balanced LifeBldg. 21 Classroom
TimeWorkshops Session 2Location
  11am - 12pmDrugs & Alcohol in CollegeBldg. 21 MPR Side A
Mindful FoodieBldg. 19 First Floor Lounge
Mental HealthBldg. 21 Classroom
TimeWorkshops Session 3Location
  2pm - 3pmGive Yourself TimeBldg. 21 MPR Side A
Self-CareBldg. 19 First Floor Lounge
Balanced LifeBldg. 21 Classroom
   


Early move-in: WHAT YOU GET OUT OF G.R.E.A.T. ESCAPE

      • G.R.E.A.T. Escape participants have the opportunity to move in a week before their peers.
      • Student panels - Fellow residents and student leaders will attend student panels that will be open for any questions that you may have as a first-time freshman.
    • Learning Objective
      • Self-Discovery: This program will allow you to reflect on your past experiences and how they might impact your college career.
      • Community Building: G.R.E.A.T. Escape offers an opportunity to build relationships and develop a sense of belonging.
      • Embrace Transition: You will be given the tools to overcome challenges, and, thrive in your academic and personal endeavors.
      • Diversity: we pride ourselves on intersecting identities in order to promote a respectful, inclusive, and diverse atmosphere.

We look forward to seeing you on August 19th!

If you meet the requirements and plan to attend, fill out the online form below and let us know you’re coming!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefGKmxnwtJV-vi2SaPK6SSQ7_r_mdxLfN9NaArhW0QYEJKsA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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FAQ

How do I know if I’m eligible to come to G.R.E.A.T. Escape?

Easy! Follow these steps! You must check yes to all of them:

 Checklist to know if you’re eligible to attend G.R.E.A.T. Escape
*Must Check “Yes” to All

  1. Are you a First-Time Freshman (FTF)?
    1. First-Time Freshman first-time freshman is a student who has earned no college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation.
  2. Have you received confirmation of your housing space?
  3. Is your confirmed space in one of the following communities:
    1. Building 2 (Carragen Hall)=               Health and Wellness LLC
    2. Building 3 (Woodruff Hall)=             Mata+More TLC
    3. Building 4 (Burdock Hall)=                Music LLC
    4. Building 6 (Pacific Willow Hall)=      Lighthouse LLC
    5. Building 7 (Torrey Pine Hall)=           VOICE TLC & Matasphere TLC
    6. Building 9 (Pinon Hall)=                    Living Above the Influence TLC
    7. Building 11 (Lupin Hall)=                  Honors LLC and Engineering and Computer Science LLC
    8. Building 14 (Rose Crown Hall)=        Cinema Television Arts (CTVA) LLC
    9. Building 16 (Mariposa Hall)=             Mata+Explore

*Please note that some of the LLCs and TLCs are on specific floors of the respective building. You should have received email confirmation regarding your acceptance to the LLC and TLC.

If you answered yes to all three questions, CONGRATULATIONS, you are eligible to participate in G.R.E.A.T. Escape!

I received information from CSUN stating that I need to be at their campus orientation, but that requires me to come back-and-forth to campus? Do I have to go to both orientations?

For students participating in G.R.E.A.T. Escape, we work with Office of Student Involvement and Development to streamline these requirements! Therefore, you do not need to attend their campus orientation on the date they provide.

Students attending G.R.E.A.T. Escape will meet on campus on Friday, August 23rd, to attend their required First-Time Freshman Orientation! If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Soto at matthew.soto@csun.edu.

When is move-in for G.R.E.A.T. Escape?

Move-in for the 2019 G.R.E.A.T. Escape orientation is Monday, August 19th between 9AM-1PM! When you arrive to Student Housing, staff will be available to guide you to your check-in location.

I’m a parent, guardian, or loved one, of the student participating in G.R.E.A.T. Escape, but I anticipate staying in the area for a night or two. What are my options?

We, in Student Housing and Conference Services, do offer Guest Housing!

California State University, Northridge offers several hotel-style guest housing suites at a daily rate.  The guest suites offer a wide range of amenities, including the convenience of being within walking distance of classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices and other campus facilities.

Please visit https://www.csun.edu/housing/guest-housing for more information regarding availability and rates.

Additionally, we would like to note, while we love family and friend support during this momentous occasion, we do recommend and require your student(s) to be on-campus and present during the events and sessions we offer.

Therefore, we discourage student(s) to leave during the day while sessions and events are occurring.

When will we get the detailed schedule for G.R.E.A.T. Escape?

All students will receive a detailed schedule of the events during check-in! If you require additional services or means of reading the materials shown, please email Matt Soto at matthew.soto@csun.edu

I and/or my student are deaf/hard of hearing. Will there be services available?

Yes! Absolutely! In Student Housing, we have three professional staff interpreters who are available to be present at all necessary sessions to interpret for any parent or student in need of such services.

If you require these services, please email Matt Soto at matthew.soto@csun.edu

I’m a new transfer student to CSUN, can I come to G.R.E.A.T. Escape?

First Time Transfer Students residing in Matamore Building 3 are eligible for GREAT Escape.

Do I have to pay for G.R.E.A.T. Escape?

Every student who is contracted into a living space within a LLC and TLC, is charged a one-time $40 freshmen learning community fee. This fee is assessed to all freshmen in LLC/TLCs, whether or not they attend G.R.E.A.T. Escape. This fee covers the cost of G.R.E.A.T. Escape and additional community based programs throughout the year.