It's easy to apply. Simply complete the 2016-2017 California State University Undergraduate Application for Admission. The application is available online at this site (Admission Application) or by downloading in PDF format, completing it, and mailing it directly to the CSU campus to which you are applying. Online application for CSU admission is the preferred method.
A list of initial filing period dates for the 2016-2017 Admission Application can be found here.
After the initial application period, some campuses continue to accept applications on a space-available basis. For high-demand (impacted) majors, you must file during the initial filing period. Filing your application during the initial filing period is strongly encouraged for applicants to facilitate your attending your campus of choice.
Some campuses will continue to accept applications after the initial filing period. Be sure to check the Application Status page for the campus(es) in which you are interested to learn more about application filing periods, closed majors and impacted programs. If you are applying to a high-demand (impacted) major at any CSU campus you must file during the initial filing period.
If you are completing the CSUMentor online application, your completed admission application will be routed automatically to the campus of your choice. Students are urged to apply online as it is easy and efficient! If you do not have access to a computer and must submit a paper application, it must be sent to the admission office at the campus to which you are applying. The application booklet contains the campus mailing addresses.
Each admission application you file requires a $55 application fee. This fee is nonrefundable and may not be transferred to another term.
In case of financial hardship, campuses allow a limited number of application fee waivers for residents of California. If you file the admission application via CSUMentor, the fee waiver request is included in the online system as part of the application process. You will be notified at the time you apply online if you qualify for the fee waiver. In situations where the online application is unable to determine your eligibility for a fee waiver, you will need to submit the Request for Application Fee Waiver directly to the campus admission office(s). The campus will inform you if you do not qualify for the fee waiver. Only California residents are eligible for application fee waivers and may use up to a maximum of 4 fee waivers.
The campus to which you are applying will let you know when to submit your official college transcripts. Transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes directly from the colleges you have attended.
How soon you will hear about your application varies from campus to campus. In all cases, within a few weeks of filing your application, the campus should notify you that your application has been received and is being processed. If the campus was unable to process your application, you will be notified as soon as possible.
Each campus has its own timeline for notifying students of admission. Some campuses begin notifying applicants of an admission decision soon after the receipt of an application. Other campuses hold their decisions and notify students at the same time. It is not uncommon for there to be a several-month period before admission decisions are mailed to applicants.
The key to improving your chances for admission is under your control. Working hard, earning good grades, and taking the right classes will improve your chances for admission. Taking the appropriate general education courses is critical and for some majors it is also important to complete lower-division major requirements to be admitted to an impacted program and to keep on track for timely graduation. Meeting minimum CSU admission requirements qualifies you for admission, but high-demand majors and competitive-admission campuses may require higher standards. It is best not to depend on meeting the minimum standards.
Campuses are eager to provide you with more information about their campus. You can use this site to link to the campus website to obtain more information. You can also contact the campuses in which you are interested for more information. Best of all, if you can, be sure to visit the campuses in which you are interested and take campus tours.
An impacted major or program is one where more applications are received from students during the initial filing period than the campus can enroll. These high-demand majors or programs will have additional admission criteria above the minimum CSU admission standards. Nearly all campuses within the CSU have impacted programs. If you are interested in applying to one of these programs, you need to file an admission application during the initial filing period.
Campus impaction (otherwise known as campus-wide impaction) means that a campus has exhausted existing enrollment capacity in terms of instructional resources and physical capacity of the campus. Because the campus receives more eligible applicants during the initial admission application filing period than can be accommodated, the campus must therefore restrict enrollment to the campus for a specific enrollment category (i.e. first-time freshmen or transfers and to a local area specified by the campus).
Students interested in an impacted major or campus must apply for admission during the initial filing period.
Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses are only admitting upper division transfer students. Upper division transfer students have completed at least 60 semester units of transferable coursework or 90 transferable quarter units and certain courses required for admission. If you meet these unit minimums, your college work will be used to determine your transfer eligibility.
If you transfer with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units, you are considered a lower-division transfer student and admission is based on both your high school performance and your college work to determine if you are eligible. Some campuses with enrollment pressures do not admit lower-division transfer students. If you are a lower-division student who wants to begin attending a CSU before you earn 60 transferable semester units, go to the Application Filing Status report and read the campus comments to see if the campus you want to attend admits lower-division transfer students.
This is an important issue that requires your careful attention. All California Community Colleges have lists of courses that will transfer to the CSU. You may also consult your college counselor or transfer center to help determine which courses will be accepted for transfer credit by the CSU. The website, www.assist.org, will provide information on comparable pre-major coursework and transfer courses available at California Community Colleges.
If you are transferring from a 4-year college, a private college, or a college out-of-state, it is important that you consult with the campus to which you are planning to transfer to identify the specific courses necessary to meet the transfer requirements.
There are a number of important things you need to remember when selecting courses. Students who transfer with at least 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of transferrable coursework have the best chance to be admitted to a CSU campus. For most students who transfer with at least 60 transferable semester units, it is important to take courses to meet general education requirements. You are advised to complete at least 30 units of general education coursework, including general education courses that meet the general education requirements in written communications, critical thinking, speech, and quantitative analysis (mathematics). If you are a California Community College student, you should also consult a counselor on your campus or www.assist.org to determine which lower-division major courses might be advisable to take prior to transferring to a CSU campus. Generally, a pattern of courses that matches the above recommendations will keep you on track for a timely graduation from a CSU campus. The CSU can accept a maximum of 70 transferable semester (105 quarter) units from community colleges.
If you are an out-of-state or private school transfer student it is recommended that you complete at least 60 semester units or 90 quarter units before transfer. It is recommended that at least 30 semester units (45 unit quarter units) of general education requirements in written communications, critical thinking, speech, and quantitative analysis (mathematics). Once you are ready for apply, you contact the CSU campus in which you are applying and request an evaluation of your transferrable coursework. Some campuses will provide this service prior to admission; otherwise the CSU campus will request a copy of your official transcripts during the admission application phase.
Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses are not admitting lower-division transfer students. If you are a lower-division student who wants to begin attending a CSU before you earn 60 transferable semester units, go to the Application Filing Status report and read the campus comments to see if the campus you want to attend admits lower-division transfer students.
You are considered a lower division transfer student if you have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units. Lower division transfer students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C) (2.40 for nonresidents) or better in all transferable units attempted, are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and meet the admission requirements for first-time freshmen, i.e., you have completed with a grade of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements and have a qualifiable eligibility index. If you did not complete all the subject requirements in high school, appropriate college courses may be used to make up the missing subjects. Nonresidents must meet the eligibility index for nonresidents.
If you have completed at least 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units, have a grade point average of 2.00 (C) (2.40 for nonresidents) or better in all transferable units attempted, and are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and:
* Transfer applicants are required to submit final transcripts prior to attendance in CSU classes to verify that all required coursework has been completed successfully. CSU campuses may delay admission until a final transcript is submitted and may establish their own deadlines.
There are a number of places on the CSUMentor website with financial aid information. For general information visit Financial Aid Overview, or if you have additional questions visit the financial aid section of the FAQ. You can also ask your counselor about financial aid opportunities.