Applying to CSU for Fall 2021
Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020
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  • Applicant Help Center
  • Transfer Application Guide 2021-2022
  • Transfer Credit Entry Guide 2020-2021 (Reference)
  • Application DOs & DON'Ts
  • CSU Application PPT
  • Application FAQ Videos

CSU Application: Step-by-Step Instructions

Special thanks to Fresno City College's Transfer Center for allowing us to use some of their materials in this section.

The following video will show you how to access the Cal State Apply application:
https://youtu.be/RLHK6LeuJCs

This video will show you how to create an account and select the major you are applying for at CSU:
https://youtu.be/9MqwI7OQ-m4

Resources

CalStateApply Website

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • Be sure that your email address is accurate. This is the email that all CSU's will use to communicate with you.
  • Be sure that all Biographical information is correct! Examples: Name, Birthdate, Citizenship, Address.
  • Make sure you apply to the right CSU. Some students pick the right major, but the wrong campus.
  • Write down your username and password in a safe location in case you forget it.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always save a section before leaving it.

This video takes you step by step through the Personal Information Section:
https://youtu.be/JATgMbYEopM

Resources

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always save a section before leaving it.
  • Be sure that all Biographical information is correct! Examples: Name, Birthdate, Citizenship, Address.

High School & Colleges Attended

This video reviews how to enter high schools and colleges attend, as well as, any degrees earned:
https://youtu.be/xIZnFNBG1Ic

Notes:

  • All students must input the high school attended even if it's in another country.
    • If you have 60 or more transferable units, you do not need a HS Diploma, and you will not need to list HS coursework.
  • Be sure to include every single college you've attended, even if you don't have any passing credit or transferable courses. Not including a college attended can lead to a denial.
    • If you attended an international college or university, you only need to list the name; you don't need to list coursework.
       

COLLEGE COURSEWORK

This next video will show you how to complete the Transcript Entry section.
https://youtu.be/pwHckA56N-Q

Resources

CalStateApply Transcript Entry Guide

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • Be sure to list every course on your transcript, even if it isn't transferable.
  • Be sure to include every single college you've attended, even if you don't have any passing credit or transferable courses. Not including a college attended can lead to a denial.
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always SAVE a section before leaving it.
 

GENERAL EDUCATION

This video will show you how to complete the General Education section (Golden 4).
https://youtu.be/FPXrIQV6NQY

Resources

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

CCSF CSU General Education Worksheet

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always save a section before leaving it.
     

STANDARDIZED TESTS

This video will show you how to enter any standardized tests like AP, CLEP, or IB.
https://youtu.be/S6Zw3JWtkTs

Resources

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always save a section before leaving it.

ADT -  Associates Degree for Transfer

This video will show you how to enter the ADT degree.
https://youtu.be/B704rDG12sQ

Resources

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

CCSF ADT Majors List

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always save a section before leaving it.
     

EOP - Educational Opportunity Program

The CSU's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides admission, academic and financial support services to historically underserved students throughout California.
This video will show you how to apply for EOP.
https://youtu.be/hRw1ml-H0e8

Resources

CSU EOP Program Information

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always save a section before leaving it.

This video will show you how to complete the Program Materials section.
https://youtu.be/VxHMM_KsNhc

Resources

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always save a section before leaving it.

This video will show you how to check through your application for accuracy.
https://youtu.be/C9m81sj0O90

Resources

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always SAVE a section before leaving it.

This video will show you how to submit your application.
https://youtu.be/XwTa39msWEk

Resources

CalStateApply Transfer Student Application Guide

Tips
  • If you're unsure about how to answer a question, you can always skip it and come back later. Keep moving forward to complete as much of the application as you can.
  • Don't use the Back Arrow in your browser. Always SAVE a section before leaving it.

Next Steps

  1. Check your email regularly! You should get an email from CalStateApply immediately after submitting your application.
  2. Within a week of submitting your application, you should receive an email from the CSU campus. This email usually gives you instructions on setting up a student account with their campus, which includes a new email address. Start checking this email regularly! If you don't receive an email from the CSU campus, call their admissions office to confirm that they received your application.
  3. Be aware of transcript deadlines. CSUs will let you know through email when they need transcripts. 
  4. Once admitted you will need to accept your conditional admission. This is called SIR - Statement of Intent to Register.
  5. Each CSU may have different requirements and deadlines. Be sure to check your email regularly and stay on top of this information!
Transcripts

Order a CCSF Transcript

Order an Advanced Placement (AP) Score Report

Order an International Baccalaureate Transcript

Order a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Transcript

Financial Aid

Eighty percent of students at the California State University receive some type of financial aid. So chances are good that you’re eligible, too. That’s why it’s important to apply for aid using the​
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFS​A) or the
California Dream Act Application (CADAA)​ for certain AB 540 students​.​

Different Types of Financial Aid

​Cost of Attendance by Campus

Choose a campus to see its preliminary cost of attendance, including a breakdown of fees, books and supplies, food and housing (depending on where you’re living), transportation, and other expenses. To view the most up-to-date Cost of Attendance, visit your CSU campus website.​