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Dates and Deadlines

Find the latest information on important dates and deadlines for Admissions, Financial Aid and Housing. See what's happening on the SF State campus, upcoming events, the schedule for campus tours and when representatives from SF State will be coming to a high school or community college near you!

Spring 2017 Admission

Undergraduate Students

Initial Application Period: August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016.

Priority Application Deadline: August 31, 2016.

Apply online at CSU Mentor

The following undergraduate majors have an application deadline of August 31, 2016 for Spring 2017. Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts, Child and Adolescent Development, Cinema

The following undergraduate majors will NOT be open for Spring 2017 admission.

Apparel Design and Merchandising, Biology (all concentrations), Business Administration (accounting concentration only), Chemistry and Biochemistry, Communicative Disorders, Criminal Justice, Dietetics, Health Education, Industrial Arts, Industrial Design (all concentrations), Interior Design, Kinesiology (all concentrations), Nursing (all programs), Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Visual Communication Design.

For more information about impacted majors visit admissions.sfsu.edu/impaction.

Students who missed the Spring 2017 application deadline or wish to apply to one of the majors listed above, can apply for Fall 2017 beginning on October 1, 2016. Please visit www.csumentor.edu beginning October 1, 2016 to apply for Fall 2017.

International Students

International students (both graduate and undergraduate) may apply for Spring 2017 admission using the international application form on CSU Mentor.

SF State University will begin accepting applications from international students for the Spring 2017 term on August 1, 2016. Please read more about deadlines important to international students at: admissions.sfsu.edu/intl.

Graduate Students

SF State's Division of Graduate Studies will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2017 term on August 1, 2016. Spring deadlines for graduate programs vary by department, however graduate applicants are advised to submit all university and program application materials as early as possible. For more information on graduate program deadlines, please see the Graduate Programs & Application Deadlines webpage for more details.

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Fall 2017 Admission

Undergraduate Students

The initial application period for admission to the Fall 2016 term begins on October 1, 2016. The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 admission is November 30, 2016. Students interested in Fall 2017 should apply online at www.csumentor.edu beginning on October 1, 2016.

The following undergraduate majors are impacted at SF State:

Apparel Design and Merchandising, Biology (all concentrations), Business Administration (accounting concentration only), Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dietetics, Environmental Studies (all concentrations), Health Education, Industrial Design (all concentrations), Interior Design, Kinesiology (all concentrations), Nursing (all programs), Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Visual Communication Design.

For more information about impacted majors, including supplemental application deadlines and other requirements for admission, visit admissions.sfsu.edu/impaction.

The following undergraduate majors have an application deadline of November 30, 2016 for Fall 2017.

Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts, Communicative Disorders, Cinema.

Required application document deadline date: June 15, 2017

International Students

SF State University will begin accepting applications from international students for the Fall 2017 term on October 1, 2016. Please read more about deadlines important to international students at: admissions.sfsu.edu/intl.

Graduate Students

SF State's Division of Graduate Studies will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2017 term on October 1, 2016. Fall deadlines for graduate programs vary by department, however graduate applicants are advised to submit all university and program application materials as early as possible. For more information on graduate program deadlines, please see the Graduate Programs & Application Deadlines webpage for more details.

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Accept Admission Offer

Newly admitted students who plan to attend San Francisco State must accept their Admission Offer for the fall semester between April 1 and May 1. The deadline to accept your Admission Offer for the spring semester is December 9. Students admitted after the deadline will have three weeks after their date of admission to accept their Admission Offer. To accept your Admission Offer please go to the SF State Gateway, gateway.sfsu.edu.

For more information on "Accept Admission Offer" including frequently asked questions, please visit: registrar.sfsu.edu/aao.

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Required Placement Tests

Admitted CSU students are required to take placement test prior to enrollment. All CSU undergraduates except those who meet certain exemption requirements must complete both the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT). If you have applied to SF State go to your Student Center on the SF State Gateway to check your admission status and what placement tests you are required to complete prior to attending SF State. Fall 2017 applicants must test no later than the May 6, 2017 test date.

Please note you may take your required placement tests at any CSU campus; you do not need to test specifically at SF State. However, you will need to designate your scores to be sent to SF State.

Sign up to take the ELM/EPT tests:

  • For information and to sign up to take the ELM/EPT test at SF State, please visit the SF State Testing Center website at www.sfsu.edu/~testing.
  • For information about all CSU testing sites, please visit the California State University Placement Tests section of the ETS website: www.ets.org/csu/about. Click on "Test Administration," then "Test Dates."

ELM/EPT Resources:

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Apply for Campus Housing

At SF State on-campus housing is not required and not guaranteed. Applying for a space on campus is a separate process from the University admission. Housing spaces are accepted first-come, first served based on application dates and license agreement dates. Students are encouraged to apply for University housing as early as possible after you receive your SF State ID # via email from Undergraduate Admissions. For more information, call (415) 338-1067, or e-mail housing@sfsu.edu.

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Apply for Financial Aid

To receive financial aid, you must reapply using the FAFSA or CA Dream Application every year. The priority postmarked deadline is from January 1 to March 2 for the next academic year. For more information, visit the Financial Aid web site.

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Sign up for Orientation

Orientation is the only way for new freshmen and transfer students to receive advising and early registration for classes. There are many dates for orientation on campus plus some Southern California dates. Sign up for orientation when you accept your offer of admission.

Note: For freshmen, early priority registration for classes and mandatory advising for freshmen happens at orientation. Students who fail to complete an orientation will not participate in Early Priority Registration for classes but will register last, after all other students have registered. Make every effort to sign up early! For dates and information, go to newstudentprograms.sfsu.edu/

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