Accept Admission Offer (AAO)
Newly admitted students who plan to attend San Francisco State must indicate their enrollment plans. The initial Accept Admission Offer (AAO) window is April 1– May 1 (fall semester) and November 1– December 2 (spring semester). Students admitted after this period will have three weeks after their date of admission to file their AAO. To file your Accept Admission Offer please go to the SF State Gateway.
The online “Accept Admission Offer” process lets SF State know who is planning to attend the University during the upcoming semester. It allows students to lock in their choice of attending San Francisco State. At the same time, it enables the University to plan for the students who will be here. Undergraduate students who miss the AAO deadline will be put on a wait list and will not be allowed to attend unless space becomes available.
The questions and answers below explain the purpose of Accept Admission Offer and how it works.
Definition & Purpose:
What is Accept Admission Offer (AAO)?
Accept Admission Offer (AAO) - is a Web application to allow admitted students to notify SF State if they plan to enroll in classes and attend in the term they were admitted.
What is the purpose of Accept Admission Offer (AAO)?
AAO will allow SF State to know who plans to attend for the next semester. The University can send emails directly to students who actually plan to attend rather than to the much larger number of students who have been admitted, but may plan to attend elsewhere.
Requirements & Procedure:
Is Accept Admission Offer (AAO) required for both undergraduate and graduate students?
Yes. All newly admitted students must respond online and let us know if you accept your admission offer by the deadline.
How do students access the Accept Admission Offer (AAO) application?
Graduates: Students can access the application by going to their Student Center on the SF State Gateway.
Undergraduates (prior to May 1): Students can access the application by going to their Student Center on the SF State Gateway.
Undergraduates (after May 1): Students admitted after April 17, must contact Undergraduate Admissions to accept their offer of admission within two weeks of their admission date. To accept after May 1, contact Undergraduate Admissions.
When is the Accept Admission Offer (AAO) period?
For Fall the Accept Admission Offer period is April 1 - May 1. For Spring, the Accept Admission Offer period is November 1 - December 2.
What about students admitted late?
Students who are admitted after May 1 must accept their admission offer within two weeks after their admission date.
What happens if a student misses the Accept Admission Offer (AAO) period?
All students who want to attend must complete the Accept Admission Offer by the deadline. Undergraduate students who miss their Accept Admission Offer deadline will be put on a Wait List. We do not anticipate space becoming available and strongly suggest that students who miss the deadline reapply for a future semester. To apply, go to www.csumentor.edu.
Other Aspects of Accept Admission Offer (AAO):
SF State email account.
Students, once admitted, will be automatically assigned an SF State email account. We will send detailed instructions regarding your SF State email account to your personal email address once it has been created. Once created, you will receive critical reminders regarding class registration for the upcoming semester and other important information at that account.
Is selection of an SF State email account required?
Yes. All new students will be required to have an SF State email account. Once created, students will be allowed to forward their SF State email account to a different email address if they want to receive messages at an existing private account. The University communicates to students via email.
The Accept Admission Offer function indicates requirements to provide proof that you have been immunized against specific diseases. Proof must be sent to SF State before you will be allowed to register for classes.
For Undergraduate Students Only:
The Accept Admission Offer function also indicates for undergraduate students the need to sign up for ELM and/or EPT. After students choose their SF State email, they will be taken to the Testing Web site to sign up for ELM/EPT if needed. NOTE: Fall semester applicants required to take ELM and/or EPT must do so on or before the early May test date for the upcoming Fall semester. New admits who miss the deadline will not be allowed to attend SF State and must reapply for a future semester.
Early Start Program
Students who require English or Mathematics remediation based on EPT/ELM placement scores must participate in the Early Start program at one of the CSU campuses before enrolling in fall classes. Please refer to the Early Start Frequently Asked Questions list for more information.
New Student Orientation for undergraduate students.
Students should sign up for Orientation after they complete all other steps in the Accept Admission Offer process.
Questions and Contacts:
I’m an undergraduate and have questions about my admissions. Who can I contact?
For further questions, contact Undergraduate Admissions at email@example.com or phone (415) 338-6486.
I have questions about the Accept Admission Offer and registration process. Who can I contact?
I have questions about advising and class registration at Orientation. Who can I contact?
Contact the New Student Program’s Office via email at, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (415) 338-1304.
I’m a graduate student and have questions about my admissions. Who can I contact?
For further questions, contact Graduate Division at email@example.com or phone (415) 338-2234.