Orientation 2014 For Transfer Junior & Senior Students Admitted for Fall 2014

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Did you miss all of our Summer 2014 Orientation sessions?

Before you can seek in-person advising in our office, we will ask you to complete the following items:



1. Logging into your Student Center

The following video is the best way to visually understand how to log onto your portal:


If you cannot view this video, then follow these steps:

  1. Open any web browser that is NOT Google Chrome.
  2. Go to www.SFSU.edu
  3. Click on "Login" at the top of the page
  4. Click on "SF State Gateway" portal link
  5. Type in your SF State Student ID# or SFSU email account and then your password
  6. Click "login"
  7. Under "Student" heading on your gateway portal, click "Schedule / Classes"
  8. Then, click onto "Fall 2014 Student Center" (see below)

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2. Check and clear all holds

Once you have logged in from Step 1, you can view any holds within the "Holds" box at the top-right of your portal page.

If you have any hold(s), click on "details" for hold details. You must clear ALL hold(s) before registering for classes.

If you do see a hold on your portal, view the link below for all possible holds and how (or where) to clear them:


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3. Locate and gather all relevant resources

To ensure that you have a complete picture of the classes you've taken—prerequisites, equivalents and other requirements—you should have access to the followng items:

  • Unofficial transcripts from each college institution ever attended
  • Scores from any applicable standardized tests (i.e. AP, IB, CLEP, etc.)
  • Any form of a general education checklist and/or worksheet—generally outlining Areas A, B, C, D, E and U.S. History/Government
  • Printout of any lower-division major prerequisites from ASSIST.org

Make sure to bring these items with you if you come for advising.

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4. General Education and University Requirements:

Most transfer students have completed all of the "Area A-E" general education requirements at their previous institution(s)—if not, then look at our list of lower-division GE requirements and follow the rules as stated.

Lower Division GE list


Almost all of our new transfer students will still need to take 3 upper-division GE courses—these courses CANNOT be transferred from a community college.

Upper-division GE list


It is possible that you have already completed one U.S. History and U.S. Government, but if not, see the list(s) below:

US History & Government lists


It would be best if you take the time to completely read the overview of our undergraduate bachelor's program here at SF State. The GE rules and pattern have changed significantly and everyone (staff, faculty and students) are just learning this as well.

Undergraduate Education Overview


A good schedule to start with for your fist semester would include the following (in order of importance):

  1. English 214 (if still needed) or a GWAR course (see major section)
  2. Any lower-division major prerequisites (if still needed)
  3. Any upper-division major requirements (if prerequisites are met)
  4. Upper-division GE courses—one from each of areas:
    • UD-B
    • UD-C
    • UD-D
  5. U.S. History (D2) and/or U.S. Government (D3) (if still needed)
    1. Other lower-division GE still missing

This is plenty to choose from to enroll into 12-16 units (max)


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5. Major Class Options

If you are declared a major—look up and review your major requirements using the following resources.

Academic Programs (Majors):

Major 4-Year Road Maps:

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6. Search and enroll in classes:

For a video tutorials on using our enrollment system and shooping cart, see the following resources below:


Using Your Shopping Cart


Searching and Enrolling in Classes


Swapping, Dropping & Waitlisting classes


Enrolling in Lecture/Lab Combined Sections


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7. Tuition/Financial Aid

After you successfully register for your classes (either part-time or for full-time), now you can make sure that your tuition fees are taken care of—either by paying yourself and/or with the assistance of financial aid.

Tuition/Registration Fees:


Financial Aid (Cal Grants, Loans and Scholarships):



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