Requirements for admission to San Francisco State University are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Students who are unsure of these requirements should consult a high school or community college counselor or the admissions office. Applications may be obtained from the admissions office at any of the campuses of The California State University or at any California high school or community college. Electronic versions of the CSU undergraduate and graduate applications are accessible on the World Wide Web at

Application Filing Periods

Filing Period Duration
Each campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admissions in an enrollment category because of overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admissions office for current information.

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents

The CSU advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residence questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).

Application Acknowledgment

The student may expect to receive some form of acknowledgment notice from the first choice campus within two to four weeks of filing the application. A notice that space has been reserved for the student will also include a request for records necessary for this campus to evaluate the student's qualifications. He/she may be assured of admission if the evaluation of qualifications indicates that admission requirements have been met. Such a notice is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Notification of Admission

Applicants who have received an application receipt notice and have submitted all required admission materials will begin to receive notification of acceptance or denial of admission to the Fall semester on November 15, and for the Spring semester on August 15. If the processing schedule permits, some applicants may be notified in advance of these dates.

Hardship Petitions

There are established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should enclose with their applications a statement of the hardship situation. The application and statement should be sent to the Senior Director for Enrollment Services.

Cancellation of Admission

Admission will be cancelled automatically if a student is accepted by San Francisco State University for a given semester and does not register for that semester. If the student wishes to undertake work at the university at a later date, s/he must file a new application, pay a new application fee and meet the requirements for admission in effect at the time of admission.

Materials supporting the application for admission, such as transcripts and entrance examination scores, are retained for two years only and may be used during this time to meet the requirements for admission.

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