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Admission deadlines for fall 2010 fast approaching

November 18, 2009 -- Those wishing to apply to SF State as first-time freshmen and upper division transfer students for fall 2010 must apply by the deadline, Nov. 30.

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Admissions deadlines and criteria have changed this year because of cuts in funding by the California state government. More information about the admissions process can be found in the frequently asked questions below.

Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment management, says undergraduate applicants must submit their application by the Nov. 30 deadline, which is not flexible, and should pay careful attention to all e-mails from SF State.

The Nov. 30 deadline does not apply to graduate programs. Graduate applicants should visit the Graduate Studies Web site for program deadlines: www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/program-deadline.htm.

All campus offices will be closed Nov. 23 through Nov 27 because of budget cuts. The campus re-opens Monday, Nov. 30. Applicants in need of assistance on this day may call (415) 338-6486 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.).


Which applicants need to apply by Nov. 30?
First-time freshmen and upper division transfer students applying for fall 2010 admission.


What are the deadlines for graduate study?
Application deadlines for master's degree programs vary. Visit the Graduate Studies Web site: http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/program-deadline.htm or call (415) 338-2234.


What time on Nov. 30 is the deadline?
11:59 p.m. PST


What if I miss the deadline?  
The deadline is not flexible. If you do not submit your application by 11:59 p.m. PST, Nov. 30, you will have to apply for the next available semester, which is spring 2011.


How do I turn in my application?
Apply online through the CSU Mentor Web site at: www.csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp/


Where can I get assistance with my application?
Guidance on the application process can be found on the CSU Mentor Web site www.csumentor.edu/ and the SF State Web site www.sfsu.edu/future

SF State's campus offices will be closed during Thanksgiving week (Nov. 23 - Nov. 27) because of budget cuts. Campus re-opens Monday, Nov. 30. Applicants in need of assistance on Nov. 30 may call (415) 338-6486 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or visit the One Stop Student Services Center located in the lobby of the Student Services Building on the main campus (8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.).


What if I make a mistake on my submission or I am not sure how to answer a question?
Applicants are encouraged to do everything possible to submit their application before the Nov. 30 deadline. Corrections to your application can be made after the deadline by calling (415) 338-6486.


How are the admissions requirements different this year?
Because of cuts in funding by the California state government, SF State is giving priority to local students in the University's six-county local area: San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. Students who will graduate from high schools in these counties will be admitted under normal standards, as will students transferring from community colleges in these counties. Students from outside those counties may need a higher grade point average or standardized test score to gain admittance. Information about eligibility requirements can be found at: http://www.sfsu.edu/future/apply/freshmen.html#eligible


What are the admissions requirements for applicants from outside SF State's six-county local area?
The exact admissions criteria for non-local students are not yet known since it will depend on the number of applications received and the funding and space available. However, SF State encourages non-local students who meet the standard CSU eligibility requirements to apply. Non-local applicants should have a backup plan at an alternative campus.


What if the major I want to apply for is impacted?
SF State has seven impacted majors for fall 2010. Those include: psychology, journalism, dietetics, nursing, apparel design, interior design and social work. Impacted majors receive more applications than can be accepted, which means that admittance is based on higher entrance standards. Applicants must complete an additional application and list an alternate major when applying for an impacted major.

Most impacted majors are only open to applications from transfer students. Freshmen interested in these majors should apply to the pre-major if available or apply as undeclared.

More information about applying for impacted majors can be found at: http://www.sfsu.edu/future/apply/freshmen.html#impacted


How quickly will I be notified about my admission?
Applicants from SF State's six-county priority admissions area will be notified beginning in December. Applicants from outside these six counties will be notified between January and March.


When should I apply for housing on campus?
Do not wait for your admissions decision before applying for housing. Space is limited so applicants should apply for housing as soon as possible. To apply for housing, visit www.sfsu.edu/future/housing/housing.html


-- Elaine Bible


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