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!
- Fall 2013 Admission
- Spring 2013 Admission
- Accept Admission Offer
- Required Placement Tests
- Apply for Campus Housing
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Sign up for Orientation
Fall 2013 Admission
The initial application period for admission to the Fall 2013 term begins on October 1, 2012. The deadline to apply for Fall 2013 admission is November 30, 2012. Students interested in Fall 2013 should apply online at www.csumentor.edu beginning on October 1, 2012.
SF State University will begin accepting applications from international students for the Fall 2013 term on October 1, 2012. Please read more about deadlines important to international students at: http://admissions.sfsu.edu/intl.
SF State's Division of Graduate Studies will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2013 term on October 1, 2012. 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.
Spring 2013 Admission
The initial application period for admission to the Spring 2013 term begins on August 1, 2012 and ends on August 31, 2012.
San Francisco State is open for transfer students who have completed specific AA and AS Transfer degrees through a Community College, following SB 1440 legislation. The approved majors which will be open for SB 1440 transfer admission for Spring 2013 are:
- Art (all concentrations)
- Communication Studies
- Creative Writing
- English (all concentrations except English Education)
- Geology (Earth Sciences BA and Geology BS)
- History (all concentrations)
- Liberal Studies (for Elementary Education)
- Math (all concentrations)
- Music (BA only)
- Political Science
- Theatre Arts
SF State will NOT be open to the following 1440-approved majors for Spring 2013.
- Child Adolescent Development (Early Childhood Education)
- Criminal Justice
A limited number of applications will also be accepted for other undergraduate and graduate groups that we have institutional commitments to serve, including veterans.
Students who missed the Spring 2013 application deadline, or do not fall into one of the categories mentioned above, can apply for Fall 2013 beginning on October 1, 2012. Please visit www.csumentor.edu beginning October 1, 2012 to apply for Fall 2013.
International students (both graduate and undergraduate) may apply for Spring 2013 admission using the international application form on CSU Mentor. Qualified new international students will be admitted because they are not supported by the state of California's general fund and pay the full cost of their education in the CSU.
SF State University will begin accepting applications from international students for the Spring 2013 term on August 1, 2012. Please read more about deadlines important to international students at: http://admissions.sfsu.edu/intl.
SF State's Division of Graduate Studies will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2013 term on August 1, 2012. 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.
Accept Admission Offer
Newly admitted students who plan to attend San Francisco State must accept their Admission Offer for the fall semester between March 1 and May 1. The deadline to accept your Admission Offer for the spring semester is November 22. 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: http://registrar.sfsu.edu/aao.
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 www.sfsu.edu/admit to check your admission status and what placement tests you are required to complete prior to attending SF State.
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 http://www.sfsu.edu/~testing.
- For information about all CSU testing sites, please visit the California State University Placement Tests section of the ETS website: http://www.ets.org/csu. Click on "Test Administration," then "Test Dates."
- For detailed information about the EPT test, please visit: http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/ept.asp
- For EPT Exam Prep, please visit the CSU English Success website at: http://www.csumathsuccess.org/eshome
- For detailed information about the ELM test, please visit: http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/elm.asp
- For ELM Exam Prep, please visit the CSU Math Success website at: http://www.csumathsuccess.org/exam_prep
Apply for Campus Housing
At SF State, on-campus housing is not required and not guaranteed. Future students should apply as soon as possible for campus housing, as space is very limited and fills up fast. Applying for a space on campus is a separate process from applying for admission to the University. Applications for Housing become available at the same time as the University application. Check out SF State's many campus housing options, and apply online.
Apply for Financial Aid
To receive financial aid, you must reapply 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.
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 www.sfsu.edu/~advising/orientation