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 San Francisco State University's Admissions Office.

Electronic versions of the CSU undergraduate and graduate applications are accessible on the World Wide Web at The CSU Mentor system allows students to browse through general information about CSU's 23 campuses, view multimedia campus presentations, send and receive electronic responses to specific questions, and apply for admission and financial aid.

Applications may be obtained on-line or at any California high school or community college or from the Admissions Office at any of the campuses of the California State University. San Francisco State University accepts applications for admission for the fall and spring semesters only.

Application Filing Periods

Terms in 2002-03 Applications First Accepted Initial Filing Period
Summer Semester or 
Quarter 2002
February 1, 2002
February 1-28, 2002
Fall Semester or Quarter 2002
October 1, 2001
October 1-November 30, 2001
Winter Quarter 2003
June 1, 2002
June 1-30, 2002
Spring Semester or 
Quarter 2003
August 1, 2002
August 1-31, 2002

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 offices for current information.

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents

SFSU 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).

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, he/she must file a new application, pay a new application fee, and meet the requirements for admission in effect at the time of admission.


The university reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the university or any of its programs as the university, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant's suitability and the best interests of the university.