Apply | International

The information on this page is for:

  • Undergraduate applicants who plan to study at SF State in student visa status

  • Undergraduate applicants who are US citizens, US permanent residents, or in another immigration status, and have transcripts from an international institution.

Go to oip.sfsu.edu for additional information for International students.

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are currently attending high school, or you already graduated from high school and have not earned college or university credit beyond the summer immediately after high school graduation.

  1. Apply online through Cal State Apply and pay the non-refundable $55 USD application fee.

  2. Receive a grade of “C-” or better in the “a-g” college-preparatory subjects during your high school studies.

    Subjects Years Required Notes
    A. History/Social Science 2 1 year of US History (or 1 semester of US History and 1 semester of US Government) AND 1 year of social science
    B. English 4 Composition and Literature; only 1 year of approved ESL can be used
    C. Mathematics 3 Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II; or Integrated Mathematics
    D. Laboratory Science 2 (3 recommended) 1 year of Biology and 1 year of Chemistry or Physics, both with lab
    E. Foreign Language 2 Study in the same language; may be waived if English is not your native language
    F. Visual and Performing Arts 1 Art, Theatre/Drama, Music, or Dance
    G. Electives 1  
  3. Submit your transcripts

    • Attach a clear .pdf copy of your complete transcript to your Cal State Apply application. If you are unable to submit your transcripts at the time of application, email it to ugintl@sfsu.edu after you receive your SF State ID number.
    • Transcripts are required for each high school you attended for years 9-12.
    • If you are currently in the final year of high school, we need to see grades through your first semester (or second trimester) of year 12.
    • If you already completed high school, we need to see all of your grades for years 9-12 and proof of high school graduation.
    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit official, final transcripts and proof of high school graduation at a later date.
  4. Submit official SAT or ACT test scores

    California high school graduates must have a minimum eligibility index of 2950 using the SAT scores or 694 using the ACT scores.

    Non-California high school graduates must have a minimum eligibility index of 3576 using the SAT scores or 842 using the ACT scores.

  5. Meet the eligibility index with your GPA and test scores

    • SAT I Scores: (Your GPA* x 800) + (SAT Math + SAT Critical Reading) = Your Index
    • ACT Scores: (Your GPA* x 200) + (10 x ACT Comp) = Your Index
      * GPA is calculated using college preparatory courses after 9th grade
  6. Prove English language proficiency

    • If you attended a US high school for at least 3 years, you meet the English Proficiency Requirement. Skip to the next step.
    • If you have attended a US high school for less than 3 years, you should be prepared to submit proof of English proficiency. You have two options for showing proof of English proficiency:

      Take one of the following exams:

      Test Minimum Score Send your Official Scores
      TOEFL iBT Total Score 61 www.toefl.org; Institutional Code: 4684
      IELTS Overall Score 6.0 www.ielts.org
      PTE Academic Score 45 www.pearsonpte.com
      SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing 550 sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores; School Code: 3594
      ACT English Score 22 www.actstudent.org/scores/send; School Code: 0404
      IB English A – Language and Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org
      IB English A – Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org

      Or demonstrate 3 years of full-time academic study in the following countries where the language of instruction was English:

      Country
      Antigua Ghana Northern Marianas Tanzania
      Australia Grand Cayman Islands Palau Trinidad & Tobago
      Bahamas Grenada Papua New Guinea Uganda
      Barbados Ireland Scotland United States
      Belize Jamaica Sierra Leone Virgin Islands
      Bermuda Kenya South Africa Wales
      Botswana Lesotho St. Kitts Zambia
      Canada Liberia St. Lucia Zimbabwe
      England Malawi St. Vincent & Grenadines  
      Gambia New Zealand Swaziland  
  7. F-1 Students: Submit documents for your I-20

    Financial Affidavit Form, proof of finances, and passport copy (or national ID card if you do not yet have a passport).

  8. Other Documents

 

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are currently attending high school, or you already graduated from high school and have not earned college or university credit beyond the summer immediately after high school graduation.

  1. Apply online through Cal State Apply and pay the non-refundable $55 USD application fee.

  2. Submit your transcripts

    • Attach a clear .pdf copy of your complete transcript to your Cal State Apply application. If you are unable to submit your transcripts at the time of application, email it to ugintl@sfsu.edu after you receive your SF State ID number.
    • Transcripts are required for each high school you attended.
    • If you are currently in the final year of high school, we need to see grades through your first semester (or second trimester) of year 12.
    • If you already completed high school, we need to see all of your complete high school transcript and proof of high school graduation.
    • We look for a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale or B- average, and that you have, or will have, the equivalent of US high school completion.
    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit official, final transcripts and proof of high school graduation at a later date.
    • See specific secondary school credentials by country.
    • If your school does not issue transcripts in English, we will need a word-for-word certified English translation.
    • We do not accept credential evaluations from third-party companies.
  3. Prove English language proficiency

    • You have two options for showing proof of English proficiency:

      Take one of the following exams:

      Test Minimum Score Send your Official Scores
      TOEFL iBT Total Score 61 www.toefl.org; Institutional Code: 4684
      IELTS Overall Score 6.0 www.ielts.org
      PTE Academic Score 45 www.pearsonpte.com
      SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing 550 sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores; School Code: 3594
      ACT English Score 22 www.actstudent.org/scores/send; School Code: 0404
      IB English A – Language and Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org
      IB English A – Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org

      Demonstrate 3 years of full-time academic study in the following countries where the language of instruction was English:

      Country
      Antigua Ghana Northern Marianas Tanzania
      Australia Grand Cayman Islands Palau Trinidad & Tobago
      Bahamas Grenada Papua New Guinea Uganda
      Barbados Ireland Scotland United States
      Belize Jamaica Sierra Leone Virgin Islands
      Bermuda Kenya South Africa Wales
      Botswana Lesotho St. Kitts Zambia
      Canada Liberia St. Lucia Zimbabwe
      England Malawi St. Vincent & Grenadines  
      Gambia New Zealand Swaziland  
  4. F-1 Students: Submit documents for your I-20

    Financial Affidavit Form, proof of finances, and passport copy (or national ID card if you do not yet have a passport).

  5. Other Documents

 

If you have completed college units after graduation from high school, you are considered a transfer student. SF State is not currently accepting applications from students who have already earned the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, and want to earn a second bachelor’s degree.

  1. Apply online through Cal State Apply and pay the non-refundable $55 USD application fee.

    NOTE: San Francisco State University requires ALL colleges/universities attended to be listed on your application for admission.

  2. Meet the requirements based on your transfer type

    Lower Division Transfer Requirements

    • Have less than 60 semester / 90 quarter units completed
    • Submit high school transcripts
    • Meet SAT/ACT or TOEFL/IELTS minimum score
    • Recommended courses: Written Communication and Quantitative Reasoning

    Upper Division Transfer Requirements

    • Have at least 60 semester / 90 quarter units completed
    • Completed the courses:
      1. Oral Communication
      2. Written Communication
      3. Critical Thinking
      4. Quantitative Reasoning
      • You must earn a C- or better grade in each basic skills course
      • Units and Golden Four course requirements must be complete by the time you plan to enter SF State:
        • Fall term applicants must complete units and Golden Four course requirements no later than the end of the Spring term before you enter SF State.
        • Spring term applicants must complete units and Golden Four course requirements no later than the end of the Fall term before you enter SF State.
      • Transfer applicants from California Community Colleges may consult the ASSIST website at www.assist.org for a complete listing of approved General Education courses.
      • Transfer applicants from other US institutions may refer to the Articulation website.
      • Other transfer applicants may use the list of approved General Education courses in the SF State Bulletin as a guide to determine if a course is appropriate.
  3. Submit your transcripts

    • Attach a clear .pdf copy of your complete transcripts (front and back) to your Cal State Apply application. If you are unable to submit your transcripts at the time of application, email it to ugintl@sfsu.edu after you receive an SF State ID number.
    • Transcripts are required for each college or university you attended.
    • We look for a 2.0 transfer grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale.
    • If you are a lower division transfer, high school transcripts with proof of graduation are also needed.
    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit official, final transcripts at a later date.
  4. Prove English language proficiency

    • If you are an upper division transfer and will complete the Golden 4 courses, you meet the English Proficiency Requirement. Skip to the next step.

    • If you are a lower division transfer, you have three options for showing proof of English proficiency:

      • Complete two consecutive terms of transferable freshman English composition (equivalent to SF State’s English 114 and 214) with C or better grades in each course.

      • Take one of the following exams:

        Test Minimum Score Send your Official Scores
        TOEFL iBT Total Score 61 www.toefl.org; Institutional Code: 4684
        IELTS Overall Score 6.0 www.ielts.org
        PTE Academic Score 45 www.pearsonpte.com
        SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing 550 sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores; School Code: 3594
        ACT English Score 22 www.actstudent.org/scores/send; School Code: 0404
        IB English A – Language and Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org
        IB English A – Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org
      • Demonstrate 3 years of full-time academic study in the following countries where the language of instruction was English:

        Country
        Antigua Ghana Northern Marianas Tanzania
        Australia Grand Cayman Islands Palau Trinidad & Tobago
        Bahamas Grenada Papua New Guinea Uganda
        Barbados Ireland Scotland United States
        Belize Jamaica Sierra Leone Virgin Islands
        Bermuda Kenya South Africa Wales
        Botswana Lesotho St. Kitts Zambia
        Canada Liberia St. Lucia Zimbabwe
        England Malawi St. Vincent & Grenadines  
        Gambia New Zealand Swaziland  
  5. F-1 Students: Submit documents for your I-20

    Financial Affidavit Form, proof of finances, and passport copy (or national ID card if you do not yet have a passport).

  6. Other Documents

If you have completed college units after graduation from high school, you are considered a transfer student. SF State is not currently accepting applications from students who have already earned the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, and want to earn a second bachelor’s degree.

  1. Apply online through Cal State Apply and pay the non-refundable $55 USD application fee.

    NOTE: San Francisco State University requires ALL colleges/universities attended to be listed on your application for admission.

  2. Meet the requirements based on your transfer type

    Lower Division Transfer Requirements

    • Have less than 60 semester / 90 quarter units completed
    • Submit high school transcripts
    • Meet SAT/ACT or TOEFL/IELTS minimum score
    • Only F-1 students can apply as Lower Division Transfers

    Upper Division Transfer Requirements

    • Have at least 60 semester / 90 quarter units completed
    • High school transcripts not required
    • TOEFL/IELTS may be required
    • Transfer applicants from our international partner schools may consult the International Articulation website for a listing of approved General Education courses.
  3. Submit your transcripts

    • Attach a clear .pdf copy of your complete transcripts (front and back) to your Cal State Apply application. If you are unable to submit your transcripts at the time of application, email it to ugintl@sfsu.edu after you receive an SF State ID number.
    • Transcripts are required for each college or university you attended.
    • We look for a 2.0 transfer grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale.
    • If you are a lower division transfer, high school transcripts with proof of graduation are also needed.
    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit official, final transcripts at a later date.
    • If your school does not issue transcripts in English, we will need a word-for-word certified English translation
    • We do not accept credential evaluations from third-party companies.
  4. Prove English language proficiency

    • You have three options for showing proof of English proficiency:

      • Complete two consecutive terms of transferable freshman English composition (equivalent to SF State’s English 114 and 214) with C or better grades in each course.

      • Take one of the following exams:

        Test Minimum Score Send your Official Scores
        TOEFL iBT Total Score 61 www.toefl.org; Institutional Code: 4684
        IELTS Overall Score 6.0 www.ielts.org
        PTE Academic Score 45 www.pearsonpte.com
        SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing 550 sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores; School Code: 3594
        ACT English Score 22 www.actstudent.org/scores/send; School Code: 0404
        IB English A – Language and Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org
        IB English A – Literature HL 4 www.ibo.org
      • Demonstrate 3 years of full-time academic study in the following countries where the language of instruction was English:

        Country
        Antigua Ghana Northern Marianas Tanzania
        Australia Grand Cayman Islands Palau Trinidad & Tobago
        Bahamas Grenada Papua New Guinea Uganda
        Barbados Ireland Scotland United States
        Belize Jamaica Sierra Leone Virgin Islands
        Bermuda Kenya South Africa Wales
        Botswana Lesotho St. Kitts Zambia
        Canada Liberia St. Lucia Zimbabwe
        England Malawi St. Vincent & Grenadines  
        Gambia New Zealand Swaziland  
  5. F-1 Students: Submit documents for your I-20

    Financial Affidavit Form, proof of finances, and passport copy (or national ID card if you do not yet have a passport).

  6. Other Documents

Need help?

For help with your application, you can reach us at 415.338.2382 or ugintl@sfsu.edu.

International Undergraduate Admissions
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San Francisco, CA 94132

Important Dates

Action Date
Fall 2019 Priority Application Deadline November 30, 2018
Application for Housing Begins March 1, 2019
Attend Sneak Preview April 6, 2019
Deadline to Accept Admissions Offer May 1, 2019
Fall 2019 Final Application Deadline May 1, 2019
Deadline for Housing Appliations May 13, 2019

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