Required Steps for New Students

Please Note: the information listed below is for domestic students only. Please visit the Steps for New International Students for F1/J1 student requirements.

    Fall 2018


    1. Accept Admission Offer Deadline: May 1, 2018

    Students entering San Francisco State in Fall 2018 must accept their admission offer online and pay a $100 non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit (ECD) in their Student Center at between April 1 and May 1. Students admitted after May 1 must accept their offer within two weeks of their admission date. The $100 non-refundable ECD is applied to the first semester tuition fees.

    2. Sign up for New Student Orientation and Register for Classes

    Freshmen and transfers who sign up for orientation receive early advising and course registration on their orientation date. Space is limited and first come, first served. Visit for more information.

    3. Submit Proof of Immunization

    Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Hepatitis B (HEP-B) proof of immunization is required to register for classes. Submit proof to the Registrar’s Office.

    4. Check Financial Aid Award Status

    Complete any items on your “to do list” to ensure San Francisco State can award you all financial aid for which you are eligible. Also, check your Cal Grant status at and verify SF State is listed.

    5. Send Final Transcripts Deadline July 16, 2018

    Final transcripts must arrive by Monday, July 16, 2018. Check your Student Center at for a list of required documents.

    Additional Freshman Information

    Take the directed self placement at before your orientation date or, if not attending orientation, before your course registration date

    Students, after accepting their admission offer, will be automatically assigned an SF State email account. We will send detailed instructions regarding your SF State email account to your personal email address once it has been created. Once enrolled, you will receive critical reminders regarding class registration for the upcoming semester and other important information at that account.


    If a student is otherwise qualified but unable to complete certain subjects because of a disability, an appeal can be made to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Appeal on the basis of a disability hould be submitted no later than July 15 for fall admission. 


    In order to support student success, the CSU is revising its approach to Math and English placement. Please note, placement is not the same as admissions. It is only about which courses to choose the first year.

    At San Francisco State, students choose their first-year Math course based on their major. For example, STEM and business students take Calculus-based courses, Humanities and Social Science students take statistics or other courses. No matter which Math is chosen, there will be two pathways: a single course or a course with extra units in the form of a lab or additional semester. These extra hours/units will provide academic support.

    Placement in one of these two pathways will be based on CAASPP/Smarter Balance scores, ACT scores, and/or SAT scores. Exact scores and placement will be determined in 2018. At SF State, students choose their first-year English course based on a combination of the Univeristy’s recommendation and a student’s self-evaluation. This is done through Directed Self Placement. CAASPP/Smarter Balance scores, ACT scores, and/or SAT scores may affect this placement.  Additionally, the Entry Level Math Exam (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) are no longer required.

    As these changes are occurring now, please be sure to check the Developmental Studies website for updates across the year. 

    Based on a student’s Math and/or English test scores, they may be required to take a summer course for preparation. Please visit the Developmental Studies website to understand exact test score requirements.

    Important Dates

    Action Date
    Apply for Housing March 1, 2018
    Apply for 2018-2019 FAFSA by this date March 2, 2018
    Attend Sneak Preview (SF State Open House for admitted students) April 7, 2018
    Accept Admissions Offer by this date ($100 Enrollment Confirmation Deposit non-refundable) May 1, 2018
    Final Application Deadline May 1, 2018